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10th Nov '13 10:47:46 AM MarkLungo
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->''"Northampton, Northampton, Northampton, Middle of England!"''
-->-- '''Linda Jardim''', "Energy in Northampton"

The Midlands is between OopNorth and [[BritainIsOnlyLondon London]]. Home to Brummies. [[NamesTheSame NOT the domain of the]] [[Literature/SwordOfTruth Mother]] [[Series/LegendOfTheSeeker Confessor]]. (and ''[[NamesTheSame especially]]'' not that [[Roleplay/WarriorCatsRPG Mother Confessor]]!)

It broadly corresponds to the old Kingdom of Mercia (the dialect influenced Tolkien) and is split by the UK government into the [[SweetHomeMidlands West Midlands]] and East Midlands regions, this split is currently only used for statistical purposes and as constituencies during [[UsefulNotes/TheEuropeanUnion European elections]].

The Midlands is usually considered to contain the historic counties of Staffordshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Warwickshire, Northamptonshire, Rutland, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Derbsyhire. Oxfordshire, Bedfordshire, Gloucestershire and Huntingdonshire are occassionally considered part of the Midlands but fall outside the regions of the West Midlands or the East Midlands and are more often considered parts of TheWestCountry, EastAnglia or the HomeCounties. Lincolnshire is part of the East Midlands region but it's northern part falls inside the Yorkshire and Humber region and the county is often excluded from being part of the Midlands because of it's large coastline.

The largest cities of the Midlands include [[SweetHomeMidlands Birmingham]], Coventry, Stoke-on-Trent, Nottingham, Derby and Leicester. Somewhat deprived in places, [[SweetHomeMidlands Birmingham]] and Nottingham currently have a rather bad reputation for gun crime.

The cities of the Midlands are noted for having a larger than usual percentage of ethnic minorities, particularly [[SweetHomeMidlands Birmingham]] and Leicester, and with this fact being a matter of regional pride, making a racist comment against immigrants is just as likely to get you punched even in a room filled entirely with ethnic Englishmen - if you can find such a thing in the Midlands.

Midlanders are often thought of as being stupid, possibly due to most accents being non-rhotic with vowels so sloppy that they can successfully drag on any nearby constanants too. This results in the Midlands Drawl, which involves either taking as long as you can to say as little as you can, or saying as much as you can as slowly as you can. [[SweetHomeMidlands The Black Country]] accent makes people assume 'thickie' whereas a Staffordshire accent is more generic. An East Midlands accent actually sounds much like OopNorth to the untrained ear.

By a quirk of geography, the Midlands are actually slanted so "the North West" region is actually further south than the centre of the East Midlands.
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!!Examples:

[[AC:ComicBooks]]
* Creator/PaulCornell's ''Wisdom'' and ''[[Comicbook/{{Excalibur}} Captain Britain and MI13]]'' featured a WWII Brummie superhero called [[CaptainGeographic Captain Midlands]].

[[AC:{{Film}}]]
* ''DeadMansShoes'' is filmed and set in Matlock in Derbyshire.
** All of Shane Meadows' films are filmed and set in the East Midlands, typically Nottinghamshire. Including, unsurprisingly, 'Once Upon A Time In The Midlands'.
* A film version of ''Stig of the Dump'' was filmed in and around the Derby area, which is in the Midlands.

