Birmingham - Industrial Powerhouse

Birmingham the second largest city in the UK, home of the Friday night bolty and I bet the last place you would think of coming to spend the weekend. Well you’re in for a surprise.

If one visited Birmingham these days they would be blown away by places which used to be the 60s eyesore have now become the coolest addresses in the city. And how nice it is to stay in your own apartment? That beats the hotel any day for a traveler.

For years this was the place that gave Birmingham its bad name - The Bull Ring - symbol of all that was wrong with 60s concrete Briton is now swish, stylish 21st century. It’s now the busiest shopping center in the UK.

For years this was the place that gave Birmingham its bad name - The Bull Ring - symbol of all that was wrong with 60s concrete Briton is now swish, stylish 21st century. It’s now the busiest shopping center in the UK.

There used to be 20000 back to back terraced houses in Birmingham, there are a very few of them now left literally 4 of them they even had shared outdoor toilet facility. These are about the only place where you can get a sense of the everyday lives of the ordinary working class people during the city’s industrial heyday.

So one room for one family 9 children, two lodgers, one room for cooking and entertaining if you had the funds a little tiny window somewhere and there was a sink but there was no means of water escape so there is no drainage system in these houses. So any waste water will go into a bucket and then thrown out into the yard. The back to backs are something one would recommend though it’s a little worrying when you see some things from your own childhood turning into history.

The only ordinary people you would find here were in the audience who had come to listen to one of the greats of their day. Disrieli, loyd, George and Brums own Joseph Chambelane spoke here. Nangleton’s Elijah and Algarz dream of Gerontious were premiered here and now that it’s been renovated, the town hall is once again the center of the city’s cultural life.

Culture has been on Birmingham’s mind. The city pitched to be the UKs first city of culture in 2013 losing to Darry and it has just celebrated a successful second international dance festival in April where Birmingham based choreographer Rosie Kay premiered her work Five Soldiers. Five soldiers is a dance theater work that explores the physicality of modern warfare.

There has been a lot about the technology, the equipment, the politics of war and she wanted to explore the physical human aspect of both the training of creating a soldier and what the soldier goes through but also the human costs of injury of war as well.

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