Nikki Pugh for a mystery tour on our bicycles. We met at Birmingham Open Media (BOM) where we are both inaugral fellows and which hosted my Bioprospecting Birmingham earlier in the year. At the exhibition Nikki spotted that we both had the same old map of Birmingham (printed by Bartholomews)- but hers had some intersting additions - some curious black blobs.
At each location I took a Sphere photo to see if we could document the area and potential spot the similarities. Thats what you can see below once they've been liniarized. All suggestions are welcome! Our passers-by were going for pubs though this didn't pan out as some of the blobs are on Cadbury Quaker land with its ban on pubs and we had the suggestion through Twitter that they could be from water pumps, which are no longer there!
National Library of Scotland website has access to some great old maps - if you find anything let us know! The order from the top is:
1. Us looking at the map at Kings Norton Junction (there was no blob here but there was for the rest of these locations),
2. Junction of Station Road and Camp Land, Kings Norton
3. Woodland Lane near Pine Walk, Northfield,
4. Junction of Hole Lane and Heath Road, Northfield,
5. Fordhouse Lane near Beilby Road, Stirchley,
6. Junction of Hallam street and Willows Road, Edgbaston,
7. Junction of Mary Street and Edward Road, Edgbaston,
8. Junction of Sir John's ROad and Pershore Road, Selly Park.
Friday, July 24, 2015
Friday, July 10, 2015
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Little Baby's Ice Cream shop to try out some of their unusual ice cream flavours. We tried one of each between us by having two of their tasting dishes! My favourite was the strawberry pink peppercorn, though the pizza (thats the orange coloured one) was pretty popular with the group too!
Wednesday, June 03, 2015
Monday, May 25, 2015
I had a fantastic day on Saturday at Loaf in Stirchely learning to make croissant, brioche and cinnamon buns with Tom Baker - yes that really is his name and he certainly lives up to it. The techniques were precise but surprisingly simple - what is required is time and patience. The freezer is now bursting with tasty treats - as we couldn't possible have eaten them all on the day!
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Friday, March 27, 2015
BOM) running an interactive DIY-Bio session called Bioprospecting Birmingham to see if we can grow some bacteria in the gallery that has been sourced from the buildings and monuments of Birmingham. I made a short video to explain what I was up to!
You can make agar at home too - take a look at Dr Simon Park's Exploring the Invisible website for information and saftey considerations.
Monday, March 16, 2015
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Last night we headed to the Great Western Arcade and Bistro 1847. This super little vegetarian restaurant is named for the year the Vegetarian Society started. The food was divine - local, fresh and very beautifully presented. We were tempted to have one of the tasting menus but had a la carte in the end: carrot falafel with feta ice cream, mushrooms with potato crackling, leek crepe, mushroom ragout with parsley dumplings, whipped squash with plum and chocolate and crunchie parfait!