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Studying in Birmingham

Birmingham is famed for many things - industry, canals, our unique accent, and so on. One thing we are becoming increasingly known for, however, is education.

Did you know that, since 2013, Birmingham has housed five Universities, on top of numerous colleges? Their diverse course offerings and close proximity to the England’s second city means that this is a sector likely to grow even further in the coming years. So if you are moving here (or looking for a University in the local area), which one is right for you?
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Electric Cinema - Birmingham’s Best Kept Secret

Birmingham is full of many hidden gems (and actual gems if you visit the Jewellery Quarter). The second city hides plenty of things to do, and places to see. Today, we’re going to discuss one such institution - The Electric Cinema. Located just behind New Street Station, it’s nothing like the cinemas you’re used to. Here are five reasons why we think it’s awesome:
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Eco friendly initiatives in Birmingham.

Birmingham is going green!

We’re thought of as an industrial city with it’s smog and grime covered streets. But now, the city of Birmingham is turning over a new figurative leaf - in hopes of saving thousands of literal leaves!

There are many schemes, partnerships and campaigns throughout the city geared towards improving our impact on nature. Here are a few examples.
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Brands you didn’t know started in Birmingham

If you know anything about Birmingham, you will probably be aware of it’s manufacturing history. The city has always been associated with industry, be that manufacturing, retail or business. While this reputation has been on the decline in recent years, it’s still the cities’ calling card to this day. And it’s a reputation built off of launching big name, successful companies in multiple industries. Here are a few you may not have known have their origins in the city.
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Birmingham in Numbers

We always write about our city,  showcasing it’s history, culture and people. Today however we want to show you some numbers, yes numbers. After reading a couple of good articles on big data we’ve thought it would be really cool to :

  1. see what data is available for our city
  2. find a way to visualise the date
  3. post it on

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Birmingham and Fazeley Canal

The Birmingham and Fazeley Canal is one of the most distinctive canals located in the West Midlands, connecting the heart of Birmingham with the impressive countryside and London itself. Starting from the Fazeley Coventry Canal, and ending in Old Turn, BCN Main Line, it connects to the Main Line of Birmingham, the Coventry Canal, the Grand Union Canal and Tame Valley Canal. In other words, it spreads from Gas Street Basin, the centre of the British canal network, all the way through the most notorious landmarks of Birmingham, including the Post Office Tower and the International Convention Centre, creating a mysterious atmosphere that brings visitors back to the past.
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Top 5 places to visit in Birmingham

Birmingham is an action packed, fun-filled City, with plenty to see and do. To experience everything Birmingham has to offer would take a while, the local attractions and experiences are gaining in numbers as are the number of people wanting to visit them. If you are visiting Birmingham for a holiday, or a break away, the likelihood is you won’t have the time to experience everything, however, what you can do is visit the top 5 places in Birmingham.
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Birmingham’s finest inventions (Part One)

Birmingham is undeniably the mother of inventions! With numerous great ideas breaking through the market and rocking the entire world, UK’s most glorious city and jewel of the West Midlands still amazes. According to the Patent Office, of the approximately 4,000 inventions copyrighted annually, about two thirds come from within a radius of 35 miles from Birmingham.
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Warstone Lane Cemetery

Warstone Lane Cemetery, also called Brookfield Cemetery, Mint Cemetery or Church of England Cemetery, was built in 1847, with its first burial on August 1848. Located in the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham, this cemetery is listed as grade 2 on the Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest, and is the resting spot of many notable individuals.  No more burials take place here, but the cemetery is open to visitors.

Warstone Lane Cemetery in Birmingham
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