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2020.06.18 15:35 telephone-man Marriage photos in the 1950s?

Bit of a stretch this one. But I’m looking for some photos of my grandparents at their wedding. The wedding took place in lillington, suburb in Leamington Spa, England. In 1952. At the St Mary Magdalene's Church.
There’s a local paper which covers of weddings during that tome at this venue. I’ve read through all the issues recent to that wedding date but no mention.
I’m out of ideas from that point... might the church have kept a picture? Any ideas welcome!
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2020.02.22 21:48 usahir1 Dating advice for new one and introverts?

Hi !
I am a 28yo boy who came to the UK last year. I am a virgin ( which will be shocking for many people, probably) because of my introvert and shyness. I even couldn't make any friend since last year here. Because of this loneliness, my daily performance and mental health is affacting. I mostly feel under stressed or even depressed. I feel this is mainly due to loneliness and unsatisfactory inner desires. I want to make new friends for hanging out and I want to go on dates like many others do. I am looking for a friends with benefit too surrounding of leamington spa or coventry and even birmingham area.
Can you advice or help me please that how I overcome these issues? Any tip please??
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2020.02.16 11:14 MajinCry How to not pay through the roof for trains Scotland <-> England?

Planning on seeing a bunch of mates over in Leamington, but the prices are extortionate. I managed to figure out a cheap route that's £45 from Edinburgh -> Carlisle -> Leamington on the 19th, which hurts. Then £74 Leamington -> Birmingham -> Edinburgh.
£45 To get there seems pricey but not asking the world. That ticket back to Edinburgh from Birmingham though? £68 Is taking the piss. There's gotta be a better way than that. The only hard requirement is that I'm too nauseated in the mornings and afternoon, so I need the trips to be around 4pm or later. Ideally this trip would be before March, as I'm intending to go again on the 11th for birthday shit.
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2019.09.03 21:28 Furshlugginer492 Thoughts on H. P. Lovecraft, Part 1

