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Old November 29th, 2009, 09:44 PM   #41
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^Leave our accent alone!! lol. No, I know it aint the trendiest or nicest, but it's ours. Lol. The Black Country accent is worse! Believe me.

Thanks for the pics!! Can I add a few of my own?

Oh and to eastadl, you're not the only one who has such a view of Birmingham. Foreign relatives of mine called it a "Soviet city in the middle of England" once.
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Old December 4th, 2009, 10:56 AM   #42
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Thanks, glad you like them, I might take some of the christmas market next week.
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Old December 5th, 2009, 01:47 AM   #43
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Cozy city!

Nice pictures!
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Old February 21st, 2010, 07:25 PM   #44
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great pictures
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Old March 31st, 2010, 05:57 AM   #45
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Nice to see photos of home, i miss it
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Old October 19th, 2011, 10:57 AM   #46
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Old October 19th, 2011, 03:38 PM   #47
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Quote:
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They are regarded as the funniest most humourous people in the country
By who?
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Old October 19th, 2011, 06:22 PM   #48
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By who?
By themselves of course!
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Old October 19th, 2011, 06:29 PM   #49
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Anyway, time for an update, some pics I took today. They were taken on my phone so apologies for possible poor quality...

View from above


Out in the streets
















New restaurant area being built next to Bullring shopping centre.


Selfridges department store






Chinatown







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Old October 19th, 2011, 06:40 PM   #50
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Some more.....

































New library under construction.




Time for home....
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Old October 19th, 2011, 06:51 PM   #51
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Those pics may be discovery for those who still think that Birmingham is the most depressing city in the UK(even though some districts are industrial and boring)
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Old October 19th, 2011, 08:18 PM   #52
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UK:s 2nd city looks nice
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Old October 19th, 2011, 09:24 PM   #53
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I agree. Birmingham gets a very hard time - because all that most people see of it is spaghetti junction ( motorway interchange) - as they drive either north or south.
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Old October 20th, 2011, 10:25 AM   #54
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Yeah, the city centre really isn't bad at all and with the rebuilding of New Street train station it will be improved further in the next couple of years.
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Old October 20th, 2011, 11:43 AM   #55
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Have to agree that Birmingham actually looks good knowing that most of the things one can read about it are negative. Center and channels are grand and charming, with some good even iconic modern developments. Thank God we have SSC to break stereotypes.
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Old October 20th, 2011, 05:12 PM   #56
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It's a sunny day today so at lunchtime I took the train one stop out of the centre, a km to the west of the city centre and took a walk around the districts of Edgbaston and Ladywood before heading back on foot.

Exiting the station I am in a leafy mixed district with Victorian houses and villas, some residential, others converted into offices, private medical clinics etc, punctuated by functional late 20th century office blocks and apartments.







The former home of the founder of Cadburys chocolate..
















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Old October 20th, 2011, 05:24 PM   #57
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Oh man, Birmingham has a great skyline and actually looks bigger than it is - The city center has that "world city" thing going for it, which is very cool. It's one of my favorit cities in UK
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Old October 20th, 2011, 06:59 PM   #58
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Now I continue my walk and come across two interesting towers, Perrot's folly, built 1758 and the Victorian Edgbaston Waterworks tower.

JRR Tolkien spent much of his childhood in these streets and it is thought these may have inspired the 'Two Towers' in his Lord of the Rings trilogy...









Over the road some social housing apartments.



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Old October 20th, 2011, 07:08 PM   #59
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Just beyond the waterworks we pass through a modern housing development and down a path to emerge at Edgbaston reservoir, its often used for sailing (you can see boats in the background) but today was at the lowest level I've seen it, maybe 15m below normal!





Just round the corner, backing onto the reservoir, what is this poking out of the bushes?



It's a Buddhist stupa of course, the Birmingham Buddhist Vihara, home to a small community of monks.

http://www.bbvt.org.uk/Resident_Monks.asp

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We are now in the Ladywood district, with one of the highest unemployment levels in the UK despite the proximity of all the employers in Edgbaston and the City Centre. Commieblocks sit beside office towers and newer apartments.























Office workers play table tennis on their lunch break.




We are now heading back to the City centre past more office edifices and through some new apartments..









Nice contrast of gleaming modern block with 70s social housing on the edge of the City centre.


And we are now back in the centre...
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