Sponsored post in association with American Express® This Saturday is Small Business Saturday, a day when people across the country are encouraged to get out and support local small businesses. I’ve lived in Birmingham’s city centre for about 15 years and have enjoyed visiting lots of small shops in the city over that time. I’ve teamed up with the founder and ongoing supporter of the initiative, American Express, to show you how I like to shop small not just on…

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To get into the festive spirit this year, we headed to The New Alexandra Theatre to see the stage production of Miracle on 34th Street directed by Suzi Rudd. The Birmingham and Midlands Operatic Society’s show in Birmingham is based on the 1963 musical that Meredith Wilson brought to Broadway to rave reviews and is billed as an evening of festive family entertainment. As a fan of the 1994 film of Miracle on 34th Street, I was hoping for some of…

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Sponsored post in association with American Express® I love the glitz and glam of the red carpet and I often keep a close eye on social media when there are film premieres in London and across the world. I love listening to the clips of interviews on the red carpet and scrolling through Instagram to admire the styling for the whole occasion. I was once in Toronto during its Film Festival and tried repeatedly to get tickets to a screening,…

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As well as being lactose intolerant, I am allergic to a selection of raw fruits. It has a name – Pollen Food Allergy and is also known as Oral Allergy Syndrome – but I find it’s met with a dubious look from servers in restaurants as they may not have come across it before. Sadly it has also meant that I have been served fruit that I am allergic to despite me being very specific that this would cause me…

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I have visited Birmingham Hippodrome on a number of occasions over the past ten or so years. Usually for pantomime but also to see musicals and more recently, ballet. In all that time, I’ve been aware that the restaurant exists but I’ve never dined there when seeing a show. So it was with a lot of excitement that I was heading to see Miss Saigon on its UK tour and trying out the Miss Saigon inspired menu at the Circle Restaurant…

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