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My elder son Karol translates texts for Tripadvisor and he gives me always advice before my trips. So when I was planning my journey to UK, he told me interesting stories about attractions in Birmingham, and it is why I went there. It seems that Karol knows more about the British towns than many of TE-Members. And the photo opportunities in Birmingham are enormous and for everyone. Stunning modern architecture, like Bullring and new library, Victorian buildings that surprised you, interesting street scenes, often exotic as there is slightly more than 50 percent of white population.
In order not too waste too much time, three photos of Selfridges. You can play with your camera in day and in night, always fun.

After Wikipedia: The Selfridges Building is a landmark building in Birmingham. It is part of the Bullring Shopping Centre and houses Selfridges Department Store. The building was completed in 2003 at a cost of £60 million and designed by architecture firm Future Systems. It has a steel framework with sprayed concrete facade. Since its construction the building has become an iconic architectural landmark and seen as a major contribution to the regeneration of Birmingham. The building's facade comprises 15,000 anodised aluminium discs mounted on a blue background.
Future Systems was a London-based architectural and design practice, formerly headed by Directors Jan Kaplický and Amanda Levete. Jan Kaplický ( 18 April 1937 – 14 January 2009) was a world-renowned Czech architect who spent a significant part of his life in the United Kingdom. He was the leading architect behind the innovative design office, Future Systems. He was best known for the futuristic Selfridges Building in Birmingham, England, and the Media Centre at Lord's Cricket Ground in London. In February 2007, he won the international architectural competition for the new building of the National Library of the Czech Republic in Prague, a project that was subsequently cancelled. This was to have been his first major building in his home country, and he said the project was the most important event in his life. However, the design for the building, resembling a green and purple blob and nicknamed by locals "the Octopus", was heavily criticized. President of the Czech Republic Václav Klaus was overheard saying he would be willing to prevent the building going ahead with his own body; his spokesman later clarified it was an off-hand remark that had not been meant to be taken seriously.
Towards the end of his life, Kaplický began to spend more time in the Czech Republic, where he was awaiting the construction of the Czech National Library and where his design for the Congress and Concert Hall Centre in České Budějovice (Budweis) had been approved. He married the film producer Eliška Kaplický, née Fuchsová, in 2007. On 14 January 2009, hours after the birth of his daughter Johanna Kaplická, he collapsed on a street in Prague near Vítězné náměstí (Victory Square) with heart failure and could not be revived by emergency services.
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