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Civic pride
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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Poetry
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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Writing & story telling
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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History & heritage
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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History & heritage
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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Construction & regeneration
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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Environment & green action
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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Civic pride
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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Environment & green action
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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Art, culture & creativity
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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Construction & regeneration
28 Jan 2017 - Daniel Sturley

One Chamberlain Square

#BhamConstructionUpdate

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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Civic pride
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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27 Jan 2017 - Daniel Sturley

The Ikon Art Gallery

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The  neo-gothic former Oozells Street Board School built in 1877 houses the ‘The Ikon’, a group of four Birmingham artist established in 1965.This group had a focus on contemporary art and was a bit maverick, going up against the establishment.

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Construction & regeneration
14 Jan 2017 - Daniel Sturley

New Tower Core on Broad Street

#BhamConstructionUpdate

A new tower core is rising to become dominant on Broad Street, a construction by Wates Group. Does anyone know what it is and how high it will go?

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Construction & regeneration
14 Jan 2017 - Daniel Sturley

Smethwick Super Hospital Taking Shape

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The new super hospital in Smethwick has a large amount of steel structure around the cores, looking about half way to completetion. This view is from the Library of Birmingham.

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14 Jan 2017 - Daniel Sturley

One Chamberlain Square Installs Crane

#BhamConstructionUpdate

The site of One Chamberlain Square moves on to needing a big crane that is being installed over the weekend. The new PwC Midlands HQ is going to be a fast moving structure over the next few months.

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14 Jan 2017 - Daniel Sturley

The Ever Changing Birmingham Skyline

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A new tower core becomes a significant addition to the west side skyline. This taken from the Secret Garden atop Library of Birmingham looking west over Brindlyplace.

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Construction & regeneration
12 Jan 2017 - Daniel Sturley

The Old Central Library Site

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The old Central Library has now all but gone, just a little of the Conservatoire is left with some of the site already sprouting new buildings including One Chamberlain Square which will be the new headquarters for PwC Midlands. This photo is from Centenary Walk.

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Health & wellbeing
10 Jan 2017 - Jonathan 2

NHS - Do you care enough?

NHS in crisis!  Overstretched A&E!  What solutions?  What plans? BirminghamWeAre to open up some serious debates. Do you care enough? 

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