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New year and so some new plans #ramble

So it’s 2017, I wasn’t expecting to live this long or I would have looked after myself better. Last night my phone said ‘emergency calls only’. I thought maybe the network was overloaded with people wishing each other happy new year. It seems the sim has developed a fault. I have ordered a new one online. My new year isn’t off to a very good start.

new year 2017

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Hanged, drawn and quartered #comment

It is the 5th of November, remember? We are supposed to celebrate the failure of Guido Fawkes and co-conspirators attempt to blow up parliament and the King in 1605. You might instead prefer to reflect on the barbarity of their punishment. They were sentenced to be hanged, drawn and quartered.

hanged, drawn and quartered

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The autumn equinox 2016 #seasons

It’s the autumn equinox tomorrow when the day is split equally into light and dark and my landscape photography becomes a little more challenging. In fact, I’ll probably do more indoor photography.

Autumn colours

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Because they are worth it? #philosophy

We’ve all seen those simpering L’Oreal adverts with the fake smile that accompanies the “because I’m worth it,” quote. These over-paid stars actually try to convince themselves that they are worth their obscene rewards. They might think they are worth it, but do they feel they are worth it?

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Retirement in Wednesbury #lifestyle

This is where I live, it is Wednesbury, in the heart of the Black Country. It isn’t the prettiest place on earth but it is where I’ve lived most of my life. Now I’m enjoying retirement in Wednesbury.

retirement in Wednesbury

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Insanity? #ramble

Albert Einstein is widely credited with saying “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results”. It really doesn’t matter that there’s absolutely no evidence that Einstein actually made this statement; it’s still a great quote!

Insanity

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More lies and statistics #thrifty

Why do we shop around and try to save money? Why do we invest and try to increase our investment and savings income? Are we right to feel financially insecure? Judging by the lies and more lies being bandied about in the run-up to the European referendum we are right to be worried.

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Tarnished image #Saturdaysatire

Tarnished image or green and pleasant

Britain’s image as a green and pleasant land has been turning into a  tarnished image for quite some time. Now there is a nasty nationalist fever sweeping the land as the referendum on Europe approaches. This fever seems to be headed up by the infamous nastiness of Iain Duncan Smith and Michael Gove, aided and abetted by those  creepy clowns, Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson. (more…)


Memories #life

The Black Horse Wednesbury memories

I spent many hours in this pub in the 70’s and 80’s but I have few memories of those evenings. Perhaps it is the alcohol, they say it affects memory. It is supposed to mimic those brain chemicals that help control memory. (more…)


Status symbols #thrifty

status symbols

We are all aware of status and we all pander to it to some degree. Jeremy Corbyn may deny he uses status symbols when he dresses down to attend parliament, but on the street, it is a different story. At those left-wing political rallies, he dons his left-wing rebel leader outfit and looks more like Che Guevara than a serious British leader; which is a little worrying. (more…)


Quick decisions #life

quick decisions

Quick decisions

An aeroplane and the moon in the same picture? Sometimes in life, you have to make quick decisions and take uncalculated risks. My decision to snap that photograph was on the spur of the moment but it worked out well. (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…)


Bohemian socialites

 

Bohemian gypsy or socialite copycat?

I put a few vintage photographs on the Facebook page yesterday and fans of the page liked them. The photographs were of gypsies who inspired the Bohemian culture that swept Europe in the early 20th century. (more…)


Stereotypes: seeing past them

This is Joe Egan at a charity night at my local pub, the Black Horse, on Thursday night. I admit I didn’t expect to enjoy the evening. I knew nothing about boxing or boxers, but Joe and his partner in crime Rob Reid certainly gave me an education. I was fascinated by the stories they told. (more…)


Lifestyle choices #thrifty #frugal

Thrifty Thursday: lifestyle

Lifestyle

Lifestyle can decide our health, wealth and most other things in life. If you want to lose weight, it’s no good eating a slimming meal once a week. You have to make low-calorie healthy eating a lifestyle choice that influences every meal and snack. If you want to save money, your lifestyle has to influence every financial purchase and decision. (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…)


Should we nurture enthusiasm?

MOORCROFT WOOD (2)

When I was young I was fascinated by a few things. I liked speed and took up cycling. I liked experimenting and would spend my money on electronics components to experiment with. My fascination with electronics was destroyed after trying to work in that area. (more…)


Come visit the Black Country!

It’s Sunday morning and so time for another Sunday ramble from deep in the Black Country. The Black Country doesn’t really have a good reputation. The dark picture above is what people expect to see when they imagine the Black Country. They imagine industry  and workers, but it has changed. (more…)


Looking forward… #life

BRUNSWICK PARK

I read something this morning to the effect that you spend much of your life working and so you should try to find something that you enjoy. Not everyone has a vocation so I think you have to be lucky to do what you really want to do. Underneath that edict, someone commented that you spend much of your life asleep and should therefore, buy a good bed. (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…)


Sunday thoughts #ramble

Yes, we have snow. It looks nice, but baby it’s cold outside!  I have to clear my path and a way to my car and then clear the car. Snow landscapes can be very pretty but also difficult to take and I suspect there is ice under that snow, so driving will be difficult. (more…)


Talent town? #BlackCountry

I have talent on my mind this morning. Today’s picture is my great niece Megan who will be on The Voice (BBC One) this evening. The programme has already been recorded and so I think she did well. This photo was taken at The Vine in Darlaston, but she has also sung at The Black Horse and Horse and Jockey in Wednesbury so I hope they remember her. (more…)


Easy money? #investments

The other day I read that the majority of members of parliament are now landlords and have their money invested in the London property market. It only needs the government to fund a London building programme to burst that bubble. No wonder they’re all scared of Corbyn getting into number 10! (more…)


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