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Giving everyone an equal chance #ramble

It is Sunday morning and so once again I’ll allow you into the neural labyrinth and share my thoughts with you. What’s on my mind this week? Well, as usual photography and as I’m involved so much with social media I’m also trying to promote the Blast Photo festival photography competition. I don’t always agree with the way photography competitions are run because they can favour certain people unfairly. This one, however, will be fair as the judges won’t know the entrants and people who are new to photography will still be in with an equal chance of being a finalist.

equal chance


Artistic ideas #Wednesbury #ramble

It’s Sunday morning and so once again I’ll share my innermost thoughts with you. The bad news this week is that I might need surgery on my hip. I hate being in hospital but I shall try to look on the bright side. At least this time I’ll have a decent phone so I can stay in touch and run my Facebook pages! Isn’t technology great? Anyway, with the Blast photography festival coming I have a few artistic ideas that I am trying to work on.

artistic ideas


The six towns #Sandwell

It’s Sunday morning again and so I’ll share my thoughts with you. Quite a few of my friends do social media management. One did a master’s degree in SMM and another teaches it in California. I do reasonably well running the History of Wednesbury on Facebook and a few other pages and groups. I’m now admin of the Sandwell Pride of Place project and that was proving to be a little more difficult. I really do prefer Facebook business pages to groups but I have decided to make the group a little more personal and say good morning to the members each morning. The membership has started increasing again! We live in a hostile society and the simple act of saying good morning can make it better. Perhaps I should say our perceptions are of a hostile society. Anyway, I also have to remember the group is for the six towns of Sandwell and not just Wednesbury!

six towns


History and art #Sundayramble

It is Sunday morning once again and so I allow you into the labyrinth of neurons and share my thoughts with you. What’s on my mind this week? I went to the local history event at Glebefields library yesterday and met up this Chris and Jan of Caravan Gallery fame. They were taking photographs for the Blast photography festival. It was an interesting outing but I did get a bit lost around the lost city. We were looking for the horses that are always tethered there but didn’t see any. It really was a history and art outing.

history and art


Having an influence #soapboxsunday

It’s Sunday morning once again and so I’ll share my thoughts with you, as usual. I do have an influence on some things because I have this blog and I’m admin of several Facebook pages. Then there is Twitter and Instagram. I can say more with one picture than some people can say with a thousand words. I can’t influence the Brexit negotiations, more’s the pity but I can influence local issues. There is some political intrigue locally and we have a few local agitators who like to stir things up. I think they are planning to be more active over the next few months in the run-up to the local elections. Having an influence on local affairs requires that one behave responsibly but I don’t think everyone in authority does do that.

having an influence


Delusions of superiority #ramble

It’s Sunday morning and so I’ll let you into the neural labyrinth once again and share my thoughts with you. What’s on my mind this morning? Delusions of superiority. Jacob Rees Mogg thinks he is better than us because he’s an old Etonian and had a university education. He is not alone however, I know devout Jeremy Corbyn fans who look down their noses at others too.  I also know people, who worship a God, who have superior attitudes and lofty opinions of themselves. We are all the same more or less under the skin. These delusions of superiority do get under my skin, however.

delusions of superiority


Do we live in a toxic environment? #ramble

It’s Sunday morning and once again I’ll share my thoughts with you. I must admit that sometimes I over-think things. It was my birthday this week and I got a lot of messages on Facebook wishing me ‘happy birthday’. I try to be polite and so that meant saying, ‘thank you’ over 200 times. I became acutely aware of who my supporters were and who was missing from that list. Some of the missing ones are very nice to my face but perhaps harbour petty grievances. We do live in a toxic environment in the 21st century and it is because petty jealousies relating to personal status creates hidden divisions in our society. We need to support each other more.

toxic environment


Exercising the mind #art #writing

Creative challenges are a great way of exercising the mind and I’ve done another challenge from 64 million artists this morning. It’s day 27 of the challenges and today’s challenge was fairly easy. The challenge was to become the local historian and write about a local landmark. As the admin of The History of Wednesbury, I had a slight advantage! I also had the perfect picture to use:

exercising the mind


Another day and another challenge #ramble

Regular readers will know that on a Sunday morning I share my thoughts with you and just ramble on with no particular subject. I’ve been doing the 64 million artists January challenge and this is day 13. Today, I have another challenge, to write a letter.

another challenge


A kind word costs nothing #ramble

It’s Sunday morning once again and I’m still doing the #64millionartists challenge. Today I have to up-cycle something from the recycling. I have some Christmas cards that haven’t quite made it to the recycling bin yet. Maybe I could do something with those. In the past, I have made all sorts of things from rubbish. Anyway, a kind word costs nothing so please try to understand what I’m doing and why I’m doing it.

kind word costs nothing


2019, a new beginning #ramble

Sunday seems to come around so quickly these days. Time flies as they say but I’m not really having fun. Anyway, I’ll let you into the neural labyrinth and share my thoughts with you. 2019, will be a new beginning for all of us. Should we make resolutions and plans?

a new beginning


Happy Christmas #Wednesburyonline

I’ve abandoned the traditional Merry Christmas in favour of Happy Christmas. This is quite a radical shift in thinking but I’m not appeasing people who don’t celebrate Christmas by wishing people ‘Happy Holidays’.  It’s Christmas and should be a day of celebration. You don’t have to get merry as in alcoholic merry, do you?

