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12 Jul '14

News An ode to Birmingham: how can the UK's second city fix its image problem?

Our beleaguered second city is used to being either trashed or ignored, with Trojan horse, Benefits Street and recent failings in its children's services adding to its woes. But can a counter-narrative emerge, a new civic gospel to restore Brummie pride?There was once a book called Birmingham Is Not a Boring City. On the title page, the word "Not" looked as though it had been added at the last minute in handwriting. More recently, there was a popular blog called birminghamitsnotshit.co.uk, the aim of which was to offer a counter-narrative to those who believed otherwise.But in both cases there was a problem: each made it look like the city had a case to answer. Really, they suggested, there was more to Britain's second city than a risibly depressive adenoidal accent, a road system that Jeremy Clarkson alleged was diabolically devised to take you away from the cheerlessly brutalist post-industrial city, and a culinary speciality whose name was Urdu for bucket. But the counter-narrative often only served to highlight the original narrative. Birmingham's problem? It protests too much. Continue reading...

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