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2-2 and Pebble Mill

Pebble Mill being Milled
This is the current status of the demolition of Pebble Mill. The BBC have moved into "the Mailbox" which is really quite a nice location for the BBC to work from as it looks over onto the Gas Street canal network. Gas Street is the location where my father pushed too hard on the tiller (which broke) and fell into the cut from a narrowboat in the 1970s.

2-2 is the result of the Birmingham City - Liverpool game. I went to meet up with the directors to work with them on the issue of having a regional casino linked with a new stadium. The whole issue is a number of years down the track, but I believe that there is an opportunity of a new stadium. I am not a great fan of increasing the amount of GDP involved in casinos, but if that is happening then we should aim to get the best possible deal for the city.

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