Birmingham's skyline mix-up goes viral - blog round-up
Well who would have believed our Tuesday story about Birmingham City Council accidently printing a picture of Birmingham Alabama on its recycling leaflet could have recieved so much attention.
News of the blunder, first discovered by Kings Heath resident Jon Cooper who contacted The Birmingham Post about it, has appeared on national news and is zooming across the blogosphere.
Here is just a taste of what people have said:
- There was "much shaking of head in bemused exasperation" from Richard Bruton in Yorkshire on his blog. A former Birmingham resident, he doesn't have good memories of the council.
He said: "it's not the mistake that really rankles, it's the attempt to cover it up, the assumption that we're stupid enough to fall for the "generic skyline" bollocks that really annoys."
- Birmingham-based Boxer Design had a giggle at the council and said it was glad to know it's council tax was being put to good use.
- Birmingham: It's Not Shit did some investigative work and suggested the picture the council had used on the leaflet had come from stock picture site iStockphoto. The surprising thing was it was labelled "Alabama" in the keywords.
- isuseful.com lived up to it's name by offering a few tips on how to avoid such mix-ups in a post entitled "When Stock Photography Goes Wrong".
- On his blog A VIew from Middle England, Arden Forester says he's "Alabrummy Bound!" and decries what he sees as a growing societal trend towards a "lack of attention to detail."
- Over at Wonko's World, Stuart Parr says the skyline mixup made a farce out of what was already a "stupid" idea.
"I wonder what the carbon footprint of 720,000 leaflets is when you take into account the printing and delivery and all the other associated tasks involved in the activity. Not very eco-friendly is it?," he says.
- On photo-sharing site Flickr, the debate turned to whether Birmingham UK's skyline is prettier than Birmingham Alabama's.
- On the Countenance Blog the worry was the Birmingham UK residents may end up driving on the wrong side of the road.
- Blog.strakt, the blog of Birmingham creative communication agency Substrakt, simply labelled the error as an "epic fail".
- Samuel George on his blog Krioma.net is cross. A self-confessed, passionate lover of Brum, he labels the council as "idiots" for failing to recognise their own city.
- On the blog of Birmingham-based design agency Tak!, Vanessa Gorman is kinder, admitting she has found herself accidentally checking the Birmingham Alabama weather forcast by mistake.
- David Griner at Adfreak.com feels sympathy for the Council and, as a Birmingham Alabama resident, refuses to join the "chortling masses" and in response to the "Thank You Birmingham!" message on the leaflet replies: "You're welcome Birmingham!"
- Pete Millington on Spaghetti Gazetti believes the blunder was "not as bad as the company who printed last year's Birmingham City FC diary with Aston Villa's history in the front section."
- But on The Art of The Grand Gesture, they think us UK Brummies are only jealous because Randy Newman didn't write a song about our city.
What do you think? Take it away Randy...
For more reaction and round up see "Americans find funny side of Birmingham skyline mix-up".