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    Birmingham Central Library Vs. Library of Birmingham

     Posted in Regeneration & Thoughts on Things... at 16:03 on Sunday, June 30th, 2013 by Mr. Rant

    In a couple of months times the new Library of Birmingham will open and we (the people of Birmingham) will beckon in a new generation of absurdly designed supposedly fit for purpose crazy looking buildings, sounds familiar doesn’t it? The planners in Birmingham have a history of approving slightly bizarre looking things, to name but a few; The Selfridges end of the Bullring, The Rotunda, and lets not forget the original Central Library, a much oft blogged about thing here at The Rantastic.

    As we move into the new Library of Birmingham one would hope that maybe Birmingham Library services finally has a place to store it’s treasures for the future seeing at the Old Central Library did nothing to help their preservation and by several accounts have systematically shortened their life spans, but lets not think about that now, lets instead focus on moving forward into a new dimension of librarial goodness, but alas we cannot.

    For now there is a battle brewing, one that has been brewing for a while since the new library was announced, one that seems to heat up each time the dreaded demolition is spoken.  Yes, people want to keep the Central Library. I can understand their logic, I love architecture and I understand the attraction of a brutalist design, just have a look at Auchinleck House on Broad Street, Birmingham, that’s a classic 60’s design and to be honest it’s hideous but I like it, and I’d like to see it stay but times move on and buildings have their day and sometimes, when they’re not fit for the purpose for which they were built it’s time for them to go.  Hence, it’s time for the Central Library to bow it’s head to the executioners axe and have it’s remains laid to rest.

    So can we please, please, get on to enjoying our new Library and start to forget about the old one?

     


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    The Rantastic Podcast…

     Posted in Thoughts on Things... at 0:48 on Monday, October 12th, 2009 by Mr. Rant

    … Has a new home! It can now be found at: http://www.therantasticpodcast.com! Do not fear your itunes should automatically grab the new url!


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    Webcam is now online..

     Posted in The Blog at 9:42 on Thursday, February 5th, 2009 by Mr. Rant

    As a test for the next few months The Rantastic will have it’s very own webcam.

    Please note that currently we’re working on updating the way the webcam works.

    To view it please use this link: The Webcam.


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