Recently a historic document came into our hands here at BiNS. It features top bald US maverick cop Telly ‘Kojak’ Savalas taking a look at Brum. It’s fantastic – and half an hour long – he takes in the Botanical Gardens, Sarehole Mill, amongst other places, and the city centre. “I dallied in Dale End” as the great man himself says. We’re able to show you a few mins of fun -and legally thanks to the copyright holders. Although we’ve sadly lost some of TS’s magical visit to the West Midlands Police traffic control centre (what fun Kojak has on his holidays!). There’s also the Jewellery Quarter, Bournville – and it’s suitable for children of all ages! Further information on this film at www.baimfilms.com (further footage here)Images and film are © Harold Baim Film Productions 1981 All Rights Reserved “do you believe they hand raise their pies …

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You may have encountered Simon Patterson’s top artwork ‘The Great Bear‘, you might not know you have, most people call it ‘the one with celebrities names instead of stations on the london underground map’. Now, this is a fantastic artwork apart from one thing: The celebrities aren’t all Brummies, and The map isn’t of Birmingham bus routes. That’s two things. In ‘The Great Bear’, Patterson traces a particular topic, be it philosophers, footballers, scientists or actors; and at each station a ‘star’ (i.e. like the brightness of the Great Bear constellation) of that particular field is heralded. All well and good, but we’ve got a famous Bull – Brasso – not a bear. That’s three things. All these things are rectified by our fantastic artwork – which is here as a PDF*. And here to buy your own. It’s top – and the amusing juxtapositions created still amuse us, …

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Remember “London to Brighton in two minutes“? Well here you can jump on the eleven and go from Kings Heath High St to Kings Heath High St in five minutes flat – via…. VICARAGE RD. Kings Heath All Saints Church YARDLEY WOOD RD. Brook Lane Fire StationCOLE BANK RD. Sarehole MillSCHOOL ROAD.South Birmingham College/Hall Green WESTLEY RD. Acocks Green Garage CHURCH RD. Coventry Rd/Swan Island STECHFORD LANE. Stechford Road BROMFORD LANE. Fox & Goose/Ward End BROMFORD LANE. The Bromford/Drews Lane BROMFORD LANE. The Navigation/Tyburn Rd WOOD END RD. Six Ways Erdington MARSH HILL. Gipsy Lane ASTON LANE. Witton Square WELLINGTON RD. Perry Barr/Crown & Cushion WELLINGTON RD. Hamstead Rd/Church Lane BOULTON RD. Soho Rd/The Red Lion/Handsworth DUDLEY RD. Summerfield Park CITY RD. Fountain Road SANDON RD. Drayton Road LORDSWOOD RD. Hagley Rd/Bearwood LORDSWOOD RD. Knightlow Rd LORDSWOOD ROAD.Olde House at Home/Gillhurst Road LORDSWOOD RD. Harborne Baths/War Lane …

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