[[AC:{{Literature}}]]
* Nottingham of course gives us one of fiction's most famous bad guys, the Sheriff of Nottingham. The title wasn't created until 1449, long after the start of the Robin Hood story but it still exists and was recently held by a woman, Jeannie Packer (who referenced Robin Hood on her biography page).
** Her successor doesn't, but the page describing the office of the Sheriff of Nottingham does briefly mention its role in the legend of RobinHood.
* In ''Literature/TheThirdWorldWar'', Birmingham gets nuked.
* Creator/EllisPeters' Literature/BrotherCadfael mystery series is based in Shropshire (with occasional forays into Wales).
** Peters' other series detective, [[Literature/FelseInvestigates George Felse]], also hails from the Midlands.
* One or two vermin in the ''{{Redwall}}'' series have a noticeable Brummie FunetikAksent, as opposed to the usual generic low-class thug or TalkLikeAPirate vermin dialects.
* Literature/AdrianMole is from Leicester, and the books largely take place in various towns in the Midlands.
* J.R.R. Tolkien stated that in TheLordOfTheRings, he based the Shire (and the Hobbit society there) on his childhood home in Birmingham.
** An amusing side result of this is that "Gamgees" is actually a colloquial term in Birmingham for "cotton bandages" i.e. gauze, because a local cotton company was run by a family named "Gamgee". Tolkien wasn't aware of the reason, he just remembered it as a term from his childhood and then assigned as the character Sam's surname, sort of like "Sam Gauze" (he's this good natured guy who helps out people who are in trouble, sort of like bandages). This even extends to the point that Sam's wife Rosie's surname is "Cotton". Much to Tolkien's surprise, a few years after ''The Lord of the Rings'' was published, he received a letter from a real-life man whose ''actual name'' was "Sam Gamgee". Tolkien wrote him back explaining he never realized "Gamgee" was a real-life surname, he thought it was just a local word from his childhood in the Midlands, though Sam was quite a heroic character so he didn't think it would be too embarrassing. For a while afterwards, Tolkien had the slight fear that one day he'd get a letter from some poor fellow actually named "S. Gollum" as "that would have been more difficult to deal with"
** Of course, what the film version controversially omitted for time was one of Tolkien's major points in the book: when the Hobbits return to the Shire after the war, they find that the Industrial Revolution has swept through it, factories have sprouted up everywhere, and all the forests have been cut down. The Shire was taken over by Frodo's evil cousin Lotho using hired mercenaries, and they quickly set about trying to industrialize everything for profit...or to make it a world power...or something. Tolkien usually strongly argued against any allegorical readings of his work (even really strong reflections about the Great War which are kind of obvious), but on this one point, he openly admitted that "the Scouring of the Shire" was his commentary on what happened to the Midlands in the 20th century. Tolkien grew up in the Midlands around the turn of the century, which it was this bucolic Shire-like lush green fairy-tale-perfect place, then he left to fight in the horror of World War I, all but one of his close personal friends were killed in action, and when he returned home to Birmingham, the whole place had industrialized, factories were everywhere and choking it with pollution, and the Midlands he grew up in were utterly swept aside. "Mordor" for Tolkien (or more probably "Isengard") was, in many ways, urban sprawl.
*** It is soon revealed that Lotho's rise was funded by Saruman, who later arrives and directly takes control, at which point all pretense to "productivity" is abandoned and the mercenaries just start randomly burning forests, polluting rivers for no real purpose, etc. Saruman had no real goal other than *petty revenge on some country farmers who are three and a half feet tall* (how the mighty have fallen...) -- so its sort of implied by Tolkien that there could *be* no rational reason for what had happened to the Midlands, the actual underlying reason for all of this industrialization was for the *sole* purpose of polluting the countryside out of existence out of spite!
* ''Literature/TomBrownsSchooldays'' is set in Rugby School (where the sport was also born, at least according to the popular legend), and the quasi-spinoff ''{{Flashman}}'' stars a character from the book.

[[AC:LiveActionTV]]
* Richard Hammond of ''TopGear'', who is constantly cast as a sort of country bumpkin by co-presenter Jeremy Clarkson for that very reason.
** Constantly joked about during the tractor challenge, culminating in Hammond attempting to herd sheep [[FunnyBackgroundEvent in the background]] while Clarkson and James May talk.
* Timothy Spall is famous for portraying TV Brummies, despite not actually being from Birmingham. It started with ''Series/AufWiedersehenPet'' and just sort of snowballed.
* ''Crossroads'': three different versions of a SoapOpera set in a Midlands motel/hotel.

