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Belief and confidence #life

I have been become convinced just lately that people will believe just about anything if it fits their convenient story about the way life is. They ignore the evidence and will believe that crime is rife if their neighbour has just been burgled, ignoring the statistics that say they live in a low crime rate area. This reliance on rumour and conjecture undermines confidence in government, in the police and in the financial system. Such beliefs were encouraged prior to the Brexit referendum and despite the untrue statements put out by the “leave” campaign, the vote went ahead and was allowed to stand. Is this going to be a disaster for Britain? The evidence is too thin to tell but one certainty is that it undermined confidence in the country and in the British economy. The evidence can be seen in the depreciation of the pound sterling against other currencies. The right-wing of the Conservative party in alliance with UKIP damaged the British economy. Belief and confidence are at the heart of the matter and the evidence shows this.

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Creation and curation #media

To be successful as a blogger and to be successful in managing social media channels, you need to understand the creation of content and also the curation of content that you might have collected, such as orphan images. Creation and curation is the cornerstone of blogging.

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Keeping up appearances #life

Some cities are just a mass of skyscrapers. I suppose in the future that will be how everyone will live. The high-rise experiment in the UK didn’t work too well and in many cases, they have built terraced houses to replace the high-rise blocks. For councils, it is a matter of keeping up appearances, building new homes and thinking about suitability and sustainability later.

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Zeitgeist – the spirit of our time #ramble

I know a few people who have lost loved ones recently and it is a painful experience. How are we supposed to get over such things and stop the pain of loss? I think there is a natural process that helps us heal and we shouldn’t create shrines to the one we lost. We should have the wake and then allow the wound to heal. Don’t keep picking at a wound, it will never heal. Of course, the scars of losing a loved one fade but they never disappear.

Zeitgeist

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The need for recognition and respect #life

We often think that money will solve all our problems and we concentrate our time on solving problems rather than taking action to improve our lives. We need recognition for what we do and respect from our peers. We need to accept that these things are important to us before we can take action to improve things.

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How to have great ideas? #ramble

How do you have train your mind to have great ideas? How do you make life interesting? Tony Highfield, our local historian was telling me about all the awards he has won and how he gets involved in the community. He compiles books, researches history and gets involved and he said that is why we are different. We take a risk and risk the ridicule if things go wrong. We don’t sit at home thinking about it and talking about it, we get out there and take a risk. This inspires our thinking and we even take risks in the way that we think. We imagine and then we try to make it happen. There are people who can’t do anything without lots of support and when it all goes wrong they blame someone else. You have to be brave enough to try new ideas but you also have to be brave enough to accept the blame if it all goes wrong.

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Survival; what else is there #life

I usually write about finance and investments on Fridays but what is the use of having money if you’re dead? Primarily life is about survival and money is way down the list of priorities. It is important because it can help us survive and survive comfortably but it is not our primary goal.

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Enlightenment and wisdom #ramble

There are some things more important than money but money does solve a lot of problems. We shouldn’t make money the most important thing in our lives and we shouldn’t devalue things like family and loved ones in our quest for money and material possessions. As we grow older we see things more clearly. When I’m out taking photographs I notice things and I see the young people in the park and I see older people in our nature reserves. The children go to the park to play and the older people go to the nature reserves to enjoy their scenic beauty. Enlightenment is seeing what is truly important.

enlightenment through art?

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The power of suggestion #psychology

Hypnosis uses the power of suggestion but we are influenced by suggestion all the time. That advert with its familiar jingle is a nudge in the right direction as far as advertisers are concerned. Advertising is a huge industry and they don’t spend billions of pounds for no result. Social media is now a powerful force that can influence us to buy all manner of products as well.

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Objects of desire #ramble #art

It’s Sunday morning again and so once again I share my thoughts with you. This is what I do, I write and I also do social media and photography. I produce content and many of my friends who understand social media will know why content is king! Interaction is important on social media. People interact with their friends and on Facebook pages, they interact with the admins. I had to ban a couple of people from one Facebook page I am admin of yesterday and it was with deep regret. They waged a vendetta for over a year against me. If I have a disagreement with someone, I try to forget it and move on. Life is too short and hating people consumes you. Anyway, moving on, I have photography and art on my mind this week.

Considering objects of desire

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A beautiful icebreaker #ramble #art #inspiration

I’ve got an app on my phone and it actually counts how many steps I take, like a pedometer. I take more steps on Sundays despite this supposedly being a day of rest. I’m supposed to take 10,000 steps a day according to the app but the most I’ve done so far is 3,000 and that’s pushing it. There’s an app for everything these days isn’t there? I have an app for buying clothes, an app to find my way when I’m driving or call for help if I break down. I have an app for Aldi and another for the lottery results. Then there are the social media apps to help me keep in touch and network, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram. I don’t understand Instagram yet but I’ve never been so appy…

Wednesbury - a beautiful icebreaker

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In search of serendipity #ramble

Serendipity means a “fortunate happenstance” or “pleasant surprise”. It was coined by Horace Walpole in 1754. In a letter he wrote to a friend, Walpole explained an unexpected discovery he had made by reference to a Persian fairy tale, The Three Princes of Serendip.

