New & Nurtured

The Rep’s programme of shows celebrating work created by local artists, New & Nurtured, is underway. Here are the six productions that have been handpicked for the season. 

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Work wonders that work wonders

It’s September. You might not be back to school, but summer hols are done did'd, and you’re probably firmly re-installed at your ol' faithful desk. The recycled office air, fluorescent lighting and excessive screen time aren't anyone's friend. Go beyond a trip to the water cooler to get a little work happy.

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Minima Lounge Edit

Subterranean furniture and homeware store Minima is an assured ambrosia of contemporary design classics. Our dream living room set-up would look a little something like this, just add white walls and industrial architectural deets.

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The New Rules of Wine

Prosecco and sauv blanc are now part of the national fabric, so we sought guidance from The Wine Gang expert, Joanna Simon, to expand our horizons in the best aisle of the supermarket. She talked us through some trends happening at an exciting time in the winey world, so you can be confident when purchasing that unpronounceable Portuguese bottle of grape.

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Berry Red

Is it safe to mention autumn yet? No? Well it’s upon us. Soz. Don’t blame us, blame the inevitable march of time. We’ll be consoling ourselves during the chilly months with some warm, jewel red tones.

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Wellbeing apps

The ubiquity of smartphones gets the blame for ever-decreasing attention spans and sieve-like brains. But technology can help to improve your youness. Take some time to look after number one, mind and body.

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Indies: Offline and On

Birmingham has a combined total of 17.5million H&Ms and Paperchases. And hey — they have their place. But we're all about shining lights and words and twinkles on the little (wo)man. The independent scene is on the up. Online or fo' reals, here are the loveliest places to spend your hard-earned cash money.

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Hand Luggage Holiday

So you’ve booked a last minute weekend somewhere hot. For optimum tourist time, pack this lot in your carry-on and stride smugly past the losers waiting at baggage claim. 

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V Jewellery

Our homegal Laura Vann is bringing her jewellery brand to it’s first B'ham stockist, Harvey Nichols. Celebrate the city’s latest sparkly coup and fawn over V’s jewels at the launch party (Aug 17).

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Stay-cay

You big time deserve a holiday. Tell your boss you do and if they disagree, tell them they can stick their stinking job before grabbing a goldfish and marching, dramatically, out of the office. And don't stop going until you reach one of these lovely UK destinations.

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Unhidden Treasures

Everyone knows Etsy is the online home of crafty and jewellery hits and, if you didn't, maybe best to just nod along and look knowing. Less explored, howevs, is the oodles of other goodies — from food to photos — that their well-preened website houses. 

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The Women of Man Booker

Six women feature on the 13-strong Man Booker Prize longlist and half of them are women of colour. Here's the who and some of the what.

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