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Today’s picture and thoughts #ramble

It’s Sunday morning and once again I’ll share my thoughts with you. Tomorrow it’s Holocaust Memorial Day and it is something we should all be aware of and remember. I really can’t stand bullies and that’s what the Nazis were. Hitler appealed to the worst in people and started movement of hate driven by nationalism. I saw more nationalism in the UK last year and more hate. Racism and anti-Semitism reared it’s ugly head once again. Decent people  must always resist the ideology of people like “Tommy Robinson”. Passive resistance can be quite assertive and that is the only way to resist the bullies. Anyway, I need today’s picture:

todays picture


The taste of art #ramble #art

It’s Sunday morning and so once again I’ll share my thoughts with you. What’s on my mind this week? Too much, as usual! I have done the 19th daily challenge from 64 Million Artists this morning. I’ve bought a Yongnuo 50mm prime lens and I’ve been testing it this weekend so I used that for the challenge. The challenge was “The taste of Home” so I photographed my breakfast. The resulting image is just “the taste of art”.

a taste of home


Not simply black and white #ramble

It’s Sunday morning and so as always I’ll share my thoughts with you. I’ve just done the 64 Million artists daily challenge. That is twelve I’ve done now and I haven’t missed a day! Yesterday, it took a while to come up with something good. I ended up with a photograph of the ivy in my garden which I took in monochrome and then tinted it. Monochrome doesn’t have to be black and white. Life isn’t all black and white either and we have to learn to appreciate the finer nuances. People who pin their colours to one political party for life or one cultural stance tend to be bigoted. You can pin your colours to what is right rather than what is wrong but even the differences between right and wrong can get blurred. Is it stealing if you help yourself to something to eat in order to avoid starvation?

not black and white


Everyone can be an artist now#art #photography

It’s is Sunday morning and so once again I’ll share my thoughts with you. At the beginning of this week I started doing the 64 Million artists daily challenges. Today I had to take a photograph and make something look big. I decided to use Eddy the Elf again and use the photograph for an environmental message. It wasn’t difficult, everyone can be an artist now.

everyone can be an artist


Goodbye 2019 – hello 2020 #ramble

It’s coming to the end of the year and so it’s time to consider the events of the last year and plan for 2020. Hello 2020, what can I do with you! I will certainly be involved in art and photography and trying to improve my deteriorating health.

hello 2020


Reflecting on the past #ramble

Yes, I’m writing a post on Christmas morning and reflecting on the past and the year that is about to come to an end. It didn’t go according to plan but it never does. I was involved in an arts festival and had some photos in the exhibition. I also ran the photography competition. I learned a lot by just observing what was going on. I also learn a little about myself. I’m quite good at engaging with people online but when I meet them I’m not quite so good at engaging with them. I need to relax and talk to people more. I might persuade them to have their photo taken then!

reflecting on the past


The winter solstice #ramble

Preparing for Christmas is always difficult even though I don’t celebrate much now. Buying presents and doing shopping can be a nightmare. I’m just about done with all that now. I just need to put petrol in my car. I’ve even bought some lottery tickets for the draw on Christmas day. The lottery isn’t the same as it used to be, even on Christmas day. It was much better in the beginning with Mystic Meg! Anyway, it’s the winter solstice and the days will start getting longer now. We have to think positively.

The winter solstice


Eddy the elf and other fantasies #ramble

It’s Sunday morning and so once again I’ll share my thoughts with you. It wasn’t a great week. The election dominated and I was slightly disgusted by comments from the far-right of politics who were obviously driven by racism. The election has got rid of two party leaders. Jo Swinson was far too confident and arrogant and lost her seat as an MP. Jeremy Corbyn’s days are numbered but I wonder about his fantasy policies which were simply unworkable. Will Labour moderates call out Momentum and give them their marching orders? They are fantasists and bullies and need to be rooted out. On a positive note, I went into Darlaston post office and bought a few things including Eddy the elf. I was going to give him to one of the children but I might pop him up on top of the Christmas tree.

eddy the elf


A divided nation #ramble

We have an election on Thursday. Will it unite this divided nation? I very much doubt it. I’ve been looking at the policies of the different parties and I don’t think we can trust the Conservatives. Even moderate Conservatives are advising people to vote for the Liberal Democrats. I would actually like to vote for the Liberal Democrats but I see two problems in doing so. I need to vote tactically to stop the Tories and Jo Swinson is far too arrogant to be a leader. 

divided nation


Approaching the winter solstice #ramble

It’s Sunday morning and so once again I’ll share my thoughts with you. At the moment I’m trying to decide on a title for today’s post and a picture to put in before the ‘more’ tag! The thing most on my mind this week is a hospital appointment. It’s always I worry when you’re not sure what the outcome is likely to be. I’ll take my mind off it by going out and taking photos this afternoon. It is only 1 C this morning and so quite wintry. We are approaching the winter solstice which will mark the real beginning of winter.

approaching the winter solstice


Another bright idea #ramble #photography

It’s Sunday morning and so once again I’ll share my thoughts with you. It is dark and grey this morning but I still have photography on my mind. I’ll be going out and intend to buy some drinks for Christmas and then wander around and try to find something interesting to photograph. I need a bright idea for a really interesting photograph.

bright idea


Remembering the past #ramble

It’s Sunday morning once again and I’m preparing to go out in the cold and damp to photograph the remembrance parade in Wednesbury. I’m not quite sure why I’m doing it. I used to do it for the local newspaper but they seem less interested these days. I suppose with an election coming up, remembering the past is of little importance.

remembering the past


How to make a start on changing our way of life. #life

We need to change the way we live as a society. The activists of the Extinction Rebellion keep telling us that but they are young and don’t know how to change society. First of all, we need to make walking, cool. Maybe instead of advertising Addidas and Nike trainers as cool fashion accessories, we can promote them as cool accessories for walking. Our young people are mostly over-weight and need exercise. I know many of them go to the gym but mommy drives them there and to school and just about everywhere else.
way of life


The autumn season #ramble #photography

It’s Sunday morning once again and here in the UK we had an extra hour of sleep last night because the clocks went back an hour. So I was wandering around changing the heating and various clocks before I went to sleep last night. The autumn season brings lots of autumn colours and I’ll soon have the remembrance parade to photograph and then before we know it the winter solstice will be here and winter will arrive.  Then, of course, Christmas.

