11-11-11: From Cotteridge to Bournville

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11-11-11: From Cotteridge to Bournville

Two days later and so far I’ve only covered the first two miles. Typical.

We pass a fancy dress store in Cotteridge, where a plastic mannequin catches Clare’s eye. A potential Christmas present? ‘No,’ says Clare, emphatically.

We hook a right onto Watford Road and pass a shop called Vis a Vis. “So that’s what David Brent did next,” muses Clare. I respond with a good natured ‘Heh.’ In truth, I only actually get the comment once we reach Bearwood. Boost bars really slow down the speed of my basic cognitive functions.

We’re heading down Linden Road, now, and passing leafy Bournville. A line from an old Elvis Costello song springs to mind:

In Chocolate Town all the trains are painted brown
On the silver paper of the wrapper

At least it wasn’t Phil Collins’ In The Air Tonight.


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My name is Tom Lennon and I'm a freelance writer who specialises in humour at the geekier end of the pop culture spectrum. I'm based in Birmingham, UK, and my work has recently appeared in BuzzFeed and Time Out.


  1. Rol November 14, 2008 at 7:40 am

    Why would Clare want a mannequin for Christmas?

    Or was it the outfit the mannequin was wearing…?

  2. Clare November 15, 2008 at 4:23 am

    Tom, You missed out a tiny little detail about the mannequin, you know, the bit about it being a LIFE SIZE PLASTIC COW!!

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