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June 10, 2009
She is not far off when she says that Birmingham is one big shopping mall. We meet only one independent story in our day's wandering but then actually buy clothes from one of the major chains. Doh! Brands notwithstanding, I like it the crazy architectural mixture, from ultra-hyper-modern already looking dated to timeless Victorian classics; the phallic Sphinxes in Victoria Square just win me over. We walk along the canals until cafes and pubs give over to glazed-eyed teenagers and bottle-sucking adults. It starts raining, and we rush back through the concrete maze of 50s urban utopia.