A free Bristow e-book: Concrete and Cocktails

Can you drink in all of Birmingham city centre’s independent hostelries in one day? Yes of course, although it might not be sensible.

An unchained psychogeographic adventure from the editors of Dirty Bristow—Concrete and Cocktails: a journey to Birmingham’s glitter-stained independent heart.

Concrete and Cocktails Cover

Download your free mini-e-book of our trip to the pub, and the pub, and the pub, and the pub…

You can get Amazon to send it direct to your Kindle (or  Kindle app) if you have trouble, don’t want to, or can’t self-load. Unfortunately we can’t do anything about the price bar set it as low as they let you (we promise not to go mad with the 30p royalties).  Go see on the Amazon site.

We’re very happy for you to distribute the files to anyone you like, it’s free, it’s good promo—but we’re happier if you direct them to this site so they can see our other stuff and hopefully buy a magazine or come to an event. Issue two is available to buy right now.

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Pier Review

We’re currently writing a full book, but we need your help. Financially mainly. We’re to take on the challenge of visiting every one of England and Wales’s 56 surviving pleasure piers in two weeks.

Piers are the phallic symbols of our desire to own the motherly sea; our Victorian forefathers covered them with the lace dressings of amusement to prevent the working class getting too excited. Since then they’ve rotted slowly, like Britain’s empire and its self respect. Those from Birmingham are perfectly placed to write about an ephemeral British seaside because that’s what the seaside is to them: a ghost, a Vaseline-smeared Shangri-La cobbled together from Carry On films, hazy childhood memories and nostalgia for a bygone era.

Go see all about it at pierreview.co.uk


Cover photo of The Nechells Park, on Nechells Park Road corner with Cuckoo Road in Birmingham, by Elliott Brown.
Concrete… on Kindle


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Two Kings good, Four Kings better—come to the Four Kings Hard Quiz

The Four Kings Hard Quiz (next Saturday ,13th) needs four kings to preside over the most difficult pub quiz that you’ll ever encounter. Only a king has the gravitas to ask questions that would test the wisdom of Solomon (who was a king too, we think). But what kings are worthy? Whom amongst them has the subject experience to really test you?

Well, ape-God King Kong certainly does, the simian with giantism will test you on the natural world. And Elvis Aaron Presley, the King of Rock and Roll will hold your drunken heart effortlessly and quiz you on all things culture. But that’s two‚ what subjects and regal presence is enough for this finest of quizzes? We can only ask for your help—help to help us decide:
  • Will Ashley Giles, the King of Spain test you on sport, clad in his whites and holding a thick piece of willow to punish mistakes?
  • Shall we summon King Arthur, from under Glastonbury’s ancient soil to ask questions on myths, legends and soil conditions in the West Country?
  • Is Michael Jackson, self-appointed King of Pop available? Does he know anything?
  • Will seventies anarchists King Mob send a representative to threaten violent revolution, and ask questions about 50s literature?
  • There’s no doubt that the omnipresent King of Kings will be in attendance, but does the all-knowing all-seeing know enough?
  • Can we offend the memory of Martin Luther King by getting someone to him to ask you questions about guns and local underpass mosaics?
  • Will a rush of blood to the head mean King Dong can function as quizmaster?
  • Is there enough milage in slap-bass to let Mark King out of Level 42 loose on the questions?
  • And would you want the booze after Kinga from Big Brother has had her *hands* on it?
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Come to the Four Kings Hard Quiz and win your weight in booze.

At The Old Royal, Corner of Church Street, and Cornwall Street, Birmingham City Centre.

Four King Hard Quiz Sat 13th Nov from 8pm 'til Late

It’s the most difficult pub quiz you’ve even attended — and every penny raised goes towards printing and other costs of this most individual, independent and inspiring of magazines.

It’s a quiz so hard, that you’re allowed to cheat. It’s a test of your logic, your search powers and your network as much as your general knowledge. Bring mobiles, laptops, dongles, encyclopedias, get a phone-a-friend poised… you’ll need them.


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