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(Under Spaghetti Junction) People have been telling me that there was a beach under ‘The Gravelly Hill Interchange’ for years, and I seem to remember a newspaper article about it, but I always dismissed it as a bit of an urban myth – until now. People underestimate Birmingham as a holiday destination, those looking for ‘sex, sand and surf’ especially – but anyone who’s seen the sunrise over Acocks Green on bin day can understand that Birmingham is God’s chosen holiday destination. From the beauty that is Speedwell Road, to the tangy air around the HP Sauce factory , Birmingham has got something for everyone. It can leave memories that last far longer than Centenary Square’s ‘eternal’ flame.

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Nellie the Elephant went there, we think – although that may have been Manadalay – and that’s about as much we know. But town-twinning is fantastic, just think about all the perks we get being twined with Frankfurt. Chicago, not so much. According to the Beeb, Cultural mission chief Ali Ould Sidi said potential twin towns can draw parallels with Timbuktu by having a history of being a trade hub and centre of learning, an affinity with the written word, unique architecture and a cosmopolitan background. Doesn’t that just sound like us? TIMBUKTU The city became very wealthy in the Middle Ages as an important trading centre Muslim scholars from Sankore University helped spread Islam across west Africa Djingareyber mosque, built from mud in 1325 AD, still stands The Ahmed Baba Centre has a collection of manuscripts containing more than 1,000 years of Islamic knowledge It has …

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Before we forget, here’s what we’re trying remember about this year Apart from us (that’s right US!!!) winning the Pantomine Horse Grand National, what else went on in Brum in 2006? Young Jonnie Bounds goes all misty eye’d (must be the beer). Two thousand and six was the year that Birmingham lost the tang of molasses from its air and Eddies and the Dubliner from its late night drinking landscape. We gained a second beach, albeit temporarily, and a mini Glastonbury where you could sneak out and get a pint in The Woodman. In fact so much went on it’s given me a headache just making facetious comments about it in our news feed, but I’ve struggled through – and here’s our BiNS review of the year. Fire in the disco Eastsiiiide, yes it needs the iii’s, is about to get a new park and in May …

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A singer-songwriter of notoriety and repute. Listen to the man’s heartrending tales of arguments with seafood-sellers in the Hare and Hounds in Kingstanding, gasp at his portrayal of a man who was born in Dudley Road hospital.. Download a selection of his classic hits: Hootiche-Cootchie Man from Kingstanding Dudley Road My Guy Cockleman Caravan Stan Lost Without Trace Kevin Kershaw all songs © biz bizley, if you would like to use them for anything please ask nicely

Recently a historic document came into our hands here at BiNS. It features top bald US maverick cop Telly ‘Kojak’ Savalas taking a look at Brum. It’s fantastic – and half an hour long – he takes in the Botanical Gardens, Sarehole Mill, amongst other places, and the city centre. “I dallied in Dale End” as the great man himself says. We’re able to show you a few mins of fun -and legally thanks to the copyright holders. Although we’ve sadly lost some of TS’s magical visit to the West Midlands Police traffic control centre (what fun Kojak has on his holidays!). There’s also the Jewellery Quarter, Bournville – and it’s suitable for children of all ages! Further information on this film at www.baimfilms.com (further footage here)Images and film are © Harold Baim Film Productions 1981 All Rights Reserved “do you believe they hand raise their pies …

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You may have encountered Simon Patterson’s top artwork ‘The Great Bear‘, you might not know you have, most people call it ‘the one with celebrities names instead of stations on the london underground map’. Now, this is a fantastic artwork apart from one thing: The celebrities aren’t all Brummies, and The map isn’t of Birmingham bus routes. That’s two things. In ‘The Great Bear’, Patterson traces a particular topic, be it philosophers, footballers, scientists or actors; and at each station a ‘star’ (i.e. like the brightness of the Great Bear constellation) of that particular field is heralded. All well and good, but we’ve got a famous Bull – Brasso – not a bear. That’s three things. All these things are rectified by our fantastic artwork – which is here as a PDF*. And here to buy your own. It’s top – and the amusing juxtapositions created still amuse us, …

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Remember “London to Brighton in two minutes“? Well here you can jump on the eleven and go from Kings Heath High St to Kings Heath High St in five minutes flat – via…. VICARAGE RD. Kings Heath All Saints Church YARDLEY WOOD RD. Brook Lane Fire StationCOLE BANK RD. Sarehole MillSCHOOL ROAD.South Birmingham College/Hall Green WESTLEY RD. Acocks Green Garage CHURCH RD. Coventry Rd/Swan Island STECHFORD LANE. Stechford Road BROMFORD LANE. Fox & Goose/Ward End BROMFORD LANE. The Bromford/Drews Lane BROMFORD LANE. The Navigation/Tyburn Rd WOOD END RD. Six Ways Erdington MARSH HILL. Gipsy Lane ASTON LANE. Witton Square WELLINGTON RD. Perry Barr/Crown & Cushion WELLINGTON RD. Hamstead Rd/Church Lane BOULTON RD. Soho Rd/The Red Lion/Handsworth DUDLEY RD. Summerfield Park CITY RD. Fountain Road SANDON RD. Drayton Road LORDSWOOD RD. Hagley Rd/Bearwood LORDSWOOD RD. Knightlow Rd LORDSWOOD ROAD.Olde House at Home/Gillhurst Road LORDSWOOD RD. Harborne Baths/War Lane …

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