I've got my dream job

I've got my dream job

Ever considered a drastic career change? Our new semi-regular feature will follow a typical day in the life of someone with a Super Cool Job™, letting you have an insight without having to hand in in your notice. This week we're talking to Holly, who probably spends more time thinking about restaurants than even my ICB colleagues, as she designed some of the chicest ones in town.

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Notes On... West Side Story

Notes On... West Side Story

After reviewing over a thousand applicants and holding enough rounds of auditions to make even Simon Cowell feel bleary-eyed, the cast for Birmingham Hippodrome’s home-grown youth production of West Side Story was chosen. As part of their 120th b’day celebs, the Hipp have created a dynamic reimagining of the Romeo & Juliet tale with a cast of young locals.

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Notes On... Genting Hotel

Notes On... Genting Hotel

In the League of Least Endearing First World Problems, complaining about not being able to go on holiday is right up there. So I won’t mention the thing I’m moaning about most this summer. But what if you could go away for a night, just a few miles from home, and feel a million miles away? Sign. Me. Up. Maybe even packing your suitcase, wearing your comfiest plane clothes, hopping off the train at B’ham International and pretending you're about to jet off to somewhere fabulous. But save yourself the flight time and just walk over to Genting Hotel at Resorts World. Maybe you could do that? Maybe I *did* that.

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Notes on... Madhead

Notes on... Madhead

MADHEAD may sound like a shlocky 80s horror, but the truth is it looks set to raise way more pulses when the National Youth Dance Company brings it to the Hippodrome's Patrick Studio, July 17. Thirty eight of the UK’s finest young body-movers fuse contemporary dance, physical theatre and hip-hop (...the hippie to the hip hip hop and you don't stop the rock...).

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Notes On... Deadwood

Notes On... Deadwood

tune on a seven-key xylophone that's missing two keys. Completely unrelated, Miloš Forman was one hell of a movie director before his death, last year. His filmography includes One Flew Over A Cuckoo's Nest, Amadeus, The People Vs Larry Flint and Man On The Moon. And his twin sons, Petr and Matěj are, for the first time in the UK, bringing a cast of 20 acrobats, dancers, singers and musicians to The Rep to perform Deadtown, a Wild West humdinger that sounds nuts in all the right ways. Just like their dad.

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Melly's Corelli

Melly's Corelli

The rise of fascism, the powers that be in constant conflict with each other and the stories of ordinary people being drowned out by shouty rhetoric. Sound familiar? The parallels that can be drawn between Captain Corelli’s Mandolin and the current sociopolitical climate aren’t lost on Director Melly Still. But she tells me how she wants to tell a human story, not an ideological one. 

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Your Local Athleisure Centre

Your Local Athleisure Centre

Wearing stretchy gym clothes to workout is expected, but carrying that level of comfy over to as many other engagements as possible is a personal life goal. We're not talking an old hoodie and some baggy Primark leggings here. Athleisure is the enduring cool casj, so I headed to the outlets at Resorts World to mooch their bargains and help us all channel ‘Celebrity Avoiding Paparazzi At The Airport’ Chic.

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Get A Hobby

Get A Hobby

Ever found yourself whiling away hours scrolling through Instagram when you could have been doing something (anything) more productive? I’m not denying anyone a good fall down a #NoFilter rabbit hole but your brain might thank you for a more creative pastime. These less than pedestrian hobbies might be just the tonic to reset your busy mind (and clip that phone screen time).

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