Archive for June, 2007

Postcrossing from Birmingham

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I recently came across Postcrossing.com, a simple yet fun idea for a site in which the users send postcards to each other. Once you’ve created an account you’re allowed to request up to 5 addresses to which you must send a postcard. You can write whatever you want on the postcard, as long as you include a unique code by which to identify the card. Upon receiving a card, the receipient enters the code on to the website which then makes your own address eligible to receive a card.

In the couple of weeks that I’ve been a member I’ve sent postcards to Finland, America, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Malaysia and received two from Germany (both from Saxony… what are the odds?). It’s quite a nice change to slow down and write an actual letter (albeit a brief one) as opposed to all the speed-of-light communication of daily life.

There’s a Postcrossing FlickR group with pictures of the cards people have received. Let’s get some more Birmingham ones on there!

Ozzy hits the beach!

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We can’t get to the beaches, so they’ve finally come to us. Unfortunately, BiNS isn’t too impressed. I haven’t had time to make it down there yet myself, but having seen this picture of a giant sand-Ozzy I’ll have to make the time to see it in person!

Brum featured on Yahoo! Travel

I’m not sure if this appeared for every Yahoo! user, but today I received a message from Yahoo! travel featuring none other than our very own Brum!

there’s no pretending that Birmingham is packed with interesting sights – it isn’t, though – along with its first-rate restaurant scene and nightlife – it’s well worth a day or two – at least.

Nice!

Fun Facts about Birmingham

Brought to you courtesy of The People’s Republic of Birmingham:

  1. Birmingham has more trees than Paris, more miles of canals than Venice and more parks than any other European City.
  2. Birmingham City Council is the biggest local authority in Europe, and employs twice as many people as the European commission.
  3. Birmingham is the UK’s largest manufacturing and engineering centre and accounts for 25% of the country’s exports. F.W Lanchester built the first four-wheeled petrol driven car in Birmingham, hence the nickname Brum.
  4. The Jewellery Quarter is the largest concentration of dedicated jewellers in Europe. Half of all jewellery made in the UK comes from Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, with a third of jewellery manufactured in the UK made within one mile of the city centre.
  5. The City’s annual St. Patrick’s day celebration is the third biggest outside Dublin and New York, and hosts the largest Vaisakhi celebration outside Asia.

#1 definitely seems to be closer to being true today than it was 10 years ago, but I haven’t counted all the trees, nor swam all the canals so I’m not entirely sure. I’m also not so sure about that part about “Brum” in #3… Wikipedia says “Brum” is the shortened form of “Brummagem”, a local dialect. Anyone care to back this up?

Electric Cinema

Fancy watching the latest installment of Pirates of the Caribbean from a nice comfy sofa, but without the hassle of downloading it (which would be illegal anyway, so you wouldn’t even THINK of doing that, would you?)? Well the Electric Cinema, over on Station Street, has viewings every day until the 14th of June at 17:15 and 20:30 (and a 14:00 matinée on weekends and bank holidays).

For £12 per person you can have your very own sofa seat, although it’s not quite just your own because it requires a minimum of two people. An interesting feature when you have your own sofa seat is that you can text your orders for food and drinks to the bar, who will then deliver the snacks straight to your seat… although I guess this means that people will be leaving their phones on during the film, which could get quite annoying.

Anyway, I’m intrigued. And for a film as long as PotC3 (168 minutes!) a sofa seat might be worth the price…

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