Birmingham and the New Hospital
19.02.2012 - 19.02.2012 9 °C
The day started with a dusting of snow and possibly the best breakfast of the trip and Derek wields the cooking tools very well and needs to be on 'My Kitchen Rules'. Then we set off for the City to have a look around and we did a tour much like those Judy and I used to do when we had visitors come to stay, and it was great. On the way in we passed the New Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB) and it is really an imposing site; set on a hill it really dominates the landscape of Edgbaston.
We started in the Mail Box walked along the canal to the Gas Street Basin and saw all the canal boats walked through the ICC and had a look at all the new development of the spectacular Library. We also saw the 'Gold Statue' of some of the founding forefathers which we were told would fade to be a nice copper colour in years to come but has not started the process yet and then through to have a coffee in Colmore Row Starbucks. There is always new street Art in Brum and this is one of a series of art in the new Cube building.
Then we walked the whole of New Street and saw the development of the new Birmingham Station and had a look at all the new Restaurants at the Bull Ring we did some of the shops and had a look at all of the strange things that 'Selfridge's' sell; it is a very upmarket store that has some interesting things for sale at what I would call exorbitant prices but always good for a giggle.
From the city we went back out to the QEHB and had a look around and particularly at the new Faith Centre. It was not as it was planned all those years ago but it is far better than what it could have been. It is on the first floor above the main entrance and faces then old hospital and backing on to the Atrium. There was a lot of heartache went into the planning and support for it and when I left to return to Australia it did seem to have been a lost cause and I felt quite a failure about the whole thing. But in the fullness of time better minds were involved and a better outcome achieved. I was tremendously encouraged.
Great Hospital, some great memories of some good people, and it was an honour to work with them.