[[AC:Radio]]
* ''TheArchers'' is set in a ([[{{Barsetshire}} fictional]]) West Midlands county called Borsetshire, whose inhabitants have Dorset and/or Somerset accents for no adequately explained reason. Presumably someone from the casting department who's never been to either region just went for "generic country bumpkin" and nobody bothered to correct them.

[[AC:{{Webcomics}}]]
* Russell and Reggie, the protagonists of ''{{Webcomic/Transmission}}'' were born and raised in Stoke-On-Trent.
* Zimmy and Gamma of ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' both hail from Birmingham; Zimmy's personal BlackBugRoom is a DarkWorld reflection of the city. (The author himself lives in Birmingham; the portrayal in the comic [[TakeThat shows his own feelings]] about the RealLife city.)
* Going by a plot-point involving the exact geographic centre of the UK, and one rather specific cultural reference, many of the central cast of ''Webcomic/FreakAngels'' are from Northamptonshire.

[[AC:RealLife]]
* Music/OzzyOsbourne
* LennyHenry
* Thom Yorke of Radiohead and AlanMoore are both natives of the Midlands county of Northamptonshire. Also Raging Speedhorn, but we try not to talk about that too loudly.
** And [[Series/DoctorWho Eleventh Doctor]] MattSmith.
*** His companion [[Series/DoctorWho Rory Williams]] (Creator/ArthurDarvill) is from Birmingham.
* East Midlands Airport has been renamed multiple times because almost no one from outside Britain has heard of the East Midlands. They tried to get it renamed to Nottingham Airport at one point, because more people have heard of this, but as the airport actually isn't in Nottingham at all, or even Nottinghamshire, this raised objections from the other two cities the airport serves, Leicester and Derby.
** Also there already is a Nottingham Airport, but it's so small that not even some people in Nottingham know about it.
* Comedian Creator/JasperCarrott, noted for his Brummie accent and routines about supporting the mostly hopeless Birmingham City FC. He also had a routine about being the most average man in Britain:
--> "Have you ever stopped to think about how ordinary you are? I have. I'm so ordinary...it's ''extraordinary''. I'm middle-aged, middle-class, and I live in The Midlands, in the middle of England. In fact I live bang slap in the middle of The Midlands in the middle of England. I drive on the middle lane of the motorway while listening to some middle-of-the-road music (usually Bette Midler) and when I get to work I feel like I'm stuck in the Middle Ages! I went to the doctor, he said 'you're having a midlife crisis'. I gave him ''the middle finger!''"
* All the members of the psychedelic rock band Traffic were from the West Midlands.
* Music/DuranDuran originated in Birmingham with the 1978 founding of the band (with childhood friends and Birmingham natives Nick Rhodes and John Taylor at the core of this band). They were the house band for the Rum Runner, a club set up to be Birmingham's answer to Studio 54, and every band member who joined up until Andy Taylor entered the picture were from Birmingham. (Taylor was from "{{Oop North}}", specifically Newcastle.) Simon Le Bon came from London but was studying drama at the University of Birmingham when he joined the band, and the band were managed by Rum Runner owners (and fellow Brummies) Paul and Michael Barrow.
** And speaking of the Rum Runner -- two other bands from Birmingham, Music/DexysMidnightRunners ("Come on Eileen") and {{UB40}} ("Red Red Wine") used the practice space above the club to rehearse.
* FormulaOne champion Nigel Mansell sounds unmistakably like a midlander. As noted on the trope page fellow brummie Jasper Carrott made fun of his lack of personality: "Potentially, he is the most exciting man on the Earth..." (beat) "... until he speaks".
* Creator/RichardArmitage was born and raised in Leicester.
* The Stamper Brothers, who founded a company called Ashby Computers and Graphics (literally in the middle of the country - Ashby is about a mile off being the most central point in the UK) which after a period as Ultimate Play the Game, changed its name to Rare, creators of ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie'' and ''VideoGame/PerfectDark''. They're still in the Midlands, but now based in Twycross.
* John Deacon of Music/{{Queen}} was also born and raised in Leicester.
* The city of Coventry historically has been the "Motor City" of Britain, headquarters to many automobile companies, most notably Jaguar.
* Sir Frank Whittle, inventor of the jet engine, was born in Coventry.
* Robert Plant and John Bonham, singer and drummer respectively, of Music/LedZeppelin.
* [[Wrestling/ChrisAdams Pro wrestler "Gentleman" Chris Adams]] was born in Rugby, Warwickshire and usually billed from Stratford-Upon-Avon, also in Warwickshire.
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->''"Northampton, Northampton, Northampton, Middle of England!"''
-->-- '''Linda Jardim''', "Energy in Northampton"

