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Hello from Birmingham UK

Hi. I'm Mike, here in Zurich doing a bit of IT.
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Re: Hello from Birmingham UK

Hiya Mike... Same as me really... well the IT bit anyway... So what dya think of Zurich so far then????
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Just Great! I look at the guy playing the grand piano in the middle of the Letzipark shopping centre and think that it would be up on bricks and the legs away in 5 seconds back in Northfield!

The graffitti is much less here, and spellt better ; the shop assistants speak several languages - just like at home, really, only they dont include 'Chav' and 'Txtng' as languages here.

The air is clearer, traffic is virtually non existant and stops at crossings, even the work is more interesting!!! What more can I say? I would move here in a flash. However, my three kids (17,14 and 9) would find it difficult to learn a new language, and there does not seem a lot to do for them here... suggestions welcomed

Some people look at the strange things the Swiss do, like the high price of Zuri sacks and think its all terrible. I love it. Its mind broadening. It all makes sense and the up side is obvious. Low crime, a nice environment and a high standard of living. You can keep the UK - or give it to the Somalis perhaps??
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....You can keep the UK - or give it to the Somalis perhaps??
Can you explain what you mean by this?
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Re: Hello from Birmingham UK

However, my three kids (17,14 and 9) would find it difficult to learn a new language, and there does not seem a lot to do for them here... suggestions welcomed:

Would have thought it's easier for them to learn a new language than for adults... Not a lot to do? Learn skiing, snowboarding, there's the lake(s) in summer, forest, loads of activities indoor and out all over....
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Not a lot to do? Learn skiing, snowboarding, there's the lake(s) in summer, forest, loads of activities indoor and out all over....
I suppose I could be a little more precise Just off the top of my head in Zurich:
January - New Year's fireworks down by the lake. Otherwise, weather permitting, skiing/snowboarding/sledging in mountains close to Zurich
February - carneval time (Fasnacht) in a lot of parts of Switzerland
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April - Sächseläuten: Traditional Zurich festival with parade and funfair. Marks the end of Winter as a snowman is burnt...
May - Outdoor swimming pools open (lakeside, too)
June - Festival Tropical Caliente - Latin Culture, IronMan Zurich, in 2008 it will be the European Cup all over Switzerland
July - ZüriFäscht (just a big party in the city for all the family, around the lake)
August - Street Parade
September - Knabenschiessen (3-day festival, fun fair with sport shooting competition for youngsters)
September - Theaterspektakel (10-day or is it 2 weeks? theatre festival at the lakeside, for all the family)
September - Athletics Meeting Zurich
October - Cycling Race, Art Fair, Ice Skating rinks open, Halloween parties on the increase
November - Wine Ships at Bürkliplatz, near lake: wine tasting/exhibition
December - ....

In fact, we often find there's just too much on in Summer, and retreat to the quiet of the nearby woods for a picnic...
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Re: Hello from Birmingham UK

Northfield!!! Blimey. Move your kids ASAP. I'm sure they won't thank you now but in the future they would.

Anyway, if you do get the op to move here then there is always so much for people of all ages to do. It's just a matter of finding out about them. Usually the local Gemeinders are fairly helpful with info on sports, clubs, events for children etc. It really is a very good place to bring up a family. And the language...it's just a small point that they would get over quickly as kids adapt pretty well most of the time.
Why not bring them over for a visit to check out the place? Take the skiing/snowboarding......
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Re: Hello from Birmingham UK

I know

If only it were that simple. As for a visit, its all set up. maybe things will change after that.
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Re: Hello from Birmingham UK

yet another victim of the Letzi-lunchtime....I wonder where you're working?
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Can you explain what you mean by this?
Not meant as too much of a generalisation, just the reports of Yardies, Triads, Russian mafiosi, etc, etc never stop. mostly London, mostly blown out of proportion by the press, but all adding to the difference between there and here, thats all.

