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14 Dec 2020 - Elliott Brown
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Bullring Christmas Lights: Then and Now

Over the last decade or so, the Christmas Lights at the Bullring outside have changed quiet a bit like the rest of the City Centre. Here we will look at the lights without any market on after dark. During the 2nd lockdown of November 2020, it was pretty quiet down St Martin's Walk and into St Martin's Square. Might be a bit different now under Tier 3 restrictions.

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Bullring Christmas Lights: Then and Now





Over the last decade or so, the Christmas Lights at the Bullring outside have changed quiet a bit like the rest of the City Centre. Here we will look at the lights without any market on after dark. During the 2nd lockdown of November 2020, it was pretty quiet down St Martin's Walk and into St Martin's Square. Might be a bit different now under Tier 3 restrictions.


There has been a few changes to the Christmas lights and Christmas trees at the Bullring over the years. Compare St Martin's Square from 2013 to 2020. And St Martin's Walk from 2010 to 2020. If you want to see more photos from the Bullring over the years, the links to the posts is at the bottom of this post.

 

St Martin's Square

Then: December 2013. A real Christmas Tree lit up. Also red lights as all the shops and restaurants were open.

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A close up of the Bullring Christmas Tree 2013.

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Now: November 2020. During the 2nd Lockdown. The reused artificial Christmas tree. Lights behind turned off as non essential retail was closed. Not many people around.

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The Bullring Christmas Tree 2020 seen from the balcony looking towards St Martin's Church.

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At the top was this Christmas circle, which was quite close to one of the clocks of St Martin's Church.

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St Martin's Walk

 

Then: December 2010. Blue and white Christmas lights between the West and East Malls, with Next on the left.

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The view from the bottom in front of the Statue of Nelson towards the Rotunda.

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Now: November 2020. Early evening with some rain heading down St Martin's Walk. These white and yellow Christmas lights have been used at the Bullring for several years now.

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They looks the same as before, apart from there wasn't any Christmas market stalls during the 2nd lockdown period.

dndimg alt="St Martin's Walk" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Bullring Christmas (Nov 2020) (2).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

The view from the Nelson statue up towards the Rotunda. That was either the moon above, plus bright yellow lights from the Christmas lights on the ramped path.

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The view to the left of the Nelson statue. Reminds me a bit of the Festival of Light from January 2020.

dndimg alt="St Martin's Walk" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Bullring Christmas (Nov 2020) (4).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

 

Click this link for the previous Bullring Christmas lights post. Covering 2015 to 2019.

Click here for the Festival of Light post of January 2020.

 

Photos taken by Elliott Brown. Can be found on Twitter: ellrbrown

 

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The Bullring Bull's many outfits during 2020 (plus the best of the rest from 2019)

While the pandemic and lockdowns meant the Bullring Bull didn't have as many outfits as in previous years, it didn't stop the costume designer at the Bullring from giving him an outfit. From Chinese New Year to St Patricks Day. From Back to School to Christmas, and some others in between.

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The Bullring Bull's many outfits during 2020 (plus the best of the rest from 2019)





While the pandemic and lockdowns meant the Bullring Bull didn't have as many outfits as in previous years, it didn't stop the costume designer at the Bullring from giving him an outfit. From Chinese New Year to St Patricks Day. From Back to School to Christmas, and some others in between.


Not as many outfits on the world famous Bullring Bull in 2020 due to the Pandemic and the two lockdowns. Plus the tier system. But there has been a few, a couple before the first lockdown. And several outfits when restrictions were eased. Plus one in time for Christmas. Plus a look back at the other 2019 outfits after my original May 2019 post on the Bullring Bull. Enjoy!

 

January 2020

It was Chinese New Year, and it was the Year of the Rat. Little did we know that a few months later a pandemic would be declared and we would enter lockdown.

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March 2020

Dressed up for St Patrick's Day, but the Annual St Patrick's Day Parade was sadly cancelled, and has yet to be rearranged. As many other events at the time got cancelled. Then at the end of the month we entered a long period of lockdown.

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August 2020

The first lockdown was pretty much over by the summer as restrictions were being eased. And the Bull got it's first outfit in around 5 months, just in time for kids to go Back to School. As they hadn't been at school since the lockdown in March.

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October 2020

Bit of a controversial outfit here. With a pink bra and knickers, but the bull is male not female! It was for Breast Cancer Awareness.

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December 2020

Ending the year of the pandemic and lockdowns with Christmas pyjamas with penguins on them. And a Christmas hat.

dndimg alt="Bullring Bull Christmas 2020" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Bullring Bull Xmas PJs 07122020 (2).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

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Previous post here Bullring Bull outfits. Which takes you to about May 2019.

 

In June 2019, the Bullring Bull was dressed up for the Cricket World Cup 2019.

dndimg alt="Bullring Bull Cricket 2019" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/CWC19 Birmingham Bullring Bull.jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

 

Back in August 2019 for the launch of Peaky Blinders series 5. It might be a long wait for series 6 due to delays caused by the pandemic in 2020.