The autumn season


A way with words #ramble

It’s Sunday morning once again and so I’ll share my thoughts with you once again. I did more posts this week because I set the 64 Million Artists challenge and had more readers. What’s on my mind this week? Well, I got a lot of divisive and offensive comments on our history page last Sunday and so had to deal with that. I came up with a simple rule and promised anyone that broke it would be banned. I have a way with words and managed to pack all the rules of the page into a couple of no-nonsense sentences.

I have a way with words and managed to pack all the rules of the page into a couple of no-nonsense sentences.


Challenges and images #ramble

It’s Sunday morning once again and so I’ll share my thoughts with you. I run the History of Wednesbury page on Facebook and since Brexit the nationalists insist that the page is political even though I only promote tolerance and liberal thinking. That sort of idealism challenges the liberal-minded but it is best to just ignore them and not feed the trolls. I have at least encouraged them to moderate their language by banning one for using obscenities.



Images of a daring highwayman #ramble

It’s Sunday morning once again and so I’ll ramble on and share my thoughts with you.  Yesterday, I read a lot of history from some old books that have been added to the internet archive. It’s interesting to see how our community has developed from when the Romans were here. I came across a little history from the 18th century when Richard Turpin, legendary highwayman, was said to have passed this way and used a local coaching inn. I posted a little information about that on our history page. Those images of a daring highwayman are featured on a frieze opposite the town hall on the Morrison’s building and are an important part of local folklore.

daring highwayman


Is art an antidote to conflict? #life

It’s Sunday morning and so once again I’ll share my thoughts with you. What’s on my mind this week? As always photography, but I’ll be lucky to shoot any pictures today, it’s a bit wet out  there! I have ordered more printing and my next two art cards will be of the Fountain in Tipton and the Red Lion in Darlaston. Maybe they will start selling them in the libraries for me again. If I can only recover my printing costs I’ll keep on doing them. Maybe I’ll do some for West Bromwich next?



Those little irritations #ramble

It’s Sunday morning once again and so I’ll share my thoughts with you. What’s on my mind this week? Mostly my hospital appointments and other things I have to do this week. I seemed to have a lot of little irritations this week. Those little irritations can build up until you’re close to despair. My first irritation was my watch going slow, then as I was unplugging my phone that was charging the lead was really hot. It turned out the battery on my watch was on the way out and the battery on my phone had shorted and so also needed replacing.

those little irritation


Standing up to the bullies #politics

It’s Sunday morning once again and so as usual I’ll share my thoughts with you. I had problems earlier in the week because people didn’t like something I posted on Facebook. I compared the Tories crossing the House of Commons to form a new group to repeal the Corn Laws to what has happened recently. Brexiteer followers of our history group didn’t like the inference and tried to bully me into saying I wouldn’t mention anything political. History is political which is why many politicians studied it at university. I noticed a local councillor has suffered bullying by the Labour Party too. Standing up to the bullies isn’t easy but it is necessary.

Standing up to the bullies


Whatever happened to pragmatism? #ramble

It’s Sunday morning and so I’ll share my thoughts with you once again. This week I’ve witnessed political turmoil at national level and local politics isn’t much better. I talked to a local councillor who seems to feel like giving up. The most pragmatic member in the House of Commons, John Bercow is being threatened by members of the government. I see intolerance everywhere, whatever happened to pragmatism? It would be so much better if they were less dogmatic.

Whatever happened to pragmatism?


The beautiful side and the ugly side #ramble

It’s Sunday morning once again and the sun is shining! It’s the Tipton horse drive today. The participants in  that often attract disparaging remarks. They are a bit ‘rough and ready’ as we say in the Black Country but I get on with them alright and will try to get there today and take some photos.  We are all equal and all deserve to be treated with respect. I took some photos at the sleeper factory protest yesterday and talked to the protesters and councillors. The photos got a lot of nasty remarks on Facebook because Tom Watson came to support the protest. The comments came from people who always try to intimidate and shout down decent people. They are just thugs and bullies. There is a beautiful side to life and there is an ugly side to life. The loud mouths and bullies are the ugly side of society.

beautiful side to life


Cricket – such a gentlemanly sport.

It is Sunday morning and as usual I’ll share my thoughts with you. I had a memorial cricket match to photograph tomorrow but I have just found out it’s 12 o’clock today so today’s post will have to be done at lightning speed. A smoking keyboard then! Cricket is such a gentlemanly sport, unlike others.


Images from the past #ramble

It’s Sunday morning and so I’ll share my thoughts with you once again. What’s on my mind this week? I’m running a competition on the History of Wednesbury Facebook page and it’s going rather well. I’ve asked for contributions as entries and so far we have had about 25 pictures and one poem. These images from the past are quite nostalgic and take you back to a different era.

images from the past


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