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Brilliant New Retro-Game from Birmingham Computer Game Author

Ashley Spencer-Phillips has come up with a fantastic free retro-game called, 'Ive got a Brand New Pair of Legs', the latest of several he's created and this one is getting some brilliant reviews. It's 'bonkers' is one of them, and it is, but also a serious fun and challenging game.

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16 Jan 2020 - Elliott Brown
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Gloriana Historical Dance at the Council House for Birmingham We Are (14th January 2020)

For quite a lot of hours, Gloriana Historical Dance, performed Tudor or Elizabethan style dances in the Banqueting Suite at the Council House, during Birmingham We Are's annual event on Tuesday 14th January 2020. I only saw them in here. Didn't see them elsewhere in the Council House, or pop into BM & AG. Thank you for coming.

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Gloriana Historical Dance at the Council House for Birmingham We Are (14th January 2020)





For quite a lot of hours, Gloriana Historical Dance, performed Tudor or Elizabethan style dances in the Banqueting Suite at the Council House, during Birmingham We Are's annual event on Tuesday 14th January 2020. I only saw them in here. Didn't see them elsewhere in the Council House, or pop into BM & AG. Thank you for coming.


They have a public Facebook group here Gloriana Living History and Historical Dance.

First dance in Venetian style masks.

Masks off. Partnering up.

Going up those sticks with leaves on them.

Jonathan Bostock introduces the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor Mohammed Azim to Gloriana.

The Lord Mayor of Birmingham (for 2019-20) poses for photos with Gloriana.

I got Jonathan in shot as well.

Thank you very much for coming. After this they went to other parts of the Council House and into the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. I didn't head to BM & AG as I needed to have a late lunch. And to sit down after standing around for over 4 hours.

 

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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Birmingham We Are award winner 2020.

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08 Jan 2020 - Elliott Brown
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Circus Berlin at The NEC Birmingham

I kept seeing posters around Birmingham about the Circus Berlin at The NEC. So wanted to see it from the outside before it closed on the 4th January 2020. I headed to The NEC with Karl Newton although there was a lot of bright sunshine to the right of the circus. It was opposite Resorts World in the South Car Park. 19th December 2019 - 4th January 2020. This NEC visit on the 3rd Jan 2020.

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Circus Berlin at The NEC Birmingham





I kept seeing posters around Birmingham about the Circus Berlin at The NEC. So wanted to see it from the outside before it closed on the 4th January 2020. I headed to The NEC with Karl Newton although there was a lot of bright sunshine to the right of the circus. It was opposite Resorts World in the South Car Park. 19th December 2019 - 4th January 2020. This NEC visit on the 3rd Jan 2020.


Circus Berlin

Previous circuses post here Circuses in Birmingham.

There was posters all over Birmingham about this circus, so had to check it out at The NEC before it closed down. It opened for it's first performances on Thursday 19th December 2019 and finished on Saturday 4th January 2020. I travelled to The NEC with Karl Newton (showed him the Air-Rail Link and we also went to Vortex Gaming in Resorts World) on Friday 3rd January 2020. So one day before it was going to close.

This zoom in from just outside The NEC main entrance, past Resorts World Arena, with Resorts World Birmingham on the left.

Located in South Car Park 3, there was strong sunlight to the right of Resorts World. The main circus tent where it all took place.

As you can see the light was quite bright from this side, but it was about midday on this visit to The NEC.

Conely's Thunderdome with Union Jack flags and smiley Emoji's.

A close up zoom in of the Circus Berlin tent which was red and yellow all over.

The Ticket Office with a sign for Circus Extreme. Above was various flags of the world, although mostly European flags.

The Chop Shop. Some kind of dodgems ride I think.

The bright sunshine wasn't getting any better on this side, so this was my last photo of the circus tent.

I think this ride was called Twister. Could barely see what I was taking with all the strong sunlight so took one more shot of it.

Lots of reds and yellows. The photos came out better after editing and fixing the lighting issues.

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06 Jan 2020 - Elliott Brown
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That time that Ice Skate Birmingham spend two Winter seasons in Eastside City Park

While Ice Skate Birmingham is enjoying a successful return to Centenary Square for the 2019-20 winter season. Do you remember when they had to spend two winters in Eastside City Park? First year was 2017-18 on a part of the HS2 land. Then 2018-19 on Eastside Green. This was due to the redevelopment of Centenary Square which wasn't completed until the summer of 2019.

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That time that Ice Skate Birmingham spend two Winter seasons in Eastside City Park





While Ice Skate Birmingham is enjoying a successful return to Centenary Square for the 2019-20 winter season. Do you remember when they had to spend two winters in Eastside City Park? First year was 2017-18 on a part of the HS2 land. Then 2018-19 on Eastside Green. This was due to the redevelopment of Centenary Square which wasn't completed until the summer of 2019.


Happy New Year 2020. Christmas might be over and we have just had New Year's but doesn't mean Ice Skate Birmingham has closed down yet. Looking back to the two winter seasons over in Eastside.

November 2017 to January 2018

It was open from Thursday 16th November 2017 until Sunday 7th January 2018 at Eastside City Park. They were using land that belongs to HS2.

Setting up during late October 2017 on Eastside Green. This view after 5pm from Fazeley Street.

Before opening in November 2017. The view of the Birmingham Big Wheel and Millennium Point from the train from the Chase Line leaving Birmingham New Street.

This view from the Snow Hill lines heading into Birmingham Moor Street. The Emporium building was under construction behind the Birmingham Big Wheel. With Jennens Court and the Birmingham Ormiston Academy to the right.

