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November 26, 2013 / viewsfromasmallisland

Bullish market

Bull

This impressive statue has pride of place in Birmingham (UK). It has special meaning for all Brummies and marks the entrance to the Bullring Shopping Centre. Special because there has been a market here for over 850 years and ‘Bullring’ and ‘Brummie’ are inseparable. For anyone outside the UK, ‘Brummie’ is a native of Birmingham (UK).

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  1. Gallivanta / Nov 27 2013 2:16 am

    Not sure how this can be, but the bull looks cute and cuddly and fierce all at the same time. How long has the Bull been there?

    • viewsfromasmallisland / Nov 27 2013 1:18 pm

      The statue has only been there since 2003. Before that there were other bull representations to reflect the well known name. However, the Bullring has been the site of a market since 1154. Originally it was the site of a bull baiting ring, hence the name.

      • Gallivanta / Nov 27 2013 11:03 pm

        I am glad the bull baiting has gone 🙂

      • viewsfromasmallisland / Nov 27 2013 11:14 pm

        Yes, an absolutely appalling activity that belongs to a more brutal age. It lasted for centuries in the UK and wasn’t banned until 1835.

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