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Birmingham is a major city and Midlands. It is the largest and acknowledged to be the largest outside of London, with a population of 1.1 million within the City but in excess of 2 million in the wider region, making it the ninth most populous in Europe. The City unsuccessfully sought to host the Olympics in the past and held World Cup matches in 1966.

Birmingham is the Urban heart of Warwickshire, an ancient County probably best known today as the home of William Shakespeare, a man for all Ages, who is thought to have spoken with a pronounced local accent, reflected in some idiosyncratic spellings within the plays, with as many as 24 words from a vocabulary of 31,500 attributed to the locality. Shakespeare found fame and fortune in London but died at just over 50 in the Midlands, leaving his second best bed to his wife by will.

The City was nothing more than a medium-sized town  in the medieval period of the Bard, growing in size and reputation in the 18th century at the heart of the enlightenment with  the likes of Erasmus Darwin and members of the Lunar Society and subsequent  Industrial Revolution, taking centre stage in  advances in science and  technology. Known far and wide for small highly skilled trades, of exceptional creativity and innovation the City developed a diverse economic base until the late 20th century, best embodied in the Steam Engine of James Watt, an invention of the City that named an Age. Enlightened political leadership was supplied by Joseph Chamberlain, who helped to found the University of Birmingham today recognised as among the finest in the country.

In the late 20th century the City shared the nations industrial decline and built the Bull Ring shopping centre. Today the City is known for a multicultural population as diverse as the small industry base once was and the local economy has found its feet again (providing still the second largest contribution to GDP  in the country), with local pride taken in the excellence of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in her Symphony Hall home, developed under Sir Simon Rattle. The baton may have been supplied by a Liverpudlian but the plectrum was supplied by Jeff Lynn of the Electric Light Orchestra, who left the area as a teenager and settled in the Hollywood Hills. Famously another son of the City, the poet W H Auden, departed for America when war threatened and the City was targeted by the Luftwaffe. Perhaps another famous writer from the City, Tolkien, reflects better the imaginative (creative) spirit of the place. Surprising to some, the City contains 571 parks.

If the Canaletto’s of the Art Gallery do not appeal, sporting interest can be satisfiedat either of the famous football clubs, Villa and City. The Villa park home of the former has seen many cup triumphs, including the 1982 European Cup winning team containing Peter Withe and 2016 relegated team in a proud history. City enjoyed return to the top flight recently under the ownersip of a soft pornographer and chairmanship of Karen Brady of The Apprentice fame. The other main sporting tradition of the town, ignoring the provenance of the Bull Ring but reflected in her crest, is Warwickshire County Cricket Club at their Edgbaston home. Scene of many famous Ashes Tests, including 2005, and a World record innings of 501 by Brian Lara when playing for the county, the team is currently graced by the likes of England`s Ian Bell, Jonathan Trott and Chris Woakes.

Shakespeare payed no homage to an ordinary market town but Auden, pre American run, wrote beautiful lines in his time here:

As I walked out one evening,
Walking down Bristol Street,
The crowds upon the pavement
Were fields of harvest wheat.

And down by the brimming river
I heard a lover sing
Under an arch of the railway:
'Love has no ending.

'I'll love you, dear, I'll love you
Till China and Africa meet,
And the river jumps over the mountain
And the salmon sing in the street,

'I'll love you till the ocean
Is folded and hung up to dry
And the seven stars go squawking
Like geese about the sky.

'The years shall run like rabbits,
For in my arms I hold
The Flower of the Ages,
And the first love of the world.'

But all the clocks in the city
Began to whirr and chime:
'O let not Time deceive you,
You cannot conquer Time.

The clock tower of the University Campus, in honour of Chamberlain, serves to remind us all of the last lines of this extract but the architecture, like the poetry, stand as monuments to a mighty City while the words of Shakespeare stand alone.

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