By Yael Dragwyla, a.k.a. Furshlugginer492

From so early on I don't remember when it started, through childhood, and on into adolescence, I was plagued by night-terrors, pavores nocturnes, the sort of dream which you fight hard to awaken from, and when you do, you don't dare go back to sleep for hours, until the aura fades and you know you aren't in danger from whatever horror informed that dream. The ones that are real - and you know that if you do not wake up right now, whatever it is will destroy you, or worse. The ones filled with spiritual menace so terrible and pervasive there isn't any easy way to describe it. Then, when I was almost 14, on Pearl Harbor Day in 1958, my adoptive father died of his second heart-attack. And for the next year and a half, every single night I had at least three night-terrors, without fail. It got so I was bored if I didn't have more than three on a given night. I would have gone completely out of my mind as a result, save for one thing: about three and a half weeks after my adoptive father died, I discovered H. P. Lovecraft, in the form of a paperback book I purchased coming back on the train to Los Angeles from Berkeley, California, where my adoptive mother had gone, taking me with her, to visit friends for the holidays. It was a collection of his short stories, and when I read them, they hit me so hard my guts hurt. And yet . . . from then on, it was as if something had come out of those stories and interposed itself between me and the things that were trying to get at me in my night-terrors, protecting me. Something of the spirit of the author. At the time, I had no idea that anyone else read that stuff, and I had no idea what sort of thing it was that was protecting me, so it was nothing I had intellectualized. It was real, and from then on, I became more and more fascinated with Lovecraft's work, and later, when I discovered them, the work of his successors, such as Fritz Leiber and Stephen King.
The thing about H. P. Lovecraft that no one seems to have picked up on but me is that out of his work and his circle of followers there grew the beginnings of three great modern literary genres: modern supernatural and horror literature, modern science-fiction, and modern fantasy. Only Marion Zimme Bradley, also a Lovecraft fan, of all the modern American writers I know of, seems to have at least sensed this, for all her work is an elegant blend of all three genres, often incorporating place-names and other elements of Lovecraft's own fiction in ways that are uniquely her own. But no one else so far seems to realize it but me. And yet, when you examine these three genres as they are now de-fined, ignoring superficial considerations such as style, you see so much of Lovecraft's signature in them. For example, science-fiction today is based on a blend of viewpoints first defined by John W. Campbell, Jr., on the one hand, and earlier writers such as Abraham Merritt and C. L. Moore, on the other. The latter contributed the sense of wonder and the romanticism characteristic of the best sci-ence-fiction to the genre; Campbell contributed a dedication to scientific accuracy and a loathing of fuzzy-minded thinking that shaped the evolution of the magazine to which he dedicated so much of his life, Astounding Science Fiction, and determined the character of the stories he selected to appear in it, such as those of Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, and so forth. Lovecraft himself was a hard-nosed scientific materialist, a scientific scholar who was well aware of the most current scientific ideas and theories of his day in every major branch of science, and his fiction was tailored to fit into the universe known in his day. The sort of bullshit which so many writers have incorporated into their stories all along, even in science fiction, was something he couldn't stand. As fantastic as his creations were, they were in line with his view of reality, things that might have been possible, whether they actually were or not, given what was then scientific thinking. In other words, a form of extrapolative fiction, rather than stuff written whole cloth out of a deranged imagination. Notice that same trend in horror. Today, verisimilitude is all, in spite of the fantastic monsters and situations that are so often incorporated into that genre. I am reminded of the religious paintings of Hieronymus Bosch, which people today so often think were painted in a drug-dream or the products of a madman. Not so. Bosch was simply reproducing with paint and canvas the view of reality that was generally held to be true in his culture and time, of a universe in which God created the world, would eventually bring it to judgment, in which after death the good would go to a real heaven and the evil to a real hell, populated by real demons. For his time, Bosch was a realist, providing graphic teaching-tales for the edification and instruction of the general populace, every part of his canvases incorporating motifs and symbols all of which had definite meanings in his culture's cosmology. Lovecraft, for his time and culture, was doing exactly the same thing, albeit in a different medium, based on a very different view of reality. And today, the literature and cinema of horror comes closer and closer to the Boschean, cleaving unto mundane, quotidian reality in all things save those motifs and symbols designed to instruct us in the more subtle, spiritual aspects of our universe, as conceived by the creators of those stories, books, and films. They may be symbolic, but never unreal - ever allegorical, never mere fantasies. And this, too, is like Lovecraft. Even our modern fantasy is allegorical rather than fluff. Fairy-tales, ancient folk-tales finally relegated to the nursery because adults forgot their real origins, never were mere fluff; they preserved and continue to preserve hard knowledge of the workings of the real world, in terms that were understandable and familiar to their original tellers but which have come to seem fantastic to us, in our modern, secularized world. The highest function of fantasy is to instruct the heart, not just titillate, and modern fantasy, more and more, is realistic instruction for the heart. And this, too, is like Lovecraft. 
Ever since I was a young child I have loved all three of these modern genres, mostly in the form first given by Lovecraft. Then there is MAD Magazine, which I have loved ever since I read a copy of issue # 1 - which was founded and nurtured and brought to its apotheosis by people who grew up immersed in the culture of modern science-fiction, horror, and fantasy. Another Lovecraftian spin-off, at however many removes.
Lovecraft died a pauper, virtually unknown by anyone save his devoted followers, most of them young men who first became acquainted with him via those of his stories that were published in the pulps back in the 1920s and 1930s. And yet today the publication of his work and the various spin-offs from that work comprise a multi-billion dollar, multi-media industry in this country and the rest of the world, because he meant so much to those followers that they kept his memory and his work alive out of pocket and the sweat of their brow, often breaking their hearts to keep publishing and promoting his work. And the influence of his work continued to grow and spread, ultimately coming, directly as well as through the work of his followers and literary descendants, to influence generations in ways that are yet to be measured. The great vision of science-fiction, that of successful terrestrial exploration and colonization of the worlds of other stars, did not originate with him, but its great modern informing energy, influencing so many to make their careers in the exploration and colonization of space, did come from him. The creation of the modern nuclear navy, whose research into underwater life-support systems has contributed so much to similar internal environments for use in modern space-craft and space-stations, took impetus from the movement he started. Even if Corso is right and modern personal computers and the Internet grew out of inventions developed from things we got from UFOs that crashed in our country - and from the evidence, he seems to be - it was the mind-set of modern Western humanity that permitted our rapid adaptation to and assimilation of that technology, which today links the whole world in a sort of superorganismic whole. And that mind-set grew out of what Lovecraft started. He himself would never have claimed such a thing, and would have laughed - and been appalled - at the world which grew out of what he began. He believed he was just one more literary heir of Edgar Allen Poe, an admitted genius who was himself a writer of science-fiction and a scientific scholar. He was not a grandiose man, not an egotist. In fact, while he often satirized himself as a grumpy old recluse (he died at the age of 47, way too soon, not old at all), those of his followers who were fortunate enough to meet him in the flesh claimed that meeting with him was one of the great high points of their lives, and his many correspondents, most of whom never got to meet him while he lived, cherished his correspondence. He was one of the greatest epistolarians of history, the sheer volume of letters and cards and what-not written by him comprising a library in its own right. And he doted on cats - and you have to admit, anyone who dotes on cats has to be some sort of saint . . . or maybe a little soft in the head. J Seriously, he never would have credited what became of his work and his influence on the world, never could have believed it - and yet our world today has the shape it does because of him and that very influence. Another fascinating thing - though perhaps so only if you are, like me, a Magickian and student of esoteric - is the sort of thing which Kenneth Grant, in his analysis of Aleister Crowley's work and influence, describes in such great detail. As far as Thelemic scholars and practitioners like me are concerned, the Age of Horus/Aquarius began with Crowley's Cairo Working in Egypt on 3/20/1904, at 12:00 a.m., in the Great Pyramid in Cairo. Crowley's work from then on deals with things which are strongly reflected in Lovecraft's work on many levels, though Lovecraft almost certainly was not an occultist, the claims of so many idiots to the contrary. Also, Crowley posited that the two Signs Leo and Libra were connected in various ways, in terms of their esoteric influence and their impact on our age. Crowley was a Libra, Lovecraft a Leo; in Crowley's natal chart, Leo is rising, whereas in Lovecraft's, Libra is. Leo is supposed to be the Sign of the true King of the Age of Aquarius, its esoteric or spiritual king. One might ask whether Lovecraft was the great King of this new age, and Crowley his prophet, or vice-versa. Or was each man a composite of both? Both have had an enormous impact on our age, though Crowley advertised himself in that regard as thoroughgoingly as Lovecraft avoided doing so. Together, they are the wind beneath all our wings, psychospiritually -speaking, and if we finally succeed in reaching the stars and establishing viable terrestrial colonies on their worlds, it will have been the presiding spirits of Crowley and Lovecraft who got us there. (You should see the comparison of their two natal charts! Just about everything in either chart makes major aspects to most things in the other. These two men were cosmically bound up together, though they never met, the two poles of the great turning engine of the aeons that precipitated us all into the Hell Century and the Stars it may ultimately give us. For the record, Crowley was born at Leamington Spa, England \[1 degree 31' west longitude, 52 degrees 18' north latitude\], on October 12, 1875, at 11:30 p.m. Greenwich Time; Lovecraft was born at 9 a.m., August 20, 1890, in Providence, Rhode Island. ) So why do I find Lovecraft so fascinating? Because he may be the only person in the whole world who could ever have understood me completely, known all of me, including and especially the damned night-terrors, and accepted me as such. Not that my friends don't accept me as they know me. But only those who have suffered the night-terror for as many years as I did, as frequently, like Lovecraft, who had much the same thing, can really grasp those parts of me shaped by it - or out of which those night-terrors came. My adoptive father's occult bullshit and the things he used me for when I was a toddler left huge holes in my soul, Carol, through which things tried to enter all the time, and that was where my night-terrors came from. The damage to my psyche and spirit that this made in me can be sensed by a lot of people, but is apparently quite repellant to them - people actually told me to my face when I was a child that I was "weird inside" and that was why they didn't want anything to do with me. But Lovecraft might well have been a friend, one who would have accepted me as I am, as I can't not be since then. Further, his circle of followers included numerous women, with whom he was on very good terms simply because he had none of the anti-woman prejudice so common among men in his time and before. Beyond that, though, I wonder: what *was* he? Each lifetime is only one projection into material existence of our true selves, as they are on the Inner Planes, and never incorporates all that we are. Take, for example, the tremendous sexiness of his work and what it got started. No, there is no overt sex at all in Lovecraft's work, and he has been typed as asexual by countless critics and analysts. One of the reasons for the failure of his marriage was that, shall we say, he wasn't anything like as ardent a lover as his wife would have wished. And yet there is an enormous sexual energy in his work. The reason may be that reading it evokes Kundalini energy from the reader - Kundalini Rising, as esotericists say - which not only uses the same channels in the central nervous system as well as the esoteric energy system associated with the body that sex does, but in fact is most easily called up by two things: sex itself - and horror. Consider Kali, Whose Dance with Her husband Shiva is Tantric (sexual) Magick, which is fueled by Kundalini energy. That same energy simply pours out of Lovecraft's work in a flood-tide, in spite of an utter lack of overt sexuality therein - and the work of those who came after him in the modern genres of horror, science fiction, and fantasy has been progressively more sexualized as time has gone on. In that sense, Lovecraft is like Mount Rainier, or, more likely, Krakatoa, East of Java, a gigantic volcano fueled by andesitic magma, its throat plugged by its own lava, a gigantic tectonic bomb waiting only for time to set it off. The magma is there; all that keeps it from coming out of the volcano's throat into the open air is the plug it has made in that throat, due to its extreme viscosity. Lovecraft wasn't asexual. Far from it. But his sexual energy was blocked far down in his being, backing up until it was continuously calling forth titanic amounts of Kundalini energy by sheer back-pressure, for reasons none of us understand very well even now. And it was out of the floods of Kundalini energy thus evoked in him that his written work came. That the channels for sexual expression of that energy were blocked far down on him is clear from the form that his work took, that is, horror, making it clear that it was blocked just above the regions of our being ruled by Pluto (Hades) and Neptune (Poseidon), the Gods of the Underworld. The being that manifested in that lifetime as the man Lovecraft is vast, the sort of being that one has to consider something like an angel or archangel, just too big to be contained in one mortal individual. Recently I did a Tarot reading on that being, whatever he might be, whatever incarnations he might have had. - I call him "he" because there is a sense of a vast masculinity at work in Lovecraft's work, however "sexless" he might have seemed - asking "What is that being?" I got the King of Swords, of whom A. E. Waite says, 
He sits in judgment, holding the unsheathed sign of his suit. He recalls . . . the conventional symbol of Justice in the Trumps Major, and he may represent this virtue, but he is rather the power of life and death, in virtue of his office. Divinatory meanings: Whatsoever arises out of the idea of judgment and all its connexions - power, command, authority, militant intelligence, law, offices of the crown, and so forth.
If you give any credence to Tarot, this ought to put a shiver up your back like the Fungi from Yuggoth just walked over your grave.:-) Given all this, Mathers, founder of the Golden Dawn, would have called Lovecraft a true Secret Chief, and the circle of his followers and their literary descendants the Inner Order of the New Age, given that its outer order is simply the technology and science peculiar to our times. No, of course neither Lovecraft nor his followers have ever thought of themselves in those terms, but then, they weren't and aren't Magickians. It is left to MAD esotericists like me to make such connections, make the unconscious conscious like that. But it do work like that, so what can we say? One thing I forgot to mention is that Mikhail Gorbachev was born in 1930, the same year Pluto was discovered. Thelemic Magickians believe that Crowley was ruled by Pluto. On the other hand, Lovecraft, who was always a scientific scholar who kept up on every advance in all the sciences, was fascinated by Pluto's discovery. Lovecraft scholars today equate "Yuggoth," his planet from whence so many weird things in his stories came, with Pluto. Concerning Pluto, the eminent biologist Lyall Watson says in *Lifetide* (Bantam, 1979): 
