New course on local food systems

A unique new study module has been developed for Aston University’s Lifelong Learning Network Consortium. It is being launched this Thursday 21st October at Eastside Café, 99 Coventry Street in Digbeth B5 5NY, from 6-8pm. Eastside Café recently won the sustainable procurement category in Be Birmingham’s Green Restaurant Award Scheme. They will be serving locally sourced canapés and wine.

The crying game

Ros Dodd has a request…… Can I, first of all, beg you to set aside judgement over my choice of television viewing: I know it’s pretty low-grade, but it gives me pleasure.

It also gives me a lump in my throat and, at times, eyes that are far from dry. I’m talking about X Factor, that cornucopia of talent, tantrums and tears. Little of the first, you might argue, but certainly bucketfuls of the last.