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85,457. ‘I could be in a completely different world – Birmingham.' (Politics & Birmingham) Rory Bremner’s Coalition Report, BBC 2015, John Bird
57,740. Thornton Road, Birmingham: It’s not the quiet suburban neighbourhood it seems. Five of these houses are under siege. Night after night rocks rain down on them. The bizarre bombardment has lasted six years ... The stones seem to come from nowhere ... The stake-out goes on in Thornton Road night after night. (Plagues & Birmingham) Arthur C Clarke’s World of Strange Powers
17,388. B21 Burgers [Handsworth Park] v B6 Johnsons [Aston Park] divided by Birchfield Road. (Gangstas & Birmingham) Penny Woolcock, One Mile Away, Channel 4 2013
17,389. This cannot be living ... there’s more to it than this. (Gangstas & Birmingham) ibid. geezer
17,390. This is a war over nothing. (Gangstas & Birmingham) ibid.
17,391. The government’s having a party – and they’re calling it Illuminati. (Gangstas & Illuminati & Birmingham) ibid. rap lyric
17,392. This is a black holocaust. (Gangstas & Birmingham) ibid.
17,393. Handsworth Riots 1985: v Police & National Front. (Gangstas & Riots) ibid. caption
17,394. We’re arguing over post-codes that don’t belong to us. (Gangstas & Birmingham) ibid. geezer
17,395. The tragic killing of Letisha Shakespeare and Charlene Ellis on New Year's Day 2003. (Gangstas & Birmingham) ibid. news
17,396. 4 days of violence ... shooting and a two-year-old child was trampled on. (Gangstas & Birmingham) ibid.
17,397. Handsworth Riots 2011. (Gangstas & Riots & Birmingham) ibid.
17,398. A generation of youth that is lost. (Gangstas & Birmingham) ibid.
17,399. A Birmingham gang called The Brummagems were the top dogs and built up a criminal network reaching far beyond their city. The Brummagems made fortunes from race-track extortion. (Gangstas & Birmingham) Gangs of Britain with Gary and Martin Kemp: Birmingham
17,400. Over eighty years later in 2003 another Birmingham gang kills innocent bystanders and shocks the nation. (Gangstas & Birmingham) ibid.
17,401. One of the oldest and bloodiest feuds in recent years has been between two black gangs the Johnson Crew named after a cafe in Johnson Street and the Burger Bar Boys. (Gangstas & Birmingham) ibid.
17,402. In the south the Brummagems faced tough competition from a major Italian crime family called the Sabinis. (Gangstas & Birmingham) ibid.
17,403. The murder of Charlene Ellis and Letisha Shakespeare was so shocking it created a stand-off between the city's gangs. (Gangstas & Birmingham) ibid.
65,349. I was told to get there before it all blew away. It was spectacular cherry blossom in Birmingham’s Bournville. Ride the express elevator to the top of one of the city’s highest buildings, this is the view that nearly took my breath away. Telly Savalas Looks at Birmingham, narrating Harold Baim’s 1981 tour
65,350. Another way in is by multi-carriage-way-motor-way. ibid.
65,351. I found the city exciting. The modern buildings reflect its position as the nation’s industrial powerhouse. You feel as if you’ve been projected into the twenty-first century. ibid.
65,352. It’s my kind of town. ibid.
79,977. The Lunar Society was a remarkable grouping of gifted polymaths who met every month in and around Birmingham on the Monday nearest the full moon (when there was most light to travel home by) from 1765 until 1813. To begin with, they called themselves the Lunar Circle, the more formal title ‘Lunar Society’ being adopted in 1775.
It has been written that, ‘The Lunar Society was second only to the Royal Society in its importance as a gathering place for scientists, inventors and natural philosophers during the second half of the eighteenth century’. In fact, it was more than that. These men were interested not merely in science, but especially in the application of science to manufacturing, mining, transportation, education, medicine and much else. They were, if you like, the revolutionary committee of that most far reaching of all the eighteenth century revolutions, the Industrial Revolution. Supremely confident, they were changing the world forever, and they knew it. They firmly believed that what they were doing would better the lot of mankind. They believed, as Jacob Bronowski put it, that ‘the good life is more than material decency, but the good life must be based on material decency’. They believed that by raising productive capacity they would be able to deliver material decency for all, and to a large extent, as far as the developed world is concerned, they have been proven right. Historians today talk of the ‘Midlands Enlightenment’, which was contemporaneous with the Parisian and Edinburgh enlightenments, but distinguished by its emphasis on going beyond thought, putting theory into practice and translating ideas into action. The Lunar Society was the heart of that Midlands Enlightenment. (Lunar Society & Enlightenment & Birmingham) jquarter online article
99,935. One of the most commercially successful bands of all time. Over 70 million records sold. 30 years of sold-out world tours. Still performing after four decades as two separate bands. (Music & Birmingham & Pop Music & 1980s & Reggae) Promises & Lies: The Story of UB40, BBC 2016
99,936. ‘The music on the streets was reggae.’ (Music & Birmingham & Pop Music & Reggae) ibid. lead singer
99,937. ‘Seeing Bob Marley live: he came to Birmingham.’ (Music & Birmingham & Pop Music & Reggae) ibid.