The Midlands is between OopNorth and [[BritainIsOnlyLondon London]]. Home to Brummies. [[NamesTheSame NOT the domain of the]] [[Literature/SwordOfTruth Mother]] [[Series/LegendOfTheSeeker Confessor]]. (and ''[[NamesTheSame especially]]'' not that [[Roleplay/WarriorCatsRPG Mother Confessor]]!)

It broadly corresponds to the old Kingdom of Mercia (the dialect influenced Tolkien) and is split by the UK government into the [[SweetHomeMidlands West Midlands]] and East Midlands regions, this split is currently only used for statistical purposes and as constituencies during [[UsefulNotes/TheEuropeanUnion European elections]].

The Midlands is usually considered to contain the historic counties of Staffordshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Warwickshire, Northamptonshire, Rutland, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Derbsyhire. Oxfordshire, Bedfordshire, Gloucestershire and Huntingdonshire are occassionally considered part of the Midlands but fall outside the regions of the West Midlands or the East Midlands and are more often considered parts of TheWestCountry, EastAnglia or the HomeCounties. Lincolnshire is part of the East Midlands region but it's northern part falls inside the Yorkshire and Humber region and the county is often excluded from being part of the Midlands because of it's large coastline.

The largest cities of the Midlands include [[SweetHomeMidlands Birmingham]], Coventry, Stoke-on-Trent, Nottingham, Derby and Leicester. Somewhat deprived in places, [[SweetHomeMidlands Birmingham]] and Nottingham currently have a rather bad reputation for gun crime.

The cities of the Midlands are noted for having a larger than usual percentage of ethnic minorities, particularly [[SweetHomeMidlands Birmingham]] and Leicester, and with this fact being a matter of regional pride, making a racist comment against immigrants is just as likely to get you punched even in a room filled entirely with ethnic Englishmen - if you can find such a thing in the Midlands.

Midlanders are often thought of as being stupid, possibly due to most accents being non-rhotic with vowels so sloppy that they can successfully drag on any nearby constanants too. This results in the Midlands Drawl, which involves either taking as long as you can to say as little as you can, or saying as much as you can as slowly as you can. [[SweetHomeMidlands The Black Country]] accent makes people assume 'thickie' whereas a Staffordshire accent is more generic. An East Midlands accent actually sounds much like OopNorth to the untrained ear.

By a quirk of geography, the Midlands are actually slanted so "the North West" region is actually further south than the centre of the East Midlands.
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!!Examples:

[[AC:ComicBooks]]
* Creator/PaulCornell's ''Wisdom'' and ''[[Comicbook/{{Excalibur}} Captain Britain and MI13]]'' featured a WWII Brummie superhero called [[CaptainGeographic Captain Midlands]].

[[AC:{{Film}}]]
* ''DeadMansShoes'' is filmed and set in Matlock in Derbyshire.
** All of Shane Meadows' films are filmed and set in the East Midlands, typically Nottinghamshire. Including, unsurprisingly, 'Once Upon A Time In The Midlands'.
* A film version of ''Stig of the Dump'' was filmed in and around the Derby area, which is in the Midlands.

