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Birmingham Trail: The Rediscover Your City Trail

December 16, 2015

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Ideal for: proud Brummies and curious in-laws Avoid if: you can’t stand the Birmingham accent Bring // You’ll need: to prepare your brain for information overload Terrain: top decks and sheds The start: The Big Brum Open Top Buz Sightseeing Tour Yep, bus with a z – because that’s just how we like to pronounce […]

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Brummagem: City of 1000 Trades

December 7, 2015

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A Birmingham Poem by Keith Bracey as a tribute to the ‘City of 1000 Trades’ BRUMMAGEM’S SONG If you’ve never been to Birmingham then you ought ta It’s a grand city made up of many a quarter There is jewellery to be sold, diamonds, platinum and gold Boulton’s silver to assay, precious gems from far away. Guns were […]

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Brummagems: Birmingham’s MPs

November 11, 2015

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Brummagems: Birmingham History Buff Keith Bracey’ s fantastic historical facts about Brum William Attwood MP laid the groundwork for the First Reform Act of 1832 and was responsible for the setting up of the first Trade Unions at the time of The Tolpuddle Martyrs who were transported for Trade Union activity with his ‘#Birmingham Political […]

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Chamberlain clocks: Welcome home ‘Little Joe’!

October 21, 2015

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Birmingham has a number of Chamberlain Clocks and possibly the most famous and prominent of these is in the Jewellery Quarter at its junction of Vyse Street and Warstone Lane signposting the way into Birmingham’s famous Jewellery Quarter where approximately 40% of the UK’s jewellery is still made. There is another of these Chamberlain Clocks […]

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50 Fascinating Facts about Birmingham

August 25, 2015

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We are mightily grateful to Keith Bracey, local history buff for putting this stunning and informative feature together.  This is part two – please see part one here. 26. PENS In the 1850s, Birmingham was a world centre for the pen trade. More than half the steel-nib pens manufactured in the world were made in Birmingham, where thousands of […]

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50 Fascinating Facts about Birmingham (P1)

July 21, 2015

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  1. CITY OF 1,000 TRADES Birmingham has always been a hive of activity and was at the heart of the Industrial Revolution, which was set in motion by the Lunar Society of Birmingham, a group of the greatest scientists, inventors and manufacturers of the time who met to exchange ideas and knowledge at Matthew […]

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Birmingham -The Home of Lawn Tennis: The Birmingham Lawn Tennis Trail

June 29, 2015

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‘A ‘PERAMBULATION AROUND SPORTING EDGBASTON’ 1) 8 Ampton Road, Edgbaston Birmingham is ‘The Home of Lawn Tennis’ with the first ever game of Lawn Tennis being played in 1859 at ‘Fairlight’, 8 Ampton Road in Edgbaston. It was then home of Spanish Merchant Augurio Perera and he and his friend Major Harry Gem, Clerk to […]

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Birmingham Books: Must Haves

December 2, 2014

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Looking for ideas on original book presents? Here are some Birmingham infused book recommendations put together by city tour guide, Ian Braisby in 2013. Birmingham Books and Writers Mainly regarded as a city of commerce and industry rather than culture, there is actually a very good reason why Birmingham’s coat of arms offsets the man […]

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Am I a Brummie Born?

May 27, 2014

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Sandra Peachey is a writer, coach and part time Brummie.  Here she ponders her mixed up Birmingham heritage, and the ensuing identity crisis of being ‘a bit’ Brummie… Since this is my first feature for Birmingham Favourites, let’s begin at the beginning… I am a brummie born, if not raised, so I’m having identity issues…  […]

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Birmingham for Nature Lovers – Aston Park

February 18, 2014

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In the past, I’ve extolled the virtues of the lovely Aston Hall, and now I’d like to talk about the park and gardens. Aston Hall sits in approximately 50 acres of parkland – that’s approximately 28 football pitches if you, like me, need something to visualise.  So, there’s plenty of space to enjoy the greenery.  […]

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