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05 Nov 2020 - Elliott Brown
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Rediscover Brindleyplace from The Water's Edge to Central Square

Recently around Brindleyplace, these colourful signs and banners have gone up. Rediscover Brindleyplace. We have missed you. Come back. It's been quiet during the pandemic, even after restrictions were eased in the summer. But with new restrictions will people still book a table in restaurants? Obviously you can just show up for Costa, Caffe Nero or Pret. Scan the NHS QR code.

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Rediscover Brindleyplace from The Water's Edge to Central Square





Recently around Brindleyplace, these colourful signs and banners have gone up. Rediscover Brindleyplace. We have missed you. Come back. It's been quiet during the pandemic, even after restrictions were eased in the summer. But with new restrictions will people still book a table in restaurants? Obviously you can just show up for Costa, Caffe Nero or Pret. Scan the NHS QR code.


Rediscover Brindleyplace

Brindleyplace is now sponsoring West Midlands Metro tram 32. As seen here on Pinfold Street and Stephenson Street (on the 29th October 2020). The yellow advert works better than the previous lime green OLA advert. By late 2021 it will be possible to get a tram to Brindleyplace. Until then get a tram to Library Tram Stop, or walk via Victoria Square, Chamberlain Square and Centenary Square.

The Water's Edge

One route to Brindleyplace on foot is from Centenary Square, then down Bridge Street. Get onto Gas Street Basin and walk past Regency Wharf (gates are locked to Worcester Bar).

Then head through the Broad Street Tunnel (duck your head if you are tall). Then cross over the Brindleyplace Footbridge to The Water's Edge (the route I took on the 29th October 2020).

It was a bit quiet when I was last around here. Maybe due to the pandemic, the latest restrictions or as The ICC Mall is still closed. As well as the Westside Metro extension works down Broad Street.

But buses are diverted down Cambridge Street and King Edward's Road at the back.

Central Square

A previous time heading into Central Square (on the 19th October 2020), I headed over the Brewmaster's Bridge, then headed down the steps to the right. Then headed up past Three Brindleyplace. There was these colourful blue and green sleeves on the trees in the square.

This route was named Atlas Way. After the Atlas Works that was on the site of the Sea Life Centre from the mid 1880s until 1958. It was demolished in 1986 to make way for the Sea Life Centre.

Near the water jets fountain feature was this sky blue direction signs on the path in the middle. With directions to the Sea Life Centre and IKON Gallery.

Over a week later (on the 29th October 2020) I got the other side in wet weather. With directions to more restaurants and to the Sea Life Centre. Looked very quiet.

 

There will be a second lockdown during November 2020. So all restaurants and cafes will be closed again. 

 

Photos taken by Elliott Brown. Can be found on Twitter: ellrbrown.

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Green open spaces
04 Nov 2020 - Elliott Brown
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Acocks Green Recreation Ground in the Fox Hollies area

Not far from Acocks Green Bus Garage is the Acocks Green Recreation Ground. Located on Westley Road, Fox Hollies Road and Broad Road. Sometimes used for fun fairs. In the last year or so, new railings have been installed. There is a playground close to Westley Road. Other than that there is a large open field and some paths. Nothing much else.

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Acocks Green Recreation Ground in the Fox Hollies area





Not far from Acocks Green Bus Garage is the Acocks Green Recreation Ground. Located on Westley Road, Fox Hollies Road and Broad Road. Sometimes used for fun fairs. In the last year or so, new railings have been installed. There is a playground close to Westley Road. Other than that there is a large open field and some paths. Nothing much else.


Acocks Green Recreation Ground

For some history of the Acocks Green Recreation Ground, there is some information over at the AGHS website.

The land was donated to the Yardley Rural District Council by the Yardley Charity Estates in 1898. The grounds opened in 1902 on the Coronation of King Edward VII. Birmingham took over Yardley in 1911. The grounds has since been used by travelling carnivals and fun fairs. The Recreation Ground used to have a Sons of Rest pavilion (but this has long since disappeared).