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By October 2019, the Bullring Bull was ready for Halloween dressed as a skeleton!

dndimg alt="Bullring Bull Halloween 2019" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Halloween Bull (Oct 2019).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

 

Poppy Day at the Bulling during early November 2019. Soldiers collecting for the Poppy Appeal.

dndimg alt="Bullring Bull Poppy 2019" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Poppy Bullring Bull (Nov 2019).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

 

Near the end of November 2019, the Bull was dressed up a Pantomime dame as it was soon to be Panto season at the Birmingham Hippodrome again!

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Photos taken by Elliott Brown. Can be found on Twitter: ellrbrown

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The Annatomix Birmingham street art trail

Annatomix is one of Birmingham's most well known street artists with her unique style of foxes done in origami. Her pieces can be found around Digbeth and Southside. There is also a Birmingham mural in Grand Central, just as you exit or enter from the ramp. She is also known for her David Bowie pieces.

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The Annatomix Birmingham street art trail





Annatomix is one of Birmingham's most well known street artists with her unique style of foxes done in origami. Her pieces can be found around Digbeth and Southside. There is also a Birmingham mural in Grand Central, just as you exit or enter from the ramp. She is also known for her David Bowie pieces.


ANNATOMIX

Come with Birmingham We Are and one of their followers of street art Elliott on a digital tour of the street art of Brummie legend Annatomix. Known for her distinctive origami style foxes. She also famously did a piece of David Bowie in Southside (which she had to repaint after multiple vandal attacks). Why can't they leave her art alone?

More digital street art trails coming soon. So watch this space.

 

Digbeth

Location: At Warwick Bar (on the opposite side of the River Rea Aqueduct) on the Grand Union Canal (Digbeth Branch). Close to The Bond, Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5SE. 

Date found: February 2018.

Annatomix Origami Fox

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Location: Under the Bordesley Viaduct, Custard Factory, Digbeth, B9 4AA.

Date found: April 2018.

Annatomix Origami Fox

dndimg alt="Annatomix Fox" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Annatomix Custard Factory Fox (Apr 2018) (1).JPG" style="width: 100%;" />

 

Location: Under the Bordesley Viaduct, Custard Factory, Digbeth, B9 4AA.

Date found: April 2018.

Annatomix Origami Rabbit

dndimg alt="Annatomix Fox" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Annatomix Custard Factory Fox (Apr 2018) (2).JPG" style="width: 100%;" />

 

Location: Close to Heath Mill Lane entrance and Greenhouse, Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Digbeth, B9 4AA.

Date found: February 2019.

Annatomix Giant Origami Cat and a Small Rabbit

dndimg alt="Annatomix Cat" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Annatomix Custard Factory Cat (Feb 2019).JPG" style="width: 100%;" />

 

Southside

Location: Close to Birmingham Master Locksmiths, Dudley Street, B5 4RU.

Date found: February 2016.

Annatomix Bowie

Her original tribute to the late singer David Bowie who passed away in January 2016, age of 69.

dndimg alt="Annatomix Bowie" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Annatomix Bowie (Feb 2016).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

 

Location: Close to Birmingham Master Locksmiths, Dudley Street, B5 4RU.

Date found: January 2019.

Annatomix Bowie

Version 2, as vandals kept damaging the 2016 piece, but they would target this one as well.

dndimg alt="Annatomix Bowie" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Annatomix Bowie (Jan 2019).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

 

Location: Close to Birmingham Master Locksmiths, Dudley Street, B5 4RU.

Date found: February 2020.

Annatomix Bowie

A repair to the eyes scratched out with a blindfold, sadly vandals kept targetting her work.

dndimg alt="Annatomix Bowie" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Annatomix Bowie (Feb 2020) (1).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

Detail of the new blindfold and black star above Bowie's head.

dndimg alt="Annatomix Bowie" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Annatomix Bowie (Feb 2020) (2).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

 

Location: Next to Rodroj Fish and Chips, 25-27 Smallbrook Queensway, B5 4HE.

Date found: November 2020.

Annatomix Origami Fox

Sadly vandalised by the time of my visit, hopefully she can fix it.

dndimg alt="Annatomix Fox" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Annatomix Fox Smallbrook Qway (Nov 2020).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

 

Grand Central

Location: Opposite NatWest, East Mews, Grand Central Birmingham, B2 4BF.

Date found: February 2019.

Annatomix Mural of Birmingham

Featuring the Library of Birmingham, Rotunda, Selfridges, Birmingham New Street Station and Birmingham Canals (passing people in the way at the time).

dndimg alt="Annatomix Birmingham Mural" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Annatomix Grand Central (Feb 2019).JPG" style="width: 100%;" />

 

Location: Opposite NatWest, East Mews, Grand Central Birmingham B2 4BF.

Date found: November 2020.