. . . William Herschel in 1781 brought a breath of fresh air to the science [astronomy] by discovering a new planet, Uranus. In the following sixty years it became apparent that the new planet was not behaving precisely as Newton's laws demanded, and in 1856 John Adams in England and Urbain Leverrier in France, working without knowledge of each other and reasoning only with pen and paper, decided that the irregularities in the orbit must be due to the presence of another planet beyond Uranus. Both calculated where it should be visible and on the very first evening that a large enough telescope was turned to the prescribed spot, there it was, right on cue. And we now know it as Neptune.
This discovery is usually seen as a triumphant endorsement of Newton's laws, as further proof that all problems can be solved by careful observation and the skillful use of mathematics. But it seems to have been overlooked that both Adams and Leverrier were calculating partly on the basis of Bode's Law (a now disproved notion that the planets orbit at distance from the sun which can be predicted by a scale of proportions which rise by a constant increment in this way: 4 : 7 : 10 : 16 : 28 : 52 : 100 : 196 : 388 etc.). If it is assumed that the steroid belt is the remains of a planet that once lay between Mars and Jupiter at position 28, then all the inner seven planets fit the scale exactly. So it was generally assumed that, if there was an eighth planet, it would be found at position 388. But it is nowhere near there. Neptune is much farther away, and yet, on September 23, 1846, when Johann Galle aligned the Great Berlin reflector according to instructions, the planet was right in place, on demand. Adams and Leverrier, using the wrong tool, making the wrong assumptions, came up quite independently with the right answer. . . . I am very intrigued to know that, since the discovery of Neptune, it has been found that even those famous calculations didn't take all the discrepancies in the motion of Uranus into account. Uranus still tends to wander off its predicted orbit by a fraction, so in the last years of the nineteenth century Percival Lowell turned the resources of his private observatory in Arizona over to a search for yet another member of the solar system. He called it Planet X. Precise calculations predicted where it ought to be found and a careful search was made, but the ninth planet didn't materialize until fourteen years after Lowell's death. On March 13, 1930 \[which is, incidentally, very close to the date of Mikhail Gorbachev's birth\], Clyde Tombaugh - then a young unqualified assistant in the Lowell observatory - finished a year of painstaking picking through comparative photographs of the critical part of the sky. And there, moving almost imperceptibly across a field of four hundred thousands equally faint stars, was Pluto, god of the nether darkness. It is no accident that the first two letters of the new planet's name should be the initials of the man who decided where to look. And it seems fitting too that, following Tombaugh's discovery, it was revealed that Milton Humason of the Harvard Observatory had a few years previously taken a photograph of the precise location where Pluto should have been \[at that time\[, but seen nothing there. This mysterious failure is officially attributed to the fact that Humason must have succeeded in obtaining the image of Pluto - after all, anyone can do it now - but that it fell right on a tiny flaw in his photographic plate. I am well aware of the pattern of synchronicity in scientific discovery; of the frequency with which two or more researchers, apparently without collusion, simultaneously produce answers to questions that seemed insoluble for years. And how, once the barrier is broken, the solutions often seem to painfully simple it is difficult to understand why they weren't obvious to everyone right from the start. I am not necessarily suggesting, by presenting a brief history of our discovery of the solar system in this way, that the outer planets didn't exist until we began to look for them. But neither am I prepared to dismiss this possibility out of hand. 
-- Ibid., pp. 317-318
I've pointed out before odd Magickal synchronicities among the three men, Aleister Crowley, H. P. Lovecraft, and Mikhail Gorbachev. Pluto seems to be associated with all three - and Pluto's discovery was extremely strange. Something occurs to me, an experiment to try. The Gods of the Deep Unconscious are Neptune/poseidon, Pluto/Hades, and Persephone. I've described before how I have perceived the being that once was H. P. Lovecraft. What if, on the Inner Planes, he is some sort of angel, or archangel, or God, a child of Hades and Persephone, or of Poseidon and Amphitrite, or of Pele and Kanaloa of Hawaii? What would his True Name be? HPL translates as H = 5, P = 80, L = 30, 5 + 30 + 80 = 115. But the English/Roman letter H is associated with *Heh*, which is also associated with the English/Roman letter E, and *Aleph* is almost as often translated as A as E. So HPL might translate as APL, in terms of English-Hebrew correspondences, and the value of APL is A = 1, P = 80, L = 30, 1 + 30 + 80 = 111. This is the number of ALPh, Aleph, associated with Trump 0, *The Fool*, of the Tarot, and the Planet Uranus, associated with Liberty. In Chapter 1 of Liber Al (The Book of the Law), verse 48, it says: "My prophet is a fool with his one, one, one; are they not the Ox, and none by the Book?" "The Book" is, of course, the Tarot; the Ox is the Hebrew letter Aleph, ALPh, value 111. Still more echoes of Crowley. A thought on the idea that Lovecraft might have been the unknown true Magickal child of Aleister Crowley: In Chapter 2 of Crowley's Book of the Law, verse 39, it says, "A feast for Tahuti and the child of the Prophet - secret, O Prophet!" Crowley was the Prophet. If Lovecraft was his Magickal child, it definitely was a secret to Crowley his life long - and to Lovecraft. And in Lovecraft's natal chart, in his 12th House - the House that rules secrets, hidden things, covert things, mysteries, etc. in all charts - Mercury, the Roman avatar of Djehuti (Tahuti), stands at 21 degrees 1 minute Virgo. And some of us must get to strange, alien worlds on the Inner Planes if any of us are ever to get there on the Outer Planes. Apparently that's the only way to make the initial bridge of probability or quantum structure or whatever it is without which travel to strange places can't be done. Lovecraft and those like him are pioneers in the exploration of regions of the Inner Planes not associated with our world or even our Solar System, and without them we'd have had no chance at the stars at all. In the meantime, there still aren't enough of us doing such exploration, or we'd have established an interstellar colony by now - we'd have had interstellar travel by now. So maybe my weirdness has found a niche for itself, one that actually has real value. One thing that strikes me about Lovecraft is that he was engaged in the same Shamanic Journey which Dante Alighieri in a much earlier time and a distant place was. But whereas after completing that journey Dante wrote the entire *Divine Comedy*, including *Inferno*, *Purgatorio*, and *Paradiso*, Lovecraft only managed to do his own *Inferno* and the barest hint of the bare beginnings of a *Purgatorio* before his death (the latter hinted at in, e.g., "The Shadow Over Innsmouth," At the Mountains of Madness). I think Fritz Leiber, of all of Lovecraft's followers, came closest to going on to doing the *Purgatorio* and *Paradiso* which Lovecraft wasn't able to do, unless you count Stephen King, so many of whose novels deal with damnation, redemption, horror and healing, such as *The Stand* and *Tommyknockers*. As we discussed the other night, as Dante showed, to get to Heaven you have to go straight through Hell, right down to the bottom, and exit there by climbing down on the body of the very thing you most loathe about yourself and your world. The same is true for achieving true interstellar travel capability and establishing colonies of our world on worlds of other stars: we have had to go through this Hell Century, with its unspeakable wars and other horrors, to give us the incentive to develop the technology and vision necessary to make it successfully into space. Lovecraft gave us maps of Hell appropriate to this age - now its up to us to follow them down to the center of the worst parts of ourselves and our world, so that we can exit and work our way up to the heavens. Which means going on to reconnoiter and report on the road through the Inner Planes up Mt. Purgatory to the Empyrean, in terms comprehensible and acceptable to our modern world. The modern literature of horror comprises the collective exploration of the Underworld in modern terms. What literature deals with the exit from the Underworld and ascent to what we were meant to be all along, in emotional terms? Fantasy? Modern science-fiction so often doesn't - not in subjective terms; the best of it deals mostly with scenarios that are supposed to be possible in objective reality, but don't do much exploring of our possible reactions to truly alien realms. I do know that McCammon's Swan Song is probably the most thoroughgoing and best attempt so far at a full modern *Comedia* \- but there could be better, and Swan Song still doesn't really address the universe of which Lovecraft wrote. In Dante's world, it was understood that loathsome as Satan was, he was still created by God, and God is the unity that ties together Dante's Comedia, so that one could travel logically from Hell through Purgatory to Heaven. So where is the underlying Unity, the Creator of Cthulhu, Who is also the Creator of a truly Lovecraftian Heaven, the redemption that is so lacking in almost all of Lovecraft's work as well as that of so many modern horror writers and cinematographers? C. L. Moore made a stab at it with two of her Jirel of Joiry stories, "Black God's Kiss," and "Black God's Shadow." The weird adventure fiction of Abraham Merritt often came close to it. But both of those authors, like Lovecraft, came from a time when, like the original university Curriculum as it was before this century was much advanced, fantastic fiction hadn't yet radiated into numerous highly specialized and rigidly demarcated niches: horror, fantasy, "hard" science fiction, "art" science fiction, etc. Their work was born whole and entire from whole and entire souls, however warped or damaged those souls might have been. Today, however, there is such a preoccupation with genre that what authors produce - and publishers publish - isn't the whole human animal at all. Fantasy, horror, science fiction, the supernatural are mostly all rigidly partitioned into their own tightly defined literary - and psychological - niches, the works in any one genre scarcely addressing issues in any of the other genres. Kind of like junk and fast food, or the over-processed garbage that so often is all that is available in supermarkets today - most of the nutrients stripped out of it, too many additives, too much residual pollution from the environment and things given to the food-beasts and -plants to keep them from getting too sick to harvest. The stuff may taste great - though often it does anything but - but it doesn't nourish worth a damn. Well, for all their flaws, the work of Merritt, Lovecraft, Moore, and their colleagues truly fed the soul. But except for a few outstanding exceptions such as Stephen King and Alan Dean Foster, you can't say that of genre writers today. Most of what's on the stands entertains - like, bigtime! - but has all the satisfaction of monosodium glutamate. We need to get back to the real thing again - and Lovecraft's work was the real thing, or a species of it. True, he wasn't John Steinbeck, but so what? Steinbeck had his chosen field, Lovecraft had his, and each man developed his style and approach in a way appropriate to what he chose to write about. Of course, there is no formula for redemption. Dante's Comedia is so powerful only because it isn't a product of formula writing. It came straight out of Dante's own soul, out of his own agonized spiritual experience, and formula can't do that. There will never be a "redemption genre," by definition. Instead, true modern Comedias can only come into existence as the children of the souls of writers who have made their own terrible, terrifying Shamanic Journeys and come out the other side, somehow, damaged and battered but intact enough to put down a record of what they observed in their own psychospiritual journeys into the Underworld of life. And always those are utterly individualistic journeys, no two of them ever alike. If you have read Niven and Pournelle's *Inferno* you can see how, even though it preserves the architecture of Dante's *Inferno*, it is not the same journey, answers a different set of questions than Dante's did, and was written out of very different psychospiritual perspectives than he had. - I must say that N & P's *Inferno* does make a good try at redemption. It is one of the great exceptions to the general lack of literary works with such wholeness. Not only did it show one of the damned being redeemed through good works (Benito, who gets out at the end of the novel), but another one of them (Carpenter) discovering, in spite of horror and pain and agony, that he has the ability to make up for his sins (his betrayal of Benito) even in Hell. N & P's *Inferno* is not just slick entertainment, though it certainly does entertain. It has a great deal to do with broken souls mending through their own efforts, courage, and understanding of right vs. wrong, with human attempts to measure up to what we could truly be if we gave up all the bullshit and started living as we were meant to. And like C. S. Lewis' incomparable Screwtape Letters, it makes you feel what the psychology of Hell is really like, what it is like to live in the universe of the damned - and what it takes to get out of that universe, mind and soul and heart and spirit as well as body. I would love to be able to write a *Purgatorio* and *Paradiso* for Lovecraft's *Inferno*, incorporating the few hints and shards of them in his own writing, such as his protagonist's reaction to discovering the dead aliens in At the Mountains of Madness, the developing psychology of the protagonist of his "The Outsider," and so on. I don't know if I can, but I do know that it is there to be done, and anyone who can do it will be one of our true literary giants. But not *just* a literary giant. To write something like Dante's *Comedia* or Lovecraft's various works, you actually have to go on a long, agonizing inward journey into the country of which such works treat, the country of the Underworld, which can be hellish indeed. It takes somebody who has, as they say, "been there, done that" to do justice to it. So it will take writers who go all the way down to the bottom of Lovecraft's *Inferno*, embrace whatever they find at the center of it, make their climb down its body to the exit, and, finding themselves outside and beyond Hell at last, make the climb up whatever version of Mt. Purgatory they find there, to Heaven and the Stars, to truly finish and fulfill what Lovecraft began. And who is willing to try? Who wants to ride the nightmare all the way through the Lovecraftian *Inferno* to the bottom, embrace what is most loathsome in all the universe, and use it to climb out of that Hell and thereby begin the journey to Heaven? Furthermore, who is willing to find out what a truly alien Purgatory and Paradise would be like? For Lovecraft's inner world was alien, concerning the existence of beings so alien that any experience of them by normal humanity would almost certainly culminate in madness, death, or worse. So his Purgatory and Heaven would be just as alien to us as his Hell is - and what would that do to any who tried to explore them? What would his Heaven be like? Could we even conceive of it? When someone, somehow manages to write such things, we will be well on our way to the stars. Until then, we're stuck here. An odd thing about Lovecraft: he is one of the very few cases of someone whom I know instinctively is bigger than me, spiritually and otherwise. As it happens, he was a big man in life, physically speaking, but it isn't that. He had the spiritual strength and stature of a saint - a saint who, by the way, was a confirmed atheist and dedicated believer in materialistic science. I'm a rather arrogant little shit, myself, especially when it comes to intellectual pride and that sort of thing - but when it comes to Lovecraft, I can't not be humble. Why? Maybe it's because I sense that the man knew what he wrote of, that he paid a very high price for the ability to create what he did. He suffered from night-terrors all his life, and died far too young, and of horrible things, Bright's Disease and cancer of the colon. And in his tragically short life he opened the door to the stars for us. Now it's up to us to go through, to infinity and a real posterity for our species and our world. 
[Continued in "Thoughts on H. P. Lovecraft, Part 2"]
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2018.10.08 11:07 garethom I wrote a new, updated, more comprehensive and neutral wiki for the sub, but I guess the mods didn't want it. Here's u/garethom's guide to Birmingham.

