Birmingham

Beneath the Birmingham Facade

The train is where I start, a hub for an intergalactic spaceship with people toing and froing, the quick lunches being eaten by the hurried suits and packs of young and carefree. Up I descend and am hit with a range of smells, steaming hot pies, phoโ€™s and pastries. Venturing around the corner and down a narrow indoor alley, again, packed with people, the angled lightning from above leading me. As I emerge from the dark, I enter a large airy space looking down I can see even more space and decide this is where I want to be. When I get there I am met with hordes of people and decide to continue on towards the exit, the middle of large, long peopleโ€™s highway.

I turn and find in front of me, giant silver balls, cascading down uniformly. As I follow these they lead me to the towering church alongside a noise of hustle and bustle. Market traders and customers bargaining to get the best deal. The rejuvenation of this city is impeccable with its old and new sitting side by side.

Venture to the east and the same occurs, the giant golden concentric circles boxed on top of one another, beaming to welcome you in. As I escalated up to the top of the box I was met with a sanction of greenery. A few steps forward and I could see in the distance the towers and the construction workers. Immediately to the right, however, was a rather dull sight, miserable grey, a sign of history dilapidation. Change was occurring but not for all.

Stepping inside the dull grey and the same resonated. On the other side, this was a different story altogether. The sound of gentle streaming water began to gently please the ear. Standing in the middle of the bridge, and behind was the dull grey, underneath was the gentle water, to the left was a tunnel and streets, to the right, a meander with possibilities and in front rows of a hidden world. I decided to venture forward.

The red brick buildings each displayed a different message, some of the food, some of drink. Meandering on and a square emerged with clean linear buildings neatly placed and all centring around this square with coffee resonating from the middle and a gentle patter of water. To the left a tall tower, with beautiful trees, again all neatly lined up. A far world from where I started.

 

 

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