Birmingham is a city and metropolitan borough in the English West Midlands.
It is commonly considered to be England's "second city" and is the largest of England's core cities.
The City of Birmingham has a population of 992,400 (2004 estimate).
Birmingham forms the largest part of a large conurbation; the West Midlands conurbation, which has a population of 2,284,093 (2001 census) and includes several neighbouring towns and cities, such as Wolverhampton, Solihull, the towns of the Black Country, and small parts of surrounding counties.
The people of Birmingham are known as Brummies, a term derived from the city's nickname of Brum.
This comes in turn from the city's dialect name, Brummagem.
There is a distinctive Brummie dialect and accent.
Birmingham is an ethnically and culturally diverse city.
Around 30% of Birmingham's population is of non-white ethnicity; at the time of the 2001 census, 70.4% of the population was White (including 3.2% Irish), 19.5% Asian or Asian British, 6.1% Black or Black British, 0.5% Chinese, and 3.5% of mixed or other ethnic heritage.
Facts at a glance
Status: Metropolitan borough, City (1889)
Region: West Midlands
Ceremonial county: West Midlands
Area: 267.77 kmē - Ranked 169th
Population: 991,900 - (2003 est.)
For a more information about Birmingham see Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This page was retrieved and condensed from
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Birmingham) November 2005
Sarolta, my daughter and I visited this place during our trip around the British Isles in 1978.
I remember meeting the local Lion's Club President at the recently developed City Centre.
Well, well, well, look at 2006 photos 43 and 47 and how would you describe it to the locals when you are trying to find it.
Hui Chin and I took a few train rides around England during the autumn of 2006 and we visited Birmingham amongst the many other English cities we visited.
Now, I have seen pictures of this place a few years ago and they describe it many different ways, but always something to do with a female torso, you know what I mean.
Of course we got lost many times.
We were sent this way, that way and many other ways.
After a few hours we knew the place inside out practically, but we still haven't find our "torso".
Walking down one of the little side street an elder Chinese man asked me me if we got lost? What are we looking for?
Well, the 'lostness' and frustration really must have been showing.
I told the kind Chinese man what we are looking for and he instantly knew the building we were hunting for.
Very kindly offered to escort us to it, about 10 minutes walk and he told us it would be very difficult to give directions as it was off the beaten tracks, unless you were driving to the 'Bullring Shopping Centre', as the place we were after was the parking building for the centre.
The map below, - you can enlarge - shows the inner city - encircled - where some streets we traversed a number of times during our search.
We did get to know the city, but none of the many locals we asked knew what we were looking for or where it was.
The map also shows where the kind Chinese man, who only lived in Birmingham for six months met us or we met him and escorted us to the Bull Ring Carpark.
The "meeting place" marked near the left hand bottom corner and the Bull Ring Carpark marked near the right hand bottom corner.
We did get to know Birmingham alright.
You can click on these photos for an enlargement.
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