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PeterB
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76 of 84  Sun 9th Aug 2020 1:57am  
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The first time I saw the video (with sound off) I was expecting the ATV logo to come up at the end!
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argon
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77 of 84  Sun 9th Aug 2020 12:37pm  
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Is that video supposed to tempt me to visit the city? It looks like a teen music video with pretentions. No mention of what the city has to offer.
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Helen F
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78 of 84  Fri 11th Sep 2020 1:25pm  
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Hopefully things will happen for Whitefriars for the City of Culture but I'm still unsure what. There are some interesting things happening to Coventry's old buildings, but I'm not sure how much difference they'll make. Most of them are shut, most of the time. Successive architects have seen the city as a centre for modernism and commercialism (even in medieval times), but unfortunately some of the modern design was pretty dire. I first saw Coventry in the 90s and it was very rundown. For me it looks much better now. There are still areas that need improvement but the student blocks are at least bright and upbeat. The city lost so much in key moments of time. There was little money for preservation and by the time there was interest in that sort of thing, Coventry was almost denuded of charm. Ironic that one of the least pretty areas - the Burges is still there and I'm hoping that they transform the area as it's an eyesore. For tourism, the old elements are too far apart. The area with the cathedrals is interesting but there's a lot of church and not a lot else in quite a big area. Even when open, the St Mary's cathedral visitor centre was both limited and hard to find. St Mary's Hall is great but requires advance research to see when it's open. Almost everything else is private property. The Slug and Lettuce doesn't draw people in. The Herbert is ok but its Coventry section is [insert earthy ancient insult]. Which is a pity because they've got masses of wonderful stuff. Irritatingly, English Heritage has listed the post war shopping precinct, which is probably the worst era for design, ever. Where were they post war when masses of medieval buildings were demolished? Spon Street was the dumbest place to create a museum street as it's not near the bulk of the remaining features. They didn't even do it properly and make other businesses on the street conform to a design standard. I'm not even sure what could be done to pull the existing features together, they're so far apart. A weekly street market might help. Coventry will never be quaint. It's future lies in at least being useful. The university and its flats at least fulfil that spec. The alternative to going up is going out and green spaces get further and further away. Will people have pride in the city? That's a tougher question. I suppose it depends what people are looking for. Coventry certainly has more to attract people than Warrington. I doubt many people owe loyalty to their home town/city anymore because they move about to follow work.
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Midland Red
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79 of 84  Thu 29th Oct 2020 11:24am  
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Plan for short stay accommodation in Priory Row heritage buildings
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Midland Red
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80 of 84  Sat 16th Jan 2021 8:33am  
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Interesting read Thumbs up
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Helen F
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81 of 84  Tue 8th Jun 2021 12:09pm  
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So here we are, it's started. Did we all see them prancing about at the Vignoles Bridge the other day? What's on What's on at the Belgrade What's on at the Herbert What's on at the Historic Coventry Trust I'll be honest, my whelm is not overed. St Mary's Hall isn't open yet. There's no news of Whitefriars. The Whitefriars gatehouse has got money to be restored but when it will be finished is another matter. There's only one (online) event so far I really want to go for and either it's already booked out or there's no ticket link yet. Sad NB Eventbrite isn't functioning normally at the moment. This may be due to a major web issue. Edited by member, 8th Jun 2021 12:23 pm
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lindatee2002
Virginia USA
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82 of 84  Tue 8th Jun 2021 12:53pm  
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Thank you Helen F for this info. I wish I was there to take advantage of it all. I'd really like to do the backstage Belgrade tour, especially with the cream tea. My brother was a big 2Tone fan so I'll send him that information. It's very frustrating still not being able to visit my home city for this celebration.
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Suitably Chastised
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83 of 84  Wed 9th Jun 2021 4:36am  
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I'm going to use Margaret Atwood's quote: "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all."
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lindatee2002
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84 of 84  Wed 9th Jun 2021 12:18pm  
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I kinda like "If you can't say anything nice, come and sit by me".
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