Friday, June 28, 2013

Birmingham Central Library Closes Tomorrow!

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When we were here last October for the interview that I had no idea would lead to us actually living here, I noticed an interesting building downtown.  I only saw it from afar and never figured out what it was.  Now I know that it's Birmingham's brand new as-yet-unopened Central Library. 

There's more to the story than just a new library - the old building that's to be vacated is probably going to be demolished to make way for a collection of tall and uninteresting but lucrative office buildings.  Kind of a downer, as the current central library building IS interesting and might not deserve the wrecking ball.  It's from the ever-unpopular days of Brutalism, though, and that's all coming down nowadays

The current library building is closing for good tomorrow, June 29, so we went down there last weekend to get a look inside before the end.  Unfortunately, the vast majority of the library is already closed to the public, so there's almost nothing to see!  The photo to the right is one of the only ones I took.  The library was still impressively busy, actually, so I felt like a bit of an annoyance walking around trying to take pictures and limited myself to just a couple. 

I do look forward to checking out the inside of the new library when it opens in September, but can't believe there's really no way the old one could be used for something else - it is a cool example of what it is.  Unfortunately what it is is not a popular type of architecture right now.

Get down there today or tomorrow if you want to get in one last time!
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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Britain's Favo(u)rite Font?

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Is it just me, or are these round-edged sans-serif fonts all over the place here?  I don't remember seeing quite so many of them in Germany, and haven't been in the US for months, so I'm not sure if I'm looking at something that Britain in particular loves or a current global trend.  These photos are but a tiny selection of them; they are everywhere.

We'd been having great weather for days but it's finally pouring today.  The rain came about three hours earlier than predicted and hence I have some seriously drenched clothes hanging on the line right now.  I'm not even quite sure what to do; they are way wetter than they would be if I'd just taken them out of the washer, and there are two loads of them.  I could leave them up until it stops....or bring them in and hang one load sopping in the living room while running the other through the very slow tumble dryer...hrm.  Mostly I just want to pretend they're not out there and curl up under a blanket for the evening. ;)  (We have other plans that make this impossible anyway, though!)
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Monday, June 17, 2013

Sainsbury's Sells Everything

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Sorry about the irritating problem with my blog backdrop.  I've been away the last few days and just saw the nature of the problem.  It's a free theme I picked up online and installed, and it has to be reinstalled to correct the problem.  Since I tend to do these kinds of things according to directions and then promptly forget how I did them, I need to figure out how to do the reinstall and it might take a couple of days before I feel like investing whatever amount of energy that requires.
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Thursday, June 06, 2013

In the realm of Mexican food, no improvement.

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England brings you, inexplicably, fajitas with breaded meat.  What the what.  What.

Thankfully we got really good at making Mexican food during our time in Germany - because this does not bode well for the scene here!
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