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Swapping cigars for consoles

We were lucky enough to be invited along to a re-launch of sorts last night.

Part of Bar One Ten and Sanctum restaurant on Colmore Row, Alhambra used to be a cigar bar but the change to smoking laws has meant they’ve had to have a re-think. So, they’ve had some smart new screens installed and a row of Xbox consoles now line the room!

Not being much of a gamer (I’ll leave that to James), I just took in the ambience of the place. It’s a slightly strange mix – sumptuous Moroccan-style decor and the latest in gaming technologies – but somehow it works. And the cocktail menu is something special ...!

The changing face of Brum

James and I went along to the Council House yesterday evening to hear about the latest developments planned for the city.

The meeting itself was held in the Council Chamber which is stunning – green leather seats set along semi-circled steps around the room, with microphones dotted along the ledges in front. It felt like being at a summit meeting or something.

There were some interesting things discussed – not least some pretty major changes for the Jewellery Quarter, including a 10-year development planned along Carver and Pope Streets, just round the corner from us. We’ll be looking forward to seeing how it all progresses and, hopefully, boosts the city.

Another interesting tidbit was the hint that a rather high-profile television chef is in talks about possibly opening a restaurant on the top floor of the forthcoming Cube. I’m sure that the food would be a far cry from anything you’d get in a school canteen, for example ...

Young Professionals on Arts Boards

I’ve just signed up to a new scheme that Arts & Business have set up called Young Professionals on Arts Boards. As the name suggests, the scheme aims to bring together professionals and arts organisations by placing people such as myself onto a group’s Board.

It’s a great way for me get involved at some level with an arts organisation and to hopefully learn about all of the goings on, on a Board. Of course the arts groups hope to gain from our extensive industry experience and in my case they’ll have a wealth of design knowledge that will inevitably dribble from my mouth at some point.

Anyway A&B are in the scarey matching phase at the moment so watch this space.

Cure Zone

As alumni of UCE (now Birmingham City University) we like to have a nose at what the current students are getting up to so we went along to the opening of Cure Zone, an MA Visual Communication show at the Curzon Street Station building in Digbeth. There was some interesting work there, which was presented particularly well we thought, and the building itself is truly fantastic. I’d never even seen it before so it was a bit of a surprise actually.

Future use of the former station is up in the air at the moment but I hope that whatever it becomes it stays open to the public – it’s a stunning space.