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Finance Friday: Small Investors

Scotland said no to independence yesterday, but in the run up to the vote many investors were selling on the London Stock Market. This was an opportunity to buy, if you were brave enough. Now the panic is over, those shares are going up. Read the rest of this page »

Photography: designing a header

Midland Metro

Today I’m designing a header for my WordPress blog. I want it to have a Black Country theme. The one now is of the Midland Metro, that is known to most people and so I thought I would stick with that, but update it. Read the rest of this page »

Come the revolution

artistic picture of Loxdale Sidings

I am old enough to remember Thatcherism and there was a quiet revolution against it. Well, it wasn’t always quiet, there were riots against the poll tax and the miners put up a fight. There was also a quiet revolution. Read the rest of this page »

Finance Friday: Investing for the future

It’s been quite a good week for my investments. Solo Oil has continued to make double digit gains with good news coming from Tanzania. Read the rest of this page »

Photography and writing

I think photography compliments the writing and editing that I do. It allows me to add images to my blog posts and share snapshots of life in the UK with people overseas. It’s six years since I bought my Fujifilm S5600 and it wasn’t long before I was in the finals of a photography contest. Read the rest of this page »

Three Days in November – a Walsall Arts Fest event

Guest post by Carolyn Bayliss.

Sugar, Ironlak’s new range of acrylic paints were sent over from Queensland Australia. An email to their creative director led them to send cans over to Rob at Bench 504 at the Custard Factory in Birmingham. Because of Ironlak’s support this will be a truly global event. Read the rest of this page »

Finance Friday: Investments and multi-baggers

If you are not familiar with multi-bagger investments, it simply means the value of your investment goes up by multiples of what you originally paid for it. This is a far cry from the 1.5% per year that banks offer on some accounts (including the bonus!). Read the rest of this page »

Photography: Candid shots

Candid shot 1

Candid shots where the subject isn’t aware they are being photographed can be interesting, because you capture a moment in time. The facial expressions convey emotion, rather than a forced smile for the camera. Read the rest of this page »

Finance Friday: Localisation

We hear a lot about globalisation, but that seems to be putting a lot of local businesses, out of business. Do we need the trend towards globalisation to change and a new trend towards localisation to become popular. We all want the consumer goods that come from globalisation; the cheap technology, the cheap clothing and the modern gadgets. Read the rest of this page »

Photography: editing guest pictures

supermoon over the sea

This first picture was sent to me by Carolyn over at Wonder of Tech, that technophile site that deals with all things to do with internet technology. I think this photo of the super-moon was taken with an Iphone. Read the rest of this page »

Gold stars and brownie points


If we did well in class when I was a child we would have gold stars or silver stars stuck in our exercise books at the end of our work. We would rather have had something more  tangible, like a bar of chocolate, but a gold star was an event; it was an achievement. It was an emotional reward. Read the rest of this page »

Finance Friday–How to save money

We all would like to save more money, but find it difficult. We often see something as essential when they’re really luxuries. Housing is an essential, but are we spending more than we need to on it? Read the rest of this page »

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