All those initials....
Birmingham, as befits the city that in geographically roughly central to the UK is well serviced by transport links. This means the motorway network centres on (and thus gets jammed up) the west midlands. The main (west) railine to the north passes through and it has an international airport as well.
As all these elements come togther in an area south-east of Birmingham, it is not surprising that the NEC was built there. The 'NEC' to most people in the world is a giant Japanese manufacturing company, but in the UK most people would think of the 'National exhibition centre' first. Car shows, Crufts (thats the doggy one) and numerous trade shows take place in the 21 halls of the NEC every day. Anyone for the 'National fair of plastic extrusion equipment show 2009- LIVE !' ??
Enough of this rambling...the tip here is not to confuse the 'NEC' with the 'NIA', which is not an American crime fighting unit, or an acroymn for 'No idiots allowed' but is actually another large arena. The NIA is located in the centre of Birmingham - not out by the airport.Add to your Trip Planner
A different sort of 'special offer'
Not really a danger, but I was rather surprised to be sitting in a hotel bar on Broad street, and found out that it really is 'Broad street'. Apparantly some of the more choosy 'ladies of the night' book hotel rooms of week-end and set up for business in the lobby. Nothing unusual about this in most parts of the world, but a surprise in this neck of the woods. Management turns a blind eye : after all, they have paid for their room and any approach along the lines of 'are you doing business here?' would probably meet with a slap around the face and a lawsuit for denegration of character. On the other hand, a old tart sitting in the lobby with a full bottle of wine to herself, enough make-up to open her own perfumery and wearing enough fishnet to catch a shoal of cod does not make for a pretty sight.
When I ask for a special offer in a hotel - I expect something for rather less than is the rack price, rather than something that is whole lot more.Add to your Trip Planner
~ Keep Plenty of Change in your Wallet ~
Most of the public transport runs an exact change policy on the buses so always make sure you have plenty of loose coins for the bus journeys.
You dont want to have to give the driver too much money if its a cheap journey.Add to your Trip Planner
The punding beat on the street.
Broad street (not so-called because of the number of broads who inhabit the place), is a pounding, throbbing world of loud bars and even louder clubs. With frontages flung open on any night when the temperature gets above freezing, it is not exactly a tranquil spot.
If you have bought a hotel room along this road, then unless you are the 'clubbing' sort yourself make sure it has quadruple glazing or is above the twelveth floor to ensure any chance of a good night's sleep.Add to your Trip Planner
Generally Birmingham isn't a dangerous place and I have never had any trouble while visiting. However like most cities there are reports of theft and muggings.
DO NOT walk about while on your own at night and watch out for gangs in some of the surrounding boroughs. During the day it should be very safe if you are in areas where other people are around and there are quite a lot of police and security in the city centre.Add to your Trip Planner
Restaurant and licenses
Whenever you are going to eat into restaurant and like either wine or beer with the food, make sure that the place is licensed to sell alcoholic beverages. If not, you can buy those from grocery store. Bit strange system, but may make sense to someone, not me though.Related to:
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Becareful you don't get...
Becareful you don't get mugged. It is such a big city and especially at night you never know what might happen. Always try to go around with a friend just to be on the safe side :)
Lol don't you just love the picture :)Add to your Trip Planner
I dont think there are any...
I dont think there are any special warnings or dangers apart form the obvious, which is not to briadcast you are a tourist, Girls, dont walk around late at night on your own, and keep personal beelonmgs out of site and secure.Add to your Trip Planner
Do not flash your cameras or...
Do not flash your cameras or Camcorders in certain locations as it will attract undesirables but if you need reassurance pop into a local police station or ask any police officer they will kindly give you any crime prevention advice.Add to your Trip Planner
you could be longing to see...
you could be longing to see this town like me... maybe because I passed by it twice without ever having time for it... a pic taken while running to the station...Add to your Trip Planner
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