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Old September 3rd, 2019, 09:22 PM   #6181
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The lowdown on all the UK’s new studio developments

Mercian Studios

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Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight is pressing ahead with the 30-acres Mercian Studios in Birmingham. “What I am trying to create is a studio complex with a halo effect so you have got a media neighbourhood,” he explains.

Knight is promising a Brummie equivalent to London’s Soho, complete with shooting facilities, education initiatives, street theatre and new housing. University of Birmingham, City of Birmingham University and the London Film Academy are all involved. Once the high-speed railway is complete, the site will be only 49 minutes from Euston and Knight’s own projects, including his future Charles Dickens adaptations, are likely to shoot here.

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30 acres???
The line in bold makes me feel a bit more confident this may actually happen, this combined with the new screening body. Also not so long ago Nikal were mentioned to be involved with the residential aspect, I get the feeling that with this project there is a lot going on in the background.
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Old September 4th, 2019, 04:03 PM   #6182
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Gotta love the radio output differences...so Virgin Absolute X and 5Live always mention the city up north on traffic yet never name drop Brum on any when it’s always Spaghetti or Great Barr. And sport...when Brum had the athletics trials no mention of the city and the Ashes it was always Edgbaston but now it’s not Old Trafford but M.... yep you guessed it.
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Old September 5th, 2019, 10:05 AM   #6183
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Gotta love the radio output differences...so Virgin Absolute X and 5Live always mention the city up north on traffic yet never name drop Brum on any when it’s always Spaghetti or Great Barr. And sport...when Brum had the athletics trials no mention of the city and the Ashes it was always Edgbaston but now it’s not Old Trafford but M.... yep you guessed it.
Yeah, its definitely a thing, always west mids not Birmingham, but Manc gets mentioned as many times as possible, especially on the BBC.
We're partially to blame for adopting the ever so catchy WMCA moniker instead of Greater Birmingham.
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Old September 5th, 2019, 11:02 AM   #6184
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Yeah, its definitely a thing, always west mids not Birmingham, but Manc gets mentioned as many times as possible, especially on the BBC.
We're partially to blame for adopting the ever so catchy WMCA moniker instead of Greater Birmingham.


Should be a push for Greater Birmingham this WMCA isn’t doing anyone any favours...
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Old September 5th, 2019, 12:10 PM   #6185
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it's interesting, working in the property industry I have noticed over the last 2 years Greater Birmingham being used more in conversations and publications/reports.

The more people use the term it should snowball and become the wider accepted term for the region.

I also spotted the other day that the Coventry Telegraph has a Greater Birmingham news page on their website.

https://www.coventrytelegraph.net/al...ter-birmingham
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Old September 5th, 2019, 09:47 PM   #6186
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it's interesting, working in the property industry I have noticed over the last 2 years Greater Birmingham being used more in conversations and publications/reports.

The more people use the term it should snowball and become the wider accepted term for the region.

I also spotted the other day that the Coventry Telegraph has a Greater Birmingham news page on their website.

https://www.coventrytelegraph.net/al...ter-birmingham
Officially, "Greater Birmingham" could refer to *copy & paste* the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), consisting of Birmingham, Bromsgrove, Cannock Chase, East Staffordshire, Lichfield, Redditch, Solihull, Tamworth and Wyre Forest.

But as for the naming of the conurbation it's as factually incorrect as me saying that Dudley is in Worcestershire and Birmingham is in Warwickshire. Maybe I'll start using those terms in public instead if we're going down the unofficial naming route where it suits!

As for the Coventry Telegraph, I'm not quite sure who or what they're aiming at there.

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Old September 5th, 2019, 10:08 PM   #6187
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The Greater Birmingham tag on the Cov Telegraph goes back to the early days when they were reporting on the formation of the CA.

They just haven’t bothered to change it, the Mail tags half of their articles as Apple so I wouldn’t read into that one.
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Old September 8th, 2019, 05:06 PM   #6188
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https://twitter.com/jqbhx/status/1170710782100815874

Interesting thread - had the council capitalised on the Lord of the Rings as they are trying to do with Peaky Blinders, quite a lot of Edgbaaston between the reservoir and the Hagley Road would probably have been beautified and inundated with tourists
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Old September 9th, 2019, 03:40 PM   #6189
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How US star Beanie Feldstein learned Wolverhampton accent

If you happened to visit a gift shop in Wolverhampton last year, you may well have been served by a Hollywood star when you reached the tills.

That's where US actress Beanie Feldstein spent a few weeks working as she tried to pick up the tricky accent for her new movie How To Build A Girl.

She plays the lead role in the screen adaptation of Caitlin Moran's novel.

"I'm from Los Angeles so the first battle was the Wolverhampton accent," Feldstein explained.

"The West Midlands is a place I know very well and love very much now. For preparation, I went to Wolverhampton for two weeks and I worked in a store, and I had to speak in the accent the entire time I was working.

