Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Sat Nav Suicide

There are words that strike fear into the hardest of men, freezing the blood and loosening the bowels. For me one such word is “Birmingham”.

A horrible tangled mess of concrete and tarmac, traversing one ring road after another, looking out for the piss-poor signage that only appears at the very last minute, made us wonder what circle of merry hell we were on.

Eventually we found the location hosting the medical symposium. Finding the right hall was another matter because, unsurprisingly, the interior signage sucked just as badly. One thing that did amaze us was that the on-site AV technician really knew his stuff. In the past, at various venues around the country, that hasn’t always been the case.

After that it was just a case of filming the various speakers, pack up, shake hands and head for the exit. Was it really that easy?

Yesterday evening I had the great pleasure of meeting up with William Martell who was over in London to give his screenwriting classes. Softly spoken, with a good sense of humour, he has an encyclopaedic knowledge of film and understands better than anyone I’ve met how to navigate the absurdities and contradictions that lie at the heart of Los Angeles’ film industry. If you don’t already read his blog, start now.


At 11:58 am, Blogger Robin Kelly said...

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At 12:00 pm, Blogger Robin Kelly said...

An alternative viewpoint: Birmingham has more parkland and trees than any other city in Europe and is the second most visited city in England for its high quality arts and leisure as well as conventions. Millions of return visitors can't be wrong.

Treat yourself, have a weekend break in Birmingham today. Well, at the weekend.

At 12:25 pm, Blogger Good Dog said...

Robin, it did look nice around the ICC - when we finally got there, with all the redevelopment around the canal. Although there were a whole lot of beautiful red-brick buildings on the way there that are being left to rot - which is a crying shame.

But as an out-of-towner trying to reach a location there... Apart from filming at the NEC, this was the third work-related trip. Each time it has meant racing around the maze of roads trying to find the cheese.

Maybe one day I may have a weekend break there - on a weekend - but right now...

At 12:48 pm, Blogger Robin Kelly said...

I suppose that might be fair enough. The road system has been improved and still has a ways to go but the city was built for the car and the priority on the make-over was making it pedestrian friendly.


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