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Instincts and associated tribal behaviour #ramble

It’s Sunday morning and so, as usual, I’m going to ramble on and share my thoughts. Psychologists study the mind and people’s thoughts and it is a fascinating subject. Our thoughts govern our behaviour but we do some things without thinking. Our instincts govern some behaviour; a child doesn’t need to learn how to cry. Some behaviour appears to be instinctive but isn’t, it is learned like those automated actions we do when riding a bike or driving a car. Some thinking and associated behaviour are tribal, like giving and receiving gifts. Reciprocating gifts is a tribal trait even when the gift is a simple handshake or hug. Reciprocating Christmas and birthday cards is a good example, too.

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Wide open to retirement ideas #ramble

Wide open

It’s Sunday morning and so I open my mind and its jumble of ideas and share the myriad of thoughts that swirl around inside my head each day. People think I’m a little crazy for doing unusual things. My sister asked where I got my new hat from yesterday and I said ’Shanghai’, she laughed but wasn’t surprised. My friend in Shanghai travelled to Bulgaria yesterday. I helped her confirm her hotel booking. I’m not just wide open to new ideas, I’m wide open to new experiences too.

wide open aperture

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Composing your shot #photography

I think I first took up photography because I wanted something relaxing to do and landscape photography allowed me to wander around beautiful scenery capturing images to share with the world. If you are new to photography you don’t really need to understand camera settings to simply recognise a good scene and capture it with your camera. It can help to know a little bit about composing a shot.

composing a shot with swans on a pool

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Impressed? #life

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Impressed?

What do you think of today’s photo? Are you impressed? Probably not, we have to do something outstanding these days to impress people. We do need to impress people, to gain some recognition that we are worthwhile. (more…)


A walk in the park #thrifty

A walk in the park is free

A Walk in the park

They have recently opened a new leisure centre complete with gym where I live and people are paying for membership to get exercise. You can do that by taking a walk in the park where there is also exercise equipment. (more…)


Social Secrets #life

We all have a dark secretive side that likes to keep certain things private. In this world of global communication, we can share our lives through social media but we do have to be careful about what we share. (more…)


Is the root of our problems, education?

If I go to a store to buy a computer, the choice of operating systems is very limited. Windows from Microsoft has a virtual monopoly or I could go for a the more expensive computer from Apple. The third option would be an Android PC. All these operating systems come from America. (more…)


Getting what you want #life

I like this image, it says pantomime doesn’t it? It has a Victorian look to it as well which we associate these days with Christmas films on television. We know there was poverty and suffering in the Victorian era, but we mostly associate it with Dickensian images of snow falling on quaint streets of shops, hansom cabs and ladies and gentlemen in their finery. (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…)


Dreaming of a lottery win? #money

LOTTERY WIN

The lottery jackpot for the UK lottery is a cool 50 million pounds tonight. What would you do with that sort of money? I can think of a few things… (more…)


Images of Christmas #life

Merry Christmas santa

It doesn’t matter who is playing Santa, we all recognise the familiar red suit and white beard. It’s an image that children soon learn is associated with Christmas. Children have an inborn ability to recognise images and the faces of their parents. This is important for their safety and security. (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…)


Reflections on a week in December

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Reflecting on this week, I wondered about our local Christmas lights. They  aren’t much to shout about. I wondered if reflective ribbon could be used or fluorescent paint to make it look a bit more like Christmas. There are lots of lights they are just not very Christmassy. Maybe, we should all wear something reflective? (more…)


Creating an image #life

This is Noddy Holder, a national treasure and a local hero, here in the Black Country. He made a name for himself, not to mention the money and brought us a new brand of entertainment. I often wonder, what makes a celebrity? (more…)


Cyclical Changes #life

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We are all familiar with the seasons changing, the autumn colours and the winter snow, but there are other cyclical changes that we are less aware of. There are cyclical changes in politics and in our personal lives. We make new friends and lose old friends and life goes on. (more…)


Newton’s Third Law of motion #philosophy

For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.

The wheels on this tram are going around and pushing backward on the track and so the tram goes forwards. When we want to go from sitting to standing, we push down on the chair and we go up. (more…)


Building value #life

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Pay it forward

Respond to a person’s kindness to oneself by being kind to someone else.

I’m not too keen on these modern American terms, but I like this one because I don’t have an alternative.  It’s an idea that works in a community or in a society. Someone helps you out and you pass it on to someone else. It’s bound to help make life easier and foster community cohesion. (more…)


How to deal with worry

Metro down the track

I went out yesterday to take photographs in the sunshine and do some shopping. Things didn’t go to plan. The shopping wasn’t too bad, although I made mistakes and bought a couple of items I didn’t need. I messed up the photography too, but in the end I took a few pictures of the trams. (more…)


Heritage: a start in life.

Lock keeper's cottage at Park Hall Walsall.

We all inherit something from previous generations. We have recorded history, culture, historic buildings, music and art. Then there is a more personal heritage that we inherit from our closest family, that consists of values, beliefs and traditions. Some people seem to have a better start in life than others. (more…)


Keeping an open mind #health

Factory locks

I think keeping an open mind can be good for mental health. If we run with the pack and accept what everyone else believes we can not only share their beliefs but their fears too. People tend to fear what they don’t understand. (more…)


Autumn and winter #thrifty

The autumn starts in a few days in Britain and so we have to think about saving money through autumn and winter.  Food that is suitable for colder weather like soups and stews can save money because they require cheaper cuts of meat or even no meat at all. (more…)


Escape the rat race #culture

escaping the rat race

In an analogy to the modern city, many rats in a single maze expend a lot of effort running around, but ultimately achieve nothing (meaningful) either collectively or individually. This is often used in reference to work, particularly excessive or competitive work; in general terms, if one works too much, one is in the rat race. This terminology contains implications that many people see work as a seemingly endless pursuit with little reward or purpose. (more…)


Inner voices #psychology

We all have those inner voices that try to overcome logic and tell us that what we are doing is a great idea despite being against common-sense. More often though those inner voices are giving us warnings of impending doom. (more…)


Survival of the fittest #thrifty

survival of the fittest

Survival of the fittest is a term that comes from evolutionary theory describing natural selection. It basically means the strongest and smartest survive better than the weak. In sophisticated societies man has learnt to help the weakest survive too. We are more sophisticated than other animals we can feel empathy for our fellow man; but there seems less empathy now. (more…)


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