"And the first week I did not fool anybody!" she laughs. "But then by the end of the second week with a little help from the girls I was working with - they would yell at me when I got something wrong - by the end of the week I felt much more comfortable."
More here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-49623622
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Old September 10th, 2019, 09:59 AM   #6190
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Yeah, its definitely a thing, always west mids not Birmingham, but Manc gets mentioned as many times as possible, especially on the BBC.
We're partially to blame for adopting the ever so catchy WMCA moniker instead of Greater Birmingham.

Though the ‘West Midlands’ has existed for several decades so nothing to do with WMCA...the term IS rubbish though. As for the UK’s mainstream media they like to forget about the whole of the Midlands...
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Old September 10th, 2019, 08:58 PM   #6191
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Absolutely Jonfsnow, 'peaky blinders' national, 'lord of the rings' international.

I'm not going to make assumptions, but I should imagine the worldwide interest in Birmingham would've definitely been raised substantially if lord of rings was pushed like p blinders.

As for greater Birmingham against west Midlands or other abbreviations that have been mentioned, I think this issue definitely needs raising.

And i think greater Birmingham would probably be the best term to describe the conurbations incorporated around brum, although there's confusion around which areas should be included and would want to be included.
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Old September 10th, 2019, 10:40 PM   #6192
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Absolutely Jonfsnow, 'peaky blinders' national, 'lord of the rings' international.

I'm not going to make assumptions, but I should imagine the worldwide interest in Birmingham would've definitely been raised substantially if lord of rings was pushed like p blinders.

As for greater Birmingham against west Midlands or other abbreviations that have been mentioned, I think this issue definitely needs raising.

And i think greater Birmingham would probably be the best term to describe the conurbations incorporated around brum, although there's confusion around which areas should be included and would want to be included.

Only the City of Birmingham could waste a golden opportunity like the Lord Of The Rings phenomenon to promote itself to the World. Same with changing Birmingham Airport’s name to Birmingham Shakespeare Airport (or William Shakespeare Airport, Birmingham). Then there is the whole lack of a Heavy Metal Museum...I don’t even like half of these things but I can see the potential if promoted correctly. At least something is happening with Peaky Blinders...

Being honest these sort of things are far more important than any ‘Greater Birmingham’ rebrand though the West Midlands moniker definitely has to go. If ‘Greater Birmingham’ cannot be agreed on then what’s wrong with either splitting the ‘County’ up into three parts as per the LEP’s or ‘doing a Bristol’ reverting the Metropolitan Area into the original four Counties? Then have a Combined Authority for the Birmingham Metropolitan Area with Centro making a comeback for Transport matters. That name ‘Transport for West Midlands’...ugh. Yet another way for the area to shoot itself in the foot...
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Old September 11th, 2019, 12:01 AM   #6193
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To be honest it's extremely unlikely that the Two Towers has anything to do with Perrot's Folly and the Waterworks Tower. It's all a bit of a marketing gimmick which hasn't even worked as that. There is enough in the area though for the Tolkien fan: at least two properties he lived at still standing, the Oratory, and the Ivy Bush which is a pub in the Shire.
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Old September 11th, 2019, 11:36 AM   #6194
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Stephen Fry bigging up Birmingham to his 12.7m followers:

https://twitter.com/stephenfry/statu...48311044972544

https://twitter.com/stephenfry/statu...81806056267776
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Yes I saw this. If someone as intelligent as Stephen Fry can see the beauty in Birmingham (these days) then there is hope yet methinks!
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Old September 15th, 2019, 10:02 PM   #6196
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Inside Cadbury’s

Channel 4 aired tonight

https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/amp.f...7-807ebd53ab77
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Old September 16th, 2019, 03:38 PM   #6197
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Yes I saw this. If someone as intelligent as Stephen Fry can see the beauty in Birmingham (these days) then there is hope yet methinks!
Same, always liked Big Steve and now I like him even more. Big Steve
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Old September 16th, 2019, 11:17 PM   #6198
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Zombie series set in Birmingham.

https://www.express.co.uk/showbiz/tv...es-Zomboat-air
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Old September 17th, 2019, 11:23 AM   #6199
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Is this a good thing or is it just playing up to a 'it's grey and dystopian and everyone's thick and speaks funny' stereotype?

I guess the only way to find out is to see where it's filmed, I can't imagine a zombie comedy would work if the setting is miserable, it's the juxtaposition that would make it funny maybe - grey, slow moving zombies set against the backdrop of a colourful, fast-changing and vibrant city? Or will it be some kind of comment on everyone wandering round staring at their phones playing Pokemon go....?

I hope they escape southwards along the stretch of canal that passes Selly Oak rather than towards Wolverhampton, it'll be a lot greener.
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Old September 17th, 2019, 08:07 PM   #6200
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Apologies if this is a re-post (the piece dates back to March this year) but a really interesting piece about Architecture practice, Intervention Architecture. Not so often that Birmingham crops up in Riba - and without any of the patronising out-dated images of the city we've come to expect;

https://www.ribaj.com/culture/interv...future-winners
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