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Ta-Ra-a-Bit, Our Kid

What does ‘Chobblin’ mean? What are ‘Donnies’? If it’s ‘Black Over Bill’s Mother’s’ what should you do? Where does the saying come from? All these questions and many more are answered in this humorous and engaging little book of how Brummies spoke and speak. containing sayings and phrases from recent history and much, much further back.

Essential for the younger Brummie to understand their older relatives, and a book full of nostalgia for the ‘old uns’. A treasure-trove of Brummie, Black Country and other slang used in Birmingham for centuries. An important repository for these fast – disappearing local gems. Read it, use them and keep our heritage language alive. Also a great gift for older Brummies.

This Second Edition contains loads of extra Brummie phrases and is about 40% bigger!

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It’s A Blag

 

‘Welcome to an unseen world – unless you are a ‘cop’ of course. These are genuine stories of the tricks that police officers play on each other, plus a dose of funny police stories as a bonus. You won’t believe the extraordinary lengths some officers will go to, in order to ‘get one over’ a colleague, or the quick thinking and wit to make the most of a situation that presents itself.

Police and graveyards, police and mortuaries, the ‘character building of Probationary Constables, the Florida job that wasn’t, the magic bank card, the ‘art of spinning’, the ‘wubbery’ chow mein – they are all in here.

Mention the words ‘blag’ and ‘blaggers’, and most people of a certain age will think of the slang word used regularly in ‘The Sweeney’ to describe armed robbers, who attacked security vehicles with sawn-off shotguns and pick-axe handles in the 1970/80s.

In this little book, however, you will discover a very different police meaning – the ‘dark humour’ deployed by police officers to play tricks on their colleagues. The ability to ‘wind-up’ staff was, and still is, seen as a desirable skill, funny, sometimes ‘well over the top’ and occasionally outrageously inappropriate. ‘Blags’ played on colleagues, some almost legendary, are enshrined within local policing memory and culture, and in this book the authors offer a light-hearted peek inside a little-known sub-culture. Not meant to be taken too seriously, it shows that even within the institution of the police service there is plenty of room for humour, and that the police are only human!

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One In For D & D

 

Evening all’- a police saying invented by television, spoken by the archetypal British policeman, P.C. George Dixon. But it’s not in this book, because it isn’t real. Instead you’ll find ‘Sarbut’ inside? Is that a ‘who’ or a ‘what’? And what are ‘Appointments’, because you won’t find them in a diary? Why would you call someone ‘Bungalow’? And who are the ‘Donkey Wallopers’? What does ‘All correct sir’ mean, and is ‘Carry on sir’ straight out of a film?

Find the answers in this light-hearted little book, which is essential ‘Brummie’ reading and lifts the lid on the strange phenomena of ‘police humour’. This book explores more than five hundred phrases, abbreviations and nicknames, spoken by the police in the West Midlands over many decades.

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Stay safe, stay in and immerse yourself in the glory days of Ziggy

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‘Pretty Thing’

An intriguing mystery beginning in the early 1970’s. A story of sexual awakening, betrayal and cultural conflict, entwined with David Bowie’s rise to stardom.

Alice, a world-weary woman, meets a stranger in the park. She is the scarred survivor of failed relationships, none of which have ever measured up to her first love, Danny. The stranger attracts, but is there any future with him, and why is he so mysterious?

Christmas 1972. Alice meets Danny, a shy and beautiful boy at the youth club disco. They fall in love with all the intensity of ‘first love’. Then Danny sees an orange-haired, sexually ambiguous Bowie perform ‘Starman’ on ‘Top Of The Pops’ and becomes obsessed with ‘Ziggy Stardust’. But is it just the music, or the sexual challenge that Bowie presents, that attracts? Danny embarks on a personal journey to find his true self that leads him into ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’, the orbit of a rising star, and a darker life.

Meanwhile, David Jones, as ‘Ziggy Stardust’, is progressing along the path to stardom. When he bursts upon the public, it shatters convention, blasting the grey early 70’s world away in a riot of glitter, ‘glam’ and trashed sexual boundaries. Nothing will ever be the same again. For him, Danny or Alice……

Part love story, part thriller, including the true story of David Bowie’s rise to stardom as ‘Ziggy Stardust’; this book is historically accurate. Recreating some of Bowie’s live appearances as ‘Ziggy Stardust’ from a fan’s perspective, it is filled with 70’s nostalgia, and fascinating details of the ‘Ziggy’ story.

Part of the ‘Made In Birmingham’ series of books. Each book is a story in its own right, but fit loosely together, sharing characters and ‘history’.

1)‘Black Over Bill’s Mother’s

2)‘Pretty Thing’

3)‘Keep Right On’

4)‘The Touch Of Innocence’

The author, Steve Burrows, has been a fan of David Bowie since seeing ‘Starman’ on ‘Top Of The Pop’ in 1972. He always wanted to write about Bowie, and found a way of combining accurate research with a great story. The book should appeal to lovers of a good read, and Bowie fans and others who want to ‘feel’ what it was like in the early Seventies when ‘Ziggy Stardust’ burst upon the consciousness of Britain and the world.