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Shout-Out To The Independents: MEDICINE

Please note: this post is in collaboration with Point And Perceive, a brilliant photographer specialising in landscape and portrait shots. You can find him on Instagram or on his website – please go show him some love! *** Hidden at the top of New Street, Birmingham; Medicine is an urban version of The Secret Garden– Read More

Tea Stained Photo Journal: Ikon’s Floating Boats

One of my favourite places to be in Birmingham is Bridleyplace. This is the area that surrounds part of the Birmingham Canals, a microcosm of its own modern making. Here you can find countless shops, restaurants, pubs and cafes. And although it may seem strange, a cinema hides in the corner of The Mailbox as Read More

Tea-Stained Photo Journal: Tipsy Pancakes

Forget Pancake Day- at Jekyll & Hyde’s, it’s Pancake Week! Part of Bitters N Twisted’s range of independent bars, this establishment is popular for its variety of alcohol and hypnotising interior design. In the centre of the Colmore Business District in Birmingham, this boozy bar boasts some beautiful Victorian interior design. Moody, clay coloured walls Read More

Tea-Stained Photo Journal: Birmingham’s Dazzling Chinese New Year Celebrations

We’re a five-minute walk away when we first hear the drums. It echoes intensely down the street, the sound of a quickening heartbeat. We walk faster just in time to see vibrant dragon tails dancing through the entrance of The Arcadian. They wriggle through the entrance in time to the music, enlarging crowds following close Read More

8 Tips To Help You Survive Coach Trips

Travelling by coach isn’t always as easy as it may seem. I have been travelling by coach or bus for the past three years. Five days a week I wake up early in the morning to catch a bus for an hour to get to work. To see my Dad, I need to catch a Read More

Working and Sleeping at Gladstone Library

I walk under wooden beams and in between timeworn bookshelves. The scent of book dust is everywhere, and the sound of creaking erupts from the floorboards at every step. It’s nearly 10pm at Gladstone Library, and the doors to the Theology Room are about to be locked. Tiptoeing down a refurbished spiral staircase, I pen Read More

3 of the Strangest Tourist Attractions in Exeter, UK

Exeter: a hub of dusted-off antiquity, well-nurtured religion and the home to quickly developing eateries. With seven National Trust sites and a handful of action-packed festivals (which range from food to gardens and anything in between), this underrated city in the south-west of Britain has a wealth of tourist attractions pulling people from all over Read More

What, Where, When and Why: Birmingham’s German Market Explained

With this year being the 17th year in a row that the German Market has swept the streets of Birmingham, it’s about time that we looked back to figure out what the occasion actually means. Majority of people don’t know why the German Market exists in Birmingham, and often get confused with where and when Read More

Tea-Stained Photo Journal: Christmas Lights in the City

It’s easy to imagine what a city looks like at night. From a distance, block buildings stand tall and dark, small yellow squares blinking on and off every so often. Lamposts mark a path through buildings and motorways, vehicle headlights moving slowly on the far-off trail of tarmac. Small dots of mustard yellows and blaring Read More

Tea-Stained Photo Journal: Trail to the Train Tracks

I’ve always found train tracks to be very calming. They shouldn’t be really- I consider crossing train tracks the equivalent to standing at the edge of a cliff: one wrong step and you could be dead. Yet in most cases, train tracks tend to be surrounded by nature that (if you’re like me and barely Read More

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