The Birmingham Central Library
, one of the largest and most important public libraries in Europe, has often been vilified as one of the ugliest buildings in Britain
. A prime example of Brutalism
, English Heritage has (controversially) recommended that the structure should be listed
. Others want it to go the way of Portsmouth's hated Tricorn Centre
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Birmingham’s iconic, 200 foot high Selfridge’s building
has been scaled by an anonymous teenage equivalent of Alain Robert (previously)
. A friend filmed the feat and posted it to YouTube, although local
(YouTube) claims it has now been removed. But has it?
Telly looks at Birmingham [Realplayer]
One of TV's most famous detectives and Hollywood actors, Telly Savalas
, takes a look at England's second city - part of the Baim Collection
Police evacuate Birmingham centre
West Midlands police have evacuated the second largest city in England tonight as a precautionary measure. Sky News are reporting
that a series of controlled explosions (I heard on Sky News TV that one of these was on a bus, but this may be innacurate) have been carried out in the Broad Street area.
I hope that any and all UK MeFi-ites in Birmingham are keeping sane through out all this.