[[AC:{{Literature}}]]
* Nottingham of course gives us one of fiction's most famous bad guys, the Sheriff of Nottingham. The title wasn't created until 1449, long after the start of the Robin Hood story but it still exists and was recently held by a woman, Jeannie Packer (who referenced Robin Hood on her biography page).
** Her successor doesn't, but the page describing the office of the Sheriff of Nottingham does briefly mention its role in the legend of RobinHood.
* In ''Literature/TheThirdWorldWar'', Birmingham gets nuked.
* Creator/EllisPeters' Literature/BrotherCadfael mystery series is based in Shropshire (with occasional forays into Wales).
** Peters' other series detective, [[Literature/FelseInvestigates George Felse]], also hails from the Midlands.
* One or two vermin in the ''{{Redwall}}'' series have a noticeable Brummie FunetikAksent, as opposed to the usual generic low-class thug or TalkLikeAPirate vermin dialects.
* Literature/AdrianMole is from Leicester, and the books largely take place in various towns in the Midlands.
* J.R.R. Tolkien stated that in TheLordOfTheRings, he based the Shire (and the Hobbit society there) on his childhood home in Birmingham.
** An amusing side result of this is that "Gamgees" is actually a colloquial term in Birmingham for "cotton bandages" i.e. gauze, because a local cotton company was run by a family named "Gamgee". Tolkien wasn't aware of the reason, he just remembered it as a term from his childhood and then assigned as the character Sam's surname, sort of like "Sam Gauze" (he's this good natured guy who helps out people who are in trouble, sort of like bandages). This even extends to the point that Sam's wife Rosie's surname is "Cotton". Much to Tolkien's surprise, a few years after ''The Lord of the Rings'' was published, he received a letter from a real-life man whose ''actual name'' was "Sam Gamgee". Tolkien wrote him back explaining he never realized "Gamgee" was a real-life surname, he thought it was just a local word from his childhood in the Midlands, though Sam was quite a heroic character so he didn't think it would be too embarrassing. For a while afterwards, Tolkien had the slight fear that one day he'd get a letter from some poor fellow actually named "S. Gollum" as "that would have been more difficult to deal with"
** Of course, what the film version controversially omitted for time was one of Tolkien's major points in the book: when the Hobbits return to the Shire after the war, they find that the Industrial Revolution has swept through it, factories have sprouted up everywhere, and all the forests have been cut down. The Shire was taken over by Frodo's evil cousin Lotho using hired mercenaries, and they quickly set about trying to industrialize everything for profit...or to make it a world power...or something. Tolkien usually strongly argued against any allegorical readings of his work (even really strong reflections about the Great War which are kind of obvious), but on this one point, he openly admitted that "the Scouring of the Shire" was his commentary on what happened to the Midlands in the 20th century. Tolkien grew up in the Midlands around the turn of the century, which it was this bucolic Shire-like lush green fairy-tale-perfect place, then he left to fight in the horror of World War I, all but one of his close personal friends were killed in action, and when he returned home to Birmingham, the whole place had industrialized, factories were everywhere and choking it with pollution, and the Midlands he grew up in were utterly swept aside. "Mordor" for Tolkien (or more probably "Isengard") was, in many ways, urban sprawl.
*** It is soon revealed that Lotho's rise was funded by Saruman, who later arrives and directly takes control, at which point all pretense to "productivity" is abandoned and the mercenaries just start randomly burning forests, polluting rivers for no real purpose, etc. Saruman had no real goal other than *petty revenge on some country farmers who are three and a half feet tall* (how the mighty have fallen...) -- so its sort of implied by Tolkien that there could *be* no rational reason for what had happened to the Midlands, the actual underlying reason for all of this industrialization was for the *sole* purpose of polluting the countryside out of existence out of spite!
* ''Literature/TomBrownsSchooldays'' is set in Rugby School (where the sport was also born, at least according to the popular legend), and the quasi-spinoff ''{{Flashman}}'' stars a character from the book.