You get serendipity in science as well, when researchers discover something just by chance, that they weren’t even looking for.

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Lacking leadership? #ramble

It is Sunday morning and so what’s on my mind this week? Well, imagine for a moment that you’re lost in the forest. What would you do? You would probably look at the position of the sun and that sort of thing to get your bearings. If you were with a group of people you would probably ask if anyone knew the way out. You would look for a leader because a group lacking leadership just wanders around aimlessly. I’m not a fan of the Tories but Theresa May does have leadership qualities.

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Smart thoughts from the centre of the labyrinth #ramble

It’s Sunday morning again and so I allow you into the labyrinth that is my mind and share my thoughts with you again. What’s on my mind today? My new phone! Aren’t they expensive? It cost as much as my laptop. It is cool, though. Last night,  I was lying on my bed, eating crisps and drinking beer, as you do and I got YouTube on it and actually cast the picture and music to my television! How cool is that? I even got Google maps up on my television. I admit the YouTube thing wasn’t that smart because I have a smart telly that can get YouTube anyway, but it is a smart phone. My thoughts are very smart today. Aren’t they?

SMART THOUGHTS

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Short of money in January? #thrifty #frugal

A lot of people have spent too much at Christmas and now find themselves short of money in January. What can you do now? Obviously, you can cut down on luxuries or even cut them out altogether. The idea of giving up alcohol for January is appealing to many people for health reasons and to save money. If money is really tight, you need to be frugal as well as being a thrifty shopper.

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Esoteric pursuits #ramble #writing #photography

It’s Sunday morning and so as usual, I share my thoughts with my readers. I used to use a lot more words when I was younger and now I’m older and blogging I need an enlarged esoteric vocabulary and so I’ve been refreshing my memory and adding new words. I do have a terrible memory so it isn’t easy.

esoteric photography

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The post-truth era #observation

The Oxford English dictionary has a new adjective:

post-truth

ADJECTIVE
  • Relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief:‘in this era of post-truth politics, it’s easy to cherry-pick data and come to whatever conclusion you desire’‘some commentators have observed that we are living in a post-truth age’

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What could possibly go wrong? #ramble

It’s Sunday morning again and so, as usual, I share my innermost thoughts with the world. What’s on my mind this morning? Spelling for one thing and things that might go wrong. I also have photography on my mind as it’s Sunday and my day to go out. Today I plan to go to a canal festival. What could go wrong? I could fall the canal and drown. I could drop my camera in the canal. There are a million things that might go wrong!

Tipton-Canal-and-Community-Festival-what could go wrong

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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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Another challenging week #ramble

It’s Sunday morning and so once again I share my thoughts with you and give you access to darker pathways of my mind. I actually went out on Friday, I don’t usually, the traffic is horrendous on a Friday. I decided to go to the food bank because they were in need of donations and while I was out I thought I would see if there was a photo-opportunity at the litter pick. While I was there, I thought I would check out the pool in the morning light. You know how one thought leads to another as you make life challenging …

Hydes pool - challenging photography

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Pragmatism in the development of ideas.

Pragmatism

Pragmatism: A reasonable and logical way of doing things or of thinking about problems that is based on dealing with specific situations instead of on ideas and theories.

I tend to favour a pragmatic approach to life. I see a lot of idealism in politics with little thought to actually testing new ideas to see if they work. Then when an idea ends in utter failure, which the policy of forced austerity has, we move on to some new idea, based on another spurious theory. (more…)


5 Simple Ways to Make Your Home Greener

By: Danielle Hegedus

These days, many people are interested in making their home more eco-friendly. Whether you want to reduce your overall environmental footprint, or just create a safer, healthier living space, you don’t have to invest a ton of money to make your home greener. At Home Improvement Leads, we recommend that you start simply by making your home more environmentally sustainable. Read on to learn about small changes that you can implement to save money on monthly utility and grocery bills. You can also reduce indoor pollutants that can be damaging to your health, all while diminishing your home’s impact on the environment.

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It says in the paper…

HYDES POOL WEDNESBURY

What do you think of today’s picture? It’s Hydes Pool on the other side of town from where I live. Some people call it a lake, some people call it a pool and some people call it a duck pond. Does it matter what we call it? (more…)


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…)


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