IT’S ALREADY AUTUMN… FU LOVES THE MIDLANDS #22
Another week another… well, week. I cannot believe we are almost in September! Looking out of my office window at one minute dark, rain soaked skies and the next bright, bright sunshine I’m not sure if I’m in June or November! With reports of high winds on the way though it’s safe to say that the fabulous weather we’ve enjoyed has well and truly abandoned us all and we’ve been left with what feels like an early autumn – not that we’re complaining too much. There is something atmospheric about misty walks with the dogs although we could do without the mucky paws afterwards.
But with exam results released this week (let’s hope they don’t screw up the GCSEs like the did A Levels) I guess it really is time to start planning for Autumn. Why not make use of then rainy days and, like us, sort out your wardrobe ready for the new season. Donate what no longer makes your heart flutter and go out and support your local retailers by investing in some of the latest trends.
Who cares if life nowadays is more tracksuits than tiaras? Whatever you do, do it looking your best.
Until next time
Stay Safe, stay fabulous, stay supportive.
Jon, Kevin and the FUFighters
OBLIGATORY BAD JOKE
Which Spice Girl can hold the most petrol?
SOFT TOUCH SHORTLISTED TO WIN £100, 000
One of our favourite community charities, Soft Touch Arts, is currently shortlisted to win £100,000 in the Persimmon Homes Building Futures awards. The charity which use art and music to engage with and change the lives of local disadvantaged young people needs more votes and they’re asking for your help!
All you need to do is click here scroll down the page, find Soft Touch Arts and click vote. It literally takes 20 seconds and there is no need to sign up to anything. You can vote every 24 hours up until 18th September.
FESTIVAL IN YOUR FRONT ROOM
Cocktail curators Cocktail Porter have introduced some amazing cocktail collaboration kits with some of the UK’s leading virtual festivals so you can get the full festival experience indoors!
Find out how here.
OUTDOOR MAKERS MARKET COME TO COVENTRY
Following a series of pop-up craft shops held indoors throughout the month, the Belgrade Theatre will be hosting its first Outdoor Makers’ Market from 11am-4pm on Saturday 29 August. Find out more here.
SELFRIDGES LAUNCHES SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVE
Selfridges Birmingham have launched a transformational new sustainability initiative, Project Earth, that builds on the industry leading steps Selfridges has taken over the last 10 years to place sustainability at the heart of its business. Find out how Selfridges aims to help customers change the way they shop here.
EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT RE-OPENS FOR FAMILIES AFFECTED BY COVID 19
With many families across Leicestershire facing childcare pressures and the increased risk of redundancy, the GREAT project (Getting Ready for Employment And Training) is addressing is offering help to those who need it – find out more here.
DO YOU HAVE A LONG LOST LEGACY LURKING IN YOUR ATTIC? TURN YOUR TRASH INTO CASH
With the weather turning and everyday life still on the go slow it might just be the time to face the job you’ve been putting off… clearing out the attic. But what treasures could you unearth? Read our guide to what to look out for when having a clear out and how to turn your trash into cash here.
REVIEW: ORTON’S BRASSERIE IS OPEN FOR FOOD AND WE WERE SOME OF THE FIRST TO TRY IT
Orton’s Brasserie in the heart of Leicester’s Cultural Quarter is now serving food and we were some of the first to sample it! Read how we got on here
STEP FOR THE REP!
Birmingham Repertory Theatre’s Associate Director, Steve Ball has committed to walking the 116 miles from The REP to London’s Leicester Square in the heart of the West End’s “Theatre Land” in just seven days to raise funds for The REP’s industry-leading work with young people.
Support him here
RECORD NUMBERS FLOCK TO COV
Coventry has seen record breaking growth in the number of people visiting the city in 2019 compared to previous years – and the city’s food and drink sector has seen the largest rise- find out how many millions of visitors the city has welcomed and how they did it here.
GREAT CENTRAL STREET SET TO BE GREAT AGAIN WITH OPENING OF MAJOR LEISURE COMPLEX
Leicester’s entertainment scene is set to be transformed with the autumn arrival of Lane7, a multipurpose entertainment complex at the former Leicester Central Railway station on Great Central Street. Bowling may be Lane7’s trademark feature, but the venue is set to offer so much more… find out more here.
WE REVEAL HOW TO MAKE THE PERFECT ESPRESSO MARTINI – THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING!
Anyone who follows our Editor Jon will know that he is a master maker of the perfect Espresso Martini. With searches for ‘How to make an espresso martini at home’ rising by 140% over the past 7 days he has agreed to share the secret ingredient to the what is undoubtedly the best Espresso Martini that you’ll ever taste.
Get the secret here.
