I am a non-Muslim. Did I have the courage to enter the Caliphate of Birmingham? Then I decided that he must have confused the second city of England with Birmingham, Alabama, US of A. and so I set off for the Midands.
|The New Library of Birmingham.|
Well, Birmingham has changed.
For a start, I thought that I had been booked to speak in the brutalist concrete monolith of the Central Library but when I asked at the hotel reception for the best walking route I was proudly directed to a brand new building, Birmingham New Library.
But Birmingham had not finished with me. When I set off on the following morning on my walking route to the venue I discovered that it was more a sliding route -- overnight snow had fallen and frozen hard.
|Reflections on the Symphony Hall windows.|
Happily for me, Centenary Square had been salted and the air was clear and bright and the International Conference Centre and Symphony Hall building next door was creating a trompe l'oeil effect with the reflections in its glass.
All in all I was very pleased that I had been so brave as to venture into this dangerous non-Muslim no-go city.