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Things to do in Birmingham

"See if you fancy anything", my friend says to me as she chucks the What's On at me. For months, she's been trying to convince me that there's nothing to do in Birmingham, but a quick flick through the magazine tells me she's horribly wrong. "Oh look!" I say, "There's a nature park...and a sealife...oh! and Cadbury World! Let's go to Cadbury World!" And just before I close the mag and put it away, my eye falls on the announcement that Jack Dee will be performing live at the Hippodrome that very night and the next. I squeal with delight, and my friend looks at me in wonder. "You like Jack Dee? But he's so English!" I check the clock. An hour an a half before curtain rise..."Do you think there'll still be tickets?" We call the Hippodrome -- and hear it's sold out for that night, but there are still some 20 tickets left for tomorrow's show. We can reserve two, or turn up at the box office tomorrow and get them at reduced rate...In a celebratory mood, we repair to the balti house down the road, and indulge in a wonderfully tasty curry.

The next day, we traipse all over town visiting the Nature Park (red pandas! lynx! meerkats!), Cannon Hill Park, Sarehole Mill (the inspiration, allegedly, for Sandyman's Mill in Tolkien's Hobbiton), and Moseley Bog (which, again if local legend is to be believed, is the original Middle Earth -- smack bang in the middle of a council estate). Then it's home for a quick bite to eat, and off we trudge into town again, for a night of comedic brilliance at the Hippodrome theatre. We're way up in the gods, but with a clear view of the stage. Jack Dee proves every bit as morosely funny and deadpan in real life as on TV, and I'm having the time of my life. My friend has to admit, afterwards, that she had enjoyed herself as well -- and she never really liked him before! Huh? Some people!

I'm meeting her at Borders in a minute, to go on from there to Bournville for our tour of Cadbury World: all the liquid chocolate you can drink, and then some! See you later!


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Apr. 28th, 2005 11:56 am (UTC)
wow - you are having so much more fun and getting so much luck - where can I buy those shoes?!!!!

I've seen Jack Dee live too - both stand up and acting actually (in Art - he made me cry ;)!) - love him!

May. 2nd, 2005 09:46 pm (UTC)
Jack Dee does straight acting, too? That, I've got to see some time!
Apr. 28th, 2005 12:34 pm (UTC)
sounds like an amazing time is being had! Make sure you have fun tomorrow too;)

mmmmmmm Cadbury world....
May. 2nd, 2005 09:44 pm (UTC)
cadbury World...mmmmmm indeed!
Apr. 28th, 2005 12:56 pm (UTC)
Jack Dee! I used to love him; so dry and laid back and yes, very English.

My aunt went to Bournville once... said they were very kind to her as she was disabled.
May. 2nd, 2005 09:48 pm (UTC)
I was thinking...perhaps I could have gotten more goodies out of them if I'd brought my crutches along...although, as it was, the chocolate freebies lasted me a whole 4 days, so I couldn't complain, really.
May. 3rd, 2005 06:57 pm (UTC)
Free chocolate! It just doesn't get any better than that :-)
Apr. 28th, 2005 01:19 pm (UTC)
Cadbury World! Ohhhhhhhhh....
Apr. 29th, 2005 02:56 pm (UTC)
They gave me a goodie bag full of chocolatey goodness! Yum!!
Apr. 28th, 2005 02:28 pm (UTC)
...from there to Bourneville for our tour of Cadbury World

My uncle used to work for Bournville. They're a very caring company. Also, he got to bring seconds of the chocolate home, cheap. :D
May. 2nd, 2005 09:50 pm (UTC)
I had a colleague once who'd worked for them, too. He couldn't stand the smell of chocolate anymore.
May. 2nd, 2005 10:28 pm (UTC)
He couldn't stand the smell of chocolate anymore.

No, Uncle Stan couldn't stand chocolate. Still all the more for us! ;)
Apr. 28th, 2005 02:57 pm (UTC)
all the liquid chocolate you can drink, and then some
What more could you possibly ask for in the world. (That being you with your love of chocolate. I am one of those freaks of nature who don't like the stuff.) This part of your trip sounds as though it has been fabulous.
Apr. 29th, 2005 02:57 pm (UTC)
Tiring, but good fun, I'd say. ;-)
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