What can you tell me about Birmingham, UK?

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  1. RoyBGood

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    Great - you'll love it! :cool:
     
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    I lived in the U.K. for almost 3 years. The only time I had trouble with a Roundabout was in Birmingham.
     
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    I was at Traffic's last hometown gig, at the Town Hall, in 1974. Steve Winwood played the best guitar solo I have ever witnessed, during a rendition of 'Uninspired'. A misnomer of epic proportions.

    Another great venue.
     
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    Royalbaby ... Great piece there ... Are you still in that marketing job with the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce :D
     
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    "...the 'hound broke down and left us all stranded in downtown Birmingham..."
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    It's good to get real feedback on these places rather than rely on the stereotype.
    I visited Liverpool 3 years ago and no one stole my VCR player while I was there.
    I didn't have one with me at the time but you get the picture.:)

    Some chicks did lift the wallet of a guy I was drinking beers with at my hotel but they were visiting from London and it was retrieved intact when we wised up to them and reported it to the manager who called the room they were booked in. Not very bright of them. The boob flash to distract ended up being free.
     
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    The folks in the UK cannot properly pronounce Bumminham.
     
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    I was trying to think of a local food that wasn’t balti ( which is anglicised Pakistani/ Bangladeshi food) or huge pies: faggots and peas! As I gave up meat when I was sixteen I can’t really tell you much about them although you will see them on some pub menus. Oh and pork scratchings which are popular all over the U.K. but originate in the Black Country. To be enjoyed as a snack with a pint of beer ( again, I’m not exactly the connoisseur of these). You might stumble across somewhere selling Teddy Grays, this is a local company that makes cheap sweets ( candy) and are the originators of the herbal tablet ( which is a kind of fake medicine full of sugar and oddly addictive).

    It’s a fairly good area for local beer. I’d recommend Bathams but there are a few.

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    It’s not often a subject comes up that I know much about! Even on this I’m a bit vague TBH...
     
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    I don't think America is ready for mushy peas :)
     
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    Ah, faggots with mushies, two slices of crusty white and a steaming mug of builders. Delicious!.

    I suspect the term 'faggot' has different connotations elsewhere in the world though, and with the prevalence of American colloquialisms, may raise a smirk. They're a spiced offal meatball, oft served in a rich gravy.

    You can buy them in many fish'n'chip shops in the Midlands ( both East & West ), where they'll be served in a tray with mushies, some chips, maybe a sprinkling of scraps, and a slice of bread. The bread has to be white. Wholesome, tasty, filling and inexpensive.

    Scratchings come in two main varieties. Proper ones, like those shown above, and odd, puffed things. The proper ones require strong teeth, a hearty constitution, and a pint of beer to dilute the daily allowance of salt. Public houses love them, as the raging thirst they can generate means more sales.
     
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    I think @RoyalBaby has nailed most of it and the only things I can think he’s missed is the location of two great golf courses: The Belfry to the north of the city, home of many of the Ryder Cup battles between Europe and USA, and the Forest of Arden to the east, the venue for many European PGA tournaments.

    :) Peter
     
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    The Hilltop and Pype Hayes (spelling?) golf courses are very nice!!
     
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    trouserpress ... No idea when you last played those but... Not anymore...
    Now then.. Bromsgrove Golf Club.... :)
     
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    +8 for Balti Curry, altho I've only enjoyed here in the states made by folks who moved from Blumling-gumd.

    Sorry you have to deal with one of Mahler's works. ;)
     
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    That was no Roundabout, that was Spaghetti Junction! (Badoom, tish)

    Actually you have reminded me that (at least back when I lived there), many of the roundabouts in the city centre were huge things called circuses (eg Holloway Circus). And half of the roads are Something Queensway (so if you're looking for a road, remember the 'Something' part not the Queensway part). And there's even Colmore Circus Queensway.
     
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    Only choice left is a low carb chip butty.
     
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    We rocked up at Whightwick one morning having been drinking gin since breakfast time. My very posh friend stinking of booze, and dressed like a tramp accosted one of the twee National Trust women working there. She visibily recoiled in horror, looking round for security. He jabbed at a painting on the wall. `Excuse me, isn't that a Rossetti? 'the look on her face was priceless as Tim continued to expound the great delights of the pre Raphaelite artists.
     
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    My Birmingham pals say the Balties and curries have gone downhill rather, with a lot of the restaurants struggling to get the chefs and staff <MOD REDACTION>. Als o the offspring of the family businesses don't want to be in that business, they want other careers. I have to say the "standard indian" in London (not the top restaurants - the regular curry houses) has also declined based on my experience and I love a good curry.
     
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