The ground to the back was a football and cricket ground. And there used to be tennis courts alongside Broad Road (these no longer exist).

All that remains today is a children's playground near the Westley Road entrance.

In 2019 new railings and an entrance gate was installed on Westley Road. There is even a Friends of Acocks Green Recreation Ground.

2014

Robert Wilkinson's Fun Fair was held at the Acocks Green Recreation Ground seen during May 2014. It took place from Thursday 15th May until Sunday 18th May 2014.

American Circus

Uncle Sam regularly popped over from the USA for American Circuses!

The Big Top

Large Prizes

Flying Chairs Carousel

Rock City

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Robert Wilkinson's Fun Fair was back in October 2014. These were taken from the no 11C bus stop on Fox Hollies Road after dark.

Taken at the time on my then Sony smartphone, so the zoom in wasn't too great with the bright lights.

2019

In September 2019, I was on the 11C bus on Westley Road when I spotted the new entrance gate and railings, near the play area.

The fun fair was also back again. It was Robert Wilkinson's Fun Fair again.

2020

First of two lockdown walks into the Acocks Green Recreation Ground during May 2020. The new railings and bollards on Fox Hollies Road.

The green open field, no path alongside Fox Hollies Road, unless you walk on the pavement, like I used to do.

The odd piece of litter on the field.

Getting close to the playground near Westley Road.

Looking back at the field. Clear signs of tyre marks of vehicles that have driven onto the recreation ground in the past (such as all those fun fairs).

About to exit the new gate onto Westley Road. Bus stop on the left for the 11A. Acocks Green Village is to the left.

Went through again in June 2020. This time walking back from Tyseley. Got in via the path on Broad Road. The bollards here are much older.

The path follows Broad Road towards Westley Road.

Grass a bit longer, trees full of green leaves in the height of summer.

Shadows from the trees on the field.

Not far until the end of the path.

There was a few more entrances from Broad Road and you could dip in and out.

Now back on Westley Road, the new railings near the play area.

Another look at the new main entrance to the recreation ground. Looks good.

Post and photos by Elliott Brown. On Twitter ellrbrown.

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Environment & green action
03 Nov 2020 - Elliott Brown
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Herons, Egrets and Cormorants around Birmingham and the West Midlands

Various unique bird species to be found in Birmingham's many parks and lakes. Canals and rivers. From herons, to egrets to cormorants. Not just the usual ducks, geese, swans and gulls that I'm always seeing around. There is also coot and moorhens too. But will leave those to another post.

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Herons, Egrets and Cormorants around Birmingham and the West Midlands





Various unique bird species to be found in Birmingham's many parks and lakes. Canals and rivers. From herons, to egrets to cormorants. Not just the usual ducks, geese, swans and gulls that I'm always seeing around. There is also coot and moorhens too. But will leave those to another post.


Little Egret

Little Egret seen at the Trittiford Mill Pool, Shire Country Park, Yardley Wood. Taken during December 2016.

A Snowy Egret seen on the Plants Brook near Pype Hayes Park. Taken during December 2018.

This Little Egret was seen at the Trittiford Mill Pool as well but during March 2020.

A Little Egret in the pool at Langley Hall Park near Kineton Green and Olton in Solihull. March 2020.

This Little Egret hiding in the trees at Billesley Common, Shire Country Park, Billesley. Taken during July 2020.

Great Cormorant

A Great Cormorant perched on a tree branch at the Trittiford Mill Pool, Shire Country Park, Yardley Wood. Taken during May 2016.

This Great Cormorant perched on the metal bar with the gulls at Cannon Hill Park between Moseley and Edgbaston. Taken during February 2020.

Another Great Cormorant was on this branch at the Edgbaston Reservoir near Ladywood. Taken during February 2020.

And this Great Cormorant was on this branch at the Trittiford Mill Pool, Shire Country Park, Yardley Wood. Taken during May 2020.

