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10 Apr 2017 - FreeTimePays

Birmingham's Spaghetti junction only possible because of Irish workers

The building of Birmingham's Spaghetti Junction by Irish workers in this @brumirish project courtesy

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03 Apr 2017 - FreeTimePays

Environmental pledges from local mosques in and around Birmingham

Great initiative with Balsall Heath's Abdullah Rehman leading and encouraging environmental pledges from local mosques in and around Birmingham. Great unity in what is a shared concern for all.

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25 Mar 2017 - FreeTimePays

It's a 'Pink Blossom riot' in Birmingham outside Ikon Gallery

The beauty of a Spring day captured in the City of Birmingham in this great photograph by talented Birmingham photographer Damien Walmley.  

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22 Mar 2017 - Daniel Sturley

Perott's Folly in Ladywood

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J. R. R. Tolkien lived in Edgbaston in his later childhood and it is thought that his inspiration for the 'Two Towers' was from being able to see both Perrot's Folly and  the Waterworks Tower in Ladywood nearby. This is still contested and it is also believed that 'Old Joe' at Birmingham University was influential as he lived in Hall Green during his early childhood. Tolkien liked to explore his local area including Sarehole Mill, Moseley Bog and Lickey Hills, maybe also inspiring his tales of ‘Middle-earth’.

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07 Mar 2017 - PMNet Support

"We really do have some very talented photographers in Birmingham"

"We really do have some very talented photographers in Birmingham" says John Clancy, leader of Birmingham City Council. We agree & we are delighted to showcase Birmingham and the many talented and inspired people 

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07 Mar 2017 - PMNet Support

Old Joint Stock Pub is also a theatre and was once a library

The Old Joint Stock pub & theatre housed in a Grade II listed building was originally built as a library in 1864.  The Joint Stock Company amalgamated with LLoyds Bank in 1889.  It was converted into a pub in 1997.  The theatre is on the first floor of the pub.

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Construction & regeneration
07 Mar 2017 - FreeTimePays

HS2 for Birmingham

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21 Feb 2017 - FreeTimePays

Birmingham's Ornate Lamp Posts

All over the city centre are beautiful ornate lamp posts, often with clusters of lamps, and if you look up once in a while they complement he city's civic architecture even on a dull foggy day in winter.

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19 Feb 2017 - Daniel Sturley

Next set of columns ready for One Chamberlain Square

It looks like the next set of rebar columns are waiting ready for intallation at One Chamberlain Square. A few weeks may see the structure rise visibly at the site from several view points.

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19 Feb 2017 - Daniel Sturley

Huge Tower Core on Broad Street

The 22 floor Wates Group tower core is finished and the steel structure is currently at the 10th. It will soon appear from this vantage point on the lower terrace of the Library of Birmingham.

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16 Feb 2017 - Jonathan 2

Three classics in Birmingham

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15 Feb 2017 - Jonathan 2

Introducing Casey Bailey - an inspired Birmingham Poet

Also a talented rapper, Casey Bailey is an inspiration to many budding young poets in schools across the City.  Go take a look at Casey's website and see how he's engaging young people.

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14 Feb 2017 - FreeTimePays

BB Taylor - talented author of children's books

BB, first and foremost, is a mommy to 3 beautiful girls.  She is also a talented author.  BB's real name is Melissa and BB Taylor stands for the names of her children, Bailey, Bethany and Taylor. BB works with over 100 animals including raccoons, foxes, owls, lizards and many many more. BB loves to write and dance

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Writing & story telling
14 Feb 2017 - FreeTimePays

The monsters are coming

BB Taylor's new book is called Murphy and The Monsters and is being released on the 21st Feb 2017.  BB's been working on the concept for Murphy and The Monsters for about 18 months now. BB says "Its been such an amazing process to see him come to life and watch his story grow and evolve. I wanted to create a story where monsters didn’t have to just be scary or mean, where they could be vulnerable too and even need help from time to time. I also wanted to show that normal little boys and girls can believe in big things, and that their imagination didn’t need to be defined by what adults told them."

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13 Feb 2017 - FreeTimePays

Great history in Grade 2 listed baths at Balsall Heath

The Grade 2 listed baths at Balsall Heath, Birmingham were designed by William Hale & Son of 83, Colmore Row, and cost almost £34,000. As was common practice at the time, there were separate entrances for first-class males, second-class males, and women.  The baths were opened in 1907.

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13 Feb 2017 - FreeTimePays

Balsall Heath library with clock tower

In Balsall Heath, Birmingham's historic Free Library was opened in 1895 and has a clock tower. It was designed by Jethro A. Cossins and F. B. Peacock.

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12 Feb 2017 - Daniel Sturley

Balsall Heath Edwardian terracotta

Great examples of Edwardian terracotta architecture over at Balsall Heath.  Well worth a visit.

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05 Feb 2017 - Daniel Sturley

The New HSBC HQ

The new HSBC retail banking HQ is getting close to cladding stage with the frames starting to give an essence of what the finished building will look like. Here from the Library of Birmingham 'Secret Garden' opposite the site.

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05 Feb 2017 - Daniel Sturley

The 'Secret Garden' atop the Library of Birmingham

Did you know there is a garden terrace on the top of the Library of Birmingham where you can see for many miles in all directions, up to 15 miles on a clear day! There is also a higher viewing space that is indoors in the gold cylinder at the very top which also houses the Shakespeare Memorial Room.

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05 Feb 2017 - Daniel Sturley

Birmingham Twinned With Chicago

Did you know that Birmingham is officially twinned with Chicago? What this actually means is debateable but being so called 'second city' probably rings some bells. The two cities are considered to be more friendly and laid back that their counterparts London and New York and both have significant histories in their own right.

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05 Feb 2017 - Daniel Sturley

The Elan Valley Project

Did you know that there is a scale model of the Elan Valley Project in Cannon Hill Park? It is in a sorry state of repair and in need of renovation. Wales supplies Birmingham with water and the Elan Valley Project was built to facilitate this.

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02 Feb 2017 - Daniel Sturley

Antony Gormley's Iron: Man

The 'Iron: Man' statue in Victoria Square was named after the Black Sabbath song. The band are playing their last ever gigs this weekend at the Genting Arena. What a contribution to music the four lads from Aston have made!

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29 Jan 2017 - Daniel Sturley

The Westside City Skyline

The Westside Skyline at dusk looking over Brindleyplace towards the Hagley Road and Fiveways at Edgbaston.

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28 Jan 2017 - Daniel Sturley

One Chamberlain Square

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The site of the old Central Library now contains two floors of One Chamberlain Square, the new PwC Midlands HQ. The Museum and Art Gallery is glowing behind in stark winter sunlight.

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28 Jan 2017 - Daniel Sturley

Muddle-Earth in the city centre.

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A mad mixture of objects, layers and shapes from Centenary Walk during the re-development of 'Paradise Birmingham' at the site of the old Central Library and 'Paradise Forum.

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