Short break:
Sorry I’ve been a way for a couple of days; hordes of BIAD students were wanting consultations in their draft final essays, there were lectures to prepare, things to do with the house, and I have a new freelance gig from Andy Dawson at artsnet. For the latter I’m now supplying a regular news round-up & news stories, event details and basically filling his site up with useful arts-related stuff. If anyone has any Midlands arts news they want spreading, just send me an e-mail.

Fun with streaming:
Coventry’s Depot Studios have a good-looking new web-site, and a new gallery of four streaming Real videos. Tasty.

Fun with Fuji:
Congratulations to Andrew Sheppard of Stratford-upon-Avon’s Avon Studios. Andrew has won first prize and a trip to Japan (I’m jealous!), in Fujifilm‘s regional 7 Brides photography competition. 7 Brides aimed to show that wedding photography doesn’t have to be dull and conventional. The winning photos can be seen in the 16.01.02 edition of The British Journal of Photography. I’d like to try something like that myself, ‘the alternative wedding snaps’; so if anyone having a wedding in the West Midlands cares to invite me & my camera along…? 😉

Fun with Doddy:
Take a break from all the po-faced arty nonsense 😉 and try the simple fun of Ken Dodd’s Happiness Show when his 2002 tour hits the Black Country. On May 26th 2002 he visits the old-time splendour of the Wolverhampton Civic Hall (01902 552121). Book now for Wolverhampton; a classic venue, not a large capacity, and in a city renowned among comedians and bands for the consistent warmth of the audiences, plus home to hordes of ‘trendy retro’ students who worship Doddy. His 2001 tour often rolled on for over four hours of manic improvisation from this amazing 70 year old comedian. He can’t go on touring like this for many more years, so catch him while you can!

Was it something I said?:
Last week I had a little whinge about not being able to find much about Birmingham’s City of Culture 2008 bid on the web. Then, on Friday, a new bid web-site url pops up in The Birmingham Post, leading to what to the trained eye is a rather hastily assembed web-site, with no metatags and some dodgy mailto: coding. Still, it’s better than nothing, I suppose.