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Creative Compass film at The Electric Cinema

If you happen to be self-employed, a student or have a kindly boss, you might want to pop along to The Electric Cinema on Tuesday 11th March at 2pm.

There’s a showing of Birmingham: The Creative City – a short film about some of the folk who took part in an EU-funded programme to grow and sustain Birmingham’s creative community by helping people into careers in various creative industries.

The film’s director, BAFTA-winner Natasha Carlish will be there, along with a few of the people who benefited from the programme. (I believe there will also be something in the way of food and drink, which for me is always a big draw.)

If you do fancy coming along, RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

You can find out more about the programme at

Did the earth move for you?

Not sure, but it just felt like an earthquake outside. That or a very big goose just landed on our roof. The birds have suddenly started singing at 1 in the morning, so something big has happened.

Wards in words

Last week I discovered a surprisingly fascinating blog called Strange Maps. Honestly, it’s riveting! It’s an eclectic and informative collection of ... you guessed it, strange maps.

One of the maps featured is a typographical guide to Chicago’s neighbourhoods (by Ork Posters) which, to someone like me who loves graphical wordy things, is stunning. So I decided – Chicago being twinned with Brum and all – to have a go at creating a typographical ward map of Birmingham, for no other reason than to see how it’d look. (Geek!)

Anyway, this is what I’ve got so far. It’s a work-in-progress and needs a few tweaks but I like how it’s coming along ...

(It should be reasonably accurate but the borders have been fairly dramatically simplified, so my apologies if your area’s been short-changed. And if you spot a typo, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)!)

Tinkle those ivories

“As part of the Urban Fusion Programme, 30 pianos will mysteriously appear overnight in streets, parks and public spaces across Birmingham. Each piano will have a small plaque attached stating Play Me I’m Yours.”

Luke Jerram’s Street Pianos is going to take place from 10th to the 23rd of March and, according to the BBC website, they’re after some old joannas to use for the project.

It’s being organised by Fierce! and anybody with a piano in a playable condition that they’d like to get rid of for free should contact Fierce! (by Friday 29 February). Also, if you fancy suggesting a location for one of the pianos you can do, by calling the Fierce! office on 0121 244 8080.

The project’s website isn’t live as yet, but once it is you’ll be able to post your Street Piano stories, films and photos on it.

Sounds fun. Must brush up my skills ...