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Moselele – Eight Days A Week

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I had a great time last night at the first session of the Moselele Ukulele Group – known as Moselele.  No previous experience necessary, and I think that attitude was pretty much embraced.  Top marks to @dazwright for organising us and to my fellow ukenauts for a fun time.

We worked our way through the songbook and I think most of us were starting to get the hang of it.  Anyhoo, here’s our triumphant finale to the practice, Eight Days A Week.

Keep an eye on the website or follow the #moselele hashtag on Twitter to keep up with developments.

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April 2, 2010 at 10:08 pm

More Bluegrass from the Old Mo’

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Thought I’d post a few more tracks from the Old Moseley Arms Bluegrass Jam.  I didn’t go last week so these are from the 26 January.

Firstly, a standard, Sally Goodin, which I’m trying to learn so that’s the reason for posting this.  As with all the tracks in this post I’m only playing backing on it.  Maybe I’ll take a lead break next week.

Next up, a great  song that regular, Peter, has been teaching us, Cold Sheets of Rain.  No idea who wrote it but there’s a good version by the Hagars Mountain Boys on Spotify

Our version is better though.

And finally Flatt and Scruggs’ Foggy Mountain Breakdown.  

Some of you might recognise this from the movie Bonnie and Clyde where it was used for the car chase.  I think this is why a friend of mine calls banjo heavy bluegrass chase music.

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February 17, 2010 at 11:12 pm

Vote for Created In Birmingham in the 2008 Weblog Awards

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Created in Birmingham has been nominated for Best UK Blog in the 2008 Weblog Awards.  Please go vote for it.

What are you doing still reading this?  Go vote.  Do it now and do it once every 24 hours between now and 17:00 on 13th Jan.

There’s several reasons you should do this.   CiB is a great resource for keeping track of creative endeavours in Birmingham.  It’s not run by the council or some company.  It’s run by ordinary people who are doing it in their spare time.  It supports artists and other creative types.  In return the Birmingham online community which is strong, is getting behind CiB to support and canvas for it in these awards.

CiB has featured some of my photos in the past so this is my way of repaying that acknowledgement and support.  It was a big boost to my confidence in photography to see one of my pictures up there.

Evening Commute by Ian T Edwards

Evening Commute by Ian T Edwards

As I write it is in the lead but that lead is constantly under threat from the other main runner, the blog of a Daily Mail journalist with dubious views on a variety of topics.  So vote as often as you can please!!.

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January 11, 2009 at 7:16 pm

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Flux Feast

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Followers of the Birmingham Creative Scene will probably be aware of the Flux Festival that’s being run by Vivid at the moment showcasing various works from artists from the Fluxus movement.

I’m looking forward to the synaesthetic FluxFeast seven course(act) event taking place this week, on Wednesday 9 July involving SharedTable and the Maison Mayci cafe in Kings Heath.  A friend of mine is involved, hence the plug and it promises to be an interesting evening.

Always wondered what blue tastes off and what cheese sounds like.

Places still available but you need to book.  0121 766 7876 or email info@vivid.org.uk for tickets.

More details at the Vivid website.

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July 7, 2008 at 7:04 pm

Emergent Game

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This sounds like an interesting game and a fun diversion. I heard about this a while back, and it’s been appearing in all the usual places round the Brum blogging scene over the last few days so props to Created In Birmingham and Birmingham: It’s not shit! as usual. Not to steal anything from those august organs but for the benefit of my readers who don’t go there becuase it’s a little local, I’ll blog about it here.

It’s called Emergent and is some sort of forthcoming game/event/art thing concieved by Niki Pugh taking place in Birmingham in the coming months involving social networking technologies such as Twitter which is rapidly approaching some sort of critical mass at the moment. More details I’m sure will emerge in time but for now I think I shall follow the Ludens route and will be sorting out my avatar as instructed. See you in game, although according to the rules you may not know it’s me.

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April 7, 2008 at 10:10 pm

Access to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery’s storage collection – 5 April 2008

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Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery have a load of stuff not normally on display stored offsite in Nechells.  They are having a special open day on Saturday 5 April from 10:00 to 15:00 and are encouraging people to get down there and photograph their stuff (and get it posted to The Big Picture too).

I drive past the place almost every day and didn’t know it was there but I reckon I’ll be along on Saturday to take advantage of the opportunity.

From The Big Picture

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April 2, 2008 at 10:39 pm

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow – S Mark Gubb

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Last night I attended the opening of an exhibition at The City Gallery in Leicester by a mate, S. Mark Gubb, called Here Today, Gone Tomorrow.

Mark’s work often draws on Heavy Metal, skateboarding and horror movies in it’s influences, Here Today, Gone Tomorrow being a Ramones song.

The premise of the show is that the gallery is divided into two halves and entry to either half is controlled according to height. Mark is 5’7″ so this is the dividing line.
It raises interesting concepts about segregation on purely arbitrary ground, although it is possible to get a peek at what is on the other side as some of the photos I took show.

Those taller than 5’7″ will find a white cross made of lightbulbs, half a rainbow and a large poster declaring “You Suffer, But Why?” -a reference to the shortest song in the world by Napalm Death.


Those shorter than 5’7″ are only allowed in an area containing a pile of blank discarded placard, mirroring the poster; an inverted red cross of lightbulbs and the other half of the rainbow.

Those who are fortunate enough to be the same height as the artist are allowed in both sides.

Depending which of these three categories you fall into you are given a corresponding badge.

It’s a great show. Not just pretty pictures to look at but something for you to stop and think about for a few moments. If you have an idea of the references or mobile access to Google then you’d get a bit more out of it. There’s a few more photos at my Flickr page.

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March 15, 2008 at 11:53 pm

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