Birmingham’s Lunarticks [sic]

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  1. Interesting! I knew you have a lot of canals all over the country (we want to go on a canal boat holiday), but didn’t know there were this many in Brum. I remember barges passing up and down the river where my grandparents lived. We were not allowed to be in the river when they passed! Thankfully they were easy to spot, as the sound carried well through water so we always got out in time, even though we couldn’t se them before they were very close.

    The newly gilded statue – what are the men holding? Is it a big roll of parchment? You’ve certainly made the city even more interesting, maybe I (we) should aim for a Brum holiday sometime?

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    1. They are holding some plans. According to Wikipedia, “It is known locally as The Golden Boys after its colour, or The Carpet Salesmen after the partially rolled-up plan of a steam engine which they are examining. They were most famous for improving and developing the steam engine.” I’d never heard it called the golden boys but there you go!

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    2. Birmingham and the Brummies have a poor reputation nationally, the accent [which everyone gets wrong anyway] is seen as stupid, and is often used for comic effect. Sigh. Mind you, I must admit that I have twisted that to my advantage in the past! It’s a lively large market town at heart, tarted up a bit now, but still retains some of the original character. Not so tiring to walk round as London!

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  2. Glad you enjoyed the tour, its amazing how much we take for granted about where we live. We have done several Treasure trails and it is surprising how much you can learn from just looking around you. Thanks for the photos they bring a place alive for a non resident.

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  3. Thanks for the tour! I’m very fond of Birmingham as I was at university there then lived in Bearwood during the ’80s. It was a different city then but I loved the old library, the Bull Ring and the bustling markets. I love the old science museum too – our next door neighbour worked there so we’d often pop in to say hello and mooch round the fascinating machinery. Wasn’t there a massive bottling machine there? The regeneration of Birmingham has been done well though.

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  4. That sounded a good tour. Lots of places I’ve been to but I’m always interested in the history behind it all. Unsurprisingly Gerald & I do a lot of “that used to be a pub” spotting!! Great photos, you have a good eye for composition – I can just about point & click & hope some part of what I’m after is included in the final photo!!

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