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SHHHHH! IT’S THE CITY CENTRE

13-06-2007

Yuppies who’ve moved into Birmingham in pursuit of “city living” have already killed off one of the city’s finest musical institutions. Now they are out to get a nightclub and a fine traditional pub which have been there for years.

Remember the Fiddle And Bone? For a brief period in the early and mid-90’s it was THE place to be if you loved live music, especially jazz.

A pub converted from old canal buildings, it had an enviable waterside location, and was a symbol of the reborn Birmingham.

Indeed, it was one of the attractions used to lure people to buy property in town - you could have great entertainment on your doorstep instead of schlepping in from the suburbs.

So what happened? All too predictably, the Fiddle And Bone was forced to close because this new generation of “city livers” didn’t actually like the noise and bustle associated with city living.

Even expensive sound-proofing wasn’t enough to satisfy the moaners, and now one of Brum’s great pubs of recent times stands derelict.

Surely when you choose to move into a central location, you accept that there will be more noise and bustle than if you relocated to, say, the Quaker Village of Bournville. Isn’t that part of the experience you are buying into?

Apparently not.

The Stirrer’s contacts at a residents meeting in Digbeth last night report that “newbies” to the area who’ve bought flats in the Abacus Building on Alcester Street are now trying to take action against some of the established businesses there.

Air nightclub? The Medicine Bar? The wonderful Spotted Dog pub?

They were all the subject of complaints to the Environmental Health officer on the grounds of noise, even though they’ve all been trading for years before any of the residents moved in.

It is not an exaggeration to say that the loss of the Spotted Dog - a true Irish gem - would be a tragedy for the city? Likewise the Medicine Bar, whichhas hosted numerous great gigs and club nights.

Didn’t the twits who’ve bought those flats do any research into the area? And why did they buy in a central location if they weren’t prepared for a bit of buzz?

Heaven knows how they’ll react to the Rootsville Music festival later this month.

Here’s a message from the Stirrer - if you can’t stand the heat, get back to the ‘burbs

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