For the love of pod

For the love of pod

A serious side effect of finding a new I can’t stop listening kind of podcast is wanting to tell the world about it. I’ve gone for a more manageable approach and I’m just sharing with you lovely lot instead. Oh, and I’ve tasked my colleagues Tom and Katy to tell you about theirs too. But be warned, if you find your New Favourite Podcast from this bijou roundup, you’re contractually obliged to share the knowledge with everyone you know.

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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... Postural Alignment Therapy

Notes On... Postural Alignment Therapy

I've always had a bad back. I tan well, smile a lot and have a spine that pathologically hates me. Or does it? Postural Alignment Therapy (or "PAT") isn't physio, or yoga, or osteopathy — it's a system of personalised exercises that works by addressing the causes of pain, rather than focussing on the symptom itself. It's about gently firing up weak, underused muscles and helping to switch off muscles that are taking too much strain.

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Notes On... The Drop Out

Notes On... The Drop Out

During the early years of her biotech company Theranos, Elizabeth Holmes took to wearing a black turtleneck every day, in the style of her hero, Steve Jobs. She hired ex-Apple staff and brought in their iconic advertising agency TBWA\Chiat\Day. There's also speculation that she consciously changed her speaking voice to a deeper register, so she would be taken more seriously. And somehow, these are some of the less weird things Holmes has done.

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Notes On... Sky By The Water

Notes On... Sky By The Water

If someone blindfolded you, put you on a train at New Street, and removed the blindfold only after pushing you through the doors of Sky By The Water, you probably wouldn’t think you were at Resorts World, or even in Birmingham. You’d probably also be like  “Why did you blindfold me? That was kind of traumatic” but then “Wow this place is beautiful, can I live here now?”

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Notes On... Dogs on Netflix

Notes On... Dogs on Netflix

My Instagram explore page is 90% dog videos and 10% No Context Louis Theroux posts. I lose hours of my life watching Huskies try to find their hiding owners and German Shepherds catching treats in slow motion (with hilarious consequences, obvs). What I’m saying is, I can and do watch the most banal of dog-related content, so praise be to Netflix for creating some beautifully shot, tear-inducing, quality canine TV too.

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Notes On... Afternoon tea at Nocturnal Animals

Notes On... Afternoon tea at Nocturnal Animals

Decapitated Barbies and pig-shaped macarons with eighties bangers for your soundtrack isn't exactly what you might think of when someone invites you for a spot of afternoon tea. But when this is the invite and chef patron Alex Claridge is the one in charge, you're not in normal town anymore. You're in new kid on the neon block, Nocturnal Animals.

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