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02 Jan 2017 - Jonathan 2

Birmingham has more canals than Venice

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Birmingham has more canals than Venice ....

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02 Jan 2017 - Jonathan 2

Great Western Arcade - A Birmingham Gem

Great Western Arcade, a great place to visit all year round, not just on New Year's Eve when this pic was taken by Geo Daley.  One of many Birmingham Gems.

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01 Jan 2017 - Daniel Sturley

'The Golden Men'

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William Murdoch left his home town in southern Scotland aged 23 and walked the 300 miles to Birmingham. Upon arrival he asked James Watt for a job, got one and went on to become a full partner with Matthew Boulton and Watt. Murdoch developed many innovations, but is well known for inventing gas lighting. Boulton was a member of the Lunar Society, a full moon meeting group of luminaries considered to be founders of the British Industrial Revolution.

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31 Dec 2016 - Jonathan 2

Birmingham Cathedral in the twilight hours

Damien Walmsley with this great shot of Birmingham Cathedral. 

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31 Dec 2016 - Jonathan 2

Birmingham flag flies proud over historic Council House

The flag of Birmingham flies proud over some of Birmingham's great history and heritage.

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31 Dec 2016 - Daniel Sturley

The Statue of Victoria R

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The original Victoria statue by Thomas Brock was erected in 1901 as part of the opening of Victoria Square, and was made of marble. Queen Victoria died 12 days later. The statue was recast in 1951 by William Bloye in bronze. The latest square, opened in 1994 by Diana, Princess of Wales has as its main feature an amazing water feature ‘The River’ by Dhruva Mistry which includes the famous ‘Floozie in the Jacuzzi’.

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31 Dec 2016 - Daniel Sturley

Birmingham's First Bishop

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Charles Gore DD (1853 - 1932) the first Bishop of Birmingham was installed in 1905. The second parish church of Birmingham, St. Philip's became the city's cathedral after becoming a new see when Gore helped to divide the see of Worcester where he was previously bishop. He was the leader of  the Christian Socialist movement, and licensed the first women lay readers in 1917. His statue by Thomas Stirling Lee stands proud at the entrance to St. Philip’s.

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31 Dec 2016 - Daniel Sturley

The 1834 Town Hall

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The Town Hall was built in 1834 by young architect Joseph Hansom and predates many of the great European concert venues. When installed the Town Hall's 6,000-pipe William Hill concert organ was the largest and most technologically advanced in the world. Between 1784 and 1912 the city hosted the Birmingham Triennial Music Festival and the Town Hall was built to cope with its popularity with greats like Felix Mendelssohn and Edward Elgar performing there.

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31 Dec 2016 - Jonathan 2

Birmingham 2017 - the year of the entrepreneur

We want to make 2017 the year of new enterprise, success & growth - You can! We can!  Come along to Start Up 2017 http://buff.ly/2hrUyT9 

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28 Dec 2016 - Daniel Sturley

The Nelson statue in the Bullring

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The statue of Horatio Lord Nelson in the Bullring, by Royal Academy of the Arts member Richard Westmacott Jr. was erected in 1809 as part of the Golden Jubilee of George III. The statue originally stood on a marble base that was replaced when the monument was moved out of the way of the new inner ring road in 1958. It now stands closer to where it was from  1809-1958 on a Portland stone plinth and is once again a main feature of the shopping centre.

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27 Dec 2016 - Daniel Sturley

Birmingham's City Status

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Birmingham was one of the last major cities in England to receive city status, only being fully incorporated in 1889. The city has had a long history of seeking devolution from Westminster, most notably by Thomas Attwood and his founding of the Birmingham Political Union. With devolution of the English regions now being seriously considered, the city once again finds itself at the centre of political reforms.

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27 Dec 2016 - Daniel Sturley

Birmingham's Jewellery Hallmark

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The anchor is Birmingham's hallmark for jewellery and precious goods, and was chosen in 1773, it is said, when a meeting was held in a pub called the Crown and Anchor Tavern in the Strand in London. There was a need for more assay offices and Sheffield and Birmingham were chosen. The story goes that the hallmarks were decided on by giving the crown to Sheffield (later changed to a rose), and the anchor to Birmingham from the pub's name.

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27 Dec 2016 - Daniel Sturley

The Shakespeare Memorial Room

The gold cylinder at the top of the new Library of Birmingham houses the William Shakespeare Memorial Room which was originally part of the 1882 Central Library. In 1974  it was dismantled and reconstructed in the 'new' Central Library built on the same site. It was then moved again in 2013 to it's latest home. Central Library was known locally as the 'Ziggurat'. Like the new library it also polarised opinion and an application for preservation under a grade II listing was rejected.

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24 Dec 2016 - Daniel Sturley

HSBC Construction Update

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The new HSBC Retail Bank Headquarters in Centenary Square is nearing completion with the steel structure almost finished and the cladding is starting to appear.

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20 Dec 2016 - PMNet Support

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20 Dec 2016 - Jonathan 2

Fun in Birmingham

Strange goings on this weekend. 

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18 Dec 2016 - Daniel Sturley

The Hotel at Left Bank on Broad Street

The tower core of the Left Bank Hotel by Regal Property Group, bieng built by Wates Group, appears from Centenary Square.

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16 Dec 2016 - Daniel Sturley

WW1 Hall of Memory

Centenery Square, Birmingham

The statue of Horatio Lord Nelson in the Bullring, by Royal Academy of the Arts member Richard Westmacott Jr. was erected in 1809 as part of the Golden Jubilee of George III. The statue originally stood on a marble base that was replaced when the monument was moved out of the way of the new inner ring road in 1958. It now stands closer to where it was from 1809-1958 on a Portland stone plinth and is once again a main feature of the shopping centre.

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14 Dec 2016 - Jonathan 2

Calling budding Birmingham entrepreneurs!

Let's make Birmingham the home of enterprise & entrepreneurs! Start or grow your business at Start Up Birmingham!  Take the link and register.

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14 Dec 2016 - Daniel Sturley

Sunsets over Birmingham - amazing sight!

Daniel captured this amazing sunset over the Birmingham skyline on 11/12/16.

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13 Dec 2016 - Daniel Sturley

Great reflections in Birmingham

Daniel finds some great reflections off architecture in Birmingham

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12 Dec 2016 - Jonathan 2

ELO Birmingham band of the 70's

Birmingham has been responsible for many great bands through the 60s, 70s and 80s and the tradition continues.  

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11 Dec 2016 - Jonathan 2

Victorian iron loos all over the City

Do you know there are 8 Victorian cast iron urinals across the City of Birmingham?  This one in Balsall Heath is extremely well preserved.

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11 Dec 2016 - Jonathan 2

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Do you live and/or work in Birmingham?  If so, tell us how proud you are of Birmingham and your community?

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07 Dec 2016 - PMNet Support

Perrot's Folly

Perrot's Folly is in Birmingham and has connections with J R R Tolkein.

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