Heron

This Heron was spotted on the Worcester & Birmingham Canal near Stirchley on the Rea Valley Route. Taken during April 2016.

A blurry image of Heron seen on the River Cole at the Scribers Lane SINC, Shire Country Park, Yardley Wood. Taken during May 2016.

This Heron during the summer heatwave was at Edgbaston Reservoir near Ladywood. Taken during July 2018.

Heron perched on a branch in the pond at Highbury Park near Kings Heath and Moseley. Taken during August 2018.

Grey Heron at Witton Lakes Park, Witton. Taken during December 2019.

This Heron was on the towpath of the Worcester & Birmingham Canal near a railway bridge on the Cross City Line in Selly Oak. Taken during October 2020.

 

Photos taken by Elliott Brown. Can be found on Twitter: ellrbrown.

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Transport
02 Nov 2020 - Elliott Brown
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Advert changes to West Midlands Metro trams 19 and 32

A few advert changes on the West Midlands Metro trams. Tram 19 now has Marks Electrical (this was previously the 20 Years 1999 - 2019 livery). Tram 32 now carries a yellow livery for Brindleyplace (was one of the lime green OLA trams). It is almost a year since the first Westside extension opened, and you can usually see one or two trams at Library Tram Stop.

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Advert changes to West Midlands Metro trams 19 and 32





A few advert changes on the West Midlands Metro trams. Tram 19 now has Marks Electrical (this was previously the 20 Years 1999 - 2019 livery). Tram 32 now carries a yellow livery for Brindleyplace (was one of the lime green OLA trams). It is almost a year since the first Westside extension opened, and you can usually see one or two trams at Library Tram Stop.


West Midlands Metro tram 19

Seen during September 2020 from Caffe Nero was West Midlands Metro tram 19 heading up Stephenson Street past Costa Coffee with it's new Marks Electrical adverts. Saw another photographer stop with his bike. Anyone recognise him?

West Midlands Metro tram 32

Seen heading down Pinfold Street and onto Stephenson Street was West Midlands Metro tram 32 with it's new yellow Rediscover Brindleyplace adverts. Of course you can't yet get a tram to Brindleyplace. At least not until sometime in late 2021 onwards. They should be building the new Brindleyplace Tram Stop soon on Broad Street. Passing Ethel Street at this point.

Photos taken by Elliott Brown. Can be found on Twitter: ellrbrown.

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28 Oct 2020 - Elliott Brown
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Over the Moon Lantern Installation at The Arcadian

Over the Moon is a Netflix film (with a limited cinema release), and to promote it, they are having a Lantern Installation at The Arcadian in the Chinese Quarter / Southside. I popped by on Sunday lunchtime, but these can also be seen lit up after dark. A bit like those Magical Lantern displays in years gone by. It is free. I believe they will be up until the middle of November 2020.

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Over the Moon Lantern Installation at The Arcadian





Over the Moon is a Netflix film (with a limited cinema release), and to promote it, they are having a Lantern Installation at The Arcadian in the Chinese Quarter / Southside. I popped by on Sunday lunchtime, but these can also be seen lit up after dark. A bit like those Magical Lantern displays in years gone by. It is free. I believe they will be up until the middle of November 2020.


Over the Moon appears to be a new Netflix film. And to promote it, there is a Lantern Installation at The Arcadian in Southside / Chinese Quarter. It is viewable from the central circular area. It has been on display from the last few weeks of October 2020, and I think it will still be there until the middle of November 2020.

 

More details on Over the Moon. The film was released in select cinemas on the 16th October 2020 and on Netflix on the 23rd October 2020. It is a computer animated film.

 

Gallery below of the laterns in the daylight. But you could see them after dark to get the full effect. Now we are back in Greenwich Mean Time, it might be dark enough after 5pm or 6pm GMT.

Photos taken by Elliott Brown. Can be found on Twitter: ellrbrown.

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