50 or so things we love about Birmingham
To set some balance, another Twitter thing, where people are challenged to post a thing one ‘loves’ for each like a post can get. We could have gone on, but no-one liked it.
1. The fact that the stone with the architects name on the Town Hall has it wrong.
2. The flow of people through Digbeth, stopping traffic, after Blues home win.
3. The way people love the eleven routes unironically and that no-one has yet found a way to commercialise this.
5. The patterns that spaghetti junction makes, from above or below.
6. How no-one in town agrees which area things are really in.
8. That Brum’s Victoria Sq Xmas tree is always sponsored by a Scandinavian company who can’t get any value from it.
9. That heavy metal refuses to die, existing in the cracks in our concrete.
10. That you can count the number of people who give a fuck about Michelin stars on the number that the city has.
11. That people proudly refuse to drop
the definite article in “the bull ring”. Hang the branders.
12. That still no-one knows which one the Pavillons was.
14. That it’s always Rackhams, never House of Fraser
15. At all times there is always one Brummie searching for King Kong. Sometimes they’re even in Penrith, where his is.
17. “Magic hour” light in Perry Barr. Honestly, the BCU campus from Perry Hall Park just glows.
18. The cross city line driver who says “Doodles Town” when he announces Duddeston
21. The gas towers of Saltley, seen when you’re driving in from the north.
22. That they spent years returning Digbeth coach station to leave it pretty much the same (don’t mess with perfection).
24. That Gurchran Mall will turn up with his dhol at the opening of a letter.
25. The small band of Mail Facebook commenters that cry “what’s this got to do with Birmingham?” on the ‘viral’ stories from TM network.
28. Summer 98 (pt 2) – Boris Yeltsin went for a vodka at the Trocadero, but forgot to invite the press.
29. We will cling on to the metrics that show we are the second city not Manchester.
Even if no-one else will.
30. Stirchley: not a lot of what you do makes any real sense, but somehow it works, so keep doing it
32. That everyone says how much they hate the German Market. But somehow it’s always full of people.
34. This novel all about bringing the SuperPrix back – Monaco of The Midlands: by Alex Dennistoun
35. That you faved the ‘unpopular opinions’ one much more heavily than this one. You lovely cynical bastards.
37. That Laurence Inman protects the authorship of his ‘born within the sound of someone moaning’ gag in the manner of Sisyphus.
38. We love signing petitions about “threats” to Moseley’s Prince of Wales.
39. Getting pissed cheaply and convivially in the club at Moor Green Allotments.
41. The Streets, even though he denies us as surely as Peter denied Christ.
42. That ‘where’s the Capita contract?’ is always the answer to Life, the Universe and Everything in gag terms.
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43. That you’ve now passed favs of the ‘unpopular’ thread, and that it’s mostly out of spite for no. 35.
& Cliff’s Eternal Flame.
44. We love the story of how David Unsworth’s wife made him cancel his Villa contract because she didn’t want to come to Birmingham.
46. Go on then. Jasper. Obviously.
47. The ‘video’ for Tizwas’s Bucket of Water Song… filmed around the war memorial in centenary square.
48. That the people of Stirchley fought so hard to keep a bowling alley. Maybe they’d left their shoes in there.
49. Curry Crunch pork scratchings.
50. David Harewood’s thespian accent when doing promos about how much he loves Brum.
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