Coventry Road

This is Coventry Road in Small Heath, Birmingham.

It’s a place alive with variety. Today, I captured a small sample of this thanks to the kind people who allowed me to photograph their property.

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I challenge you to find better value elsewhere.

Shadows Collide With People

After weeks of compulsory thinking and compulsory writing, I am back.  Thinking about slanting rays and meandering shadows let loose by the afternoon sun.

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These pleasant chaps consented to a group shot. But their friend Jim didn’t want to be in it. I’d like to thank them for the beaming smiles and hope they like this photo.

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Digbeth

This is Digbeth, part of Birmingham City Centre. There are lots of historical buildings, some pretty and some ‘ugly’. I like the combination of the two.

Here you get the Edwardian Police Station reflecting on its much younger commercial neighbour, Smithfield House.

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Bollards.

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As I snapped this quiet grey building, I was reminded of many other underused buildings. It’s a shame, especially in the current financial climate, that we are not getting the full value of our assets as a city. Of course, I’m really talking about my beloved library (again).

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My meditations were soon interrupted by these chaps indicating that they wanted a photo.

Conclusion: Brummies are great and we should make the best use of what we have.

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Sunday in LDN

       East End Adventuring                            

This post is about a trip to London on the day of rest, Sunday.

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A hot tip from a savvy source led me to Columbia Road Flower Market and Shops. Despite getting there relatively early in the morning, the place was heaving with families, joggers, hipsters and floral entrepreneurs. “This is London” I was told, “there’s no such thing as a secret here, not even on a Sunday”.

It took me two circuits, but on the second I pulled out my camera and started snapping. I hope you get a hint of how lovely it is to be on Columbia Road.

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I eventually decided to follow what looked like a vague procession and found myself on Brick Lane where there was even more colour and even more life.

Including watchful dolls…

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Eldorado,

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all the shoes you could want,

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and a whole lot more.

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In one corner I found a stall where the owner had created a mixed-media mosaic from plastic toys, crockery and decorations. His partner told me that she had no clue what it all meant. The artist/owner is a quiet man who kindly agreed to these photographs.

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Conclusion: People Make Places

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I hope you enjoyed this post. My smile was as big as the cat below (minus any hint of his grimace) thanks to my savvy guide, one DW.

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