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a new round up is needed...
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Some mod hijacked my thread. Grr!
Haven't we got the 4th or 5th (?) largest library in the world, an also the highest footfall?
The amount of stuff they have hidden away in the library they need to build a whole new museum. Not kidding but it would rival anything in the world, well in my opinion anyway as far as writings and paintings go!
^^ oh for fuk sake! We want rid of him, not to be the leader of all the regions!

EDIT: Pointing at Bios post. Damn you whippersnappers are too quick.
You mean BDSSSTW?

Sure I forgot one letter.

If we have Greater Birmingham, we need an elected mayor (Martin or Sir Digby) ad a region in similar size to Greater Manchester. Needs to cover Shrewsbury, Telford, Stafford, Solihul, Warwick etc.
BCBCCR doesn't exactly roll off the tongue
Happy birthday for the other day MSP.
Heard yesterday that they were going. They will fail new legislation for student accommodation, too expensive to refit them, so student flats going elsewhere.
Just curious if anyone saw central news yesterday with HCT's parking system?

You drive it into a loading bay, get out of your car, and a computer uses a robot to pick your car up, and stacks it onto a shelf. When you want your car, it gets it from the self and puts it back into the bay.
Got this in my mail box:
Prepare your charms, spells and grab your wand! On Friday 13 July 2007 at IMAX Cinema, Millennium Point, cinemagoers will be spellbound when they join the ranks of Dumbledore’s Army and see the highly anticipated Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: An IMAX 3D Experience. The IMAX Cinema at Millennium Point is the only place in the Midlands to see the last 20 minutes of the film's explosive finale in eye-popping 3D. Just as the film reaches the peak of excitement, audiences will be transported inside the film to experience the action, drama and wonder of Harry Potter as never before. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: An IMAX 3D Experience will debut concurrently with the nationwide 35mm release from Warner Bros. Pictures.
A special on-screen cue will alert the audience when to put the 3D glasses on. A green icon of flashing glasses will enter the frame across the bottom of the screen to indicate that the glasses should be put on and at the end of the 3D sequence, a red icon will appear, indicating when the glasses should be taken off.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix has been transformed into the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience through IMAX DMR (Digital Re-Mastering) technology, providing audiences with an extraordinary cinematic experience. This marks the second live-action Hollywood film featuring scenes digitally converted into IMAX 3D.
The film’s director, David Yates, stated, "Seeing ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’ on the giant IMAX screen, audiences will feel as if they have literally stepped into the world of Harry Potter to experience all of the action and adventure alongside Harry, Hermione and Ron. The immersive experience of seeing the film’s finale in IMAX 3D is sure to add a whole new perspective for all audiences."
In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry returns for his fifth year of study at Hogwarts only to discover that much of the wizarding community has been led to believe that the story of the teenager’s recent encounter with the evil Lord Voldemort is a lie, putting Harry’s integrity in question. Worse, the Minister for Magic, Cornelius Fudge, has appointed a new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher, the duplicitous Professor Dolores Umbridge. But Professor Umbridge’s "Ministry-approved" course of defensive magic leaves the young wizards woefully unprepared to defend themselves against the Dark forces threatening them, so, at the prompting of his friends Hermione and Ron, Harry is convinced to take matters into his own hands. Meeting secretly with a small group of students who name themselves "Dumbledore’s Army," Harry teaches them how to defend themselves against the Dark Arts, preparing the courageous young wizards for the extraordinary battle that lies ahead.
There is an extra magical treat in store for cinemagoers at Millennium Point. See Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: An IMAX 3D Experience at Millennium Point and kids will receive FREE entry to Thinktank, Birmingham science museum. *Terms and Conditions apply
*TERMS AND CONDITIONS. Offer not available to groups of 10 or more. Offer available until 2 September 2007. One child goes free to Thinktank with each full paying adult. Does not include entry into the Planetarium. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer
Running time: 145 minutes
Certificate: 12A
Tickets prices: Adult- £8.75, Child & Concession- £6.75, Family (2 adults + 2 children)- £28.00.
Book your tickets now at or call 0121 202 2222
Media Contacts
Caroline Durbin, PR Officer on 0121 202 2210/ 07707 531405 or [email protected]
Gillian McCurdy, Marketing and Communications Manager on 0121 202 2267 or [email protected]
Notes to Editor
1. The IMAX Cinema is part of Millennium Point in the heart of Birmingham. Its giant screen measures 22 metres wide by 16.5 metres high and there are 42 digital surround sound speakers to enhance the crystal clear picture.
2. About IMAX Corporation
Founded in 1967, IMAX Corporation is one of the world's leading entertainment technology companies and the newest distribution window for Hollywood films. IMAX delivers the world's best cinematic presentations using proprietary IMAX, IMAX 3D, and IMAX DMR® technology. IMAX DMR (Digital Re-mastering) makes it possible for virtually any 35mm film to be transformed into the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience. The IMAX brand is recognized throughout the world for extraordinary and immersive entertainment experiences. As of March 31, 2006, there were 266 IMAX theatres operating in 36 countries. IMAX®, IMAX® 3D, IMAX DMR®, IMAX MPX®, and The IMAX Experience® are trademarks of IMAX Corporation. More information on the Company can be found at
3. Millennium Point opened in 2001, as the region’s major Millennium project and the flagship building in Eastside. It is home to Thinktank; the region’s only IMAX cinema; UCE’s Technology Innovation Centre; and a wide range of commercial tenants including Rider Levett Bucknall and Marketing Birmingham. The resident daily population is around 3,000 – before a single visitor arrives. In 2006 over 1 million people visited Millennium Point. For more information visit
Caroline Durbin
PR Officer
Thinktank & IMAX Cinema
e: [email protected]
t: 0121 202 2210
m: 0770 753 1405
Thinktank Trust
Millennium Point Curzon Street
Birmingham B4 7XG
Registered charity no. 1061898
Please think of the environment before printing this email.

