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Having a Kojak moment
“I spent hours in a beautiful 150-year-old botanical garden - and there are 10 acres of it. I can assure you this is my kind of town…”

Thus opens the film Telly Savalas Looks At Birmingham, a 1981 curio in which the Kojak star takes us on a tour of “the hustle and bustle of a really great metropolis.”

It’s long been a kitsch favourite of mine, and the snippets of the film available on YouTube are a glimpse into a day-glo past. So I was excited to be following in Telly’s footsteps this week with my own look at Birmingham, which you’ll be able to read in the November issue of M&IT.

My whirlwind tour took in the trendy boutique event spaces of Digbeth, the theatrical flair of Birmingham Hippodrome and the freshly-minted College for High Speed Rail, which is so new they were literally having their opening party on the day I visited.

I also visited Millennium Point, the country’s biggest surviving Millennium project, before taking in an evening meal at the newly-opened Tom’s Kitchen in the city’s swanky Mailbox development.

And, unlike Telly, I managed to avoid calling in on any over-40s disco dancing competitions (seriously, this happens).

I also found time to call in on the Coventry-based Ricoh Arena and Warwick Conferences while I was in the West Midlands, as really, it would have been rude not to.

The feature will be appearing in the November issue of M&IT, where you’ll get to find out if, like a certain gravel-voiced actor, Birmingham is my kind of town.

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