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Air head

astragal

Spare a thought for that previously brilliant and acute observer of all that is worthy in architecture and design, Stephen Bayley. He has obviously suffered a blow to the head, judging by an extraordinary 'picture feature' in the Independent on Sunday .

Headlined 'Seen from a new angle', the introduction says:

'Can these magical scenes really be photographs of charmless, traffic-infested Birmingham?'

Viewed from the air in these other-worldly images, it's clearer than ever that it's time we stopped looking down at this great city.' Astragal likes Birmingham as much as the next diarist, but the so-what aerial shots which accompany some penny-a-line musings from the Great Sage hardly do justice to the city or the writer.

Sample: 'Culturally, Birmingham has done more for the world than Venice, Marseilles and Frankfurt combined.' Pull the other one.

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