"Tell you what, right. We'll put it about that Birmingham is a post-industrial wasteland where people speak in funny accents and keep ferrets down their trousers and perpetually on the edge of a race war."
"And not mention the young and vibrant cultural scene, the green spaces, the genuinely integrated population, the house prices about half what they are in London, and the straightforward and tolerant nature of most of the inhabitants. Or even the amazing sunsets."
"That's the idea. Keep the southerners from moving here and putting up prices, that will."
"Right you are."
Watercolour and pigment liner, September 2018