Friday, 31 January 2014

The Old Contemptibles

So, since I haven't actually got out my camera in an embarrassingly long time (which will hopefully change tomorrow or at least in the near future...) and England is a dark, rainy and uninspiring land at the moment, I thought I'd start re-kicking off my blog with some flashback posts. These photos were taken when me and the boyfriend went to Birmingham on a lovely April day in 2013 to meet up with some friends who all did Classics/Ancient History based degrees at around the same time I did at Warwick.

We wandered into the epic shopping centre that is the Bullring and had lunch at Pizza Express, and then wandered back out into the sunny city centre.

Some fun was had as we decided what to do next...

John came to the rescue with his knowledge of Birmingham. (Gained through attending Birmingham College of Law for two years! Impressive.) So we ended up at a lovely pub very near the centre called The Old Contemptibles.

It had Aspall cider on tap, was really cosy and well-decorated - what more could you ask for? The name is based on the fact that survivors of World War I later called themselves "The Old Contemptibles" because it was thought that Emperor Wilhelm II referred to the English forces as a "contemptible little army", although actually there's no evidence for this...but it makes a good story!

They had a lot of ales as well, but sadly I am decidedly not a beer drinker!

All in all it was a really wonderful day, and hopefully we can repeat it this year!

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