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On this day ...

Categories: Extra-curricular, Jewellery Quarter

in 1453 the One Hundred Years’ War ended, with the French defeating the English at the Battle of Castillon.

in 1717 King George I of Great Britain sailed down the Thames River on a barge with 50 musicians who premiered Handel’s Water Music.

in 1917 the British Royal Family adopted the name of the House of Windsor in place of their German family name, Saxe-Coburg-Gotha.

in 1955 Disneyland opened in Anaheim, California.

in 1957 TV presenter Fern Britton was born (and today also happens to be her last day on This Morning).

in 1975 The spacecraft Apollo docked with Soyuz 19 and, through a hatch, US commander Thomas P Safford shook hands with his Soviet counterpart Aleksei Leonov.

in 1999 New Scientist magazine ran an article about the health benefits of a nice cup of tea.

… and on this day in 2009 Likemind Birmingham celebrated its second birthday with coffee, tea, chat – and cakes!

Touchy, feely ... smelly?

Categories: Nice stuff

I love the interwebs as much as (or perhaps even more than) the next person but there ain’t nothing like a beautiful piece of print to really make my day.

I think it’s the smell, the texture and perhaps also the finality of print that can just make it something really special.

Anyway, I got a copy of the latest limited edition Love to Print book through the post recently and it’s a stormer – the charming, hand-printed cover just made me want to see inside.

And on the inside; there are lots of different styles of drawing – detailed, simple, witty, cute, graphical, sketchy – but they all illustrate an obsession of each of the artists. These obsessions include photography, butterflies, cupcakes and dinosaurs. (Oh, and cats, which lots of people who are obsessed with the internet also seem to be into!)

It’s just a lovely thing to look through, to hold … and, yes, to smell. I think perhaps that’s one of my little obsessions – I’m compelled to sniff fresh print. Yum.

“Obsession – A Zine of Drawing Obsessions” will be available to buy soon. Keep an eye on the Love to Print blog for details.

Community in the city

Categories: Events, Extra-curricular, Jewellery Quarter

So, I guess it's not just the sense of community round here that I find quite heartwarming – it's also the strong sense of industriousness, initiative-taking and just plain old 'getting things done'. The next 24 Carrots is on Saturday 19th September outside The Big Peg, from 9am until 3pm. (There's a Flickr group with lots of photos if you want an idea of what it was like. Join and add your photos if you went along!) The next Likemind Coffee Morning (and the event's 2nd birthday!) is on Friday 17th July, at Saint Caffe on St Pauls' Square, from 8am until 10ish. If you're on Twitter and in the Quarter: @MyJQ – a hyper-local what's on guide run by resident Brian Simpson @24_Carrots – for Farmers' Market updates @likemind – for coffee morning reminders MyJQ also has a Tumblr – check out this video from the last Likemind! There are probably loads more things I've missed – feel free to add stuff in the comments.