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Birmingham in General
Member Name: Vemsy
Birmingham in General
Date: 09/08/00, updated on 29/06/01 (53 review reads)
Advantages: Good shopping
Okay, I worte the opinion below about a year ago, and I have to say, my impressions of Birmingham have changed somewhat, perhaps I just needed a little time to get used to the place.
The city centre - although extremely busy - has some serious merit, perhaps I just hadn't explored it enough, but down by the canal is lovely, I was impressed. Birmingham always has something to offer you, whether it be cinema/bowling/restuarants etc.
There is also a wealth of parks and green places, always a breath of fresh air in a big city. The train service is reasonable and regular, running late into the night, which is always a plus point and I have to say that I quite enjoy spending time in Birmingham now, in fact I am somewhat fond it it. I guess I just needed to give the place a chance, although New Street Station still scares the life out of me :-)
A family I know well recently moved to Birmingham, which means regular visits up to see them, and in my opinion, Birmingham isn't particularly brilliant.
First I was greeted with the hell that is New Street Station, and I was knocked about like I didn't matter but people who seemed in a trance (okay, okay, I know they are busy) but it didn't stop, infact, when I got into the shopping centre it just got worse, nobody gave any consideration to anybody, but I guess thats just the way it goes.
The Bullring was horrendous and after about 3 minutes in there I started to feel unsafe and legged it back out.
The University though, is very nice and there are nice area to Birmingham, and the outer areas (that particularly impressed me) and there are parts like Bournville that are quiet and historical. There is also that lovely smell of chocolate...
The Odean in town is awful, you feel like you are in a prison with sercurity yelling at you for standing on the stairs for about 2 minutes while someone nips to the loo, and the traffic in the town is bad, and so
is the Bristol Road.
Still, you can see it has good point, and Birminghams one saviour is Reddingtons Rare Records.. Thank you for this little heaven Birmingham :-)