One of our friends from 28dayslater. :)
For those that didn't see it last month, the news about the guy scaling the Selfridges building.
If anyone has been watching Wire in the Blood, I hope you all saw the nice aerial shots from a helicopter of Birmingham city centre.
I thought the masterplan was for only the inside of the outer Queensway?
Well I hope trains, trams and airport were the first on the report.

Flag at half mast. Guessing for Ken.
Just like to say plant is on site at Millennium Point for building the multistory car park - a digger, a large and small pile driver, and people measuring lots of things.
They own TWM?
They also employ 7000 of their 42 000 workforce in the West Mids anyway :)
National Express brings bus, coach and rail together
Filed 27/07/07

National Express Group is to shed about 100 staff as it seeks to centralise administration of the company's bus, coach and rail operations in Birmingham.

The changes, which will cost £8.5m and are expected to save £11m a year, come as the company announced an 18% rise in half year pretax profits to £79m. Chief executive Richard Bowker said the redundancies would be primarily in management roles and there would be 'significant cost savings' in property and back office costs.

National Express recently failed to win the new East Midlands rail franchise, which was won by Stagecoach Group and will replace its Midland Mainline contract. It was also among the bidders defeated by Arriva in the race for the new Cross Country franchise. The group has gone from being the country's biggest train operator a few years ago to having two franchises - London-Essex operator C2C and East Anglia operator One, beyond next year. Its hopes for expanding its UK rail portfolio now rest on its bid for the high profile East Coast inter-city rail contract, the outcome of which is expected in early autumn.

In a conference call with journalists, Bowker declined to reveal the contents of a recent debrief from the Department for Transport about why it had lost MML. He also refused to comment on whether the group would import the management team from MML, which has topped recent industry performance tables, into the East Coast operation if the company's bid proves successful.

Bowker also declined to elaborate on recent speculation that it may bid for the Chiltern Railways franchise, which has been put up for sale by owner John Laing and fund manager Henderson. "We will always keep an eye open for high quality assets that added value and complement our overall portfolio," he said.

Bowker said he was particularly pleased with the performance of the company's overseas operations, which include recently acquired Spanish coach and bus businesses Alsa and Continental Auto. He said the group would look for acquisitions in Europe on an individual basis in countries as well as the UK and Spain where there is a benign regulatory environment, pro-public transport attitude and a favourable approach to public-private partnerships. "If opportunities come up elsewhere, of course we'll go and look at them," he said.
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