|Despite the hideous conurbation at
its centre, there are a number of really rather beautiful parts of
the West Midlands. By and large though, whatever the Lonely Planet Guide might say about the "vibrant
of Birmingham, it is not a pretty sight. But then, by now you
should have got the idea that LP guides are about as reliable as the
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Although I freely admit to
being a great fan of that work, I most certainly would not trust it to
guide me through the West Midlands, England, nor for that matter anywhere
else on planet earth.
So, unless you
attracted by the theme of "urban wastelands", avoid
Birmingham and seek out the pretty bits! On the plus side, its one
redeeming feature is the number of motorways which enable you to exit as
quickly as possible.