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Old November 3rd, 2009, 09:22 PM   #1
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All around birmingham, UK, the good, the bad and the ugly!

Hi, here are some photos I took over the past couple of weeks in and around the city centre of Birmingham (UK not Alabama!) where I work.

Hope you enjoy.

First is the main shopping district with shopping streets and the bullring shopping mall which is right in the heart of the city next to my office and the main rail station.















Mmm, Baklava






















Even Aston Villa Football Club has its own shop




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Old November 3rd, 2009, 09:23 PM   #2
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Now a very different shopping experience a couple of hundred metres away in the Birmingham central markets.

You can buy all sorts of interesting food stuffs here.

Any bowl £1, much cheaper than the supermarkets!






























This one on the right says intestines but it looks like lung to me, a vital ingredient in the scottish delicacy haggis.



Anybody for pig tongues and noses?? I'm an adventurous cook but I'm not sure i'd know what to do with these.



Chinatown district.








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Old November 3rd, 2009, 09:26 PM   #3
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This part of the city centre contains some elegant civic buildings and nice 19th century offices.

Like the cathedral








The Council House (city hall)




The Town Hall (which is actually used for concerts etc rather than city admin), and Alpha Tower, a 1970s[?] office building in the background.


Part of the Council House building, this is the main entrance to the City Museum and Art Gallery.






Victorian Gothic monument and 1960s brutalist library, nice contrast!

Some of the grim 1960s concrete that Birmingham is better known for! This is a cheap and unsuccessful 1960s shopping centre.





Ham & Salad baguette for £0.50 is pretty cheap though


This is the main business district, just behind the civic buildings.



















Go through the library atrium


and you find yourself in the convention quarter






The tower in the background is Birmingham's tallest proper building, at 121.50m
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Old November 3rd, 2009, 09:28 PM   #4
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and on to Brindleyplace, a regenerated business district, with some smart waterside apartments and canals nearby.

























This is the cube, part of another waterside development called the mailbox.




close up


Broad Street is the main entertainment drag, full of bars, restaurants, strip joints etc, it's pretty tacky for the most part





More canals



The Hyatt Hotel from the canal basin


More apartments








Orion building, rather bland (imo) new build apartments.


On the edge of the city centre is the BT communications tower 152m
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Old November 3rd, 2009, 09:29 PM   #5
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About ten minutes walk north of the city centre is an interesting district known as The Jewelery Quarter, 40% of all the UK's jewelery is made in this small district, in dozens of small workshops with one or two craftsmen and women in each, there are around 600 jewelry related business in total in the area, including some bullion dealers, retailers, maunfacturers, importers etc

On the way from the city centre, you cross the inner ring road which acts as a major barrier to city centre expansion and then head up to St Paul's square.

















The jewelery quarter itself.















This factory made the FA Cup and Wimbledon Women's tennis trophies.


Not everywhere is prosperous businesses, there is dereliction and decay too



A sikh temple in the neighbourhood.



View back towards the city centre.







Hope you enjoyed them, I'll add some more of the inner suburbs soon
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Old November 3rd, 2009, 10:22 PM   #6
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Beautiful thread!

The mix between classic architecture and modern buildings is something really cool and you can see that in Birmingham.

So many people on the streets, the colourful markets, the multiculturalism, definitely a city for the UK to be proud of. Lively, it seems clean and well looked after.

It must have its imperfections but that's what big cities are made of.

Thanks once again. .
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Old November 3rd, 2009, 10:46 PM   #7
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Very nice piccies there, I love these sort of threads about cities. Pleas show more .
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Old November 4th, 2009, 12:22 AM   #8
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Brilliant Photos, thanks for sharing. Birmingham doesn't get the credit it deserves sometimes.
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Old November 4th, 2009, 12:25 AM   #9
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Fantastic set of photos of Birmingham, my home city - really shows the vast array of different archictecture styles, cultures and vibrancy the city represents.

If you fancy another trip a few more of Selfridges would be nice as the city's flagship building.
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Old November 4th, 2009, 09:07 AM   #10
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great photos. When I went on the usual dopey Aust backpack around Europe, I was intrigued over Birmingham. Was on a national express bus heading for Hollyhead and halfway through the bus started going through what looked like the most rundown communist concrete city - Birmingham. We were mortified at this concrete jungle of freeways and awful 1960s buildings and 'commi' blocks and absolutely nothing looked nice anywhere. But I was so fascinated in what I saw that I purposely made a special trip back to see if it was really that bad, and it wasn't at all, it was great. The city centre had many grand old buildings, there were loads of pdestrians and street life and the canal area was cool. Ive heard they have got rid of part of that ring freeway (thank god) and your photos show much more new stuff that I remembered which is great. I like Birmingham, but like my city, outsiders have quite a negative perception of it
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Old November 4th, 2009, 11:25 AM   #11
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Best photo tour of my city I,ve seen on this forum. Thanks.
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Old November 4th, 2009, 01:08 PM   #12
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Great pics! Birmingham is looking good!
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Old November 4th, 2009, 03:00 PM   #13
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Looks very nice and lively. Hope one day the brutalist library will go away.
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^As well as the 60s shopping centre.
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Old November 4th, 2009, 03:26 PM   #15
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Nice to see some pictures from Birmingham, thanks!!
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Old November 4th, 2009, 03:50 PM   #16
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Even though it's England's second city I've never actually seen any Birmingham threads. This was an eye-opener. Thanks for the tour.
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Old November 4th, 2009, 03:58 PM   #17
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Wow this was fantastic, great work.
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Old November 4th, 2009, 03:58 PM   #18
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Doing the city proud Jonesy55
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Old November 4th, 2009, 04:25 PM   #19
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Nice shots Jonesy. My favourite is the one of St Paul's church with the autumn leaves on the ground.
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Fantastic photos, I was born here and I still havn't been around the Jewellery quarter.
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