Never let it be said that Crinoline Robot is a blog that doesn't deliver! I bought a toy robot, and took my metal retro-chum (and my husband, Mr Robot) to Birmingham this Tuesday and Wednesday. England's second-largest city, Birmingham is renowned for its friendliness, so when a terrorism 'expert' on Fox News in the US claimed earlier this year that the city was a no-go area for non-Muslims, it caused a lot of hilarity. This was the first time I'd been anywhere in Brum that isn't either Edgbaston or the NEC, so I wasn't sure if it would be nice, but I had pretty high hopes.
I didn't do much vintage shopping, as we just wanted to wander and see what we could find. Going to a new place with a list of shops and attractions to visit takes away some of the joy of exploration, I find. I was really impressed with Birmingham from the moment we left the station. I love Victorian buildings, and the city has some super ones. In fact, I liked a lot of the buildings I saw; Birmingham had the confidence to build big without losing the sense that the city was a place for people, and as well as some great Victorian structures there were also attractive large ones from the 1920s and 1930s with beautiful deco touches.
The Staffordshire Hoard is also on display at the museum, and as I did two years' courses in Anglo-Saxon as part of my degree, I was keen to see that. It was, shall we say, popular with children. (Very noisy!) The hoard was mostly items accumulated and squirrelled away, presumably after a battle, and while the workmanship of the pieces is impressive, and the possible origin of the hoard as a whole and the items within it intriguing, seen all together it is mostly a lot of fragments.
|We recuperated from sightseeing in a pub.|
And on Wednesday Tinny Tim went to the cricket. I wasn't entirely sure if I should take him, because part of the attraction of the cricket is the chance to sit in the sun drinking beer for eight hours or so, but I decided he'd probably be safe enough if I confined him to my bag most of the time. My favourite cricket ground is Lords, but then I'd only been to Edgbaston once before, for a rain-soaked one-day match between England and the West Indies. This would be the first day of a Test match**, and not just any Test match but an Ashes test too. The 'Ashes' – England versus Australia – is one of the biggest events in the cricketing world, and definitely the biggest for England and Australia fans. If you want to feel the passion and pride, and enjoy the banter and singing, of cricket, it's the thing to go to.
|He's wearing a radio so he can hear Test Match Special.|
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** The longest form of the game, up to five days, played only by the ten nations to have achieved Test status.