[[AC:LiveActionTV]]
* Richard Hammond of ''TopGear'', who is constantly cast as a sort of country bumpkin by co-presenter Jeremy Clarkson for that very reason.
** Constantly joked about during the tractor challenge, culminating in Hammond attempting to herd sheep [[FunnyBackgroundEvent in the background]] while Clarkson and James May talk.
* Timothy Spall is famous for portraying TV Brummies, despite not actually being from Birmingham. It started with ''Series/AufWiedersehenPet'' and just sort of snowballed.
* ''Crossroads'': three different versions of a SoapOpera set in a Midlands motel/hotel.

[[AC:Radio]]
* ''TheArchers'' is set in a ([[{{Barsetshire}} fictional]]) West Midlands county called Borsetshire, whose inhabitants have Dorset and/or Somerset accents for no adequately explained reason. Presumably someone from the casting department who's never been to either region just went for "generic country bumpkin" and nobody bothered to correct them.

[[AC:{{Webcomics}}]]
* Russell and Reggie, the protagonists of ''{{Webcomic/Transmission}}'' were born and raised in Stoke-On-Trent.
* Zimmy and Gamma of ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' both hail from Birmingham; Zimmy's personal BlackBugRoom is a DarkWorld reflection of the city. (The author himself lives in Birmingham; the portrayal in the comic [[TakeThat shows his own feelings]] about the RealLife city.)
* Going by a plot-point involving the exact geographic centre of the UK, and one rather specific cultural reference, many of the central cast of ''Webcomic/FreakAngels'' are from Northamptonshire.

[[AC:RealLife]]
* Music/OzzyOsbourne
* LennyHenry
* Thom Yorke of Radiohead and AlanMoore are both natives of the Midlands county of Northamptonshire. Also Raging Speedhorn, but we try not to talk about that too loudly.
** And [[Series/DoctorWho Eleventh Doctor]] MattSmith.
*** His companion [[Series/DoctorWho Rory Williams]] (Creator/ArthurDarvill) is from Birmingham.
* East Midlands Airport has been renamed multiple times because almost no one from outside Britain has heard of the East Midlands. They tried to get it renamed to Nottingham Airport at one point, because more people have heard of this, but as the airport actually isn't in Nottingham at all, or even Nottinghamshire, this raised objections from the other two cities the airport serves, Leicester and Derby.
** Also there already is a Nottingham Airport, but it's so small that not even some people in Nottingham know about it.
* Comedian Creator/JasperCarrott, noted for his Brummie accent and routines about supporting the mostly hopeless Birmingham City FC. He also had a routine about being the most average man in Britain:
--> "Have you ever stopped to think about how ordinary you are? I have. I'm so ordinary...it's ''extraordinary''. I'm middle-aged, middle-class, and I live in The Midlands, in the middle of England. In fact I live bang slap in the middle of The Midlands in the middle of England. I drive on the middle lane of the motorway while listening to some middle-of-the-road music (usually Bette Midler) and when I get to work I feel like I'm stuck in the Middle Ages! I went to the doctor, he said 'you're having a midlife crisis'. I gave him ''the middle finger!''"
* All the members of the psychedelic rock band Traffic were from the West Midlands.
* Music/DuranDuran originated in Birmingham with the 1978 founding of the band (with childhood friends and Birmingham natives Nick Rhodes and John Taylor at the core of this band). They were the house band for the Rum Runner, a club set up to be Birmingham's answer to Studio 54, and every band member who joined up until Andy Taylor entered the picture were from Birmingham. (Taylor was from "{{Oop North}}", specifically Newcastle.) Simon Le Bon came from London but was studying drama at the University of Birmingham when he joined the band, and the band were managed by Rum Runner owners (and fellow Brummies) Paul and Michael Barrow.
** And speaking of the Rum Runner -- two other bands from Birmingham, Music/DexysMidnightRunners ("Come on Eileen") and {{UB40}} ("Red Red Wine") used the practice space above the club to rehearse.
* FormulaOne champion Nigel Mansell sounds unmistakably like a midlander. As noted on the trope page fellow brummie Jasper Carrott made fun of his lack of personality: "Potentially, he is the most exciting man on the Earth..." (beat) "... until he speaks".
* Creator/RichardArmitage was born and raised in Leicester.
* The Stamper Brothers, who founded a company called Ashby Computers and Graphics (literally in the middle of the country - Ashby is about a mile off being the most central point in the UK) which after a period as Ultimate Play the Game, changed its name to Rare, creators of ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie'' and ''VideoGame/PerfectDark''. They're still in the Midlands, but now based in Twycross.
* John Deacon of Music/{{Queen}} was also born and raised in Leicester.
* The city of Coventry historically has been the "Motor City" of Britain, headquarters to many automobile companies, most notably Jaguar.
* Sir Frank Whittle, inventor of the jet engine, was born in Coventry.
* Robert Plant and John Bonham, singer and drummer respectively, of Music/LedZeppelin.
* [[Wrestling/ChrisAdams Pro wrestler "Gentleman" Chris Adams]] was born in Rugby, Warwickshire and usually billed from Stratford-Upon-Avon, also in Warwickshire.
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* Russell and Reggie, the protagonists of ''Webcomic/Transmission'' were born and raised in Stoke-On-Trent.