NEW WALK MUSEUM REOPENS AS LEICESTER MUSEUMS AND GALLERY
Leicester Museum and Gallery and Belgrave Hall Gardens have reopened and there’s a fabulous free to visit Lego exhibition running now that’s sure to keep kids of all ages occupied. There’s a new website to find information on all of Leicester’s museums and the arts service plus details of permanent and temporary exhibitions and displays.
Check it out here.
STILL NOT SURE ABOUT EATING OUT? CLICK & COLLECT FROM THE LOST & FOUND MAY SOLVE YOUR RESTAURANT WOES
Whether you have run out of cookbooks post-lockdown or just short on time, the team at The Lost & Found Birmingham have the answer to your meal-time woes. Now offering a Click-&-Collect service, take delicious dishes home with you and save your saucepans. Find out what you can order here.
Ikon will be reopening its gallery premises in Brindleyplace, on Thursday 20 August with an extension of the spring season exhibitions that most of us missed out on- find out who here.
IT’S ALL GONE A BIT PETE TONG: BECKY HILL TALKS TO THE GODFATHER OF EDM
We love Becky Hill and we love her The Art of Rave podcast series. This week she talks to the legend that is Pete Tong – find out how to get it here
HIGHCROSS LEICESTER TO HELP LOCAL GROUPS WITH £20,000 DONATION
Highcross Leicester is to launch the ‘Giving Back Project’, a new scheme which will see it donate £2,000 to ten local charities that have been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic. Find out who’s benefitting and how here
WANT TO JOIN THE AUDIENCE OF QI?
Find out here how you can join Sandi Toksvig and Alan Davies and their guests Bill Bailey, Sally Phillips and Daliso Chaponda for an episode of QI, the long-running comedy quiz show which rewards contestants for being interesting rather than “right”.
CAN’T QUARANTINE? GET DAYTRIPPING OR TAKE THE ROADTRIP OF A LIFETIME
Make the most of your staycation and try something new with our pick of the best day trips and activities both near and far. Start planning your day here.
Or if you can manage an overnighter or two and the lure of the open road gets you going have a look at our eight favourite road trips here.
BIRMINGHAM HERITAGE WEEK RETURNS THIS SEPTEMBER
Birmingham Heritage Week is returning for 2020 to celebrate the city and its fascinating history, people and places once again and this year’s festival will include virtual tours, special outdoor performances, walks and much more – read all about it here.
ITS PSYCHIC CENTRAL AS BIRMINGHAM NAMED MOST SPIRITUAL CITY
Birmingham is the most spiritual city in Britain! 1,440 Brummies per month search for a combination of online psychics, tarot readings and more!
Read more here.
CUTEST CANINE NAMED
Previously we told you about www.thortful.com competition to find the cutest canine and now we can reveal the winner… two year old pug Cuddly Dudley! Our pups were robbed… robbed, I tell you!
DUTCH DRAG RACE COMING TO YOUR TV SET SOON
Everyone’s guilty lockdown pleasure boxset binge, Rupaul’s Drag Race, has become so popular it’s spawned British, Thai and (drumroll please) a newly announced Dutch version! We’re gagging at the clog realness of it all. Find out how to watch it here.
STREATERY’ SUCCESS FOR SOUTHSIDE DISTRICT
The temporary pedestrianisation of Hurst Street in Birmingham to allow for outside eating and drinking has been hailed a success by Southside District, after its first weekend of operation saw an estimated increase in trading of up to 50% for participating venues. Read more here.
SOCIALLY DISTANCED CINEMA RETURNS TO MILLENNIUM POINT
Film fans of all ages will be able to catch a new selection of cinematic classics on Millennium Point’s giant screen, as its socially-distanced cinema returns this August bank holiday. Find out what’s showing here.
TREAT YOURSELF WITH THE ULTIMATE INDULGENCE PACKAGE AT LAURA ASHLEY HOTEL
With champagne, chocolates and flowers on arrival, the Ultimate Indulgence Package at the Laura Ashley Hotel The Iliffe, Coventry may just the job for those looking for to add a little bit of romance to life post lockdown. Find out what’s included here.
WEST MIDLANDS VENUES WINS BIG AT NATIONAL TOURISM AWARDS
Three West Midlands businesses have won prizes at the annual VisitEngland Awards for Excellence, which celebrate the best of the country’s tourism industry- find out who here.
CELEBRATE THE YEAR OF THE PICNIC WITH THIS GORGEOUS TOMATO TART WITH MALVERN GOLD
2020 has become the year of the socially distanced picnic and what better way to celebrate it than with a juicy tomato tart – get the recipe here
BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET ANNOUNCES OUTDOOR DANCE DISPLAYS
Birmingham Royal Ballet comes to Bournville with an afternoon of outdoor dance displays in partnership with Rowheath Pavilion and Sampad (South Asian Arts and Heritage).
Find out when you can see it here.
THIS WEEK’S ULTRA MOTIVATIONAL QUOTE…
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
– Nelson Mandela