Here we go, another year, another hustings. Another opportunity for a hapless group of chancers hoping we will let them rule us with a rod of iron for four more years. But this year it’s a bit different. Whoever wins only gets to feel the power for two years as it will be an all out election in 2018. It’s also the last year that Kings Heath and Moseley residents have to sit awkwardly side by side pretending that we have any interest in whether or not it’s that difficult to turn right outside the Dreams Bed Superstore. In 2018 there will be a shiny new Moseley and nobody has clue whether or not they’ll be living in it or not. Hands up, before I start this I have to admit that I accidentally joined the Labour Party last year. It was September, we were all breathlessly excited about “new” politics, I got carried away. Since then I’ve tried to leave the Labour party but its Kafkaesque bureaucracy actually makes that easier said than done. So if you want to infer any sort of bias in this then feel free. Only five candidates this year, some old favourites, two first timers. Also the shock omission of, seemingly permanent, hustings chair David Isgrove. I’m a bit concerned that I am about to head into this election without knowing where he stands on each question. It’s a bit like riding a bike without stabilisers. This year’s co-chairs were Izzy from Moseley and […]
We all know there are only two things that make people who live in Moseley happy. The unmatched thrill of watching house prices reach unsustainable levels and eating a slap up meal at any one of the ridiculous number of restaurants, cafes, pubs or gastro pubs. Whatever the difference between the last two is. The most recent food hygiene ratings demonstrate that eating in Moseley can be every bit as dangerous as crossing the Alcester Road after closing time. We all know you shouldn’t buy chips from the Kingfisher, that’s just common sense, but what about the others? What about a tasty Caribbean treat at the Carib Grill? Perhaps not with bad hygiene, bad structural compliance and little confidence in the management. Health rating zero. There’s always the Village Inn with its craft ales and a bicycle hanging on the wall. That’s got to be alright hasn’t it? It wouldn’t appear in the Birmingham Mail’s list of the best food pubs in Birmingham if it posed a risk to your health would it? With poor hygiene, bad structural compliance and little confidence in management it doesn’t look it should be on your list for tasty treats. Health rating zero. Notably, Nathaniel’s Bistro got a previous zero rating and was so shocked by it that it changed its name to Daniel’s. A recent inspection gave it a hygiene rating of one. Perhaps spending a bit more time on cleaning the place up rather than making new signs would have […]
They said it couldn’t be done but Moseley has at last dealt a fatal blow to global capitalism. With Lloyd’s Bank’s announcement that it will be closing its doors for a final time in June we see the historic moment that we’ve rid our village of the pernicious taint of international finance. Corrupt banking institutions might have conspired to bring the world economy to its knees but they were no match for the collective will of Moseley residents. Much like Christ driving the money lenders from the temple we’ve finally cleansed Moseley of the criminal influence that was clouding the minds of our children. The closure of Lloyds will undoubtedly mean that the building, on the corner of Alcester Road and Woodbridge Road, will be turned into an artists collective, or possible even a park. To celebrate this event we’re all heading down the pub later. Though I’ve got to go to Kings Heath to get some cash because the bloody banks took their cash points with them. Bastards.
As the Boundary Commission revealed its exciting plans to redraw Birmingham many thought this was the result of bureaucratic incompetence. We can now know that the decision to remove Moseley from Moseley was actually a decision taken at the highest level of Government. We can exclusively reveal that David Cameron personally intervened to ensure that the majority of Moseley should be incorporated into Balsall Heath. A spokesperson for Downing Street told us “Whilst the Prime Minister has enjoyed his frequent visits to Balsall Heath he has felt they were lacking. Having a community plan is all very well but if you want someone like the Prime Minister to spend a night in your little town then you are going to have to show him some of the things he’s more familiar with. Mr Cameron has made it clear that if he is to be expected to go to Balsall Heath anymore then it needs at least one Michelin Star restaurant, some houses with decent en suite bathrooms and at least one person that knows what a decent Pinot Noir is. ” We asked the Boundary Commission for comment on their ludicrous proposal and they gave us this statement. “Whilst we recognise that these plans will undermine hundreds of years of local history and split apart an engaged and active community, it’s not all about you. You are more than welcome to elect some slightly more Conservative representatives and then we’ll look at putting your community back together. ” Today’s safe […]
So that’s it then, The Prince of Wales has gone. Shut down by evil property developers whose only concern is the selfish pursuit of profit at the expense of a vibrant community. But wait, what if there was a man that could save us? What if there was a man that embodies everything about Moseley? A man who the mere site of would get these so called builders to pack up their poncey mixed use development and leg it back to London, or wherever they came from. Well it looks like the Prince have found their man as Wolf from Gladiators will be fronting the planned campaign of civil disobedience that, it is hoped, will save our cherished boozer. A spokesperson for The Prince of Wales Corporation told us “We’re delighted that Mr Wolf has agreed to support us in promoting our most current petition. It’s a perilous time for us and we need someone that has been tested in battle to galvanise support. We know we’ve been under threat before. When they brought the smoking ban in, when planning permission for these flats was granted in 2007, when planning permission was granted again in 2011, when Ebola broke out on Trafalgar Road. This time it’s different, the threat of hypothetical complaints from people who don’t live in flats that haven’t been built yet is very real.” A representative from the Change.org petition site told us “We love Moseley, we really do. We love your barely contained simmering rage, […]
