All posts for the month October, 2009

Moseley Road Baths

Last night I went to Moseley Road Baths for the first time. The swimming pool complex, opened on October 30, 1907, is the only Grade II-listed baths in England and an extraordinary example of Edwardian public architecture. I’ll be going back there again on Saturday, for the Memories and Memorabilia day, where I hope to […]

Wyndley Leisure Centre

I’ve not had a chance to swim at Wyndley Leisure Centre, but regular swimmer Dominic Riordan was kind enough to send me his thoughts on the bath. I’ve included them below: “Wyndley’s pretty good: it’s recently been refurbished , although it doesn’t seem like much has been done. The lanes are quite tight, and it’s […]

Harborne pool

This morning I swam at Harborne Baths. It took a bit more than 40 minutes from my home close to Five Ways shopping centre, in Ladywood. The swim was a very pleasant experience, as my short video, below, records. It only took about 10 minutes to go back on the bus and I didn’t have […]

Newtown baths to reopen ‘early next year’

Newtown baths will reopen ‘early next year’ after the discovery of asbestos in its ceiling forced it to close in May. Birmingham City Council announced that the £140,000 required to remove the dangerous substance and build new structural supports had now been secured. Councillor Martin Mullaney, cabinet member for leisure, sport and culture, welcomed the […]

Mosely Rd Baths: memories, the future and the first national swimming musuem?

Yesterday I managed to grab a chat with Russ Spring, the chairman of the Friends of Moseley Road Baths. Russ was able to tell me a bit more about the Friends’ plans for the Memories and Memorabilia Day at the baths on Saturday and how it feeds directly into a longer term project, the eventual […]

The state of Birmingham’s swimming pools

On Saturday, supporters of the Moseley Road Baths will gather at the Grade II-listed buildings for a special event celebrating Birmingham’s most well-known, but at-risk swimming pool. Moseley Road Baths, Memories and Memorabilia – which hopes to offer all comers an insight into this unique building – couldn’t come at a more crucial time for […]

Meeting Channel 4’s digital commissioners

Today Channel 4’s digital commissioners were in Birmingham to explain their plans for 2010 and give the great and the good of the city’s creative community a run down of the dos and don’ts of pitching to the projects they’re running. Jason Hall, head of innovation at Screen West Midlands had the job of introducing […]

A list: WordPress alternatives for news

This morning we’ve been learning a lot about CMS. Paul Bradshaw, with the help of a few friends, came up with a list of alternatives to WordPress that might be of interest to people thinking of running a news-based site. Quickly, then, here’s the list:- Drupal, with Open Publish Epression engine Django Ellington CMS Thanks […]

How readerships differ from print to online at the Daily Telegraph

I was lucky enough to be among a small group of online journalism students who yesterday had the chance to the pick the brains of Kate Day, recently appointed the Community Editor at the Daily Telegraph. Kate gave us a fascinating insight into life in the famous broadsheet’s online arm. I asked Kate about her […]

Why ‘User Generated Content’ is stupid

About three years ago I attended a very interesting conference. Nominally at least its purpose was to provide a group of journalists and editors from one of Britain’s largest local newspaper publishing groups with the tools and ideas required to grapple with the new digital age. Each editor and journalist attending the conference was facing […]