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Old October 20th, 2011, 10:24 PM   #61
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Well done for bringing this back Jonesy, try showcase more the good rather than the bad and ugly. You do get around a bit don't you.
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Old October 20th, 2011, 11:05 PM   #62
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Great photos!
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Old October 20th, 2011, 11:44 PM   #63
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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
For a mid-sized European city, Birmingham's skyline isn't bad







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Old October 20th, 2011, 11:52 PM   #64
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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...
The city itself probably inspired Tolkien to create Mordor


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Old October 20th, 2011, 11:55 PM   #65
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For a mid-sized European city, Birmingham's skyline isn't bad
Mid-sized? With the population of 3,683,000 in it's metro area, Birmingham is about the same size as Berlin! And yes, it has a good skyline, although I personally prefer Liverpool's Great job in showing Birmingham in all its glory Jonesy
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Old October 21st, 2011, 12:10 AM   #66
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Mid-sized? With the population of 3,683,000 in it's metro area, Birmingham is about the same size as Berlin! And yes, it has a good skyline, although I personally prefer Liverpool's Great job in showing Birmingham in all its glory Jonesy
The City of Birmingham has a population of 1.1 million ... the metropolitan population is 2.7 million ..... and the West Midlands Regional population (of which Birmingham is the Capital) is 5.5 million.

Yes, Liverpool has a good skyline ... cities on a major waterway always manage to look better ... probably because there are uninterrupted views of the city from the water.
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Old October 21st, 2011, 01:24 AM   #67
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The city itself probably inspired Tolkien to create Mordor

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Yes, and I live in The Shire.
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Old October 21st, 2011, 06:03 AM   #68
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Nice thread. It's pretty bad that I hail from a 100 miles south of Brum and know so little about the second city. Would love to visit sometime.
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Old October 21st, 2011, 10:45 AM   #69
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Great, very nice updates from Birmingham
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Old October 21st, 2011, 12:03 PM   #70
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Nice updates.....
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Old October 21st, 2011, 06:55 PM   #71
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Thanks guys, glad you liked it.

For today's walk I took the same train line out of the City centre but stayed on for an extra stop, getting off at University station some 4km southwest of the centre.



Birmingham university hospitals is located here including the recently built Queen Elizabeth Hospital, one of the UK NHS's biggest construction projects in recent years.

First, the medical school, part of the original 1930s hospital on the site.



Then the new hospital






Other buildings in the hospital complex.




Then back past the station to the main campus of The University of Birmingham, a Top 100 global university in the Shanghai rankings and home to the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, one of the UK's leading art galleries.













Football, hockey and Rugby pitches at the University
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Old October 21st, 2011, 07:07 PM   #72
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Exiting the University campus we are in suburbia



With typical suburban business parks


We soon arrive at Cannon Hill park, home to a small zoo, the Red Panda here made the news a couple of years ago when it escaped to wander suburbia for a few days


I only saw a squirrel.




And in the distance the floodlights of Edgbaston cricket stadium can be seen.


The area around the stadium has been recently redeveloped with apartments and the stadium itself is being expanded.














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Old October 21st, 2011, 07:13 PM   #73
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From here we move into the Victorian residential area of Balsall Heath, which today is one of the centres for the large South Asian-British community in Birmingham.

Streets by the cricket ground.






Local shops




And as we head back to the City centre we pass Birmingham Central Mosque


Followed by the Gay Village.


And here endeth today's walk, hope you enjoyed...
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Old October 21st, 2011, 10:08 PM   #74
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Great work there Jonesy - you're really showing the city for what it is, and in a comprehensive way too, and that's great! No painting over the cracks.
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Old October 22nd, 2011, 12:38 AM   #75
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Was wondering when we was going to get to my home away from home, Hurst Street...Wow how sad am I.

You are doing a fantastic job, really showcasing the city in a genuine light, no photo shopped rubbish, waiting for Digbeth now
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Old October 25th, 2011, 11:05 PM   #76
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Well done Jonesy ... a great set of photos ... wish I'd got more time on my hands to do the same!
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Old October 26th, 2011, 03:43 AM   #77
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Your photographs of Birmingham have been entertaining & informative for me. Many thanks!
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Old October 26th, 2011, 06:52 AM   #78
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Nice showcase, Jonesy.
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Old October 27th, 2011, 04:44 PM   #79
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Thanks you guys!
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Some pictures of the Christmas market which opened in the city centre last week.























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