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N 42 B 889 C 17 E Oct 5, 2019 F Oct 15, 2019
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Library of Birmingham, Birmingham

Trying to be creative with the fascia of the library. I couldn't quite master the twisty-swirly trick that Mark had achieved so resorted to the slidey-zoomy method instead. Take enough of them and one is bound to look half decent.

Tags:   Birmingham Midlands New Library grand day out Flickr togs meetup Birmingham II 2019 great architecture fun buildings ICM zoom twist blurred

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Peaky Blinders, Digbeth, Birmingham

I couldn't not post an image of this... the main man himself - Tommy Shelby (played by Cillian Murphy). One of the most stylist British crime dramas of recent years. If you haven't seen it... it's like Downton Abbey but with attitude!!!

Tags:   Birmingham Midlands Digbeth grand day out Flickr togs meetup Birmingham II 2019 Tommy Shelby Peaky Blinders British crime drama Cillian Murphy BBC One iplayer street art mural building gable end

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Deritend, Birmingham

You might know this better as Bird's Custard - the brand name for the original powdered, egg-free imitation custard powder.

Bird's Custard was first formulated and first cooked by Alfred Bird in 1837 at his chemist shop in Birmingham. He developed the recipe because his wife was allergic to eggs, the key ingredient used to thicken traditional custard. The Birds continued to serve real custard to dinner guests, until one evening when the egg-free custard was served instead, either by accident or design. The dessert was so well received by the other diners that Alfred Bird put the recipe into wider production.

After he discovered his custard was popular, Bird formed Alfred Bird and Sons Ltd. in Birmingham. By 1843, the company was also making the newly invented baking powder and, by 1844, was promoting custard powder nationally. By 1895, the company was producing blancmange powder, jelly powder, and egg substitute. In World War I, Bird's Custard was supplied to the British armed forces.

The company was one of the early users of promotional items and colourful advertising campaigns. The famous 'three bird' logo, however, was relatively late in arriving, only introduced in 1929.

World War II saw rationing and serious production limits. Shortly after the war, Bird's was purchased by the General Foods Corporation, which was itself taken over by Philip Morris in the 1980s and merged into Kraft Foods. Although the Bird's Custard product remains, the company itself is now just a brand. In late 2004, Kraft sold Bird's Custard and some other Kraft brands to Premier Foods, who are the current owners.

In 1958, the company acquired Monk and Glass, a rival custard powder manufacturer based in London. The original custard factory has long ceased to exist, but the larger factory Bird's opened in Gibb Street remains (production was relocated to Banbury in 1964, along with the factory gates, featuring the company logo), and has been adapted as the Custard Factory arts centre that is reflected in my image.

Tags:   Birmingham Midlands Deritend grand day out Flickr togs meetup Birmingham II 2019 Custard Factory Bird's Custard Alfred Bird

N 39 B 1.2K C 17 E Oct 5, 2019 F Oct 7, 2019
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Digbeth, Birmingham

What makes these meet ups so enjoyable is the variety of images produced from the same location and event by different photographers, so I thought I'd add my two pennyworth to the street art and dance scene images from Saturday's meetup.

Here's my take on the dance crew - dance off... I believe there's one in there somewhere!

Nice little classic vid to go with it all... enjoy!
www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLGWQfK-6DY

Tags:   Birmingham Midlands Digbeth grand day out Flickr togs meetup Birmingham II 2019 Street art Street dance dance crew dance off colour music youth Custard Factory zoom blurr

N 62 B 1.1K C 41 E Oct 5, 2019 F Oct 6, 2019
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Library of Birmingham, Birmingham

Big thanks to everyone that made it to Birmingham yesterday, especially those that couldn't make the full day but came to show their faces briefly for coffee and lunch - really appreciate the effort from everyone all round.

Naturally, I have to lead with this one or else Eddie will kill me for making him hang around for the extra couple of hours and besides, I think he might have eclipsed me with some of his fountain shots.

It's always good meeting up with some familiar faces as well as the new... hope you enjoyed the day out David and Simon and I hope we all meet again. Personally, I enjoy the social meetup more than the photography, but this time the relaxed, non-existent timetable and route march made it all the more enjoyable - it's the future!
Thanks to Mark for suggesting the Digbeth shoot, I enjoyed that more than my planned library night shoot and I'm sure Eddie got a lot out of it as well judging by his shutter clicks.

Tags:   Birmingham Midlands New Library grand day out Flickr togs meetup Birmingham II 2019 great architecture fun buildings blue hour reflections coffee stops pub food a few beers don't miss the train


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