Sunday, September 08, 2013
|The phrase coined by Usain Bolt at the London Olympics|
In the UK, Birmingham, the second city, is always overshadowed by the big lights of the capital - London. Having lived in both cities, I do have to admit that this is somewhat justified; nonetheless I’m proud of our little town, and wouldn't yearn to live anywhere else within the UK.
I find it quite amusing when I’m abroad, especially America, and the natives hear my British accent and automatically assume that I’m from London; when I tell them I’m from Birmingham you can see their little minds ticking over: “Birmingham? Where’s that?” Anyway, I guess as a ‘brummie’ I shouldn't be offended that Birmingham isn't ‘on the map’, after all, one of the Russian ministers believes the whole of Britain is “just a small island”……… and that “no one pays any attention to them”.
The city of Birmingham celebrated two landmark events this week: 1) the Bullring's 10th birthday; 2) the construction of Europe’s largest library, based in Birmingham's Centenary Square, was finally completed and opened to the public. I decided to join in the celebrations by capturing some Kodak moments.
The Bullring was renovated in 2003, and is the city’s main shopping destination; it’s described as the glamorous heart of Birmingham and houses one of only four Selfridges department stores and the fourth largest Debenhams and Forever 21. I describe it as the place responsible for nearly maxing out my credit cards; nonetheless I wanted to pay homage and visit the Bullring (as I do every week, eeek) for its 10th birthday! For more information about shopping in Birmingham see http://www.shoppinginbirmingham.com/.
|The iconic bull sits right in the centre of the Bullring - what a cute birthday suit!|
|The grade 2 listed church of St Martin has pride of place between the Selfridges building and the city's markets|
|The sculpture of Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson, who visited Birmingham in 1802, stands proudly in the centre of the Bullring|
Below is the new library – a bookworm’s dream. Unfortunately it closed at 4pm, which I didn’t realise, so having spent hours shopping in the Bullring I ended up being too late to actually go inside, so I’m afraid you will just have to settle for outside shots. It cost £200 million to build and holds a million books!
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