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Ten things Birmingham can do to welcome the pirates

In a speech made today to an audience of Birmingham’s top business folk at the Big Debate, future seer and Financial Times super guru, Charles Leadbeater, encouraged Birmingham to become a home for pirates. Sadly, Leadbeater wasn’t suggesting repatriating the Somali sailors who’ve been wreaking havoc in the Gulf of Aden for the last couple […]

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 […]