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Old November 11th, 2017, 01:02 AM   #41
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Thank you for your kind comments and likes christos-greece, General Electric, paul62, Why-Why and cyril sneer. Cheers

The next set of photographs is either on or around the Library of Birmingham.


Library of Birmingham
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Library of Birmingham
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Library of Birmingham
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Library of Birmingham
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Library of Birmingham
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Library of Birmingham
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Secret Garden at the Library of Birmingham
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Old November 15th, 2017, 05:49 PM   #42
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The Library of Birmingham (Above) replaced the old Central Library (below) sadly, for many people who loved this John Madin designed brutalist Ziggurat, they failed in an attempt to save it from demolition.


The Old Central Lending Library
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Demolition photos.


Demolition of Paradise
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Paradise Lost
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Paradise
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Paradise
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Paradise Demolished
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Paradise
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Demolition of Paradise
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Demolition of Paradise
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And finally back to the happier times during the Birmingham Artsfest celebrations.

Remembering Birmingham's Central Library by metrogogo, on Flickr
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Old November 15th, 2017, 08:20 PM   #43
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Too bad they demolished this great example of brutalist architecture...

But the new one is looking great and colorful. And its elegant neighbor reminds me of the Pirelli-tower in Milano.

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Old November 16th, 2017, 06:25 PM   #44
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Very interesting comparison between libraries, metrogogo. The new one is certainly cheerier than the old (I'm no fan of brutalism). But as with the old one, you'd never guess that the new one was a library from its external appearance. Perhaps that's because these days no one's really sure what a library is for.
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Old November 17th, 2017, 04:31 PM   #45
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Too bad they demolished this great example of brutalist architecture...

But the new one is looking great and colourful. And its elegant neighbour reminds me of the Pirelli-tower in Milano.

Benonie, you are indeed right Alpha Tower was inspired by The Pirelli Tower in Milan.

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Very interesting comparison between libraries, metrogogo. The new one is certainly cheerier than the old (I'm no fan of brutalism). But as with the old one, you'd never guess that the new one was a library from its external appearance. Perhaps that's because these days no one's really sure what a library is for.
Why-Why, I understand your sentiments, the Library of Birmingham is much more than a lending library it houses the Shakespeare Memorial Library, the Brasshouse Language Centre, a small theatre as well as being physically connected to the Birmingham Repertory Theatre and so much more as well.
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Old November 21st, 2017, 01:32 AM   #46
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Thanks to Benonie, paul62, diddyD and Why-Why.

More randomly selected photographs from Birmingham.


Hurst Street / Smallbrook Queensway Birmingham
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Birmingham Skyline viewed from Goldon Hillock Rd/Poets Corner
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Corporation Street Birmingham
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Shakespeare Express Birmingham
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Centenary Square Birmingham
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All the Fun of the Fair
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Library of Birmingham
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Victoria Square Birmingham
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Old November 25th, 2017, 12:04 PM   #47
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Thanks, all round to AbidM, diddyD, cyril sneer, Why-Why, capricorn2000
A good way to start the day is breakfast on the breakfast barge.

All Aboard for Breakfast
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Midland Metro Urbos3 Trams Nos 37 and 20 Birmingham
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German Christmas Market Birmingham
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Look Out
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Snow Hill 2
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Snow Hill 2
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Snow Hill
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BT Tower
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Old November 27th, 2017, 10:30 AM   #48
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Superb photos! especially like Library of Birmingham, Victoria Square, Urbos3 Trams
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Old November 30th, 2017, 07:51 PM   #49
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Thanks go to paul62, Why-Why, Romashka01 and diddyD for their kind comments and likes.


Sunny Side of the Street
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Moor Street Railway Station Birmingham
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Old Royal P/H and 45 Cornwall Street Birmingham
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Sacks of Potatoes
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Mailbox Shopping Mall Birmingham
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St Thom's Peace Garden Birmingham
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Peace Garden Birmingham
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St Chad's Square
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2885 at Moor St Railway Station Birmingham
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Old November 30th, 2017, 09:47 PM   #50
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Once more great, very nice updates about Birmingham
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Old December 6th, 2017, 08:57 PM   #51
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Thanks to paul62, christos-greece cyril sneer, Why-Why, skymantle, AbidM. Cheers guys.


