Whenever the United Kingdom is mentioned, images that tend to flash in peoples’ minds are often of the Royal family, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament--all iconic imagery of the UK’s capital city, London. It's rare that people living outside the UK will have even heard of Birmingham. But Birmingham happens to be a colourful and vibrant city, with culture and diversity rich enough to rival London’s.

So here’s a few interesting facts about Birmingham:

It's the second most largest and populous city in the United Kingdom (the first being London) with over three and a half million people. So obviously it can’t be too bad here!
It's one of the UK’s top three gay destinations.

During the Industrial Revolution it was hailed as “the first manufacturing town in the world.”
To fans of literature and theatre, the fictional setting of “Brumley” in An Inspector Calls (J .B Priestly) was inspired by the City of Birmingham.

To fans of heavy metal, all the original members of Judas Priest, Napalm Death and Black Sabbath came from Birmingham.

I've lived in Birmingham all my life. Well, in actual fact I have lived in a small town twenty minutes just outside central Birmingham called Sutton Coldfield (where the only claim to fame we have is being the birthplace of former American Idol presenter Cat Deeley, but I regress). As far as I can remember I have always loved visiting different places in Birmingham and truly believe there is no other city in the world like it. I also think it is important to set the record straight and bring to light some of Birmingham’s positive points, as some British people do tend to have a harsh, unfavourable view of this city. Then again, British people usually have an unfavourable view of everything!

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