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urban walking
September 29, 2013, 4:30 pm
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On Friday I spent my Day Off on an urban walk.  I picked up the Stratford Upon Avon Canal a couple of minutes from home, followed it to Kings Norton Junction, and walked the Birmingham and Worcester into the city centre.

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I love the mixture of urban and rural that exists on these canal banks.

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The University Hospital dominated this piece of unofficial countryside.

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Plants grew profusely from what appeared to be a pile of bricks and coal.

20130927_151203In the low autumn sun, these were – for a few minutes – the trees with the light in

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The wire fence ran with Old Man’s Beard

20130927_115756Reaching town, I walked past the wonderful new Birmingham Library.  I did some errands, buying new socks (although – riskily – not priest’s socks), before enjoying a pint or two and a sandwich in The Wellington, finishing Kathleen Jamie’s wonderful Sightlines:

There are myths and fragments which suggest that the sea we were flying over was once land.  Once upon a time, and not so long ago, it was a forest with trees, but the sea rose and covered it over.  The wind and sea.  Everything else is provisional.  A wing’s beat and it’s gone.

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It sounds like you had a fine walk, Andy. And, I agree, the Birmingham Library design is spectacular.

Comment by The Solitary Walker

Have you been in yet? Superb!

Comment by pilgrimpace

No, I haven’t visited, but would like to do so. At a time when the stock in so many local public libraries is being degraded, it’s heartening that the City of Birmingham still believes in high-quality free and democratic access to knowledge and information. (When I trained as a librarian, I spent a week or two in the old Birmingham Central Library and some of its smaller satellite libraries.)

Comment by The Solitary Walker

Let me know if you’re coming to Birmingham to see it. Truly wonderful

Comment by pilgrimpace




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