Digbeth is good tickled my fancy - an irreverent, cheerful, colourful site that perhaps confounds the expectations. Digbeth is (or was) spiritual home to Birds custard, Typhoo Tea and a lot of manufacturing, prior to the 1980s but now undergoing … [Read more...] about Digbeth is good, keep Digbeth vibrant….
I started this blog because i am passionate about the potential of ultra local publishing to empower and build communities. In August i put together some slides that made a more or less coherent pitch. And after much cursing at Slideshare (and the … [Read more...] about Listen to us – taking ultra local voice national
Although I live now in London's Kings Cross i spent 18 years in remote countryside so I was delighted to find this gem of a rural community site after a tip from Simon Berry. Parwich.org is community run site for four villages. unusually it has a … [Read more...] about Parwich.org – great rural community site in Derbyshire
Political folk have a slightly comtemptuous phrase for local street issues - the 'dog shit agenda'. "What are you going to do about the dog shit on my street?" etc. This sort of thing really matters to peopleprobably more than Georgian geopolitics … [Read more...] about Keep it local, simple, earthy – the dog sh*t agenda
Almost every community has a campaign on the go - they define and unite communities like nothing else. Both positive and negative campaigns unite more than they polarise, whether raising money for a childrens playground or campaigning against a … [Read more...] about Local campaigning online
Writing about local history brings out all sorts of people you just wouldn't expect. Every time I write a history piece at least one person with local links i have never heard of before contacts me out of the blue, either adding in their own … [Read more...] about Local history