Area Culture Guide December Issue

Welcome to the December edition of Area Culture Guide, which you can read online here, featuring… Continue reading

Brummie Slang

It was only at university when I realised how strung (ahem, strong) my Black Country accent actually was. At the age of 19 i’d managed to go through my life (thanks to little travel opportunities and a staunchly working class council estate upbringing) not interacting with many people outside of the West Midlands. How was I supposed to know yow day all spake loike may?

So it was with fondness that the Brummie Slang popped on to our Twitter Stream (via a friend – thank you Chloe I) and gems like ‘Doss’, ‘Cob’, and ‘Mardy’ came flooding back – although other than ‘Doss’ (I don’t do that anymore since i’m in my thirties) I pretty much use ‘Cob’ and ‘Mardy’ (or Mardy Arse as I personally prefer) on a regular basis still. It might be Brummie but the Black Country cross-over is pretty much similar – bar a few additions; up the wooden hill anyone?

Anyway for the full list and to put a smile on your face go and take a look…

For Brummie / Black Country inspired tees (as pictured above) check out Bostin Brum.

Win tickets to Clothes Show Live 2012

Win the ultimate fashion and beauty experience with Clothes Show Live 2012, the UK’s biggest fashion and beauty event! Clothes Show Live is giving FIVE lucky AREA readers the chance to win tickets to the show taking place from 7 – 11 December at NEC Birmingham. Continue reading

Peat Freaks – Tutored Whisky Tasting, 22/11/12

There is a small scene of increasingly female-led drinking events and experiences that have been popping up over the last 18 months and one is the Birmingham Whisky Club started by Amy Seaton. Rather than sit around waiting for something to happen Amy’s get up and do it yourself attitude, and love of whisky, gave her good enough reason to start a tasting club and help kick-start a whisky scene in Birmingham.  Continue reading

Simpsons & Purity dinner event – 28/11/12

Five specially-created gourmet dishes are being created by Andreas Antona, Head Chef and owner of the Michelin-starred restaurant Simpsons, to match the flavours and aromas of Purity’s award-winning beers and specialist imports. Continue reading

Jack Dee – Birmingham Hippodrome, 16 & 17 November

For someone who has made his way through life as a waiter, reportedly dabbled with the idea of becoming a priest, and who has struggled with alcohol abuse and depression before achieving major success as a stand-up comedian, you’d think Jack Dee would look happy. But he doesn’t…and that’s one of the reasons why we still love him.
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REVEALED: Government Art Collection from 16th November

For the first time outside of London, 200 works from the prolific Government Art collection will be removed from their usual dwellings in government buildings across the world, and united under the roof of Birmingham’s Gas Hall, in their up-and-coming fascinating exhibition, Revealed. Continue reading

Eastern Electronics Festival
 – 19-24 November

November sees the return of Shaanti’s Eastern Electronics Festival to its birthplace, bringing a celebration of diverse British-Asian culture through a plethora of engaging events. The festival has been dubbed an invaluable platform for emerging artists, amplifying 21st century ideas regarding British-South-Asian culture, and celebrating heritage to become a focal point for local pride; this November’s festival is set to live up to this ethos indefinitely. Continue reading