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* Russell and Reggie, the protagonists of ''Webcomic/Transmission'' ''{{Webcomic/Transmission}}'' were born and raised in Stoke-On-Trent.
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* Russell and Reggie, the protagonists of ''Webcomic/Transmission'' were born and raised in Stoke-On-Trent.
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-->--'''Linda Jardim''', "Energy in Northampton"

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-->--'''Linda -->-- '''Linda Jardim''', "Energy in Northampton"






* Comedian JasperCarrott, noted for his Brummie accent and routines about supporting the mostly hopeless Birmingham City FC. He also had a routine about being the most average man in Britain:

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* Comedian JasperCarrott, Creator/JasperCarrott, noted for his Brummie accent and routines about supporting the mostly hopeless Birmingham City FC. He also had a routine about being the most average man in Britain:
1st Sep '13 11:55:58 AM JIKTV
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--> "Have you ever stopped to think about how ordinary you are? I have. I'm so ordinary...it's ''extraordinary''. I'm middle-aged, middle-class, and I live in TheMidlands, in the middle of England. In fact I live bang slap in the middle of TheMidlands in the middle of England. I drive on the middle lane of the motorway while listening to some middle-of-the-road music (usually Bette Midler) and when I get to work I feel like I'm stuck in the Middle Ages! I went to the doctor, he said 'you're having a midlife crisis'. I gave him ''the middle finger!''"

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--> "Have you ever stopped to think about how ordinary you are? I have. I'm so ordinary...it's ''extraordinary''. I'm middle-aged, middle-class, and I live in TheMidlands, The Midlands, in the middle of England. In fact I live bang slap in the middle of TheMidlands The Midlands in the middle of England. I drive on the middle lane of the motorway while listening to some middle-of-the-road music (usually Bette Midler) and when I get to work I feel like I'm stuck in the Middle Ages! I went to the doctor, he said 'you're having a midlife crisis'. I gave him ''the middle finger!''"



* {{Duran Duran}} originated in Birmingham with the 1978 founding of the band (with childhood friends and Birmingham natives Nick Rhodes and John Taylor at the core of this band). They were the house band for the Rum Runner, a club set up to be Birmingham's answer to Studio 54, and every band member who joined up until Andy Taylor entered the picture were from Birmingham. (Taylor was from "{{Oop North}}", specifically Newcastle.) Simon Le Bon came from London but was studying drama at the University of Birmingham when he joined the band, and the band were managed by Rum Runner owners (and fellow Brummies) Paul and Michael Barrow.
** And speaking of the Rum Runner -- two other bands from Birmingham, {{Dexys Midnight Runners}} ("Come on Eileen") and {{UB40}} ("Red Red Wine") used the practice space above the club to rehearse.