99,938. With their own record label the band release their second album, ‘Present Arms’ and the single ‘One in Ten’. (Music & Birmingham & Pop Music & 1980s & Reggae) ibid.
99,939. ‘We were overdrawn and mortgaged to the hilt … Record royalties: we never got them … I started asking questions … How come we were getting so little? … (Music & Birmingham & Pop Music & Fraud & Reggae) ibid. Ali
99,940. ‘The trail of where the money went: we couldn’t find it.’ (Music & Birmingham & Pop Music & Fraud & Reggae) ibid. new management
99,941. ‘They still toured as if they were an arena band … A lot of it was wasted cost.’ (Music & Birmingham & Pop Music & Fraud) ibid.
99,942. ‘There was a lot of stuff going down … I still don’t know what happened to the money … I ended up having to leave.’ (Music & Birmingham & Pop Music & Fraud) ibid. Ali
99,943. In February 2008, after almost 30 years, Ali Campbell leaves UB40. (Music & Birmingham & Pop Music) ibid. caption
119,181. I’ve heard very bad bad bad things about you Birmingham people. (Gangsters & Birmingham) Peaky Blinders s2e2, BBC 2014, Solomons
121,610. 44 years ago Britain was at war with the IRA. In their deadliest attack on the mainland, 21 people were murdered in Birmingham after bombs exploded in two pubs. Six Irishmen were wrongly convicted of mass murder. Since then the police have investigated without success. (Birmingham & Bomb & Miscarriage of Justice) Exposure: The Hunt for the Birmingham Bombers I, ITV 2018
121,611. At 8.17 on November 21st 1974 drinkers in the Mulberry Bush pub in Birmingham say the lights suddenly went out. Minutes later, 300 yards away, drinkers in the Tavern in the Town recall a blue flash followed by total darkness. (Birmingham & Bomb & Miscarriage of Justice) ibid.
121,612. And [Chris] Mullin did just that concluding that four men were really responsible for the bombings. They agreed to talk to him providing he didn’t name them in the book. (Birmingham & Bomb & Miscarriage of Justice) ibid.
121,613. The identity of the bombers will not be considered by the [new] inquest. (Birmingham & Bomb & Miscarriage of Justice) ibid.
121,614. In the mid-70s there were three trials leading go sixteen convictions. Those cases have left a trail of names, witness statements and police interviews. (Birmingham & Bomb & Miscarriage of Justice) ibid.
121,615. The informant gave up a fresh name: Michael Reilly. (Birmingham & Bomb & Miscarriage of Justice) ibid.
121,616. Former British soldier turned IRA terrorist: Francis James Gavin … We believe Gavin is the prime suspect for ‘the older planter’. (Birmingham & Bomb & Miscarriage of Justice) ibid.
121,617. Another member of the cell – Mick Murray. (Birmingham & Bomb & Miscarriage of Justice) ibid.
132,930. Life in England hasn’t always been easy for the Irish. For some, it was a shock. And integration wasn’t always the done thing. But the English weren’t always keen on us. In the ’70s the Troubles brought inconceivable horror and suffering to the streets of Birmingham: there were consequences for the local Irish. (Immigration & Great Britain & Birmingham) A Very British History I: Irish, BBC 2020
132,931. Most would agree that the Birmingham Irish community we see today started in the years following the Second World War. (Immigration & Great Britain & Birmingham) ibid.
132,932. According to the 1951 census there were about 36,000 Irish-born people living in Birmingham; 10 years later that number had increased by more than 20,000. (Immigration & Great Britain & Birmingham) ibid.
132,933. Despite discrimination, there was work, especially in construction. (Immigration & Great Britain & Birmingham) ibid.
133,316. At the heart of Britain’s vast rail network is Birmingham New Street station. This is Britain’s busiest interchange. A train departs every 37 seconds, serving over 40 million passengers a year. All human life is here. (Railway & Birmingham) The Station: Trouble on the Tracks s1e1, ITV 2020
133,317. With parts of the line under water it’s time for the dreaded bus replacement service. (Railway & Birmingham) ibid.
133,318. ‘To lose Platform 1 during rush hour, I can’t think of anything worse really.’ (Railway & Birmingham) ibid. customer service lady
133,319. If you’re travelling across the UK, chances are you’ll go through here on your way. For the network to function across the country, New Street has to be running on time. The smallest delay has a ripple effect all over the UK. (Railway & Birmingham) The Station: Trouble on the Tracks s1e2
133,325. Across its 25 platforms, Birmingham New Street must despatch 1,000 trains a day safely. (Railway & Birmingham) ibid.