I sent this is in a message to the mods a little while back after seeing that the existing wiki was a little out of date, really centric to certain areas and tbh, not very neutral when it came to other areas. It's my no means the end of any recommendations, but considering we have a lot of questions about what to do/see/eat/drink and where to stay or live, I thought it might be helpful.
Anyway, I haven't got a response, and I'm not even sure if any of them are even still active here, so I thought I'd just drop it here and maybe somebody can get some use out of it anyway.
I'll clarify that outside of playing for one of the American football teams currently, and having previously played for another, I'm not affiliated with any organisation mentioned herein.

About Birmingham

Birmingham is the second city (don't listen to anything Manchester says!) of the United Kingdom. It is the largest and most populous city in the United Kingdom, as well as the centre of the second largest urban area after London, with a population somewhere between 1 and 1.3 million people.
Birmingham boomed from a non-descript market town to a juggernaut of a city during the Industrial Revolution in the late 1700s/early 1800s, and is called "the first manufacturing town in the world". Although the steam engine is Birmingham's most famous invention, did you know, that amongst hundreds of other things, we're also responsible for the birth of the modern chemical industry, cotton spinning, the Baskerville typeface, building societies, powdered custard, the modern postal system, medical plaster, lawn tennis, plastic, medical use of x-rays, The Lord of the Rings, and the Football League? Well now you do!
Today, we don't manufacture so much, but we're still an important city on the global stage. We're now a centre for both the public and private service industry, and one of the most important centres of finance in the country.
We form the centre of a metropolitan area, spanning from Solihull in the south east, to Wolverhampton and the Black Country in the north west, and we make up an interesting group of people. We're a city of younger than average people, and are the UK's most ethnically diverse city, with large numbers of immigrants from Ireland, South Asia, the Caribbean and China. This make up has majorly shaped the city we live in today.
Whether you're visiting for a day or two, or you're a born and bred Brummie, Birmingham is still a city that can amaze you.
And yes... it's true. We do have more canals than Venice.

Big Name Attractions

  • BBC Birmingham: Visitors can book tours of their working building that take you behind the scenes of their television and radio productions. There is also a visitor centre that doesn't require booking.
  • Botanical Gardens: A 15 acre selection of gardens and greenhouses containing some of the world's rarest (and in some cases, entirely unique) plants. There are also a number of exotic birds.
  • Cadbury World: The world famous chocolate manufacturer was founded in Bournville. There are exhibits on the history of chocolate, the making of chocolate, the story of the Cadbury family, and if you hadn't guessed by now, a massive Cadbury shop.
  • LegoLand Discovery Centre: A newly-opened, kid centric day out based entirely on the world famous, colourful bricks.
  • Library of Birmingham: This striking building opened in 2013 is the largest public library in the United Kingdom, and the largest "public cultural space" in Europe and hosts a number of nationally and internationally significant collections.
  • National Sea Life Centre: Even with our extensive canal network, perhaps not the most appropriate location, but still... A giant aquarium with a range of sea and river life, from sharks, to penguins, to otters.
  • Sarehole Mill: A working water mill that has played a significant park in the history of both the industry and literature of Birmingham. Matthew Boulton, one of the fathers of the industrial revolution performed experiments there, and Lord of the Rings author, J. R. R. Tolkien lived just a stones throw from the mill. It is located in the Shire Country Park, named for its influence on the location of that name in the aforementioned books.
  • Thinktank: A family-oriented science experience with a focus on Birmingham's manufacturing and industrial history. You can see real WWII era aircraft, steam trains, and the world's oldest working steam engine. There's also a planetarium.

