As soon as they announced there was no PA we knew there was going to be trouble. For an election that nobody wanted it certainly dragged a lot of people out to listen to four candidates explain why the Hall Green constituency is not a foregone conclusion. This year’s Hustings Chair was a return for David Isgrove, one of Moseley Forum’s previous Chairs. As he announced that the current Moseley Forum Chair was not able to host this meeting because she had joined the Lib Dems, there was a gentle frisson of tension across the audience. We all realised that shit had just got real. David has an individual style of chairing hustings that usually involves ensuring he gets the first chance to answer the questions and scrupulously ensuring that his bias for the Conservative candidate is obvious to all. Each candidate got to make an opening statement. Jerry Evans (Lib Dems) – Jerry has regularly stood for this job and is an old hand at Hall Green hustings. He represented Springfield for 13 years (does anyone know where Springfield is?). He would be a committed MP and demonstrate that through writing a newsletter and promising to live in Dovey Road. This possibly takes the rules about living in the constituency too literally. As a Councillor, he wrote over 34,000 letters for constituents. For anyone that turned up to the 2015 hustings that’s an increase of 2,000 letters in just over twenty-four months. That includes the […]
It’s exciting times in Moseley. It seems that Mr Mayor, Andy Street, has kept his promise and started immediate work on opening Moseley station. Maintaining his reputation as the sort of man that gets thing done, he has started getting things done. He told us “I woke up on Saturday morning and realised a new day had dawned on the West Midlands, both literally and figuratively. I threw off my 4.5 tog Hungarian goose feather duvet, ripped open my Alexander leaf lined curtains and remembered the promises I had made to the good people of Moseley. I said to myself “Andy, you’re a man of your word and you told the people of Moseley that they would have a new railway line and by Jiminy that’s what you’ve got to give them”. So I telephoned for an Uber on my Apple iPhone 7 plus and headed for Woodbridge Road. After spending years working behind the tills I’m used to working on a Saturday, that’s what you get with a man of business. Anyway, I’ve been using my Spear & Jackson digging spade and I’ve made two trenches that the metal things will go in. I’ve got a man coming on Wednesday to plug it all in. I think you should be able to use the train on Friday, we probably need to let it settle in a bit because of health and safety. If there are any problems let me know, I’ll be in Sutton Coldfield building one hundred thousand executive […]
Do you remember 2012? When referendums were new and exciting and they came to us and asked us “Do you want a mayor?”, and we rose with one voice and said “No, we don’t want a mayor.” Well, the will of the people doesn’t mean quite the same thing when it doesn’t threaten to cause a rift in the Conservative party. OK, it’s not quite the same job we turned down, this new mayor won’t have the budget that a Birmingham mayor would have, they won’t have anywhere near the powers that a Birmingham mayor would have had and will cover a geographic area that I defy anyone to try and draw. Any hustings is only as good as the person chairing and whether they can resist giving their own answers to each question. This year we got Karen Osborne from Brandwood Forum. Each candidate gave a quick introduction followed by four questions for all candidates, and then some random local questions thrown in. I’m not going through all of it. It was a long long meeting where all of the candidates agreed on just about everything. Graham Stevenson (Communist Party) – Graham doesn’t want to be mayor, he doesn’t think there should even be a mayor, good man. He likes big meetings, he doesn’t like neo-liberal economics and believes all the money is hidden in the Cayman Islands. Always good to end on a fact. Sion Simon (Labour Party) – Sion can’t use a microphone very well. After a few […]
Checkmate Moseley, checkmate. As the liberal metropolitan elite of Moseley made legitimate, and frequently contradictory, claims that the opening of Costa Coffee signalled an era where our children would be enslaved and our jobs taken, it turns out the truth was so much more surprising. Whilst Costa Coffee’s glossy corporate image could have destroyed our gentle village ways they have literally changed the game right in front of our eyes. Costa have announced to us that whilst it is likely they will still enslave our children they will also be making a significant investment in Moseley technology. Using cutting edge hydroponic technology, patented in North Moseley, Costa will endeavour to ensure that all of its coffee is grown, harvested and roasted within B13. That’s it, they’re now more local than a tedious story about Tolkien or a copy of NME with Ocean Colour Scene on the front. As Costa Coffee seek to reinvigorate the rental market through their network of grow houses; we say goodbye to the smell of weapons grade skunk as we wake up to the exotic aroma of fresh local coffee.
The Moseley Traders Association regret to announce that item two on next week’s meeting agenda, “Turning Meat Into Gold”, has had to be cancelled. The take no prisoners expose of the thriving Birmingham street food scene was set to reveal how anyone with a pound of sausages and some baps can literally print money. Unfortunately Simon Dunmore, the inventor of hotdogs with mince, has been detained for nine years after accidentally importing a weight of MDMA from Holland. The Chair of the Moseley Traders Association told us “This is very disappointing, as a fan of caravans, quality meat and MDMA I was keen to find out the secret to Simon’s success. Instead Mr Nima will once again explain to us how if you sell things that people want it just seems to work.” A spokesperson for the Prince of Wales said “Does anyone want to buy a caravan? Go on, twenty million quid and it’s yours. It smells of chips a bit but….. Please take it, Keith will only make us convert it into something outlandish like an opium den if it stays here.” Our only regret is that we never got round to trying those spicy sausages.
We didn’t exactly ask for it but we’ve got it. At last we have two massive restaurants selling generally average pizzas. As an added bonus they’re both within a couple of meters of each other, which is handy if you really like pizza. It’s odd as Moseley hasn’t really expressed much of an interest in pizza previously. We’ve lived with Al Capone’s sorry attempts at pizza and hygiene for years and we’ve been largely happy with that. There certainly isn’t much indication that there is a latent population of pizza lovers that can fill nearly 150 covers a night spending an average of £11 on a pizza. There is an old truism in Moseley retail, nobody can have an original idea. If you open a curry house then in months there will be six of them. If you want to run a hairdressing business then in minutes there will be another five, that doesn’t include barbers, which we have three of. We have a population of around 8000 people and eight places to get your hair cut. We’ve watched this with bewilderment for years but opening two almost identical restaurants within months of each other is just ridiculous. Opening two massive restaurants demonstrates little comprehension of how business works. The natural customers for both are people entertaining their parents who are up from Suffolk for the weekend, who don’t like curry, or leaving dos for people that have just finished working at the Council after twenty years. It’s probably fair […]
Moseley’s Spring Offensive began last night with historic gains on all fronts being reported. Whilst much of South Birmingham spent the weekend arsing about with barbecues, meticulous preparations from Moseley Militias meant that many of our neighbours were caught unaware as tanks rolled across their borders. Notable gains include Highbury Park, Cannon Hill Park, Balsall Heath Park, Moseley Bog and the Milan Sweet Centre. A statement from Moseley Forum stated “It has long been our intention to create a homeland where the sort of person that still buys the Guardian on a Saturday and unselfconsciously has some hummus in the fridge, can live side by side with someone that shares these middle class values. We saw the plans that petty minded bureaucracy had to subvert our values and way of life and realised that only aggressive expansionism could preserve our civic history. To that end the brave people of Moseley have secured a historic victory, rich new lands and an important buffer between us and those that envy our gentrification.” One unexpected gain has been a significant part of Kings Heath’s Pineapple estate. Current residents will be invited to demonstrate whether they do hold Moseley values and if not their houses will be cleared and made into an artists collectives. Although we have seen some important wins, much heavier than expected fighting on the Eastern front has meant that, as yet, we’ve been unable to secure Sarehole Mill from the people of Hall Green. Sarehole Mill is an essential […]
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.