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Old 3rd Dec 2006, 23:07   #1
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Welcome to Palimpsest, BiNS. By googling I've worked out that your avatar says "Birmingham is not sh*t"... Not much wrong with a negated swearie, I guess, though without the "not" it might have been a bit risqué...
Just to say that I love Birmingham these days. I did my first degree there nearly thirty years ago, and then it was pretty crappy in many ways...
But not now. I'm planning a nostalgic stop-over on my way up to Yorkshire over Christmas, and looking forward to it already.
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Old 6th Dec 2006, 0:05   #2
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Hi John, Thanks for the welcome and I'm glad to hear you're a fan of Brum. It's still pretty crappy in many ways but it's pulling itself up by the bootstraps and will soon be as sophisticated as Paris. Or Preston. Or somewhere posh anyway. Nearly thirty years ago?? We may even have met in The Rum Runner, The Elbow Room or as a student, more likely The Railway or somewhere in Moseley? Cheers!
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We may even have met in The Rum Runner [...] or somewhere in Moseley?
Wasn't the Rum Runner where all those Spandau Ballet/Duran Duran types used to hang out? Nah, too trendy for me (in those days...)
You might have seen me in The Prince of Wales in Moseley circa 1983/4, when I was back in Brum and pretending to do a PhD, but at the same time realising there was more to life than writing one tedious thesis on one aspect of one writer... and also realising pubs were more fun than libraries...

Anyway, I'm turning this into a Birmingham thread, not to mention a "how I discovered the University of Life" thread, so I'd better shut up before someone shuts me... (This should have been a personal message, I suppose...)

Why don't you start a "Birmingham is Not " thread?
I'll contribute... not sure about anyone else...
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Old 6th Dec 2006, 9:20   #4
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I'm turning this into a Birmingham thread
Actually I'm quite glad you did. I learned something reading this. I always thought Brum was just the little yellow car from my 6 year-old's once-favourite TV show. Now, I'm guessing Brum-Brum-here-we-co-o-o-ome is from Birmingham?

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Now, I'm guessing Brum-Brum-here-we-co-o-o-ome is from Birmingham?
Of course, "brum" - or "brrrrmmm!" is also an onomatopoeia suggesting a car-engine...
But "Brum" and "Brummie" are both in the COD referring to Birmingham. It's a bit of an indictment of poor old Birmingham to have these unfortunate-sounding words attached to it... nothing noble-sounding like Mancunian or Oxonian...

Anyway, Kimberley, join us on the Brum thread, when BiNS has started it... If he doesn't, I might...
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I think I have to have been a member for 60 days before I can start new threads, so if you can start one John, I'll be happy to comment on Brum's unshitty status...
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Oh those 60 days will fly by BiNS! Welcome by the way.

My current experience of Birmingham has been tainted by only ever visiting Birmingham New Street station, an experience guaranteed to put anyone off ever visiting again. I'll rectify the situation on of these days as I really want to go see the Bullring.
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Hi Digger, I'm very pleased to announce that the bar in New Street Station, (scene of many tearful goodbyes, train / beer / walk / run dilemmas, fights etc.) has been remodelled and is not quite so oppresive as it used to be. You can now actually see through the windows and make a far more accurate assessment of your chances of being a: Chatted to by a nutcase. b: Accosted by football hooligans. or c: smiled at in that mild panic inducing way. I was going to add d: mugged. But that's a given with the prices they charge.

But yes, you should visit the Bull Ring, especially if the weather's good so you can look at it from the outside. I know it's been the subject of some p*** taking but it really is a beauty from the right angle. It's got a massive Borders too, which is only about 100m from a massive Waterstones which, in turn is another 200m from a brilliant 19th century bank conversion to (sadly another) Waterstones, with domed roof and spiral staircases. And there are a couple of bookshops near or between them. Heaven if you have a few hours to kill.
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I've created a new thread for all this Brum talk.

The Bull Ring. Is that the big bulbous building with the silver circles all over the surface?
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yep, that's the one.
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