Archive for July, 2007

Le geek, c’est chic! Geek out!

BiNS brings word that a new gaming centre, Omega Sektor, is due to open soon (August 10th) in the city centre over near the Priory Shopping Centre, I think.

With over 400 dedicated PCs, a console gaming section, and a “chill out” cafe this is sure to attract the dedicated gamers in the area for some fragging action. I hope they have a powerful air conditioning in place; LAN parties aren’t usually easy on the olfactory nerves!

BOGOF @ AMC Broadway Plaza!

With the long list of summer blockbusters for 2007 (not to mention the terrible weather we’ve been having lately) there’s never been a better time to visit the movies. Think cinema tickets are a bit pricey? Well I stumbled across a BOGOF offer for the AMC cinema at Broadway plaza. Woohoo! The only catch, as I discovered today, is that you can’t use it to book tickets in advance (the showing must be the same day that you buy the tickets). Doh!

Greater Birmingham

Over on Brum Blog Pete Ashton brings to light an article from TEN4 Magazine entitled “Why can’t Birmingham do it like Manchester?” The article raises some good points, primarily focused on music festivals and the performing arts, however it is the comment by “Jean-Luc Fournier” which catches Pete’s attention.

Rather than me reprinting the comment I encourage you to pop on over to either BrumBlog or TEN4 to check it out. The gist of it is the great idea that we should unite the “West Midlands” area under the new title of “Greater Birmingham.” As you can see in the comments to Pete’s blog entry, not everyone agrees with the idea, but personally I can’t see how it would hurt. I can understand why local areas want to remain distinct rather than being thrown under the big Birmingham umbrella, but it’s not as if the history or character of any particular place is going to be erased or rewritten. “Greater Birmingham” would make the area much more easily identifiable, which can only help to increase awareness globally. Then again, perhaps that’s something people don’t want / care about.

*Fast Forward to the London Olympics, 2012*
Scenario A
Tourist A: Hey, let’s go to the Black Country Museum!
Tourist B: Great idea! Where’s that??
Tourist A: Hmm, “Greater Birmingham”…. hmm… Birmingham’s not too far away, so yeah, let’s go!

Scenario B
Tourist A: Hey, let’s go to the Black Country Museum!
Tourist B: Great idea! Where’s that??
Tourist A: Hmm, “Dudley” in “The Black Country”…. eh?? Where the frell is that? forget it.

Live Earth 07/07/07

“Only when the last tree has been cut down; Only when the last river has been poisoned;
Only when the last fish has been caught; Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.”

– American Indian Proverb

And there’s coverage from around the Metblog network, over in London (where one of the biggest concerts is taking place in the new Wembley stadium!) and Lahore. The guys over in LA have also pointed out that Al Gore’s son has been busted for speeding and illegal possession of drugs, but at least he was driving a hybrid, right?

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