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As the year draws to a close #Wednesbury

I hope everyone in Wednesbury had a great Christmas but now we have to look to the future. What will 2017 bring? There will be some changes with a few companies opening up new premises in or around Wednesbury. Lidl will have a new warehouse and so too will DFS. There will be a new car showroom to replace Carcraft and there are interesting developments on the Gallagher retail park. We also hope to get better Christmas lights next year,  too!

What Christmas lights

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Black Country Day

It’s Black Country aye it? I live in Wednesbury which is the heart of the Black Country. We have our own dialect and our own culture. We’re not much for messin’ about. The officious morons who ask us to fill in a shed load of forms just to get something simple done gets on our nerves. In the Black Country, you could just turn up at factory gates to get a job at one time. Now you have to talk to a bleedin’ computer online and if it dow like ya, yam buggered.

Black Country Flag

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Revolting British #ramble

It is Sunday morning and the sun is shining here in the Black Country despite everything. So I will start the day by sharing my thoughts with my readers because the news was a little revolting. I’ll start with a nice picture to cheer you all up.

Moorcroft Junction

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Good Old Days? #ramble

This is the town I grew up in, with its filth, smoke and rampant disease. Do I miss the days of the British Empire and National Service? If the photographer had turned left a bit when he took this picture, he would have got the Chest Clinic in, where we had x-rays done on antiquated equipment.  Good old days? I don’t think so. (more…)


F-bomb Britain #satiresaturday

Wednesbury party

A weekend of events

In a few hours a weekend of events will begin here in Wednesbury, where I live. This is the one today to raise money for surgery for Sam who needs an SDR operation to help him walk. Being the Black Country, I expect people to pull together and make his dream come true. (more…)


Canal thoughts #ramble

CANAL BOATS

Canal boats

It’s Sunday morning and so once again I share my thoughts about my plans and life in general. The sun’s shining and so I intend to go out today and take photographs while there is less traffic. I think there might be narrowboats on the canal, they always make a good subject. (more…)


Enjoy life, really?

enjoy life - bluebells

Should young people get lessons on how to enjoy life when they are at school? I don’t mean endless partying or always being on holiday but choosing a career that suits them and one they will enjoy. There are many people that enjoy their work, from gardeners to doctors, but there are also doctors who are obviously in the wrong job and take it out on their patients. (more…)


Creative thoughts #ramble

creative thoughts

It’s Sunday morning and I’m sharing my thoughts with you again. My thoughts today are creative thoughts. I want to go out and take some photographs, but I want to take one that is really different. I want to create art and that takes a little thought. I not only have to decide on a subject but wait for just the right light for my image. (more…)


Big Brother watching

Big Brother is watching us.

George Orwell did warn us that this time would come and big brother would be watching. The cameras would monitor our daily lives and deprive us of privacy and liberty. We were warned that we would be forced to use unfamiliar language and tow the politically correct party line. (more…)


Wednesbury ramble

WEDNESBURY RUGBY - TALLEST GOAL POSTS

Today’s picture looks like a nice landscape with the Wednesbury rugby players and the tallest goal posts in the world, but it was freezing. That was yesterday afternoon. I woke at 3am unable to breathe, my cold was so bad. I’m thinking of going out to photograph the St George’s Day parade this morning. Am I crazy? I probably am!  (more…)


St Georges Day 2016

STONE CROSS  St Georges day parade

Yes, it’s St Georges Day, when we remember the debt of gratitude we owe to our patron saint for slaying that pesky dragon. You couldn’t do it today, there would be an outcry from the animal rights groups. They would be parading with banners denouncing the dragon slayer and trying to protect the dragons from extinction. (more…)


Geeks and photography #life

Geeks don't always own teddy bears

Socially inept?

I checked with Google the definition of the word geeks. The definition is an unfashionable or socially inept person. A nerd is very similar. These are American expressions and so not to be taken too seriously. I think geeks are drawn to computers and do take up photography. Owning a teddy bear is optional. Taking photos of your teddy bear is bordering on the weird… (more…)


Zoom with two fingers? #ramble

2 fingers to zoom

I have figured out the way zoom on my touchpad works in Windows 10. Yes, us computer users have to start learning the smartphone actions. It could help me learn how to use the zoom on a smartphone, I suppose… (more…)


Black Country culture #ramble

It is Sunday morning and so as usual I will open up the dark passages within my mind and see what’s going on in there. What do I have on my mind this morning? Being typically English, I’m watching the weather. (more…)


The winner takes it all? #ramble

It’s Sunday morning and so I’m rambling again. What’s on my mind this morning? My great niece Megan, was on ‘The Voice’ last night doing battle with a team-mate. That is not a good idea, team-mates are supposed to be on the same side and the song was  a compromise that didn’t really suit either performer. (more…)


State of Mind #photo-challenge

LANDSCAPE (35)

“Photos show us the surface of things, but they often tell much deeper stories about the objects they depict — and about the people who take them” – Ben Huberman in his post which is this week’s WordPress challenge. (more…)


Symbols of status #ramble

It’s Sunday morning and so this must be my Sunday ramble when I let you into a more mysterious area of my mind and ramble on. What am I thinking about this week? The daffodil should give you a clue… (more…)


United Kingdom or divided nation? #life

In Saxon times, rivers divided the land now known as the United Kingdom. Drowning was a common cause of death along with plague and having an axe embedded in your skull. There was also the divide between the nobles, the common man and the slaves. At least, Saxon nobles had a duty to those of less noble birth and made sure they had food and shelter. (more…)


A mad, mad world #life

Space junk

I read this morning that the rise in space junk could provoke armed conflict. This comes from the Guardian which is far more worrying than if it came from the Sun or the Mail. This space junk flying around could crash into a military satellite and be construed as an attack. (more…)


Thinking about the weather #ramble

On a Sunday, I ramble on about whatever is on my mind. Today, it’s the weather amongst other things. We might have a little snow later this week. It’s cold this morning so I might have to sort out my Arctic gear! (more…)


Not in the mood for writing #writing

1 st barts

You know how sometimes you crawl out of bed almost lifeless and don’t feel like doing much? That’s how I feel this morning, but I carry on and boost my creativity with several cups of tea! (more…)


A Scrooge-like Christmas? #ramble

People haven’t been spending in the shops this week even though stores are cutting prices and having early sales. We do have official austerity and the poorest in society have been hard hit by government policies. (more…)


On the grapevine #life

Wednesbury landscape 2

The latest news concerns interest rates and a small rise is expected to be announced by the Federal reserve on the other side of the pond. I don’t think that will affect us very much in the UK but could indicate a UK rise next year. The other phenomenon in the news is something called Christmas. (more…)


Imagine an image #ramble

I write a lot and post images of the town I live in and the Black Country. I try to promote the area in a positive way. I know it’s shallow just to judge people and places by the way they look, but that is what many people do. First impressions are important as young people going out looking for a job know. (more…)

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