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photoblog image Birmingham tarted up 5

Birmingham tarted up 5

In response to Chad's fine series

">we three

Birmingham tarted up 5

In response to Chad's fine series

">we three

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  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 15 Jan 2010, 03:41
I see improvements here...well done, Bill.

The world would be a better place if Hon. William [Bill] Phillips were placed in charge of Monuments Maintenance.
Bill Phillips: I quite agree grin
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 15 Jan 2010, 07:10
Expressing there feminine side
Bill Phillips: Indeed so!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 15 Jan 2010, 07:27
I remember these blokes - they all secretly wanted to be hippies
Bill Phillips: Bling or what!!
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 15 Jan 2010, 07:36
Adding to Chris, Flower Power! smile Love it, Bill. Very creative and fun for this Friday.
Bill Phillips: A bit of fun to celebrate the snow melting!
  • SAVO
  • United Kingdom
  • 15 Jan 2010, 07:43
Haha at Chris. I can see some femininity here, Nice smile
Bill Phillips: Well you have to be in touch with your feminine side
Made me smile. Who are these serious minded chaps?
Bill Phillips: James Watt, Matthew Boulton and William Murcoch
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 15 Jan 2010, 09:29
I see flower power has finally made it up the M6 - what next velvet loon pants?
Bill Phillips: Queen Victoria in a Kaftan
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 15 Jan 2010, 09:36
You fiddle well.
Bill Phillips: and Rome burns!
Hippy precursors!
Nicely twiddled Bill.
Bill Phillips: In the days when LSD was money!
he he
classic stuff
Bill Phillips: Friday daftness!
A great honour as it is for those three early 'flower power' guys.
Bill Phillips: Yeah man!
Well twiddled Bill, what about the beads and the headbands.
Bill Phillips: Now that would be overdoing itgrin
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 15 Jan 2010, 11:25
Flower power
Bill Phillips: Peace and love mate!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 15 Jan 2010, 12:31
Hahaha- lol at some comments- William (nickname Bill Shakespeare)- Christopher (nickname Chris or Tiff Marlowe) and Andrew (nickname Chad Lloyd Webber) in a fictive conversation about beauty and culture as therapy in crisis times! They look very serious because of the influence of the modern media ..., William gave therefore the advice to pep-pop the old Sirs a bit up by some flower power, headphones, and other funny twiddle-thingies!
Bill Phillips: grin grin The only twiddle is the flowers, the statues really are this colour. I think gold statues of the stooges would look good in Birmingham!
Woodstock ...

richard
Bill Phillips: What the one near Oxford?
Oh my..do you come here often!
Bill Phillips: LOL! You are a one!
A cheerful image for a less than cheerful day although the thaw is setting in well over here.
Bill Phillips: The temperature has climbed to a heady 6 degrees and the snow is in full retreat!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 15 Jan 2010, 15:45
Bill, you know, I'm rather curious, therefore I googled... and here is the result- really important personalities! "Golden boys" are the three stooges, too- with their "golden hearts!

"Outside the House of Sport (formerly the Register Office) on Broad Street stands the statue of Boulton, Watt and Murdoch, nicknamed 'The Golden Boys' or 'The Carpet Salesmen'. It is the work of William Bloye, formerly head of sculpture at Birmingham School of Art and was unveiled in 1956, although preliminary designs were drawn up in 1938.

The larger than life size figures are in bronze, with a gold finish, on a pedestal of Portland stone and are depicted discussing engine plans. The piece is in a "temporary" position and was originally intended to stand outside a Planetarium, which was never built, but which would have stood outside what is now the Repertory Theatre.

The three men pioneered the industrial revolution in late 18th century England. James Watt's improvements to the steam engine and William Murdoch's invention of gas lighting have made them famous throughout the world. Matthew Boulton, entrepreneur and industrialist, harnessed their talents in a company that made everything from tableware and copper coinage to steam engines. His home, Soho House, is now a museum. All three men are buried in St Mary's Church Handsworth, known as 'the Westminster Abbey of the Industrial Revolution'."
Oh, sorry, I now read the names mentioned above by yourself- but I think here are some informations about them for the visitors who want to know a bit more.
Bill Phillips: These men are indeed giants of the industrial revolution and for many years Britain was known as the workshop of the world, and Birmingham and the Black country were it's heart. I didn't know they were buried at Handsworth cemetary
This really made me smile Bill, its a good one smile
Bill Phillips: I like it when I make people smile or laugh.
  • Alan
  • Southampton. UK
  • 15 Jan 2010, 18:43
"Flower power" .. very 1960s, Bill!
Bill Phillips: Like me thegrin I'm a 60's relicgrin
what an idea!Even I can see some femininity...hihihi:p
Bill Phillips: LOL! A bit of fun
  • xavi
  • Spain
  • 17 Jan 2010, 18:24
Funny

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