T is for TOLKIEN As a young child, J.R.R Tolkien moved to Birmingham with his family. It is widely thought that several areas around the city inspired Tolkien and the places he wrote of in the Lord of the Rings series, including the village of Sarehole, said to have inspired the Hobbiton and the Shire. http://www.birminghammuseums.org.uk/sarehole ... See more
Plan your visit to Sarehole Mill, Birmingham. Sarehole Mill is a 250 year old working watermill with connections with Birmingham industrialist, Matthew Boulton and with J.R.R Tolkien, author of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Winter season entry to Sarehole Mill is by pre-booked scheduled guid... ... See more
S is for START UPS It’s not just tourists and events that come to Birmingham in their droves, the city has become a hot-spot for start-up businesses thanks to its infrastructure, talent pool and sheer ambition as a city, being named as the most entrepreneurial city with more start-ups than any other UK core city. https://www.steamhouse.org.uk ... See more
Access equipment, advice from industry experts and practical business support at STEAMhouse, Birmingham's maker space.Powered by Birmingham City University.
R is for REDEVELOPMENT In the spirit of the city’s ‘Forward’ motto, Birmingham is known for its continuous evolution. From the developments of the early 1990s such as Brindleyplace, next to the ICC, to the current Paradise redevelopment that will regenerate an entire area by 2026, the city knows how to make changes for the better. https://www.paradisebirmingham.co.uk ... See more
Paradise Birmingham, the premiere business address with dramatic new office space to let, stunning public spaces and enhanced infrastructure for the City
Q is for the QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL The hospital has the largest solid organ transplantation programme in Europe, the largest renal transplant programme in the UK and is a national specialist centre for liver, heart and lung transplantation, as well as cancer studies. The hospital has the largest single-floor critical care unit in the world, with 100 beds, and is the home of the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine for military personnel injured in conflict zones. https://www.uhb.nhs.uk/home.htm ... See more
University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust runs Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.
This weekend is Warley Model Railway Exhibition, the largest in the UK. You can find out more about last year's show here: https://www.kathymillatt.co.uk/blog/2017/12/14/warley-model-railway-show-2017/ ... See more
Warley is the largest show in the UK with over 90 layouts this year. They asked me to film it and boy, did it take a long time to get round them all.
P is for PEAKY BLINDERS Part of Birmingham’s history has come to life over recent years thanks to the hit TV show ‘Peaky Blinders’ about gangster families in the 1920s. The show stars Cillian Murphy, Sam Neill and Tom Hardy. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2442560/ ... See more
Created by Steven Knight. With Cillian Murphy, Paul Anderson, Helen McCrory, Sophie Rundle. A gangster family epic set in 1919 Birmingham, England; centered on a gang who sew razor blades in the peaks of their caps, and their fierce boss Tommy Shelby. ... See more
O is for OZZY OSBOURNE Infamous rocker and Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne is one of the city’s most well-known musicians, having started his career with his bandmates in the late 1960s. https://www.ozzy.com ... See more
N is for NATURE IN THE CITY With over 8,000 acres of parks and open spaces, Birmingham is one of the greenest cities in the UK. There’s plenty to keep you happy outdoors, and that’s before we mention those famous canals that you can spend hours strolling along. It all adds to why Birmingham was voted as having the best quality of life of any English city outside of London in 2018. https://www.google.co.uk/amp/www.birminghamupdates.com/birmingham-ranks-as-leading-english-city-outside-london-for-quality-of-life/amp/ ... See more
Birmingham has been ranked as having the highest quality of life of any English city outside of the capital, by the global Mercer Quality of Living Report 2017. Released today (14/03), the survey places Birmingham jointly with Glasgow in 53rd out of 231 global destinations. The city is placed ahead.... ... See more
M is for MICHELIN STARS Birmingham’s culinary scene is outstanding and the city is the proud home to 4 Michelin starred restaurants, more than any other English city outside of London – Adam’s, Purnells, Carters and Simpsons. https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/whats-on/food-drink-news/michelin-guide-reviews-birminghams-starred-7831608 ... See more
Here's what our food critics thought of Birmingham's five Michelin star restaurants
On display at the Uckfield MRC show, Foxcote New Pit in 2mm fines calendar.