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So here we are, back in back street ‘Brummagem’, which, in case you’re wondering, is the rather prosaic way we midland folk refer to Birmingham.
Technically Englands second city, Birmingham is to London what Tom Cruise is to Yours Truly, Mr Shpics……… i.e. Much much smaller, and no-where near as attractive….Though Birmingham has had a bit of a facelift over recent years, (yes, you’re probably right dear reader, I think he has too, but why he didn’t fix that bloody awful big nose God only knows), there is still one heck of a lot of the ‘Brummie’ hinterland which is anything but pleasant. ……
Before I go any further, just in case you’re reading this Tom, if you’re happy with that awful thing stuck on the front of your face that’s your business, live and let live I say, and besides, you should console yourself with the fact that it’s not all bad news…..Similarly to ‘Brum’ and London, though you’ll never compete in the ‘looks’ department, you’re not quite as old as I am….So chin up!
But I digress….We’re wasting far to much time on Shorty.
As ugly as some of the back streets are, I’ve found a rather healthy smattering of new street art has sprung up over recent weeks, making a visit more than worthwhile..
This was part of a much larger piece but sadly most was obscured by a couple of large vans..Luckily you can just make out how the cool cat is happily scratching his nuts…..My favourite detail…..Another trip will be needed before the whole thing can grace these pages.
Three of the coolest robots are currently hanging around in the Digbeth area.
And this caught my eye, not simply because of the quality of the work but also the theme, juxtaposed with the police scene of crime marks that you can see on the pavement in front of it…It had me wondering which came first.
This however, was my favourite piece of the day. In fact I don’t even think it’s actually ‘A Piece’…The wheat paste painting, the two tags and the random red spots, all seem to have been done at separate times…But the overall effect really rings my bell.
All Images Copyright Stuart Allan Hyde