Sunset behind Curzon Street Station with the Birmingham Big Wheel sandwiched between that and the Rotunda.

For 2017 / 18 Ice Skate Birmingham had a ride called the Wild Mouse. Bit like a mini roller coaster. This was near New Canal Street.

During December 2017. The view from the top of Moor Street Car Park. The Emporium was still going up, while there were other rides near the Birmingham Big Wheel (bit hard to see from this view).

Nightshot views of the Birmingham Big Wheel. This view from New Canal Street. Headed back to the Bullring via Digbeth.

The Wild Mouse ride lit up after dark. With Curzon Street Station, The Curzon Building, University Locks (of Birmingham City University) and The Woodman behind, in this New Canal Street view.

Still on New Canal Street as the Birmingham Big Wheel was lit up and the ride to the right was spinning. It was called The King.

Closing down during January 2018. Ice Skate Birmingham had it's last day on Sunday 7th January 2018. At the time I wasn't sure if it would return to Eastside or Westside. In the end they got permission to return to Eastside City Park as Centenary Square was still not finished during 2018.

 

November 2018 to January 2019

They couldn't use the HS2 land this time around, so they used the land where the water fountain jets are, and the lawn down to Park Street instead. It was open this from Saturday 17th November 2018 until Sunday 6th January 2019.

These views from November 2018. View of the Birmingham Big Wheel once again outside of Millennium Point. Seen from a Chiltern Railways train I was on, heading into Birmingham Moor Street. Was closer to The Woodman this time around.

This view of the Birmingham Big Wheel from the bridge over the Grand Union Canal (Digbeth Branch) from Grear Barr Street in Digbeth. The canal buildings up Warwick Bar are up here. To the right was Curzon Street Station, and behind was Birmingham Metropolitan College - Matthew Boulton Campus).

The view looking up Curzon Street towards the Birmingham Big Wheel, with Masshouse behind. Curzon Street Station to the left.

Another view of Ice Skate Birmingham from the top of Moor Street Car Park. The land used a year before was now an HS2 site. Monkey World ride to the left.

Now in December 2018, was heading into Eastside City Park to see the Coca Cola truck again, as it was raining. But first up, headed up to Moor Street Car Park again for a nightshot view of the Birmingham Big Wheel. Visibility was poor and I couldn't see the Coca Cola Christmas truck from up here, so headed down and into the park.

My Coca Cola Christmas Truck in Birmingham over the years post is here.

As I walked up Park Street towards Eastside City Park, it was freezing cold, wet, sleeting and raining. Not what I would call festive weather! First close up look at the Birmingham Big Wheel lit up after dark.

The Bar & Ice Skating area, seen near the main entrance of Eastside City Park. My camera was getting wet as I headed in. I was soaking! But the ice rink was covered, so those enjoying an ice skate were dry.

Passing the ice rink, wasn't much to see from here into the ice rink, but got interesting lighting effects from the Big Wheel and the wet weather.

A couple of days later and it was now dry in Eastside City Park. A look at the ice rink from the outside.

It is now January 2019, and the Birmingham Big Wheel has already been taken down. The ice rink was behind fences as they started to dismantle it. This was around 5 days after Ice Skate Birmingham had finished for the year.

This was the last time it was in Eastside. Around 10 months later (October 2019), they were setting up Ice Skate Birmingham in Centenary Square again (first time since 2016-17). It opened on the 7th November 2019 and it is due to close on the 12th January 2020.

 

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Summer in Southside through the years at The Arcadian

Every summer during July or August, Birmingham Hippodrome hosts Summer in Southside, also called #BHOutdoors (if you use the hashtag on Twitter during the summer). Here we will look at the goings on at The Arcadian over the years. The Arcadian opened in the early 1990s in the Chinese Quarter in what is also now Southside. Used to be a cinema here but it closed in the early 2000s.

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Summer in Southside through the years at The Arcadian





Every summer during July or August, Birmingham Hippodrome hosts Summer in Southside, also called #BHOutdoors (if you use the hashtag on Twitter during the summer). Here we will look at the goings on at The Arcadian over the years. The Arcadian opened in the early 1990s in the Chinese Quarter in what is also now Southside. Used to be a cinema here but it closed in the early 2000s.


Summer in Southside

2013

The first Summer in Southside I remember hearing about was during August 2013. I popped to The Arcadian on the 24th August 2013 when I saw these men in white t-shirts, including one spinning a board.

Another man climbed onto the water feature near the steps spinning a pointed sign saying Culture Alert.

And another one. Seemed like they had several of those signs to spin!

Over at the canopied area was some Chinese ladies performing, perhaps dancing?

2014

The next year, another Summer in Southside, now the 24th August 2014. People sitting on deckchairs on the left.

This raised area is always good for views. This was the FLOAT Circus Mash.

INFO from this yellow and red cart.

Close up at Circus Mash, they were raising this pink and yellow thing up.

2015

Now August 2015. This time on the 29th August 2015. A stage to the left with a couple of blokes playing the guitar.

A row of chairs for people to enjoy the music.

In the middle was some people dancing.

The next move, leg up, arms out.

2018

Skipping ahead to 3 years later. This was on the 14th July 2018. A band on the stage with brass instruments.

Saw this Indian TucTuc. The Chutney TucTuc. There next performance at 3pm. Perhaps banging those drums and dancing.

This was a day later on the 15th July 2018. A rapper and a DJ behind him.

2019

The 50th anniversary of the Moon landing by Apollo 11 in July 1969. Saw this giant moon on the 14th July 2019. Most of the activities were happening outside on Hurst Street and Ladywell Walk.

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

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