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Remembrance Sunday #ramble

Yes, it is Sunday morning once again and so I’ll share my thoughts with you. Actually, it’s not Sunday, it’s Saturday evening and I plan to go to the Remembrance Parade to photograph it in the morning. It is 100 years since the guns fell silent at the end of the first world war. It was a war that affected every family. My one grandfather was over in France and survived an attack with mustard gas. I’m not sure how but he managed to help his mates when the attack came. He carried one out of the gas. My other grandfather lost his oldest son to the war and having lost his bakery business to the 1913 tube strike; he died not long after.

remembrance

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Now what was my backup plan?

Sam's dream and my backup plan

This is a weekend of celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday. I photographed this event yesterday which went well until the heavens opened. I’m getting to be quite a good sky watcher and weather predictor and was in my car driving home when the rain came down. That was my backup plan. (more…)


Promote local #community

Promote local WEDNESBURY

I went out last night taking photos in the twilight. It can be a good time as the light is less harsh. I managed to photograph a couple of pubs and other businesses. Just putting photos on Facebook is helping to promote local business. It’s not just small businesses that I want to promote, though. (more…)


Things in common #photo-challenge

Wednesbury UK landscape

It is important to have things in common. Common parents make a family. In a community, we need to have commonality to make the community like a family. We need familiarity with common landmarks, we need common institutions and a common culture. Even a common dialect aids community cohesion. The churches in this photos are a common community landmark. (more…)


Photographic memories

photographic memories

Redhouse Park in February 2012

I remember this photo. I took it in Redhouse park in West Bromwich, about 4 or 5 miles from my home. I just wanted to come home that day, I was cold and felt sick. I’m not sure what possessed me to go there in February! It’s a good picture though, taken with a Fujifilm S5600. (more…)


Images and stories

THOW

I designed a new banner for our Facebook history page this morning. Social media is all about engaging with members or fans and keeping interest alive. It’s the same if you run a community group or a small business. (more…)


Wednesbury Carnival in pictures

CARNIVAL 2015 (10)

If you’re a regular reader you’ll know on a Sunday morning I just ramble on about whatever is on my mind. This morning it’s photography, because I photographed the Carnival yesterday. I think a few people will want to see pictures, so I’ll ramble less today! (more…)


Aethelflaed – weird or strange?

Aethelflaed

If you’re a regular reader you’ll know I just write about whatever is on my mind on a Sunday morning. This morning it’s Anglo-Saxon history. I’m the admin now of the History of Wednesbury Facebook Page and so I have been researching our history. The early history was written by monks. (more…)


Bohemia–a country of the mind

Street scene - Bohemia

A featured article by Mike Maynard

Bohemianism

Bohemianism is the practice of an unconventional lifestyle, often in the company of like-minded people, with few permanent ties, involving musical, artistic, or literary pursuits. In this context, Bohemians may be wanderers and adventurers. (Wikipedia) (more…)


History defines culture

WEDNESBURY MAP 8 X 10

I usually make pictures smaller so they will upload quickly to the internet, but this weekend I worked out a way of making digital images bigger, so I could see if there was any loss of definition. I made this map larger. (more…)


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