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Photography: Sandwell Valley Country Park

Wednesbury pool - landscape

I attached my 55  – 300mm telephoto lens on Sunday and went looking for wildlife to photograph. This landscape was at 55mm and it’s OK, but I would liked to have zoomed out further. A 15 – 55mm lens would have been better. Read the rest of this page »

Life: time shift

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I went out taking photos yesterday using a telephoto lens. That sort of distorts reality, I can zoom in on things I wouldn’t normally be able to even see and then record the moment on a digital memory card.  Time shift on a modern television stores images in a similar way. Read the rest of this page »

Finance Friday: Another Banking investigation?

Banks in the UK are still recovering, not only from the crash; but their own mistakes that were driven by greed. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is set to recommend a full competition inquiry into the big four banks. Read the rest of this page »

Come back Robin Hood…

Picture of geese on the water

When I was a kid, I learnt a little about the history of Britain. About the Anglo-Saxons, the Viking invasion and the Norman invasion. King Alfred the Great and King Harold getting a arrow in his eye. There were tales of King Arthur and his round table. Then there was the religion, with a religious service every morning and Sunday school every Sunday… Read the rest of this page »

Photography: Carnival Time

Air Cadets at Darlaston's Party In the Park

It was carnival time in the Black Country this weekend as we promoted the Black Country and celebrated it’s culture too. I took this photo at Darlaston’s party in the park. Read the rest of this page »

Black Country Day

The Black Country Flag

It’s Black Country Day today. When I first heard it was going to be on a Monday, when many people are at work or school. I thought it was a bit saft, but we had lots on over the weekend so it’s working out alright. Aye it? Read the rest of this page »

Finance Friday: Rich and poor

It’s been an interesting week for me this week, with the stock market falling with lots of ‘profit taking’. No, I don’t think it was just profit taking either. People are nervous and after the way it crashed a few years ago; who can blame them? Read the rest of this page »

Black Country Festival 2014

Carnival crowds

You might have noticed I’ve been promoting the Black Country Festival just lately. If you haven’t, then I’m doing something wrong. Today’s picture is of Wednesbury Carnival last year. This is the second year for a Black Country Day and the first year for a festival and so it needs more people to support it. Read the rest of this page »

Photography: Horse owners of Tipton

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The Frying Pan

This Sunday I was asked to take photos at the Frying Pan in Darlaston of a meeting of the horse owners of Tipton that was organised by Jason Foxall (pictured) in memory of his uncle, Colin “Kingy” Salter; a local character from Darlaston who passed away a couple of years ago.   Read the rest of this page »

Life: Keeping busy

1 Horse owners at the Frying Pan

I’m not too keen on mornings and Monday mornings can be even worse, but today we have sunshine and I’m quite pleased with how the weekend turned out. This is one of the photos that I took yesterday afternoon, I think they will like it. Read the rest of this page »

Finance Friday: related investments

If you’re considering investing in a particular sector or company, it might be worth looking at related sectors or companies. For example, if you think an oil company is a good investment, look at who is supplying them and what they use to drill for oil. I thought graphene might be a good investment for that reason. Read the rest of this page »

Random thoughts…

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Today’s picture is All Saints church in Moxley. One of my ancestors was married there. It’s interesting to photograph classic buildings and try to do something artistic with the picture. Not everyone appreciates my art of course. Read the rest of this page »

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