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February 13, 2013 / viewsfromasmallisland

Giant bull attacks man at the shops

Bull at the shops

Well it does look like a giant bull sliding across the ice to attack an unsuspecting man out shopping.  In fact it is a statue that stands in a famous shopping centre in Birmingham, ( the one in the UK not Alabama), called the Bullring.  Long before the shopping centre there was a market nearby of the same name, which was given a charter in 1166 by Henry II, and it is still there nearly 850 years later .  The unusual name refers to a very unpleasant sport brought over by the Romans and eventually banned but not until 1835.  The sport would have attracted large crowds and traders and eventually a market.  In better conditions the statue looks fabulous.  Unfortunately today the weather was awful, hence why the bull is sliding across the pavement.

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  1. Margarita / Feb 13 2013 11:16 pm

    Reminds me a little of the bull down in the financial district, only feistier! xoM

  2. Jackie / Feb 14 2013 12:17 am

    Well spotted! This picture gave me quite a chuckle! Thanks 😀

  3. Gecko / Feb 14 2013 1:25 am

    Great Capture!

  4. Alice Radwell / Feb 14 2013 10:02 am

    Looks like it’s skidding on the ice. 🙂

    • viewsfromasmallisland / Feb 14 2013 10:09 am

      Yes, that’s what caught my eye. Just a funny moment when it’s seen in the right way.

  5. Malcolm Firth / Feb 14 2013 10:50 am

    Nice one, I love it.

  6. wildsherkin / Feb 14 2013 6:13 pm

    This one made me laugh too! I know that bull well having lived in Birmingham…

    • viewsfromasmallisland / Feb 14 2013 6:43 pm

      It’s a long way from Birmingham to Sherkin. Very different worlds indeed. I think I would plump for Sherkin.

  7. rabirius / Feb 14 2013 6:40 pm

    Amazing shot!

  8. janalinesmalman / Feb 15 2013 3:04 pm

    You got a great shot of it in the rain!! It doesnt look this good on a sunny day!!

    • viewsfromasmallisland / Feb 15 2013 4:18 pm

      Thank you. It was just a coming together of circumstance; the bull appearing to slide from the angle I was at, the snow underneath it and the passing shopper just made for a funny photo, once interpreted in a certain way. Thanks for dropping by.

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