HAVING just returned from a small jaunt around various European cities, it became clear that there a few things our home city of Birmingham could do a little better.
One of these is the diversity and quality of it's nightlife. Wherever I was in Europe there always seemed to be something going on in city centres come evening time whether it was jugglers eating fire, or a folk infused Ukrainian-Polish friendship festival.
So I was delighted to hear about the Ikon Gallery in Brindley Place putting on a series of weekly free talks, given by a motley collection of interesting people, entitled: 'These are a few of my favourite things'.
Last week it was the turn of local artistic/musical duo Juneau Projects, who have been working together since 2001 producing all manner of weird stuff in the name of art. Their particular interests lie in music and nature, and in setting fire to things.
They seized their opportunity at the Ikon to take the assembled audience on an eclectic tour of crazed scotsmen, bizarre front doors, podcasts, guitar riffs and shameful confessions of art installation technicians.
It was very, very amusing, and equally as entertaining.
They came across as kids who've never grown up, still earnestly seeking the next fun thing to mess around with, and judging by their favourite things, it seems like a pretty good way to live.
The Ikon is open until 8pm every Wednesday during the (few remaining) Summer months, and the next talk is on September 3 by artist Kelly Large from 6.30-7.30pm.