History UsefulNotes / TheMidlands

19th Jun '17 3:17:15 PM jormis29
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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 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!''"

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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 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) Music/BetteMidler) 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!''"
26th Apr '17 12:43:48 AM J_McK
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The largest cities of the Midlands include [[UsefulNotes/TheWestMidlands Birmingham]], Coventry, Stoke-on-Trent, Nottingham, Derby and Leicester. Somewhat deprived in places, [[UsefulNotes/TheWestMidlands Birmingham]] and Nottingham currently have a rather bad reputation for gun crime.

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The largest cities of the Midlands include [[UsefulNotes/TheWestMidlands Birmingham]], Coventry, Stoke-on-Trent, Nottingham, Derby and Leicester. Somewhat deprived in places, [[UsefulNotes/TheWestMidlands Birmingham]] and Nottingham currently have a rather bad reputation for gun crime.
crime. Coventry, meanwhile, has been named the most dangerous city in the UK [[http://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-named-most-dangerous-city-12408683]] and the seventh [[http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/coventry-named-seventh-most-dangerous-9568642]] most dangerous in Europe.
19th Mar '17 7:08:48 PM LaptopGuy
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* [[Music/{{Motorhead}} Lemmy Kilminster]], from Stoke-on-Trent. The local council refused planning permission to erect a statue of him, as they felt he was the wrong sort of local hero they should be celebrating.

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* [[Music/{{Motorhead}} Lemmy Kilminster]], from Stoke-on-Trent.Stoke-on-Trent (the rest of Motörhead are from London). The local council refused planning permission to erect a statue of him, as they felt he was the wrong sort of local hero they should be celebrating.



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

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* Robert Plant and John Bonham, singer and drummer respectively, of Music/LedZeppelin. Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones, meanwhile, are from the UsefulNotes/HomeCounties.
26th Feb '17 2:29:13 AM theNerdytimes
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*** 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!

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*** 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 ''petty revenge on some country farmers who are three and a half feet tall* tall'' (how the mighty have fallen...) -- so its sort of implied by Tolkien that there could *be* ''be'' no rational reason for what had happened to the Midlands, the actual underlying reason for all of this industrialization was for the *sole* ''sole'' purpose of polluting the countryside out of existence out of spite!
20th Dec '16 2:31:54 AM AgProv
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* Music/OzzyOsbourne

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* Music/OzzyOsbourneMusic/OzzyOsbourne. And the rest of Music/BlackSabbath, from Aston, Birmingham.
* [[Music/{{Motorhead}} Lemmy Kilminster]], from Stoke-on-Trent. The local council refused planning permission to erect a statue of him, as they felt he was the wrong sort of local hero they should be celebrating.
* Music/TheMoodyBlues, from Birmingham. The name derives from the Mitchells And Butlers brewery, who were happy to sponsor several employees who started a pub blues band, on the proviso they had "M & B" in their name.
* Music/TheElectricLightOrchestra, and its parent band Music/TheMove, and spin-off band Roy Wood's Wizzard.
18th Nov '16 4:19:49 PM Jake
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* ''Literature/TomBrownsSchooldays'' is set in Rugby School (where the sport was also born, at least according to the popular legend), and the quasi-spinoff

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* ''Literature/TomBrownsSchooldays'' is set in Rugby School (where the sport was also born, at least according to the popular legend), and the quasi-spinoff ''{{Literature/Flashman}}'' stars a character from the book.



''{{Literature/Flashman}}'' stars a character from the book.

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''{{Literature/Flashman}}'' stars a character from the book.

5th Nov '16 5:03:36 PM Ravenclawed
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* The series ''Series/RaisedByWolves'' is set in the West Midlands city of Wolverhampton - hence the title.
20th Aug '16 4:48:19 AM themisterfree
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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 UsefulNotes/TheWestMidlands and East Midlands regions, this split is currently only used for statistical purposes and as constituencies during [[UsefulNotes/TheEuropeanUnion 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 UsefulNotes/TheWestMidlands and East Midlands regions, this split is currently only used for statistical purposes and purposes, as constituencies during [[UsefulNotes/TheEuropeanUnion European elections]].elections]] and for TV news coverage.
22nd May '16 1:04:09 AM DaveyDoodlebug
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* Comedian Creator/RikMayall, whilst born in Essex spent a great deal of his upbringing in Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire, which fueled the inspiration for his Kevin Turvey persona.
8th Apr '16 8:35:43 PM Seanette
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The cities of the Midlands are noted for having a larger than usual percentage of ethnic minorities, particularly Leicester, where disturbingly the percentage of minorities now outnumber native Englishmen. Special mention goes to Narborough Road (also known as the Golden Mile for its almost absurdly high number of gold merchants, jewellery stores, and banks), where practically every business is run or owned by a foreigner.

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The cities of the Midlands are noted for having a larger than usual percentage of ethnic minorities, particularly Leicester, where disturbingly the percentage of minorities now outnumber native Englishmen. Special mention goes to Narborough Road (also known as the Golden Mile for its almost absurdly high number of gold merchants, jewellery stores, and banks), where practically every business is run or owned by a foreigner.
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