Happy Christmas


Preparing for Christmas #Wednesburyonline

It’s Sunday morning and so I’ll let you into the neural matrix once again and share my thoughts with you. Like most people, I’m preparing for Christmas and also thinking about the new year. I cleaned my bathroom yesterday and changed my bed. Unfortunately, I didn’t notice a paper tissue had found its way into a pillowcase so that went in the wash too. The sheets and pillowcases are washed and dried now but bits of tissue keep falling off them so I have to vacuum again. Cleaning isn’t easy when you’re not well. I still have two days left so I’ll be done by Tuesday!

preparing for Christmas


Feeling my age #ramble

It’s Sunday morning once again, it comes around so quickly! When I was a child the six weeks holiday in the summer seemed so long, now 6 weeks is a short time and a week flashes by. It must be my age! At my age, you get a lot of aches and pains too and my health isn’t very good. I’m feeling my age!

feeling my age

Do the right thing #ramble

I am sometimes asked to give advice on certain issues that are often personal to the person asking for the advice and I usually advise them to do what they think is right. It isn’t always easy but if you consider and do the right thing you can have a clear conscience. I had to consider a few questions this week and then simply do the right thing. Incidentally, this week’s Sunday ramble is being written on Saturday because I’m photographing the Cheer Angels and Air Scouts in the morning who will be “Walking Home for Christmas” and doing a sponsored walk.

 do the right thing


Know your place #ramble

It is Sunday morning and so once again I’ll let you into the neural labyrinth and share my thoughts with you. This website is about ideas and they are obviously different ideas, otherwise, it would be boring and no one would read my ramblings. I don’t watch Coronation Street or Emmerdale, I think they have a dumbing down effect on British working-class society. Eastenders is even worse. I am sick of hearing the working class clichés that posh actors repeat ad nauseam to make themselves sound like one of us. They end up more working class than we are, using clichés like “to be fair”, at the “end of the day” and other nauseating standardised clichés that describe middle England’s view of the workers; know what I mean? If they actually make a film with working-class characters the dialogue is littered with four-letter expletives because we common people can’t talk proper, can we? Yes, you working classes should know your place. You will be portrayed as ignorant and stupid.

know your place


I am not getting paid, honest! #ramble

It’s Sunday morning and so once again I share my thoughts with you. I usually write half this post before I think of a title but today I have a title! I am not getting paid to write this, honest! This, according to the public relations people means I am more likely to be believed. I have no ulterior motive for influencing my readers. I am a micro-influencer according to the PR people. I don’t have millions of readers but I do influence important people, like you! Of course, I influence far more people with social media than with my blog but in a very different way.

I am not getting paid


Trying to think positively #ramble

It is Sunday morning and so I’ll let you into the neural labyrinth once again and share my thoughts with you. I’m still unwell but trying to think positively. I’ll go out today and try to get some exercise while practising my photography. I do collect interesting photographs by other photographers and I follow Magnum photographers and look at what they are doing. I’ve become quite interested in taking indoor photos using natural light. You have a lot less light but you get interesting shadows and I like the contrasts.

trying to think positively


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.



What a good idea? #ramble #photography

There are around 100 billion neurons in the human brain and as usual, I’ll let you into mine this morning and share my thoughts with you. I took photos at the Safer 6 event this week and decided to use a 55 – 300mm lens which isn’t ideal but it allowed me to get a shallow depth of field and some interesting photos. I think it was a good idea.



Back an hour? #ramble

It is Sunday morning and once again I allow you into the darkest recesses of my mind and share my thoughts with you! I need a subject! This is my constant thought. When I’m taking photos I need a subject rather than just pointing my camera at a nice view. My camera needs something to focus on even if it’s only a tree and when I start writing it’s the same thing; I need a subject! I tried to put my clocks back an hour last night. It didn’t work out quite as planned, I must have forgotten to press set when I put the clock back on the heating controller. It was freezing when I woke up!


Images from the past #ramble #Wednesbury

Yes, it’s Sunday morning and so I’ll share my thoughts with you once again. I’m late, I used to write this as my Sunday lunch was cooking and then it got earlier and earlier and now I’m back to writing at near lunchtime. I have been remembering a little of my earlier life the past few days doing the History of Wednesbury. I also met a friend from my school days who bought 50 sets of art cards to sell at the rugby club. Yes, I’m still trying to make my little art project a success. I’m trying to work out which images from the past people most identify with.

images from the past


For better or worse #ramble

Yes, it’s Sunday morning and so I’ll share my thoughts with you once again. I’ve been trying to stimulate discussion on the local history page I run and in the group. There was a movie about the effect of a single butterfly landing on a flower. I haven’t seen it but I’m told that small incident had a far-reaching effect. We can all have an influence on our environment and on the community we live in; it can be for better or worse.

better or worse


Art cards and recognition #art #photography

It’s Sunday morning and so once again I’ll let you into the labyrinth of neurons that is my mind and share my thoughts with you.  Yes, I’m still trying to sell my art cards, the initial enthusiasm from people seems to have waned now I have actually gone to the expense of having them printed. They are a limited edition print and so could be quite collectable in the future and they won’t self-destruct like Banksy’s picture.



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