Smaller Attractions

  • Aston Hall: The "leading example of the Jacobean prodigy house" has a storied local history, from the Civil War-era onwards.
  • Back to Backs: The "city's last surviving court of back-to-back houses". Get a feel for life amongst the common folk of the city during the population boom of the Industrial Revolution.
  • Blakesley Hall: One of the oldest buildings in the city, and an archetypal example of Tudor architecture, originally owned by the famed Smalbroke family.
  • Coffin Works: A restored factory that historically manufactured brass fittings, and, you guessed it, coffins, including those of famed statesmen and members of the royal family.
  • Museum of the Jewellery Quarter: Step inside a "'time capsule' of a jewellery workshop" and learn about the 200+ year history of the Jewellery Quarter.
  • Pen Museum: The only museum dedicated to the pen trade in the UK, learn how Birmingham became the heart of the world pen industry.
  • Selly Manor: Originally the manor house of Bournbrook, it was acquired by the Cadbury family in the early 1900s and moved to be the heart of their model village, Bournville.
  • Soho House: A large house containing primarily a celebration of the life of famed industrialist Matthew Boulton and his peers in the Lunar Society.
  • Winterbourne House & Garden: A seven acre botanic garden of the University of Birmingham.

Food & Drink

Birmingham is a city quickly gaining a world-class reputation for food, with an exploding independent scene backed up by an enviable selection of fine dining options.
Fine Dining You may have heard that Birmingham has more Michelin-starred restaurants than any UK city outside of London, and that's (sort of, if you're including Solihull) true!
With five (strictly four) restaurants boasting a star, Birmingham has plenty for those desiring a fine dining experience.
Purnell's, ran by regular TV face Glyn Purnell, and Adam's are both located in the city centre. Simpsons is just a mile-and-a-bit outside the centre in leafy Edgbaston, and Carters of Moseley is just a little further out, in, well, Moseley. The most recently awarded star goes to Peel's, located in the Hampton Manor hotel in Hampton in Arden, a quick drive from Birmingham Airport.
But it's not all about those famous stars. There's also several restaurants that make the Michelin Guide. Asha's (Indian), Opus (European), The Wilderness (British/European), Lasan (Indian), Waters (European), The Boot Inn (European/Fusion), Opheem (Indian), Folium (British/European), and Harborne Kitchen (British/European) are all places you're almost guaranteed some good eating!
Street Food & Independents While the Michelin-club get all the plaudits, many prefer Birmingham's proud independent food scene for a cheaper, more relaxed meal.
The jewel in the crown is Digbeth Dining Club. The now three-day-a-week event sees an area in Digbeth in the centre of Birmingham closed off and populated by some of the countries finest streetfood vendors for a festival of food, drink and music. Many of the regulars have been crowned winners of something in the various country-wide streetfood competitions in recent years, and you'll get anything from Indian snacks, decadent waffles, slow cooked BBQ, and mouth-watering cheesecakes to award winning burgers. Additionally, in a very similar vein, is the much more recent Hawker Yard.
Looking for a burger? You're in luck. There's Original Patty Men (who are so renowned, Drake opted to miss out on the Brit Awards to eat their burgers) and The Meat Shack both located in the city centre that make some of the best burgers you'll ever taste, and have a great selection of beers to go with them.
Thanks to the city's impressive Chinatown, you're guaranteed some good authentic Chinese food. Our recommendation? Head to Peach Garden or Look In and order a selection of roasted meats (just look for the hanging ducks in the window, you won't miss them!)
Perhaps Birmingham's most world famous offering to the culinary world is the Balti. Named for the thin-pressed steel dish it's served in more than any particular method of cooking, the Balti is a garlic and onion heavy curry that is cooked over high heat, rather than simmering all day. If that sounds enticing to you, then I've got good news.
Birmingham is famed for the Balti Triangle, an area around Sparkbook, Sparkhill and Moseley that has an eye-wateringly high concentration of restaurants serving Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi food, almost all of which serving many variations of the eponymous dish. While the Balti may have spread across the entirety of the UK, it's well known that Birmingham still has the best. Looking for a recommendation? Check out Adil's, the place that lays perhaps the strongest claim to creating the dish in the first place or Al Frash. We're also locked into an ongoing battle with Glasgow as to which city created the creamy, mild curry, the Chicken Tikka Masala. Added bonus? Many of the city's balti houses are BYOB.
Outside of those mentioned, there really is something for those that want something a little different. The Karczma serves authentic Polish food in amazing decor. Bonehead is the place to go for fried chicken. If you're not feeling a full three course balti, Zindiya offers amazing Indian street food. Loaf is a co-operatively ran bakery and cookery school that offer literally the best sausage rolls in the world. Whatever cuisine takes your fancy, you will find a restaurant in Birmingham cooking it to the highest quality.
If there's anything that will force you to make plans to visit Birmingham again, it's the food.
Drinking And what d'you know, it's not just great food here, but great drink too!
In the city centre, you're spoiled for choice. There's a Brewdog bar, serving a range of beers from the eponymous brewery alongside a smorgasbord of guest brewers. Just opposite is Cherry Reds (they also have a location in Kings Heath), serving craft beers in a cafe atmosphere. Located in a former, guess what, the Post Office Vaults invites you to take a look through their "Beer Bible" and select from hundreds of beers from around the world. Purecraft serves beers from the renowned Purity Brewing Company, and the food is amazing too.
Around what was formerly a financial district, you'll find a lot of popular bars in attractive buildings, such as The Old Joint Stock, The Lost and Found and The Cosy Club. In the Jewellery Quarter, you'll find the reasonably priced 1000 Trades (usually with a pop-up dishing out great food) and further afield, the Plough in Harborne.
Cocktails more your thing? You won't miss out. The Alchemist, Fumo, Ginger's and Gas Street Social all serve proper cocktails in trendy atmospheres.
On the same street in Stirchley and Cotteridge, you will find two of the countries highest-rated off-licences. Cotteridge Wines has been voted The Best Bottle Shop in England for five years running, and Stirchley Wines, just a few minutes walk away, is held in similarly high regard. Both have been listed in RateBeer's top four locations in the country.


Birmingham is famous as a sporting city. The Football League, the world's first league football competition, was founded in 1888 by Birmingham resident, and Aston Villa director William McGregor.
Along with the aforementioned Aston Villa, Birmingham is also home to another of the oldest football teams in the country, Birmingham City. Birmingham City's Ladies play at the top level of Women's football. The football season runs between August and May.
Edgbaston Cricket Ground is home to Warwickshire County Cricket Club, but is also more prominently used for Test matches, One Day Internationals and Twenty20 Internationals. The County Cricket season runs between April and September. The Twenty20 season runs between July and September.
Birmingham and the nearby areas are home to two PGA standard golf courses; The Belfry, which has hosted the Ryder Cup more than any other venue, and the Forest of Arden, a regular host of tournaments on the PGA European Tour.
Arena Birmingham, formerly known as the National Indoor Arena, has hosted a number of World and European indoor athletics championships, and the Alexander Stadium in Perry Barr is the headquarters of UK Athletics, and the home of the Birchfield Harriers, which counts a number of elite international athletes amongst its members.
The first ever game of lawn tennis was played in Birmingham in 1859 and the Birmingham Classic, played annually at the Edgbaston Priory Club is one of only three UK tennis tournaments on the WTA Tour.
There are two professional Rugby Union teams in Birmingham and the surrounding areas. Moseley Rugby Football Club play in the National League 1, and Birmingham & Solihull Pertemps Bees play in the Midlands Premier division. The Rugby Union season typically runs between September and April.
Birmingham is also home to the oldest British American football team, the Birmingham Bulls and the most successful team in University American football, the Birmingham Lions at the University of Birmingham. The Tamworth Phoenix, the current BAFA National League champions, are located in nearby Coleshill, and the Sandwell Steelers are located in the Black Country. The BAFA National Leagues season typically runs between April and August and the University season typically runs between October and January.
The Birmingham Bandits play in the National Baseball League, the top level of competition in the country. The season typically runs between April and August.
Birmingham will host the 2022 Commonwealth Games.