Annatomix Mural of Birmingham

With the Library of Birmingham, Rotunda, Bullring Bull and Selfridges (no people in the way due to lockdown).

dndimg alt="Annatomix Birmingham Mural" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Annatomix Grand Central (Nov 2020).JPG" style="width: 100%;" />

 

Street art by Annatomix. Click the link to the left to visit her website.

Photos taken by Elliott Brown. Can be found on Twitter: ellrbrown.

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30 Nov 2020 - Elliott Brown
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Halloween Decorations around Kings Heath on the 31st October 2020

We are closer to a Covid Christmas now than Halloween. But on the afternoon of the 31st October 2020, I had one last walk around Kings Heath before the 2nd lockdown announcment. Mainly to see those flower planters on closed roads. But also saw Halloween decorations in front of houses, in windows etc. Pumpkins, skeletons, cobwebs!

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Halloween Decorations around Kings Heath on the 31st October 2020





We are closer to a Covid Christmas now than Halloween. But on the afternoon of the 31st October 2020, I had one last walk around Kings Heath before the 2nd lockdown announcment. Mainly to see those flower planters on closed roads. But also saw Halloween decorations in front of houses, in windows etc. Pumpkins, skeletons, cobwebs!


HALLOWEEN KINGS HEATH, 31ST OCTOBER 2020

A month late, but Happy Halloween! The Nightmare Before Christmas! It was heavily raining on the morning of the 31st October 2020, and with a dry spell in the afternoon, I got the 11C bus to Kings Heath. Mainly to see the Low Traffic Neighbourhood around Kings Heath. But couldn't help notice some houses had Halloween decorations out at the time. It was rumoured that another lockdown was coming, but it wasn't confirmed until later that day.

 

Halloween bunting spotted on a hedge on Colmore Road in Kings Heath.

dndimg alt="Halloween Kings Heath" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Halloween Kings Heath (Oct 2020) (1).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

 

Passing Vicarage Road and Kings Heath Park and onto Avenue Road. Saw this window with these decorations inside. The Day of the Dead!

dndimg alt="Halloween Kings Heath" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Halloween Kings Heath (Oct 2020) (2).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

 

Then onto Highbury Road. Social Distance Trick or Treaters Welcome Here! Skeleton on the wall.

dndimg alt="Halloween Kings Heath" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Halloween Kings Heath (Oct 2020) (3).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

 

Later after seeing the last of the LTN flower planters went down Springfield Road to get the 11A bus home.

Various Halloween decorations around this tree plus a hand!

dndimg alt="Halloween Kings Heath" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Halloween Kings Heath (Oct 2020) (4).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

Cobwebs around this telegraph pole and on the bushes.

dndimg alt="Halloween Kings Heath" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Halloween Kings Heath (Oct 2020) (5).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

More Halloween decorations in this window with the blue plaque for Miss Minnie May (who was a Teacher of Dressmaking that lived here in 1939).

dndimg alt="Halloween Kings Heath" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Halloween Kings Heath (Oct 2020) (6).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

Near the end of the road was this pair of carved pumpkins. Looks like a bat.

dndimg alt="Halloween Kings Heath" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Halloween Kings Heath (Oct 2020) (7).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

A more traditional scary Halloween pumpkin carving!

dndimg alt="Halloween Kings Heath" dndsrc="../uploadedfiles/Halloween Kings Heath (Oct 2020) (8).jpg" style="width: 100%;" />

Photos taken by Elliott Brown. Can be found on Twitter: ellrbrown

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Over the Moon Lantern Installation at The Arcadian

Over the Moon is a Netflix film (with a limited cinema release), and to promote it, they are having a Lantern Installation at The Arcadian in the Chinese Quarter / Southside. I popped by on Sunday lunchtime, but these can also be seen lit up after dark. A bit like those Magical Lantern displays in years gone by. It is free. I believe they will be up until the middle of November 2020.

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Over the Moon Lantern Installation at The Arcadian





Over the Moon is a Netflix film (with a limited cinema release), and to promote it, they are having a Lantern Installation at The Arcadian in the Chinese Quarter / Southside. I popped by on Sunday lunchtime, but these can also be seen lit up after dark. A bit like those Magical Lantern displays in years gone by. It is free. I believe they will be up until the middle of November 2020.


Over the Moon appears to be a new Netflix film. And to promote it, there is a Lantern Installation at The Arcadian in Southside / Chinese Quarter. It is viewable from the central circular area. It has been on display from the last few weeks of October 2020, and I think it will still be there until the middle of November 2020.

 

More details on Over the Moon. The film was released in select cinemas on the 16th October 2020 and on Netflix on the 23rd October 2020. It is a computer animated film.

 

Gallery below of the laterns in the daylight. But you could see them after dark to get the full effect. Now we are back in Greenwich Mean Time, it might be dark enough after 5pm or 6pm GMT.

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Photos taken by Elliott Brown. Can be found on Twitter: ellrbrown.

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