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OPINION: The invisible line

Words by Ed King “What are you in to?” I’m never certain how to respond, a bad position for a writer. I usually joke “everything from Tori Amos to Techno”, which is an adequate description of my iTunes account whilst allowing me to disguise my disdain behind alliteration. “MARACAS”, I should shout, or some equally asinine distinction; […]

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OPINION: A thorn by any other name…

Words by Ed King I move around a lot, for work. The polite term is peripatetic. And for the first time since 2008 I find myself in Birmingham during the Conservative Party conference, with all the fervor and false promise such a political bandwagon contains – whatever its colour scheme. But this isn’t a party […]

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OPINION: Simmer Down’s most important success

By Ed King. Follow him @EdKing2210 So a week and a day ago, Simmer Down Festival ’14 happened; an alleged 20,000 people turned up to Handsworth Park, for the fifth festival from our friends at The Drum. And whilst we wait for the official pictures and press release to corroborate these numbers, the last thing to swallow is […]

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OPINION: Brutalising Brummie Brutalism

By Althea Patterson – first published on 07.01.14 / http://foxhunter7.wordpress.com _____________ “The terraces on floors four and seven are closed due to adverse weather, thank you.” I laughed wryly as the broad, thick Birmingham accent boomed over the public address system. I’m sat with coffee, notebook and pen in the fairly pricey cafe in the […]

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OPINON: Dear Hysteria… an open letter to Benefits Street

By Ed King Your name is wrong. In fact, it’s your biggest problem. I watched your first episode on Sunday morning, as a 1am repeat, and kept asking the screen “what’s this have to do with benefits?” Yes there was a young couple under investigation for benefit fraud, and the subject of rescinded claims was […]

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