What can you tell me about Birmingham, UK?

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  1. Manual Slim

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    I’ll be traveling there in January for a performance of Mahler’s 8th. What’s good?
    (Yes, I have googled as well.)
     
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    There's some great industrial heritage and accompanying museums, other than that, the A38, the M42 and M6 make for easy routes out. Oh, 'Spaghetti Junction' ( Gravelly Hill ) -has- to be driven to be fully experienced. Iy used to be known as the Black Country, due to the amount of industry founded there during the Industrial Revolution. It was a home of armaments, canals and motorcycles. A hive of industry, not exactly noted for high brow culture then. There are some ruddy awful sites where the concrete perversions of the 1960s - 1970s were allowed to copulate, leading to swathes of stark buildings that are the visual equivalent of drinking cold, fresh orange juice straight after cleaning your teeth and sluicing with Listerine. Shopping centres that repel the senses.

    Birmingham is the home of Balti, and there are some corkers to be had.
     
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    Local delicacies are always welcome!
     
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    The acoustics of the Symphony Hall are fantastic. The weather will be cold, the people helpful, the food spicy. You'll have a great time. :)
     
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    Lovely place. Home of heavy metal. Been there many times on canal boat holidays. Don't be put off by the regional accent that makes everyone sound retarded. The Mailbox is a pleasant waterside location with plenty of pubs and restaurants although a bit corporate. Once spent an interesting afternoon at the Black Country Livimg Museum about 10 miles away in Dudley. Watched a man making nails there. Be sure to grab a curry.
     
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    I left there as soon as I was old enough! I'm told it's changed a lot... but nothing would entice me back.

    I remember it built around the 'Soviet Brutalist' style popular in the fifties and sixties.

    However; travel an hour out of B'rum and there're wonders to be had.
     
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    The symphony hall is nice. There is major redevelopment in the city centre but the Art Gallery has a good pre-Raphaelite collection. There is a GuitarGuitar store too.

    The short train ride to the RAF Museum at Cosford is def. worth it. One of the best aircraft collections in the UK.

    Excellent array of curry houses. Must try a couple at least in the ‘Balti Triangle.’

    Black Country Museum nearby has been mentioned and Ironbridge is a key birthplace of the industrial revolution. Loads of history but January maybe not best time.

    It’s quick on train to London or Bristol too.

    The historical drama series Peaky Blinders is set there
     
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    They’re jealous of Alabama. USA! USA! USA! U.. *cough, sputter, gag* SA! USA!
     
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    Jealous of USA?

    Oh gosh. I hope not.
     
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    I understand but.. it's changed beyond recognition.
    I remember how it used to be too.
    I have friends that moved from London to Birmingham and I've had have had some lovely times out with them in their city that they have come to love.

    Really friendly people there IME.
     
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    Birmingham did have a very negative image, which it has struggled to shake off ... I've lived here for 40 odd years and ... Love it and the way it constantly evolves. Long gone is the facade of concrete and "motor city" mentality. But some of the locals accents can be annoying ;)

    Birmingham can be pain a in the neck to drive into and around, whilst we are well served by motorways they are usually congested in anything vaguely rush hourish! So I really would recommend Trains into/ out of and the Metro/Tram within whenever possible.
    A lot of this is to do with, at the moment, Brum being one big building site as it's undergoing a lot of redevelopment ... Saying that, the so far completed bits are impressive!.

    Some of the Broad St work will be completed by next Jan so, hopefully Symphony Hall will be even more attractive and accessible from the outside.
    Inside Symphony Hall is simply sublime as a performance space.

    Other things to do ... Depends where your interests lie but ... Black Country museum should figure, City museum and art gallery is worth a visit esp. if you're a pre-Raphelite fan.
    Nearby is Stratford upon Avon for the RSC. ... What might you fancy?

    But ... Definitely visit the Jewellery Quarter .. it has it's own museum ... Notice this is on Vyse St ... So after seeing it ...having a coffee there or in one of the nearby cafes ... You gotta go down the road to .... The Little Guitar Shop ... All the staff there are great, none more so than Martin the owner.

    Have fun ...

    Btw. Tom Hanks and Prince William (if they're recommendations) are Villa fans .... Wrong time of year to see the Bears in action.
     
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    One of the largest aircraft production plants in Britain was built just before WWII at Castle Bromwich and was created as a hidden plant the Germans didn't know about. The Supermarine Spitfire Mk.I at Cosford is the oldest extant Spitfire. It served in the Battle of Britain before being extensively damaged. It was repaired and send to Operational Training Unit 57 at RAF Hawarden in Wales and was on that station while my uncle, Sgt. Pilot Henry Archer "Harry" Womack, trained there. It isn't listed in his flight log but it was on the flight line and being used, and thus would have been one of only a handful of Spits there. That means my uncle walked by it and lusted after it. Harry ran across the border to Canada from the U.S. during the neutrality period right after the start of the war and joined the Royal Canadian Air Force. He was trained as a fighter pilot there and was posted to the U.K. for transition into Spirfires during the Blitz. At the end of training he applied to be posted to the Eagle Squadrons but was killed in a low altitude aerobatic training flight before he could be.

    One of these days I want to swing by Cosford and see that Spit.

    Bob
     
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    I fancy a wide variety of things. I’m just here to see what people say.
     
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    I wouldn’t let any of these Regional “accents” put you off as we ALL have one ;)

    Didn’t even know about it till I was told
     
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    Me too - best description of the old Bullring Shopping Centre (now replaced) that I have ever heard

    But Curry.............
     
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    If you like things with two wheels, the National Motorcycle Museum is near Coventry (interesting history there too) and if you like cars, the National Motor Museum is toward Warwick - also near Shakespeare’s Stratford Upon Avon.
     
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    I hear you!

    I moved to Australia and it's still too close.
     
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    Their BBQ probably falls short...
     
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