Birmingham say Goodbye to the Big Sleuth Bears

Bye, bye #Birmingham #Bears……we are sad to see you go…..


via Harriet for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity

Say Goodbye To The Bears!

The hugely successful Big Sleuth trail finishes Sunday 17th September and organisers have announced that the 100 bear sculptures on the main trail will come together one last time at a special Farewell Weekend from Friday 6 October to Sunday 8 October!

A chance to say a fond farewell, the stunning ‘sleuth’ of bears will stand together at Birmingham’s Eastside City Park, next to Millennium Point, before being auctioned off on Thursday 12 October to raise vital funds for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity.

The Big Sleuth Farewell Weekend The Big Sleuth Farewell Weekend

The Big Sleuth, presented by Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity and creative producers Wild in Art, has won the hearts and minds of everyone in Birmingham and beyond this summer, with visitors coming from far and wide to explore the city’s streets, parks and open spaces.

The Big Sleuth

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The Uprising of 1857, The Indian Perspective

The Battle for Indian Independence from the British as we celebrate the 70th Anniversary of Indian Independence in 1947

Historical Excerpts

Featured image: The deposed and broken Emperor after the show trial in Delhi

Although Bahadur Shah II, the last Mughal is a central figure in this book, it is not a biography of Zafar so much as a portrait of the Delhi he personified, a narrative of the last days of the Mughal capital and its final destruction in the catastrophe of 1857. Archives containing Zafar’s letters and his court records can be found in London, Lahore, and even Rangoon. Most of the material, however, still lies in Delhi, Zafar’s former capital.

How and why the relatively easy relationship of Indian and Briton, so evident in the end of the eighteenth century, gave way to the hatreds and racism of the high nineteenth-century Raj? The Uprising, it is clear, was the result of that change, not its cause.

Two things seem to have put paid to this easy coexistence. One…

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Some interesting Indian history the Last Mughal by William Dalrymple as Indians celebrate the 70th Anniversary of independence from The British Raj

Historical Excerpts

IMG_0149Bahadur Shah Zafar II

Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar II (1775-1862)
The elderly Mughal Emperor–eldest but not favourite son of the Emperor Akbar Shah II–was a calligrapher, Sufi, theologian, patron of painters of miniatures, creator of gardens and a very serious mystical poet. By the 1850s he held little real day-to-day power beyond the still potent mystique attached to the Mughal dynasty and was in many ways “a chessboard king.” Though he was initially horrified by the rough and desperate sepoys who barged into his palace on 11 May 1857, Zafar ultimately agreed to give his blessings to the Uprising, seeing it as the only way to save his great dynasty from extinction. It was a decision he later came to regret bitterly.

IMG_0141Zinat Mahal Begum

The Nawab Zinat Mahal Begum (1821-1882)
Zafar’s senior wife, and his only consort to come from an aristocratic background: when they married in…

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