Film For those that want to catch a movie, there is, as you might expect, a range of chain cinemas in dozens of locations across the city in which you can catch the latest release.
But if you're looking for something really special? Why not check out The Electric, the UK's oldest working cinema?
Of course, they show the latest blockbusters, but they also show classic movies and special events throughout the year.
Music Whatever your preference, there's a good bet that Birmingham has had an impact.
We have the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra playing at the Symphony Hall for those with a more refined ear.
There are regular jazz festivals across the city and surroundings through the year.
Perhaps you've heard of the small time bands Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Led Zeppelin and Napalm Death? Birmingham is the home to metal, and it's an influence that is still obvious today. You'll find local bands playing the full spectrum of metal at music pubs across the city.
If you want to check out a band on tour, we've got arenas that range in size from the huge (Arena Birmingham, Genting Arena) to the more modest (Hare & Hounds, HMV Institute) and those in-between (O2 Academy).
Theatre The Repertory Theatre is the UK's longest-established "producing theatre" and the Alexandra and Hippodrome are the go-to places to see shows on tour.
Those looking for a particularly classy night out can choose from the Birmingham Royal Ballet, resident at the Hippodrome, or the Birmingham Opera Company, known for their avant garde performances in non-typical spaces.
Museums & Galleries Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery is the big one. A notable collection of Pre-Raphaelite work and the Staffordshire Hoard are probably the stand outs that it's known for, but there's a temporary exhibition space that hosts events like student exhibitions from local universities.
The Barber Institute of Fine Arts is located on the campus of the University of Birmingham, and was one of only five galleries outside London to receive five stars for having "Outstanding collections of international significance", and this relatively modest sized gallery hosts works by the likes of Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, Auguste Rodin and J. M. W. Turner and has one of the world's largest coin collections.
If contemporary art is more your thing, then the Ikon Gallery in Brindley Place is for you, hosting rotating exhibitions throughout the year.
The mac, located in Cannon Hill Park is an art gallery with rotating exhibitions that also hosts plays, concerts and film showings.
For further Museums & Galleries see the "Attractions" section.
Nightlife As a young city, there's plenty of places in the city to while the night away.
Broad Street is Birmingham's most well known area. It's a long street with very popular, relatively "bog-standard" bars and clubs, with large dancefloors and loud, popular music. PRYZM is the largest nightclub in the city, and Grosvenor Casino, open 24 hours, is nearby.
You'll most likely find single 18-25 year olds along this busy street just a few minutes walk from the very centre of the city.
Birmingham's Gay Village is also well established, with Nightingales being arguably the biggest name. Nearby, the Arcadian hosts a number of smaller bars and clubs.
The Jewellery Quarter offers more intimate nightlife options, and you're more likely to find a slightly older clientele sipping cocktails and listening to live bands than on their feet on a dancefloor.
Digbeth is where the cool people go in search of more underground fare. DJs and producers playing House, Techno (including the world famous "Birmingham Sound"), Dubstep, Garage and Drum & Bass congregate in the clubs in this area, catering to those that are happy to go all night. If you want to go even further off the beaten track, check out PST where you're likely to find Listening Sessions, showcasing a range of music from local producers.
Shopping The Bullring is the major shopping centre in Birmingham. It is one of Europe's largest and houses just one of four Selfridges department stores, housed in an iconic building. There are a number of stores selling fashion, cosmetics, toys and gifts and food.
The Bull Ring markets see 140 stallholders offering fresh fruit and vegetables, meats and fish, and basically every non-food item you can think of.
The Jewellery Quarter is Europe's largest concentration of businesses involved in the jewellery trade, which produces 40% of all the jewellery made in the UK.
The Great Western Arcade is a Grade II listed row of shops that cater almost entirely to independent retailers where you're almost guaranteed to find something unique.


We're a relatively temperate city, in that it rarely gets super cold, and rarely gets super hot. In the summer months, you can expect a twenty four hour swing from around 11°C(52°F) to 23°C(73°F), and in the winter months, anywhere between 0°C(32°F) and 7°C(45°F).
We get roughly 10-13 rainy days per month throughout the year.
Compared to other UK cities, we are relatively snowy, due to our inland position and high elevation, however, it rarely snows to a degree that it causes problems.


Birmingham is, perhaps surprisingly given its unfair reputation, an outstandingly green city. We have a stunning 571 parks in the city, more than any other European city.
Sutton Park is the biggest park in the city, and is Europe's largest urban park outside of a capital city. Around a quarter of the former Royal Forest is covered by ancient woodlands, and there are a number of large ponds and pools. It is relatively common to see deer and exmoor ponies in the less busy parts of the park. There are several sporting events held in the park throughout the year.
The Lickey Hills are home to a Green Flag awarded country park that offer picturesque views of the city of Birmingham, and are home to several species of deer, badgers and around ninety bird species, and some believe this favoured haunt of J. R. R. Tolkien formed the inspiration for the Shire in his famed The Lord Of The Rings series.
Cannon Hill Park is a 250 acre area consisting of woodland, grassland and several large ponds. There are areas for soccer, boating, fishing, tennis and mini-golf.


Due to its centralised location, Birmingham is well placed for transport. It is served by the M5, M6 (famed for the Gravelly Hill Interchange, more commonly known as Spaghetti Junction), M40 and M42 motorways.
Birmingham Airport (actually located in Solihull), is an international airport, with flights to and from to many destinations in Europe, North America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
Birmingham New Street is the largest railway station outside of London and serves locations across the country. Snow Hill and Moor Street act as the northern termini for trains coming from London Marylebone.
Buses are mainly administered by National Express, and the West Midlands bus route 11, also known as the Birmingham Outer Circle, is the longest urban bus route in Europe at 27 miles, taking around three hours to complete.
Uber operates within Birmingham.

Living In Birmingham

Many times we're asked here on brum "where should I live", "is area X ok to live in", etc. Much like everything else in Birmingham, there is a lot of variety. Houses can range from cheap as chips to pretty expensive, and each area of the city has its own up and downsides. It's not so easy to divide Birmingham by distinct areas of desirability, and some of the most expensive and sought after suburbs border those that aren't as popular.

Central Birmingham

Living in central Birmingham will be similar to living in the centre of any other big city, if you've ever done that. There will always be something to do on right on your doorstep, the social opportunities are immense, and your commute can be but a short walk to the office. Of course, this is often at the expense of a smaller, more expensive property, greater noise and everywhere is pretty busy 24/7. There are a number of distinct "regions" in the city centre.
Brindley Place & Surrounding Areas Likely the priciest part of the city centre to live in, but there are often more than small flats available. Penthouses, townhouses and large apartments are more common in this area.
Average property price: Anywhere from ~£150,000 to £1m+ Brindley Place on Streetcheck
Digbeth An area still undergoing gentrification, but also a focal point for up and coming independents in business, food, arts and culture. Most, if not all, properties in Digbeth will be flats. Most of Digbeth is a five minute walk to the centre of the city.
Average property price: £158,024 Digbeth on Streetcheck
Jewellery Quarter Great for food and drink, the Jewellery Quarter, while still a stronghold in the UK jewellery industry, is fast becoming one of the "cooler" areas to live in the city. Most, if not all, properties in the Jewellery Quarter will be flats.
Average property price: ~£200,000-250,000 Jewellery Quarter on Streetcheck

North Birmingham

North Birmingham has a large swing in terms of lifestyle. Some areas closer to the city centre are more economically deprived, whereas further away, the likes of Sutton Coldfield can boast some of the most expensive and most desirable locations in the Midlands. The transport links are, to some, an attraction to living in North Birmingham, usually being just minutes from several junctions on the M6 and M5.
Aston Aston as a settlement is very old, and has a real mix of history, ranging from the medieval to Jacobean to early 1900s. Most properties in Aston are terraced houses.
Average property price: £107,137 Aston on Streetcheck
Erdington Lying between the city centre and it's more expensive neighbour, Erdington is fast becoming a desirable location for those priced out of Sutton Coldfield. There is a range of properties from detached housing to flats.
Average property price: £163,075 Erdington on Streetcheck
Handsworth An "on the rise" area that can boast perhaps the longest list of famous residents in the whole city. There are a wide range of properties from detached housing to terraced houses.
Average property price: £144,484 Handsworth on Streetcheck
Sutton Coldfield A "Royal Town" and the fourth-least deprived area in the country, Sutton Coldfield is renowned as a very affluent area with many attractions. There are a range of properties from terraced houses to very large detached houses.
Average property price: £314,808 although houses can and do regularly top £3m+ Sutton Coldfield on Streetcheck