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Not meant as too much of a generalisation, just the reports of Yardies, Triads, Russian mafiosi, etc, etc never stop. mostly London, mostly blown out of proportion by the press, but all adding the difference between there and here, thats all.
I have no clue what a Yardie or a Triad is. But I found your comment to be a bit out of line, to be frank.
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Re: Hello from Birmingham UK

I think Mike's trying to be anecdotal about Blair's Britain going down the pan...
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well .. count me in the bit of IT doers in zurich....
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I think Mike's trying to be anecdotal about Blair's Britain going down the pan...
Quite. Lets not get heavy about it.
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Wotcha ar kid.
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Re: Hello from Birmingham UK

Hi,

We want to spend 3 days in Stratford upon Avon. Is it a good idea to stay in Birmingham..? we will be flying into Birmingham, and thought of going to S U A from there.. to get accommodation will be much easier as we aren't going to hire a car...

Any inputs will be extremely useful...


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We want to spend 3 days in Stratford upon Avon. Is it a good idea to stay in Birmingham..? we will be flying into Birmingham, and thought of going to S U A from there.. to get accommodation will be much easier as we aren't going to hire a car...

Any inputs will be extremely useful...


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Yup you should be able to get a direct train from Birmingham Moor Street or Birmingham Snow Hill if I remember rightly. Takes about 45-50 mins

The Airport/NEC (Birmingham International) takes 15-30 mins into Birmingham New Street depending on if you get the express or local train.

There are x3 main train stations in Birmingham all 10 mins walk from each other, but no direct connections from New Street to Snow Hill or Moor Street.

http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/

I grew up in between Stratford and Birmingham in Worcestershire.

Stratford is quite boring really unless it's the summer and you can hire a boat to go down the river.

You have Shakespeares House, The RSC and Anne Hatheway's House, thats really about it for tourist traps. Oh it has a butterfly farm across the river Avon which is quite cool to visit in winter.

Day or 2 max should do it.

If you really want Cotswolds and "pretty" England you need to go further south in a car to places like Broadway, Bourton on the Water etc etc.

Warwick's worth a visit for the castle, then you have loads of places in Birmingham like Cadburys, National Sealife Centre, the Canal Basin etc etc

Guy Forkes was holed up in a place nr Alcester that's worth a visit, but again a car is needed!

Hmm Bewdley (to the west) is pretty too, but expect it to be a raging torrent of water at the moment with the rains/river levels on the Severn, leading people to bail water out the local pubs

This is where the Severn Valley Railway is which you can get from Kidderminster on the local line, quite a pretty area to see on a old puffer, sometimes you can get silver service lunches whilst looking at the scenery!

Depends what you're looking for how much you're willing to spend and what sort of place you want to stay!

IMHO Hire a car then stay on the outskirts of Birmingham, then no parking issues. Do not park at New Street Pallasades it will cost you a bomb! Mailbox or Chinatown!
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Re: Hello from Birmingham UK

Agreed. Birmingham's a big city, some of it with the charm of an industrial estate. There are certainly some very nice bits, for instance I always try to get to the Symphony Hall for whatever's on, the place is wonderful.

I'd rent a car, no question. See Stratford in a day at most and if the Royal Shakespeare Company is open for business, then book a theatre supper in a local restaurant (either before or after the performance) and then be thrilled. I'd not hesitate at Midsummer Night's Dream or Taming of the Shrew in June... lucky you!

Then Warwick is good, the Severn Valley railway is good. The 'antiques trail' of places like Moreton in the Marsh, Bourton on the Water, Chipping Camden and Broadway are good for strolls, tea and scones etc, Broadway is quite a touristic place, small but nice shops. Bewdley is quite small but has a fantastic chip shop next to the river bridge. Oxford isn't that far away, good tourist day out, make sure you visit some of the university buildings.

For shopping, Oxford, Cheltenham, even Worcester is getting bigger and has lots of Civil War stuff along with a big cathedral (my hometown, and I like it!). Birmingham has new shopping in the Bull Ring/Pallasades, but big arcade shopping malls are not my thing.

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Yam's norra brummie, yam's from wusta.
I feel a slight dissapontment in the fact that no matter how hard I try Rob, I can't seem to match your avatar with this piece of "Middle English"

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I can't seem to match your avatar with this piece of "Middle English"
Oh, I dunno. Outlaw, bank robber, nifty with a gun... he'd fit in nicely

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