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Are we there yet? Pakistan plans bus route to UK - FRANCE 24

AFP - Authorities in Pakistan are planning to launch a bus route from the Kashmir town of Mirpur to the British city of Birmingham -- 8,000 kilometres (5,000 miles) away.

The mammoth journey will take travellers through some of the most dangerous areas of Pakistan on their way to Iran, Turkey and Europe before reaching the Midlands city after around eight days, officials said.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Sep 27th, 2012 at 04:28:06 PM EST
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I .. er .. what?
Birmingham?

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by Number 6 on Fri Sep 28th, 2012 at 06:35:51 AM EST
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Birmingham.

Plenty of immigrants in the Midlands. (Probably because they can't afford to live in London.)

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Fri Sep 28th, 2012 at 07:30:10 AM EST
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OK, I was going to say "why not Bradford?" Maybe that's too far North.

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by Number 6 on Fri Sep 28th, 2012 at 07:40:59 AM EST
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The original influx into Leicester (post-war) was principally down to the textile industry and the teaching of making textiles. When I was studying at Leicester College of Art (as it then was), there were students from many of the developing countries. There were fewer, but a still considerable number, studying boots and shoes, and even engineering students. These were the 3 industries that powered Leicester from the early 20th century through several depressions. One of these industries always continued to thrive in downturns, leading to a city per capita income that was in the world top ten in the Thirties.

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by Sven Triloqvist on Fri Sep 28th, 2012 at 10:19:13 AM EST
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Never mind Birmingham... Mirpur?
by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Fri Sep 28th, 2012 at 08:06:39 AM EST
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(FWIW, it's a joke, I know many of those with Pakistani links in Birmingham have links to Mirpur...)
by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Fri Sep 28th, 2012 at 08:08:07 AM EST
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Because it's only a short bus ride from Leicester.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Sep 28th, 2012 at 09:58:30 AM EST
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You mean the bus to Mirpur is quicker than the bus to Leicester?
by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Fri Sep 28th, 2012 at 10:57:09 AM EST
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Well, it depends if you're starting from Loughborough or Market Harborough.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Sep 28th, 2012 at 11:13:42 AM EST
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