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Old January 2nd, 2007, 05:15 PM   #1
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New Year, New Thread ... without the exclamation mark

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Brum sees in the New Year with a bang Jan 2 2007
By Lisa Smith, Birmingham Mail




CITIES across the UK might have been forced to cancel New Year's Eve celebrations due to heavy winds and rain but revellers in Birmingham were not disappointed.

Party-goers in the Second City were thrilled by a dazzling display of fireworks which lit up the sky over landmark buildings including St Martin's Church and the Bull Ring.

Although the number of visitors was down due to the weather, those who braved driving rain and wind were rewarded as they crowded into Millennium Point to see in 2007.

Among those watching the pyrotechnics were a party of friends from foreign climes.

Hanna Heikkila, 25, from Finland and her friends Nora Szabo from Germany and Chiara Giacometti and Lucrezia Bassaro, both from Italy, were thrilled the city had not pulled the plug on the night's festivities.


Hanna said: "We're on holiday in Britain and wanted somewhere to see in New Year, so it's great that everything is going ahead.


"Birmingham is a fantastic city and we're having a really good time here."


It was a different story in other major cities however with only London able to stage a fireworks spectacular to rival Brum.


Edinburgh's traditional Hogmanay celebrations were called off at the 11th hour due to storms while other cities including Liverpool, Glasgow and Belfast had already scrapped their events after learning freak storms could put the safety in jeopardy.


The only hiccup in Birminmgham's celebrations came when revellers were evacuated from a bar and casino in Broad Street as army bomb disposal experts checked out reports of a suspect package.


Thankfully, the evacuation was only temporary as police and members of the Army's Explosive Ordinance Detachment ruled a discarded bag was not a security risk.


The alert came just after 1am. Revellers in Waxy O'Connors Irish bar and the neighbouring Grosvenor Casino were led away from the scene after reports of a suspect package in the pub.


Police immediately cordoned off the area near the busy Five Ways Island and called in bomb disposal experts.


A spokesman for Broad Street said party-goers and casino players had been evacuated temporarily while the incident was investigated and any threat to public safety ruled out.


He said: "People were evacuated for an hour or so but were then able to go back and enjoy the rest of their night."


One reveller, forced to cut short his night out with workmates, said: "We thought at first there was a raid or something at the casino.


"I suppose the authorities have to investigate every risk and it is important that they take public safety very seriously these days."
Edited: not my pictures, but boy what a difference a makeover makes. The skyline already looks ten times better.

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Old January 2nd, 2007, 06:06 PM   #2
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Spot the typo. It's pretty disgraceful coming from the Birmingham Mail .
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I found some pictures I took a while back from the Brum wheel!

Town Hall and Baskerville House in their not so glorious states.


HCT getting her cladding and Orion's core:


Baskerville House at the bottom getting some treatment and BT Tower after the treatment:


And I found a badge they used to hand out to every one. You remember the 'Be in Birmingham' slogan used ages ago? Well here was the badge to accompany it - must be a good 3 or 4 years old now.


Oh and here is one for you tower block fans!
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I found some pictures I took a while back from the Brum wheel!


Thats why i dont miss the old post & mail building
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I really should find some time to get out photographing for you crazy bunch, I finally got the hang of the camera! Don't expect anything amazing though.
Don't worry mate! I'm posting my crappy pictures up and no-ones slagged me off yet.......(now awaiting onslaught of abuse!!
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Spot the typo. It's pretty disgraceful coming from the Birmingham Mail .
Ordinance should read Ordnance?
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Firstly a request please: can someone please pin this at the top if this replaces thread 15 as it will get pushed down otherwise by other topics.

Some interesting reading from the Edgbaston Constituency Committee Minutes regarding a 50m pool and a way in which would be a more viable way for long term running.

http://80.86.36.120/vault/XDDocStore...cy%20Cttee.pdf

With regard to questions about the provision of a new swimming pool in Harborne at Pledge 2, the Chairman clarified that the Leader had supported the initial bid for £250,000 but it still had to go through the formal process of submission through the relevant Directorates and to the Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture. The Harborne Pool remained a clear priority for the Constituency. Councillor John Alden (Chairman of the Leisure, Sport and Culture Overview and Scrutiny Committee) stated that whilst negotiations for a 50m pool for the City were well advanced with both Aston and Birmingham Universities, the enhancement of community swimming pools was being dealt with as a totally independent issue.
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There is a planning app in for Beatties building.

C/07858/06/FUL

16-28 Corporation Street, City,
Proposal: External alterations including removal of upper floor, former restaurant extension, for re-use as retail units.

Looking at some of the designs looks like they are making 3 retail units on the ground floor withone of them going up to second floor. Also some office space above too.
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Some other news: plan submitted for young persons hostel in Jewellery Quarter. Vaughton Gothic Works on Livery Street. Its Grade II listed so at least it keeps it in use and about time for another youth hostel. I cant organise meetings for my organisation for students in birmingham because no hostels in city centre. We really should have a Youth Hostel Association one for a city our size and with attractions. (Plus what happened or is happening to YHA shop?)

Here are some pics of the new beatties to come with nice large windows and the removal of the disgusting restaurant and smartening up of place. Be a good place for the Fopp that was supposed to be coming to corporation street and will help liven up Corporation Street.





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Now that looks rather smart.
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Old January 4th, 2007, 12:03 PM   #15
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Sticky! Sticky! Sticky!

Anyway - rather interesting:

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CABE has handed out its Festive Five Awards to the individuals and organisations that have set the standards for design in 2007.

Five individuals, public-sector organisations and private companies were honoured with the awards for their forward thinking resulting in ‘great architecture and design’.

This year’s awards focused on both school and inclusive design – which CABE highlights as the country’s biggest design challenges.

CABE chief executive Richard Simmons said: ‘School design and inclusive design are often misunderstood and poorly executed. These are two areas where standards have to rise dramatically in 2007.

‘The people and projects recognised here set a benchmark for what everyone should be achieving everywhere.’

The five individuals to be acknowledged were Dick Hibdige, deputy head of the recently completed PFI Bedminster Down Secondary School; Jason Longhurst, director of the River Nene Regional Park; Tony O’Sullivan, a consultant paediatrician and a driving force behind the Lewisham Children and Young People’s Centre; Sandwell council’s landscape architect Tim Pritchard; and Jane Stoneham, director of the Sensory Trust.

The five public organisations honoured were the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham; Birmingham City Council; the Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green, London; the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London; and North Somerset Council.

The five private companies recognised were the bptw partnership; Capita Percy Thomas; Mind the Gap Theatre; Sjolander de Cruz Architects; and Studio E Architects.
Anyone have any further information?
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Here's a bit more on the Gothic Vaughton Works Hostel

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In the planning lists, there are also applications for

- the upgrade of the Temple Row entrance to Great Western Arcade (renovation of stonework, installation of lighting)

- conversion of Norfolk Hotel on Hagley Road into apartments (renovation and extension)

AND:

- (mentioned before I think) approval of Snow Hill office scheme next to Lloyd House (12 storeys)

- approval of outline planning for Martineau Galleries (has this therefore been passed by DCLG?) - see MG thread for more!
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Oh man, the Rotunda is starting to look incredible... comon Arena Central... bloody sort it out?!!! Steve Evans said planning would be put in early 2007
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Let's hope it's true!
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Comedy film 'Anita and Me' set in the Midlands is on BBC 1 right now. The accents are quite funny. Maybe worth a watch if you've not seen it before, though it is half way through.
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