Monday, September 1, 2008

Red, White and Cute/ THEME DAY-Sister City

Today you get more than your money's worth.  I already had my Labor Day Dog set to go and then Babooshka over at Ramsey, Isle of Man came through with not one, but two  photos from her hometown and our sister city of Birmingham, England!!!!  So today you get three photos and two songs!

(Top Photo)
What can I say.  A dog's gotta do what a dog's gotta do.   Here in the good ole
USA we are celebrating Labor Day today.  This pooch started celebrating this holiday on Saturday!


The Tune du Jour is a stroke of genius if I do say so....."Nine to Five" by Dolly Parton.  Lord, that girl can sing!  Today you get a "twofer" songwise as well. If you stick around you can also catch Willie Nelson singing  "The City of New Orleans" for our friend Steve over at New Orleans DP and the residents of NOLA as they brace themselves for Gustav.  Godspeed.

(Photos Below)
     BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND
Today is City Daily Photo Theme Day  around the world.  The theme is "Sister Cities".  My Birmingham was founded on the steel industry and we took our name from Birmingham, England.  Thanks to Babooshka's friend Cheryl , I have two wonderful photos to share from across the pond.  The one on the bottom  is a shop called Selfridges.  Wouldn't you love to see that one in person?  I might have to make a special request for more photos of that one.  The top picture is their absolutely beautiful Town Hall.  (I had to crop these some and I apologize.) 

31 comments:

Jilly said...

Goodness, yes we really do get our money's worth from you today, Virginia! Love that dog.

With so much talk of the Hurricane hitting down south and the Republican nomination in St. Paul, I had no idea it was Labour Day in America.

Virginia said...

We're a thrill a minute over here in the US. Don't leave your TV!

Abraham Lincoln said...

I just love that doggy. Wow. It is really nice. I like your music today. Lots of people don't like Dolly Parton, but I like her and her songs.

Eki Akhwan said...

Wonderful pictures for the Theme Day, V. And the dog's picture is so cute and funny, I can't help laughing ... :D

Olivier said...

la photo du chien est une vraie photo culte, une carte postale.

the picture of the dog is a real photo worship, a postcard.

Kelly said...

Love the dog! Great music for today too!

Katie said...

That dog is too cute! And what fun to be able to see photos of your sister city in England too! I agree that Selfridges looks like a destination for some wild photo taking! However I was especially happy to listed to Dolly sing "9 to 5" since I'm still in bed and don't have to go to work today!! Have a great Labor Day!

babooshka said...

Now this is weird! Born in Birmingham, England but long since moved away. The Town Hall is old Brum as we affectionally call Birmingham.
The Selfridges shop is modern Brum.
Both are iconic images and so very different.

The doggy is just so cute. Overall Your Birmingham is a lot more pictureseque than mine.

Dusty Lens said...

Happy Labor Day! I keep forgetting about theme day project. Ironic Birmingham's sister city is Birmingham. would be fun to see both Birminghams. hope you manage the rains from the hurricane. Be safe.

Strangely enough, Minneapolis has 8 sister cities, a big family if you will. Tours, France is one of them, I must travel there one day and visit.

Halcyon said...

Cute doggie! Hope you are having a happy (non)Labor Day!

I guess Birmingham, UK is an obvious choice for your sister city! I've always wanted to visit. I love your third pic. Very artistic.

Virginia said...

Confession: I did not know about the official sister city site. Since we were named for Birmingham, England it made sense to me that they would be our sister city. That's my story and I'm sticking to it!

alice said...

Happy to see your interpretation and love the dog!

Knoxville Girl said...

Is that a SHIH-TZU? I used to have a black & white little guy who would not tolerate anything to be put on his head, it was beneath his doggie dignity, dont'cha know.
Cool Brummie shots

Laurie said...

Happy Labor Day to you, Virginia! For it to be Labor Day, you sure did a lot of work for us in this post today. Three pictures and two songs! I'd say you put in some overtime.

I've never been to either Birmingham, but your blog has really made me want to see yours. Now, don't mind me while I hang out here a while to hear Willie Nelson again...

Mary said...

Hey Virginia - what an awesome & festive little pooch!
UJ wants to know if you are taking requests? Play him some Sinatra sometime, Young At Heart if you got it!!
Happy Labor Day to you!
xx,
M

PJ said...

Hi, Virginia,
Your post is beautifully stitched together, especially the "That's my story and I'm stickin' to it" part.
I think we've seen the worst of Gustav. Lots of pecan branches down, umpteen tornado alerts, one damaged concrete replica of the iconic statue from "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" named Savannah Grace (she will have her right arm in a "cast" for a short spell), and now we just wait and see. The storm is hitting my husband's home town right now and some cousins stayed. There's still the feeder bands for us. And this is just the beginning of hurricane season. I put up a few pics on my other blog from yesterday as we watched it build up out on Perdido Key.

Virginia said...

Well I am tres flattered to be able to fill a request from my DJ friend Jay! ( I think he's buttering me up so I won't decide to give him a run for his money as a DJ myself!) Coming up tomorrow.

Webradio said...

Hello !

Tu as un chien farceur...

Virginia said...

Anybody heard from Steve B. from NOLA since he and Linda arrived in FLA? HOpe their home is ok.

PJ, glad you weathered the storm. I was downtown a while ago snapping some pics and the wind was unreal. Good thing I'm "sturdy" or I would have been rolling down the street like all those TV reporters that have to get out in the rain and wind to prove it's a really big storm. Like we're too stupid to look at the trees all bent over and figure it out for ourselves.

alice said...

I was just reading about Gustav on the internet...I hope the wind will go down very soon. Amitiés.

Rambling Round said...

Well, I knew your sister city had to be Birmingham, England!

ken mac said...

that lower pic reminds me of an insect's eye. knockout

Virginia said...

Don't I wish I had taken these fabulous BW photos of Birmingham, England. I need to step it up a notch.

Chris said...

Love that bottom photo.

How you doing? Hope weather is fine down there. . .

Ming the Merciless said...

Am back from Boston and catching up on my blogs.

Love the doggie in his patriotic outfit. All he needs is little boat called Mayflower. :-)

The two black & white photos of Birmingham, UK are spectacular. I haven't visited London since 1982 or 1983 when I was still a wee lad. :-)

angela said...

Gosh this is generous; all those photos and two songs...I haven't been to Birmingham for years so the photos brought back fond memories..the songs too as it happens.
Like the change of header.

prem1um said...

Hi Virginia - just a quick note to say the building in the centre of the photo is the Council House - the seat of local government. The building with the Greek columns on the very left of the building is our Town Hall (where I work!) and you can see more images of it here http://www.thsh.co.uk/page/town-hall-birmingham/town-hall-image-gallery/ Thanks! Lyle, Birmingham

Virginia said...

Thanks Lyle. I did think that was an awfully large and grand building just for the Town Hall. We have nothing like that here in Alabama!

babooshka said...

I have roundly smacked myself and Cheryl when I get hold of her for the wrong info. I will have to check out the brum link myself. I bet I won't recognise half the city now.

Marie Reed said...

Just so you know.. my email is driving me crazy! I can't send messages.. Ahhhh! So I'll answer here:)
Bisous is an informal way of closing a letter written to friends or family... It refers to the two little kisses that one plants on cheeks when saying goodbye:)

GrandAnglais said...

HELLO Virginia, I'm so sorry I wasn't able to help you with this project but I had some problems at the time which meant I wasn't able to blog. But I see you've got some great photos of Birmingham anyway.
I'm going through your other pics, which I really enjoy as well.
Please come and have a look at my "Birmingham Collection" which I'm currently working on.