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Moseley lights up

6 Dec 13

Maybe it wasn’t such an ill wind that blows with the wind dying down to welcome hundreds to Moseley Village for the Moseley Christmas lights switch-on on Thursday 5 December.

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Birmingham in Pictures VIII

4 Dec 13

After my last Birmingham in Pictures post, Birmingham in Pictures VII , where I noted an influential New York Travel magazine had extolled the virtues of Birmingham, it now seems the world has caught on with recent reports that Birmingham is ‘fastest…

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Painting a picture

4 Dec 13

Photorealism: 50 years of hyperrealistic painting is the largest retrospective exhibition in Europe devoted to Photorealism and will make it’s sole UK visit to the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery from 30 November 2013 to 30 March 2014.

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Replacing Chamberlain Hall

20 Nov 13

It’s almost a year to the day since I noted the redevelopment plans for Chamberlain Hall at the University of Birmingham, ‘High’ Hall – University of Birmingham Chamberlain Hall replacement , with a replacement hall of residence for the six year …

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Get your Movember skates on

19 Nov 13

This Thursday you can do your bit for Movember, the annual awareness month where men grow moustaches to raise funds and awareness for male cancers, by skating at the ice rink in Centenary Square with a date.

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Lost and found – The Library of Lost Books at Library of Birmingham

17 Nov 13

The 23rd November will mark a special day for Whovians, being the 50th Anniversary special episode of Doctor Who, but it also sees the end of a special event at the new Library of Birmingham with the conclusion of The Library of Lost Books .

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Beaujolais Nouveau – CAFÉ CRÈME, A night of Food and Music Public

15 Nov 13

In just under seven days you can celebrate drinking Beaujolais Nouveau, which can only legally be served from the third Thursday of November under French law, at a food and music event,CAFÉ CREME, at Maison Mayci in Moseley.

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Digital future from dead thinkers

6 Nov 13

Tuesday 5 November marks the annual Bonfire Night celebrations which were created following the arrest of Guy Fawkes on the 5th November following a failed attempt to create political change by attempting to assassinate King James I.

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Birmingham in Pictures VII

2 Nov 13

Following in my series showing photographs of the many faces of Birmingham, http://birminghamcentral.

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Sexual Health Checkup

1 Nov 13

Programmes like BBC3′s Unsafe Sex in the City , which last series focussed on Birmingham’s sexual health clinics, highlight the rising numbers of infections and need to address public health.

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Lighting up Brum

26 Oct 13

Following the sensory treats of Sounding the River , A magical sound on the river , a final celebratory events of the Midland Arts Centre’s (MAC) 50th anniversary, Birmingham is providing another sensory treat for the eyes with Illuminate , free …

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A magical sound on the river

10 Oct 13

Last sunday, the 6th October, I was lucky enough to go on a magical journey that took me along the River Rea and into Cannon Hill Park as part of the MAC ‘s 50th anniversary event Sounding the River .

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Half again

10 Oct 13

Sunday 20 October 2013 marks the third BUPA Great Birmingham Run and the largest Birmingham half marathon to date with 20,000 runners set to run the 13.1 mile course from the city centre to Bournville and back again.

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Another book opens followed by a laugh

9 Oct 13

The Birmingham Literature Festival, the name of the former Birmingham Book Festival, is well underway having opened on Thursday 3 October.

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Birmingham in Pictures VI

19 Sep 13

Since my previous update, http://birminghamcentral.

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Music Takes over Colmore Business District

11 Sep 13

Image reproduced from: http://colmorebusinessdistrict.

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One week on – The Library of Birmingham

10 Sep 13

It’s hard to believe it’s been one week today since the new Library of Birmingham opened.

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Wired Brum

10 Sep 13

While Birmingham may have a new library of the written word the transfer of knowledge and information across the airwaves will soon match the ambitions to ‘rewrite the book’ with Virgin Media’s free public wifi, http://birminghamcentral.

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Bullring makes 10

4 Sep 13

Image reproduced from bullring.

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Opening the book

3 Sep 13

The new Library of Birmingham opens in a few hours time today on Tuesday 3 September and after five years of design, planning and construction it’s much anticipated arrival heralds a new renaissance for the city, a day before the Bullring celebrates …

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Six days till Brum’s People’s Palace opens

28 Aug 13

In six days and a few hours time the new Library of Birmingham will open it’s doors to become Birmingham’s ‘people’s palace’, the vision of architect Francine Houben.

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The final literary countdown II

14 Aug 13

There’s now 20 days and a few hours to go until the new Library of Birmingham opens and the excitement is palpable with the much anticipated library to be revealed to the world.

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The final literary countdown

8 Aug 13

In less than a months time, 27 days today, the new Library of Birmingham will open and it’s an exciting race to the finish line with a mix of finishing touches being completed ahead of the opening.

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Midland Metro extension Update

30 Jul 13

If you’ve walked around the city centre crossing New Street, Corporation Street or Bull Street you cannot have failed to notice large holes in the ground and cables and pipes being moved.

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Graphic Treat from Gingerbread

29 Jul 13

“Had I but a penny in the world, thou shouldst have it for gingerbread.

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28 Jul 13

Suburbia where the suburbs met utopia What kind of dream was this so easy to destroy? And who are we to blame for the sins of the past? These slums of the future? Suburbia, Pet Shop Boys, reproduced from: http://www.

