A Surprising Encounter with Birmingham & a Warted Pumpkin

My family and I enjoyed some time away last weekend. Our main destination was Stratford Upon Avon where we explored and shared some family time, and I also squeezed in a little research into my current book. I’ll share some pics with you shortly when I’ve sorted them out. However, our schedule kicked off on Friday with an afternoon in Birmingham city centre.

This is the first time I’ve visited Birmingham, apart from the odd concert, in over twenty years and I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. The former concrete jungle has enjoyed a careful face lift since my last jaunt. The industrial landscape still dominates the skyline as you approach on the M6, but the centre seems to have taken on a softer feel.

Our trip kicked off at The Mailbox, a large shopping and eatery complex, where we visited the BBC Centre and took turns in reading the news autocue and presenting the weather in their interactive centre. Much fun for all the family.

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