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Last week I went to Birm­ing­ham for the day. I got some cheap train tick­ets in the sale, it was only a fiver each way. I had bought them at the same time as my tick­ets for my ill-fated Glas­gow trip the week before (got tick­ets to see my friend Chloe in Glas­gow for £30 return, missed the train by 1 minute due to trans­port holdup, and Virgin wanted £140 for a new single, so I had to forget about it). Every time I’ve been to Euston recently, I’ve thought “hmm, I haven’t been to Birm­ing­ham for over a decade, it’s not far away, I should go there”. So I did.

Last time I was there, they were still re-doing the whole town centre. They got rid of the old 60s shop­ping centre and built a fancy new one, with a branch of Selfridges covered in dots. I wasn’t really there for shop­ping though, I wanted to wander and visit some museums and the Daniel Mead­ows exhib­i­tion.


After arriv­ing, I went for a wander round the Jewellery Quarter, which is still mostly jewellers, and has lots of inter­est­ing old build­ings, but a gener­al sense of decay mixed in with recently done up build­ings. It reminded me of Dresden quite a lot. These pictures of neglected build­ings were taken in vari­ous back­streets between the city centre and the Jewellery Quarter. There are plenty of well-looked after build­ings in Birm­ing­ham, but there are a signi­fic­ant number in cent­ral areas stand­ing around decrep­it as well though.



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