Selfridges Birmingham.
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Eastside City Park/Curzon St Birmingham
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Birmingham's Canals
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Old Line Loop Canal Birmingham
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Birmingham Main Line Canal and Old Line Loop Canal
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Birmingham and Fazeley Canal
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Birmingham and Fazeley Canal
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Old December 7th, 2017, 04:23 PM   #52
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Very nice canal shots!
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Old December 13th, 2017, 02:14 AM   #53
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Thanks to Romashka01, cyril sneer, Why-Why, AbidM and fot likes and comments.


Smallbrook Queensway Birmingham
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Trams and Trains Around Birmingham
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Trams Around Birmingham
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New Steet Birmingham
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Victoria Law Courts Birmingham
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Gas Street Basin Birmingham
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Smoking Narrowboats
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Birmingham Skyline
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Old December 13th, 2017, 09:55 AM   #54
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Superb pics☝️
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Old December 14th, 2017, 02:02 AM   #55
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Thanks go to diddyD and Why-Why.

The Roman Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral of St Chad.


Saint Chad's Cathedral
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The district of Digbeth.


Birmingham Coach Station
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St Martins-in-the-Bull Ring and Selfridges Department Store.


Selfridges and St Martins Birmingham.
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Zoomed in shot of the iconic Selfridges.


Selfridges Birmingham UK
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Still in the Bull Ring with one of the many eateries that can be found in this location.


Eating Out
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And finally, a shot of a Wolverhampton bound tram on Stephenson Place, so named after the great railway engineer George Stephenson.


Stephenson Place Birmingham
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Very attractive trams! But I can't decide about that Selfridge's store. It photographs well, but seems at odds with its location. Does it really have no windows?
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Old December 16th, 2017, 12:25 PM   #57
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Very attractive trams! But I can't decide about that Selfridge's store. It photographs well, but seems at odds with its location. Does it really have no windows?
I think it's safe to say it has only one true window that lets you see inside the store, the top window in the photo below, the rest act as entrances and exits.


Selfridges Birmingham UK
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In the next photo, you can see two entrances/exits the one on the bottom right is a coffee shop, they are on two levels due to the steep slope Selfridges is built on.


Selfridges and the Bull Ring
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Selfridges
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Selfridges Birmingham
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Also, the main entrances are situated inside the Bullring Shopping Mall.


Selfridges in the Bull Ring
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These are on levels two and Three, the top balcony is a high-end restaurant.


Selfridges in the Bull Ring
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And to end with a quick glimpse inside Selfridges.

Escalating Selfridges by metrogogo, on Flickr
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Old December 20th, 2017, 12:44 AM   #58
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Thanks to why-why, baerd and AbidM for comments and likes.

Former Bank of England banking hall and offices on Temple Row.


St Philips Chambers and Bank House Birmingham
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Bank House Birmingham
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A low Sun in the late evening is seen reflected in the office buildings and copper overhead wires and also the tramway and railway tracks.


Sunset Glare
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Library of Birmingham seen from between the fluted columns of the former Birmingham Municipal Bank.


Library of Birmingham
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Newhall Street in the business district.


Newhall Street Birmingham
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The momentous task of cleaning 15,000 anodised aluminium discs on the Selfridges Building.


Selfridge's Swingers
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Temple Point and Colmore Gate office building on Bull Street.


Bull Street Birmingham
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The Wesleyan Insurance Headquarters on Colmore Square.


The Wesleyan Building Birmingham
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Old December 24th, 2017, 01:43 AM   #59
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Merry Christmas Everyone from Birmingham


Birmingham's German Christmas Market
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Birmingham's German Christmas Market
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Birmingham's German Christmas Market
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Birmingham's German Christmas Market
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Birmingham's German Christmas Market
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Birmingham's German Christmas Market
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Birmingham's German Christmas Market by metrogogo, on Flickr


Birminghams German Christmas Market
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And Finally.... Birmingham's very own Snow Queen.


Birmingham's German Christmas Market
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Old December 24th, 2017, 02:18 AM   #60
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What an interesting-looking city! I know this is going to sound stupid, but I'm surprised there are so many new buildings downtown!
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