East Birmingham

East Birmingham is home to a diverse population, and a relatively green area stretching from the city centre to neighbouring Solihull, and is quickly finding itself a niche as younger folk priced out of Solihull move to a desirable location between the leafy town and Birmingham's centre.
Bordesley Green Traditionally an area popular with immigrants, and mostly consists of terraced houses.
Average property price: £122,712 Bordesley Green on Streetcheck
Stechford Mostly terraced housing with a tonne of local ameneties and is cut almost in two by the River Cole and has a large nature reserve running through it.
Average property price: £150,085 Stechford on Streetcheck
Yardley & Sheldon An historically old suburb of Birmingham, with a dedicated conservation area and many local ameneties. There are a range of properties from detached houses to a small number of flats and apartments.
Average property price: £162,601 Yardley & Sheldon on Streetcheck

South Birmingham

The south of Birmingham is home to some of the "coolest" suburbs that are quickly gaining popularity, seated between the city centre and what you might call "countryside" towards Warwickshire.
Hall Green Encompassing much of the Tolkien trail, this suburb borders Shirley in Solihull.
Average property price: £209,923 Hall Green on Streetcheck
Kings Heath, Stirchley and Cotteridge These three closely related suburbs are quickly becoming seen as an affordable alternative to Moseley.
Average property price: £211,276 Kings Heath on Streetcheck
Moseley With a real "village" feel, there are many renowned drinking holes and eateries, with a large range of property types.
Average property price: £276,533 Moseley on Streetcheck
Sparkhill Home to a large population of immigrants, it's not surprising that Sparkhill is home to much of the famed "Balti Triangle". Most of the properties are terraced houses.
Average property price: £142,394 Sparkhill on Streetcheck

West Birmingham

As you move away from the city centre towards the Black Country, you'll come across some of the city's most sought-after locations for both young and old alike.
Edgbaston A very affluent suburb that is also home to much of the University of Birmingham campus. There are a number of very large houses, but also a large number of flats and terraced houses. Houses can and do regularly go for £1m+
Average property price: £301,851 Edgbaston on Streetcheck
Harborne A Victorian-era suburb with a large amount of terraced and semi-detached housing, located between Edgbaston and Quinton.
Average property price: £278,266 Harbone on Streetcheck
Selly Oak The majority of residents in this suburb are students at Birmingham's universities. As such, it has many transport links to the city centre. Most of the properties are terraced houses.
Average property price: £221,046 Selly Oak on Streetcheck
Quinton This green suburb basically forms the very western border of the city before you enter Sandwell and Dudley. Most properties are semi-detached.
Average property price: £258,077 Quinton on Streetcheck

Outside the city

Birmingham is part of the greater West Midlands conurbation, so it can be used as a hub for exploring the region easily.
Solihull is situated on the south-eastern edge of Birmingham. Solihull is an affluent town with a mid-sized town centre, and a number of smaller villages located more rurally.
Coventry can be reached via the M6 or A45, and is roughly a half an hour to fourty minute drive from the city centre.
Stratford-Upon-Avon, famed for being the home of William Shakespeare, is located roughly an hour away from the city centre.
Warwick, the home of Warwick Castle, is located near Royal Leamington Spa, and is about an hour by car from the city centre.
The Cotswolds, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, can be quickly reached, anywhere from one to two hours away from the city centre.
Worcester and the Malvern Hills, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, can be reached via the M5, around an hour and a half from the city centre.
On the western edge of the city, the Black Country, consisting of Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton can be found.
Further out west, the Shropshire Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty can be found.
To the north of the city, Cannock Chase, a large, heavily wooded Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is located.
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2018.09.05 10:00 PelotonMod [Race Thread] 2018 Tour of Britain - Stage 4 (2.HC)

Date Stage From > To Length Type Finish Arrival
September 5th 4 Nuneaton › Royal Leamington Spa 183km Hilly Flat c.a ~ 15:37 BST (14:37 UTC)
Information Official Site / Startlist / Roadbook
Live Trackers Official Twitter / Tour Tracker
Previews Cyclingnews / ProcyclingUK / Ciclismo Internacional
TV ITV4 (whole stage) / Eurosport (Last three hours) / Flobikes
Streams ProcyclingLive / Tiz / CyclingEntertainment / Race Coverage starts at 11:00 BST (10:00 UTC)
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2017.09.25 16:59 doktor_steflon UK 2017 Tour

any news on whether they'll be heading to London at the end of the year?
only uk dates so far are for Leamington Spa and Chesterfield
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2016.07.27 13:56 Pepperoni1Cat Pros and cons of Pokemon Go's monetization system

