Look, up, look East

We feel rather sorry for Solihull. It’s much maligned as a bastion of the middle class, of “small ‘c'” conservatism, and of big ‘C’ (and big ‘U’, ‘N’ etc, am I right, kids?) Conservatism too. But more than that we feel sorry that it’s got an airport, but it has to call it “Birmingham” because essentially we’re bigger and bullied them into it.

It’s not as bad as RyanAir calling it London Birmingham Airport, but we still feel bad. So here’s a solution—it should be named after a person. A person who’s from Solihull, but who people probably assume comes from Birmingham anyway: it’s the best of both worlds.

But we couldn’t think of anybody really famous from Solihull, so:

SLX? RHX?

If you feel you would like some discussion, then here’s a video:

By Howard Wilkinson

Director of Satire, Paradise Circus. Howard adds stability at the top, taking a strategic overview of operations whilst also stepping in from time to time in a caretaker author role.

Director of Satire, Paradise Circus. Howard adds stability at the top, taking a strategic overview of operations whilst also stepping in from time to time in a caretaker author role.

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  • Peter Smallbone

    Michael Buerk is also from Solihull.

  • Coral Musgrave

    Technically I live in Birmingham yet my back garden borders Sandwell and I tell people that I live in Bearwood, where I shop, use the library and the parks. Bearwood litter gets blown down my road and shoppers and workers in Bearwood park in my road. My children went to a Bearwood school, yet Bearwood councillors have told me that I have no right to comment about their work or plans to improve the area, as I don’t live there. And there is a welcome to Bearwood sign on Sandon Road, where depending on what side of the road you are on, you can still technically be in Birmingham. Confused? You will be.