It is with some jubilation that we can now report that Cambridge Road have been successful in their bid to raise money for authentic heritage street lighting. Earlier this year residents of Cambridge Road were thrown into collective panic when they were informed by the Council that:- the only affordable street lighting are the ugly, tall thin columns that light the place up like a football stadium. Whilst some would say the Council were being unduly harsh on the quality of their street lighting, the residents of Cambridge Road didn’t have time to ponder semantic trifles, no, they banded together to bring their community to action. Launching a crowd sourced appeal for funding they hoped the communities of Birmingham would recognise their plight. Birmingham didn’t disappoint. One resident told us “We know other people in Moseley are sniggering at our precious attitude to urban amenities but they don’t live our lives and they don’t see our problems. When you leave the house at 6:30 on a cold February morning to get that early flight to Courchevel to go and stay in Imogen’s chalet you don’t want to see the harsh glare of an LED off the Frozen finish of a Series 8 BMW. You may laugh but the luminosity of the finish on a Series 8 is completely different to the sort of Series 5 you get in Blenheim Road or even an Audi A3 in Woodfield Road.” Whilst confusion has persisted on what exactly “heritage lighting” is it would seem there […]
As Carters is finally awarded its first Michelin Star Moseley residents have risen as one to celebrate the moment that we’re finally as good as Harborne. The people of Harborne have long lauded it over us with their so called fine dining but all that’s changing now. Yes, Harborne has got the best fancy dress based carnival in the country, yes Harborne has got a posh swimming pool and yes Harborne does have the only Bathstore in South Birmingham. But so what? We all know swimming is stupid, and fancy dress is ridiculous. Low cost, high quality bathrooms are quite a good thing, we’ll give them that. Look at all we’ve got, we’ve got a secret park, we’ve got a supplementary planning document and we’ve even got a 20 year old promise to open our railway station. People in Harborne don’t think about going to work on the train, no they get buses (like we do but it won’t be like this in the future). Most importantly we have the Michelin Star restaurant that we deserve. This wouldn’t have happened if they’d opened a Tesco next door. No this happened because Moseley is on the front line fighting for the entitlement of the Middle Classes. There is also a fairly significant contribution from Brad and Holly who make all the food. So come on Harborne, do you want some?
High Street regeneration experts and gastronauts are expected to land on Moseley High Street this week to witness the revolution in food retail that is happening on our doorsteps. The opening of Moseley’s sixth South Asian eatery has confounded experts who have long maintained that Moseley reached peak curry some time ago. One expert told us “This is fascinating, who would risk everything to open a curry house in an area where there are already restaurants providing nearly one thousand covers within meters? In fact who would bother trying to break into this market when you’re less than a mile from the single greatest concentration of South Asian restaurants in Europe. Anyone that’s got the nerve to do that must have spotted a gap in the market that’s eluded everyone else.” We asked curry experts just what could be behind this bold move. Mr Kababish, who has supplied curry to Moseley for over 30 years, told us “We’re baffled, Piquant have got the market in curly poppadoms mostly sown up, Imlees have specialised in putting an egg on top of everything, the Tipu Sultan have the incongruous use of heavy artillery as décor, even we’ve cornered the market in crazy offers where we sell you curry for nothing for no apparent reason. What are they going to do? Make curry out of gold? LOL. Actually I think Priya make their curry out of gold.” Long time readers will remember the great Moseley hairpocalypse of 2002 where the saturation of […]
We told you this would happen. You wouldn’t listen would you? Sitting there in your big house swooning over the oligarchs moving in next door. When Wetherspoons first tried to move into Moseley in 2000 we told you it would undermine the very fabric of our village. We told you that it was only the start and we’d be overwhelmed with “chain” businesses forcing the plucky entrepreneurs from our High Street. Now 15 years later it’s all coming true. It looks like the mega-chain Boston Tea Party are coming and they’re going to take our land. If that wasn’t affront enough it looks like they’re planning on building a functional business on one of our much cherished empty garages. We need to make this stop. We have ten empty retail premises in Moseley and if they keep getting hoovered up at this rate it will be only 150 years before Moseley High Street looks nothing like it does today. Is that what you want? Well that’s what’s going to happen. If we’re going to stop Moseley from being trampled under the jack boot of capitalism we need to pull together. We managed it when we saw off those developers who wanted to build us a new GP Surgery with much needed Primary Care capacity. We kicked them out of town and we’ve got a large empty site to prove it. We need to tell these people that whilst we do like an artisan tea we only want one that’s […]
There was a growing concern across Moseley today as residents and shoppers alike reported that their eyes were bleeding. It has been confirmed that what was intended as an eye catching redecoration of the much loved Fino mens hairdressers has resulted in a number of retinas literally exploding. Mr Fino told us “You don’t like it? It’s green with just a hint of yellow. At night it lights up the village just like it was day. You can also see it from space…… apparently.” A typically livid response from the Moseley Society simply read “It’ll have to go.” When asked to expand on this they told us “Yes, this is a conservation area but we’re not trying to conserve rainbows”.