I’ve had press in both the UK and USA asking me this question but since I am currently in the UK I had a delay playing the game myself. If you caught my last article here on Gamasutra, I claimed that there was immense consumer demand for hyper social games that connect them to other people:
“If, as the Huffington Post article posits, consumers will largely choose Connection over legacy/analog addictions, then there are annually trillions of dollars just sitting on the table. Why aren’t we grabbing that money?”
My talk on “The Current State of Mobile Game Development” (sorry no video for the first 10 minutes) at the West Game Development Forum in April in Saint Petersburg explained why we were experiencing layoffs and revenue declines at a time of unprecedented consumer demand for social games. I explained that this was because we were not making social games. If anything, we are making anti-social games. I confused a lot of people by saying that Tinder was my favourite game at the moment because of its social mechanisms, reward mechanisms, and heavy use of user generated content. When confronted with “So now games have to compete with Tinder?” I respond at 32:47 in the video with:
“They do have to compete with Tinder. I make no reservations when I say that our primary competitor in the space is not other games, it’s Tinder. So that’s the bar we need to match. Can we make a game that’s more fun than Tinder? That’s the benchmark...The key is how social we can make our games. If our games continue to set barriers between other players so that they are completely anonymous and can’t interact, then that’s going to prevent them from being social. But when we can actually start making friends in our games, real life friends, especially the way Tinder does where the people you are interacting with are in your local area...can you imagine what it would be like if you were playing with the people who live right down the street from you? And you have the option of saying yes I want to meet that person, and that other person says yes I want to meet you, then now you’ve just made a friend in your gaming space?
That would totally revolutionize gaming. We have the technology, but we are being slow in adapting that technology. It’s being used very successfully in the dating space but not in the gaming space.”
Pokemon GO installs exceeded the number of Android Tinder installs in just five days.
So now the first game that truly brings people together in real space has hit the market. As predicted, trillions of dollars are just sitting there for them to collect. Even with a minority stake in the project, Nintendo’s stock value went up 7.5B USD in two days. They may lose some of that over time as the shock of success wears off, but the world and our industry will never be the same. That was just one quick handful from all that cash sitting on that table. Consumer expectations have permanently shifted, and that table full of money is becoming easier to see.
Can Pokemon Go Monetize?
They key to monetisation is not your monetisation model. It’s having a product that meets consumer demand. When I’m hired by a company to “monetise” a product, the first thing I do is make sure the product meets consumer demand. Typically it doesn’t in current state. I recommend how to make it meet consumer demand, and/or I recommend cancelling the project. I’m just as proud of the projects I’ve cancelled, saving companies close to a billion dollars, as the products I’ve recovered. I don’t list them on LinkedIn but they are just as important.
But to really understand why Pokemon GO works, let’s look under the hood. I’m in the UK where access is still rationed, so before I could get logged in I went on a Pokemon GO tour with my 18 year old neighbour Thea. We walked around lovely and historic Royal Leamington Spa for 5 kilometers so that we could test most or all of the functionality including egg incubation. Later when I was able to log in I clocked an additional 30km in one day while interviewing other players in the local parks, pubs, shops, and Pokemon gyms.
Pokestops are places where you can get balls needed to throw at wild Pokemons, and other odd things. They tend to be most concentrated in parks and in major urban walkways near shops. They reset every few minutes so if you can’t be bothered to walk much you can find an area with 3 or 4 of them and just kind of do a little circle every time they respawn. Eggs drop often if you don’t have the full 9 you can carry, so you will spend 90+% of the time with all 9 eggs if you are visiting pokestops regularly.
Eggs are interesting in that you have to put them in an incubator and then walk some distance to hatch them. You get one unlimited use incubator that costs nothing to use, but can only do one egg at a time with it. You can buy additional incubators but these only last 3 uses each and are expensive. Eggs require 2km, 5km, or (rarely) 10km to hatch. The 10km eggs give the best rewards by far. So there is a lot of incentive to exercise with this game because some really rare Pokemon pop out of eggs and they give a lot of XP when they mature. Pokemon from eggs are also auto-captured. We ran into one high value Pokemon on our walk and it took us some 30 or 40 balls to catch it.
This was in the middle of a park where dozens of people had come to play the game. Most of the Pokestops were buffed up with Lures that players had used on them. When you click on one of these buffed up Pokestops, it actually gives the name of the person that put that lure, so you know who to thank! Where this one particularly valuable Pokemon had spawned, there were over a dozen people there trying their hardest to catch it. Most Pokemon give in after one or two balls are thrown their way.
In addition to lures you can drop on Pokestops (these are the ones that shops are using to lure in customers), there is also incense which can increase the chance of Pokemon just appearing next to you. You can buy these and sometimes they are given as rewards for levelling up.
Any Pokemon you capture gives you XP which can raise your trainer level. Getting to level 5 lets you fight in gyms, but the most important part about levelling up is that the quality of Pokemons that spawn around you is based on your trainer level. You also get 100 stardust for each capture, and this is used to power up Pokemons. This isn’t much, so it’s best to save it up until you have a really good Pokemon worth boosting. If you get enough of a certain kind you can also evolve that kind, but currently that mechanic is a bit confusing because if you find 20 of one type and hit evolve on one, it only evolves one and it might not be your best one. Evolving and boosting is not the same thing.
So what is going on here?
If you’ve read my Supremacy Goods or How Pay to Win Works papers, you know that selling the rewards in a game undermines the value of that game not only for that one person, but for everyone. I go into a lot of depth as to the group mechanics of this in my Group Monetisation paper. But here in Pokemon GO you have to earn everything. Sure you can buy more lucky eggs (these boost XP for 30 min), incubators, balls and lures. But all of these things still require you to leave your house and explore your world or they don’t do you any good. Players tend to cluster at the Pokestops near their home/work/school and if they do this regularly they get to meet all the other players in those neighbourhoods.
So none of this feels intensely like pay to win to the consumer. When I was in the park I noticed that almost every Pokestop (there were dozens) in the park had an active lure on it but it was many people dropping lures. People were sharing the responsibility for dropping lures and I think that made them feel better about doing so. For every lure they dropped, 5 other people were dropping lures that directly benefitted them. To get the most benefit from all those lures, you probably had to do several laps around the park. Our phone battery was ready to give up the ghost after 5 km but for most people that’s a good hour or more of walking which is great exercise. People I ran into were recommending I get spare batteries and turn off the camera while I played so I could play even longer before charging up but I did 30km in my first day on my own phone even without those pro tips. I just had to return home for a recharge every few hours.
An hour is enough time to drop a lot of lures, incense, balls and maybe even work a bunch of incubatored eggs. It’s difficult to overstate just how much fun it is walking through the park with a friend trying to hit as many Pokestops as possible and get all the Pokemons. When your battery runs low you head home and can then decide who to evolve and how to spend your stardust in the comfort of your home.
On the downside, we have two serious cases of reward removal in Pokemon GO. These are not immediately obvious so I had to play for a while to see them, and reward removal is a bit subtle. I describe reward removal in detail in my popular Top F2P Monetisation Tricks paper for those that want to understand it better. Basically it is the process of giving the player a reward but then taking that reward away or not letting them use it. The goal is to frustrate the consumer and create a “contest of wills” between developer and consumer. Everyone has a breaking point and if you make the consumer uncomfortable enough they will either spend or quit. For more information on the psychology at play, check out my Secrets of F2P: Threat Generation paper. In the case of Pokemon GO, the game is so much fun that the players will put up with a lot of discomfort before considering quitting.
The worst area of reward removal is how the eggs and incubators are handled. You get one incubator that you can use over and over, but you get 9 total eggs. If you had 9 incubators you would advance your eggs (a key source of XP and quality Pokemons) 800% faster. That’s a huge difference, enough to make this a straight up pay to progress/win mechanic. Also, a player is going to feel bad when they realize they have to walk 9 times as far to hatch the same number of eggs if they don’t spend money.
Because of the cost and discomfort, the internet is already flooding with memes of cell phones attached to ceiling fans, as a way of effortlessly and quickly maturing eggs. By trying to monetise through discomfort, Niantic is going to push players to attempt these methods or even pay a third party for devices that no doubt will reach market soon to auto mature eggs. This will also undermine the exercise and social aspects of the game which are key to its success.
The other way that reward removal is applied is in the inventory management system. Inventory space could be infinite but it is capped at a very low number to create discomfort in the player. Every time the trainer levels up a bunch of new goodies are earned, often putting the inventory space “over the top”. When your inventory is full you don’t get any rewards from Pokestops, not even eggs. Forcing the player to decide which of their valuable items to destroy on a regular basis generates a lot of player discomfort, which is the objective of reward removal.
So here is what my final report card looks like for Pokemon GO’s monetisation system:
  1. While it is heavily pay to progress/win, it’s not immediately perceived that way by players,
  2. It makes excellent use of group monetisation techniques,
  3. It never runs out of things to buy. Things like lucky eggs (which boost XP gain by 100% for 30 minutes), balls, and lures don’t become less valuable over time.
  1. Intense use of reward removal in the egg/incubator system in a way that will make 3rd party vendors very rich but drain money away from Niantic,
  2. Intense use of reward removal in the inventory system that will make players increasingly uncomfortable as they advance in the game.
Without the two uses of reward removal, I would have rated the business model for this product as “Superior”. Sadly, I have to drop it two steps to “Above Average”. For those that suggest Pokemon GO’s popularity will wane, I’m not seeing any reason for this in my evaluation of the product. Its ability to monetise will certainly wane due to the critical flaws listed above.
Yes people in rural areas are going to have limited access to Pokestops, but I think they will be tempted to “go to town” or the park just to play the game until their phone runs out of power. If it was me, I would go with a friend and make it a Pokemon GO date. It’s really more romantic than it sounds...
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2015.12.05 13:12 SerPuissance Xmas Herf

Hey chaps,
Anyone up for a small Herf soon? How easy would it be for folks to get to Leamington Spa? There's a cracking Cuban Cafe there and the owner loves BOTLs. They do very nice lunches and the balcony is sheltered - as long as it doesn't piss it down or is freezing.
EDIT: So sunday the 13th seems to be the date of choice. The venue will be the Havana Cafe in Leamington Spa. How does 12.30 sound to everyone for kick off?
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2015.09.06 18:14 legacyv2 Looking for natural/enviromental anomalies around the world and through recent history?

Edit: Realized as I posted it that i fucking misspelled environmental...
Long story short, i need to know what (if any) abnormalities; be they astronomical, geographical, electromagnetic, or any other kind of strange incidents (natural or environmental only I mean) occurred during these years within 100 miles of these places; hell, even weather patterns of the areas I mention during these years are extremely useful. I am researching it myself, but two head are better than one, and well, reddit has a lot of heads. If anything interesting is uncovered I will gladly share more on why I'm needing to know this, if not then it's a bust and there is nothing to tell. So,here we go: -1954 - Tokyo, Japan -1851 - Frankfurt, Germany -1863 - Sandy Cove, Nova Scotia -1851-Weichselmunde, Prussia (modern day pieces of Germany, Poland, and Kaliningrad Oblast) -1873 - Leamington Spa, United Kingdom -1880 - Gallatin, Tennessee
Once again, i would appreciate any help,I also have many more dates and places if anyone is interested. I know they aren't in order, but i just typed it as i wrote it...which was out of order... Anyway, it is turning out to be very difficult to find anything on natural occurrences or weather on some of these years and places, but I am hoping to find more information. Thanks for anything you can find.
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