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Squaring – Library of Birmingham July Update II B

27 Jul 13

The new Library of Birmingham has received a musical endorsement ahead of it’s opening with Rizzle Kicks performing four songs live, including their new single ‘Lost Generation’, on the secret garden Seventh Floor Terrace of the new library.

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Squaring – Library of Birmingham July Update II

25 Jul 13

As the opening day for the New Library of Birmingham draws nearer work to move books to the new library is well underway.

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Tunnel love – A38 Tunnels Closure

19 Jul 13

10pm this evening marks the beginning of traffic chaos or so thenaysayers would have you believe but it is in fact the start of the closure of the A38 Queensway Tunnels through central Birmingham.

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Squaring the circle – Library of Birmingham July update

18 Jul 13

It’s the final countdown, with only 46 days to go (47 yesterday when the above picture was taken) until the new Library of Birmingham opens on the 3 September 2013.

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Moseley on down – Moseley Festival 2013

12 Jul 13

Starting today, Friday 12 July, the Moseley Festival 2013 runs until 21 July 2013 and sees a series of arts, culture and music events including a street fair, walks, live music, dance, comedy and open days.

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Pull up a sofa at Merry Hill

10 Jul 13

This weekend, from Friday 12 to Sunday 14 July, ITV show This Morning in association with DFS pull up a sofa at Westfield Merry Hill with a life size replica of the This Morning Set and competition to win a VIP trip to London together with the chance…

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New Street Station July 2013 Update

3 Jul 13

There continues to be much progress on New Street Station and the new John Lewis store since my update at the end of May, New Street Station May 2013 update .

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Selly Oak Student blocks

26 Jun 13

Since my last photos of January 2013, Selly Oak New Road student flats , there has been rapid progress on the Victoria Hall Phase III, http://dale-road.

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Parking Space at Post and Mail

25 Jun 13

In April I noted the works to redevelop the former Post and Mail print works site, Post space to park – Post and Mail redevelopment , in the £20m first phase of a planned £90m redevelopment of the former building.

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Love Architecture Birmingham

24 Jun 13

To accompany the national Royal Institute of British Architect’s ( RIBA ) national Love Architecture Festival 21-30 June, Local Architecture Birmingham,now in it’s second year in 2013, is running a series of events aimed at engaging people in …

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Birmingham in Pictures V

21 Jun 13

It’s been a while, six months to be precise, since my last update of pictures giving a glimpse of Birmingham from different perspectives, Birmingham in Pictures IV .

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City Living in the Metropolis

21 Jun 13

Birmingham founded KINO 10 , a peripatetic moving exhibition project showcasing the best in short films from around the world, is bringing a selection of short films to Birmingham Museum Art Gallery (BMAG) this Saturday.

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Balls in Birmingham – Cricket and Tennis

12 Jun 13

June is an exciting month for sports fans in Birmingham with them literally bowled over by two big sporting competitions.

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Concrete steal for Library of Birmingham

8 Jun 13

Since my preceding blogpost on the new Library of Birmingham,  Library of Birmingham June 2013 Update , Construction News has reported on the innovative use of concrete to build the new library instead of the original steelwork plans, http://www.

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Library of Birmingham June 2013 Update

7 Jun 13

In just over twenty days time, on 29 June 2013, the current Central Library will close, excepting the information desk and REP ticket sales in the foyer, as the new Library of Birmingham counts down to it’s opening on 3 September 2013.

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Love Coffee Moseley

6 Jun 13

In April I blogged on the new Cafephilia coffee shop that was opening in the former Shufflebothams store in Moseley,  Smelling the Coffee in Moseley .

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Auchinleck endeavours

5 Jun 13

Demolition work has finally started on Auchinleck House in preparation for it's redevelopment into a new hotel.

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Banking The Planets – Universe of Sound

31 May 13

Just over two months since Thrift Radiates Happiness gave a first glimpse into the former Municipal Bank on Broad Street for over ten years and we went on a journey through time and space in an end-of-season Doctor Who episode cliffhanger, ahead of …

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New Street Station May 2013 update

24 May 13

As we approach the first month anniversary of the opening of the new concourse at New Street Station  work continues on the former concourse while commuters continue to use the new concourse adjacent to it.

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The city as art

22 May 13

Last Wednesday, 15 May 2013, saw Birmingham’s Civic Society, http://www.

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Station exi(s)ts for cyclists and taxi’s

12 May 13

It’s been over ten days since the switchover of concourses at New Street Station and work continues on the new concourse with subtle changes being made daily through the opening of retail units and the addition of more ticket machines and cashpoints.

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New Start in Motion – New Street Station switchover

30 Apr 13

While Sunday marked the switchover of concourses at New Street Station, which seems to have been a huge success not least through the efforts of station champions pointing people to the new entrances, Monday 29 April provided a key test with the …

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New Start New Street – station concourse changeover

29 Apr 13

Yesterday, Sunday 28 April 2013, marked a significant milestone in the redevelopment of New Street Station with the opening of the new concourse.

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Not half – New Street Switchover countdown

26 Apr 13

As time counts down to the ‘half time switchover’ of concourses at New Street Station it is all go 24 hours a day to ensure the switch is as painless as possible for all involved; construction workers, retailers, operators and station users.

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