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* {{Duran Duran}} Music/DuranDuran originated in Birmingham with the 1978 founding of the band (with childhood friends and Birmingham natives Nick Rhodes and John Taylor at the core of this band). They were the house band for the Rum Runner, a club set up to be Birmingham's answer to Studio 54, and every band member who joined up until Andy Taylor entered the picture were from Birmingham. (Taylor was from "{{Oop North}}", specifically Newcastle.) Simon Le Bon came from London but was studying drama at the University of Birmingham when he joined the band, and the band were managed by Rum Runner owners (and fellow Brummies) Paul and Michael Barrow.
** And speaking of the Rum Runner -- two other bands from Birmingham, {{Dexys Midnight Runners}} Music/DexysMidnightRunners ("Come on Eileen") and {{UB40}} ("Red Red Wine") used the practice space above the club to rehearse.



* RichardArmitage was born and raised in Leicester.
* The Stamper Brothers, who founded a company called Ashby Computers and Graphics (literally in the middle of the country - Ashby is about a mile off being the most central point in the UK) which after a period as Ultimate Play the Game, changed its name to Rare, creators of BanjoKazooie and PerfectDark. They're still in the Midlands, but now based in Twycross.
* John Deacon of Queen was also born and raised in Leicester.

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* RichardArmitage Creator/RichardArmitage was born and raised in Leicester.
* The Stamper Brothers, who founded a company called Ashby Computers and Graphics (literally in the middle of the country - Ashby is about a mile off being the most central point in the UK) which after a period as Ultimate Play the Game, changed its name to Rare, creators of BanjoKazooie ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie'' and PerfectDark.''VideoGame/PerfectDark''. They're still in the Midlands, but now based in Twycross.
* John Deacon of Queen Music/{{Queen}} was also born and raised in Leicester.



* RobertPlant and John Bonham, singer and drummer respectively, of Music/LedZeppelin.

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* RobertPlant Robert Plant and John Bonham, singer and drummer respectively, of Music/LedZeppelin.Music/LedZeppelin.
* [[Wrestling/ChrisAdams Pro wrestler "Gentleman" Chris Adams]] was born in Rugby, Warwickshire and usually billed from Stratford-Upon-Avon, also in Warwickshire.
1st Sep '13 11:25:19 AM JIKTV
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The Midlands is between OopNorth and [[BritainIsOnlyLondon London]]. Home to Brummies. [[NamesTheSame NOT the domain of the]] [[SwordOfTruth Mother]] [[LegendOfTheSeeker Confessor]]. (and ''[[NamesTheSame especially]]'' not that [[WarriorCatsRPG Mother Confessor]]!)

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The Midlands is between OopNorth and [[BritainIsOnlyLondon London]]. Home to Brummies. [[NamesTheSame NOT the domain of the]] [[SwordOfTruth [[Literature/SwordOfTruth Mother]] [[LegendOfTheSeeker [[Series/LegendOfTheSeeker Confessor]]. (and ''[[NamesTheSame especially]]'' not that [[WarriorCatsRPG [[Roleplay/WarriorCatsRPG Mother Confessor]]!)
14th Jun '13 5:38:48 PM mlsmithca
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* Timothy Spall is famous for portraying TV Brummies, despite not actually being from Birmingham. It started with ''AufWiedersehenPet'' and just sort of snowballed.

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* Timothy Spall is famous for portraying TV Brummies, despite not actually being from Birmingham. It started with ''AufWiedersehenPet'' ''Series/AufWiedersehenPet'' and just sort of snowballed.
17th May '13 2:17:20 PM MarkLungo
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It broadly corresponds to the old Kingdom of Mercia (the dialect influenced Tolkien) and is split by the UK government into the [[SweetHomeMidlands West Midlands]] and East Midlands regions, this split is currently only used for statistical purposes and as constituencies during [[EuropeanUnion European elections]].

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It broadly corresponds to the old Kingdom of Mercia (the dialect influenced Tolkien) and is split by the UK government into the [[SweetHomeMidlands West Midlands]] and East Midlands regions, this split is currently only used for statistical purposes and as constituencies during [[EuropeanUnion [[UsefulNotes/TheEuropeanUnion European elections]].
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