200th Post: Bits and bobs from Birmingham 2022


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Myself at the first mac workshop – Source: Birmingham 2022

So, this is officially the 200th post here on The Real Mid Card. The site has been going for around eight months now, we’ve been posting at least once a day (often twice) for over two months. We aren’t just talking tiny little links to news feeds either, often thousand word reviews, features and opinion. I’d like to thank everyone who has shown an interest in the work, on behalf of myself and the other three writers. Here’s to another 100 posts and the rest of the year! The pro wrestling calendar shows no signs of slowing down, and we intend to be here for the ride!

As I said in a previous post, now that the New Library of Birmingham is officially open and the Birmingham 2022 project has more than come to a close, it seems like the opportune time to start putting out some of the pieces of work I did for the project. If you live in the area, you can get a copy of the Discovery Season brochure, and the Birmingham 2022 zine, with this work published in it. If not, I hope you enjoy reading it here, and let me know what you think. I’m just going to start off with a couple of short pieces. Thanks for reading.

The following is a short poem I wrote for the zine, which is the future-gazing side of the project. It’s my hopeful interpretation of how cultural integration may bring unity to the city in just under ten years time.

Idealistic

The streets are filled with colour again
Divisions are now wearing thin
Those who corrupt and those who distract
Are afraid of the future
But those with bold and open hearts
Escape the shackles of a dark past
Not forgetting but progressing
Under a bright and defiant flag

The next article is a short summary I wrote, to be included in the zine, summarizing my feelings on the project and the work we all did together as a team.

Summary

It’s been a really fruitful few months of thinking, talking and working together. Everyone has had the chance to learn, to create and to predict the future. We have forecast technological advances, cultural changes and our own respective destinies. It’s been tough, but rewarding. Are we way off the mark, or are we right on the money? We shall have to see. Maybe you could predict your own future, or just let it be.

Leave a comment if you have any opinions, or tips, or thoughts. Thanks for all of your support and hit ‘Follow’ if you’d like to read some more!

Craig

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