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Conflict and community #ramble

The mind is unique. It is a network of neural connections that form the most advanced computer known. It stores a lifetime of memories, literally. Even the most uneducated mind is a wonder and so we should value everyone and realise everyone can make a contribution to society however small that contribution. I am going to allow you into the labyrinth that is my mind and share my thoughts with you this morning. Today, I have conflict and community on my mind.

conflict belongs in a different age

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Art for arts sake #ramble #art

It is Sunday morning and so once again I share my thoughts with you. Blogging is about sharing thoughts and keeping a log. I tend to write about things like photography and I do have photography on my mind today but I’m thinking of it as an art in itself. Today, I start my art project and I want People, Places and Things. The people are the easy bit. I want photos of people looking like they should look in a particular role. For example, I hope to take photos of narrow boat owners next week. I have a few places in mind like the canal and my local pool.

art for arts sake

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What is going on? #ramble

It is Sunday morning again and so what is going on in my head this week? I’m always interested in what is going on in other people’s heads. What motivates them to behave the way they do? Is it money? Is it power? Do they aspire to a higher social status? What is going on?

What is going on?

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Lost in the labyrinth of life #ramble

It is Sunday morning and so once again I allow you into the dark and mysterious labyrinth that is my mind and share my thoughts with you.  What’s on my mind this week? I’ve been getting embroiled in local politics a bit. Being a pragmatic sort of person who believes in going with the flow and the superiority of the natural laws, especially the one that says we should allow things to evolve naturally. I am ignoring a lot of the political posturing and looking for ideas that are just one step towards a goal that we all want. The problem is, identifying the goal. We can get lost in the labyrinth of life and find it hard to find our way. Time for a picture, I think…

labyrinth

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From arthralgia to nostalgia #ramble

It’s Sunday morning and the rain has stopped and once again I will allow you into the deepest recesses of my mind and share my thoughts with you. What’s on my mind this week? Nostalgia and arthralgia seem to be the topics that spring to mind this morning. The latter is perhaps because of all the damp weather. I just managed to avoid getting soaked in a sudden downpour yesterday.

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Modern life and the era of social media

It’s Sunday morning and so, as usual, I’ll share my thoughts with you. I’m feeling my age a bit. I was brought up in a different era. It was, where I live, an industrial era. One filled with black smoke and the sounds of heavy industry. I remember the steam trains of the Great Western Railway and the Midland Red buses that went to Dudley and beyond. I remember the enormous cooling towers of Ocker Hill Power Station and the giant industrial complexes that employed thousands of people. That all changed when bands like the Beatles taught us that music could earn more money than metal bashing and the world changed forever. It heralded a new era of electronic domination, an era of computers and eventually, an era of social media.

art in an era of social media

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Now where can I get funding? #ramble #art

I’m half asleep this morning but as usual, I’ll allow you into the uncharted areas of my mind and share my thoughts with you. This website is called a Zillion Ideas because I am always having crazy ideas. Some ideas I act on and some ideas wither and die. I have an idea for an art project and I hoped to get funding for it but that is in danger of withering. I’m trying to find a way of getting what I want. I’m going to do a memories box to take to retirement homes full of things from the past and pictures. If I can find a suitable box I think that is one idea I can see through. One crazy Idea I have had for a while is to dress as a Victorian gentleman at Christmastime. Even though it is the middle of summer, the idea persists and grows. I needed a long overcoat but I have now modified the plan to a short overcoat (because I have one of those), a top hat and waistcoat. I would also wear my fingerless gloves. The image should be a cross between Scrooge and Fagin. The idea took a crazy twist this week when I was counting brand new shiny pound coins. Wouldn’t it be great if I could give children pound coins like a Victorian gentleman giving a sovereign for their trouble? Maybe a pound to every child who says Merry Christmas or sings a carol? Now, where can I get funding?

Where can I get funding?

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People, places and things #ramble #art

Why do I like this photo? I keep looking at photos that I’ve taken and asking, why? Why is this a good shot and that one isn’t? Why do I like this shot and not that shot? Sometimes the photos can be almost identical but I favour one over the other. Often I see a shot and know it will be a good one but most of the time I’m just taking photos.

GALLERY (29)

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Writing your own story #ramble

Yes, it’s Sunday morning and I’m allowing you into the dark recesses of my mind and sharing my thoughts once again. It is a wet weekend so where will I go today? I’m not staying in! I think I might go to Poundland and see if I can scan my own shopping through the till without some kid coming to my aid. It happens to be near my favourite sweet shop so I might as well pop in there as well. I talked to a couple of students this week via Skype. One of them is a writer and so very creative but at a cross-road in her life. I told her to create her own story. Life is a journey, but a journey is a story. In fact, when I am writing a story besides putting many characters in the story I put many places in the story too. Life is like that, isn’t it? Many places and many people.

Writing our own story

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Follow the leader #ramble

It’s Sunday and so once again I let you into my inner most sanctum and share my thoughts with you. I went into a crowded room yesterday and it made me slightly nervous. Eventually, I found my way through the crowd to the front near the stage to take photos. I remember an experiment in a similar environment where a fire alarm went off and 95% of the people simply followed other people out of the room. Of course, someone had to go first; someone had to lead. Then it was simply, follow the leader. Once I was at the front of that crowd yesterday, I became aware of the fire exit about four yards from me. I wasn’t about to be a follower if there was any sign of a problem.

Follow the leader?

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Getting your priorities right #ramble

It is Sunday morning and so once again I allow you into the darkest recesses of my mind and share my thoughts with you. I missed out on the carnival yesterday, I wasn’t well but felt better later and tried for a parking spot. I decided to just walk around with my camera; carrying my camera bag too would be too tiring. I didn’t get a parking place so came home slightly disappointed but it did make me think. Something needs to be done about the parking if events are going to be staged attracting a lot of people. You have to get your priorities right. Don’t you?

Getting your priorities right

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Ulterior motive: asking why? #ramble

Yes, it is Sunday morning again and so I’m going to share my thoughts with you. This week, I’m questioning people’s motives. In fact, I wonder ‘why’ all the time! Remember Band-Aid? Who benefited from that? Did we see our TV screens full of starving people getting fed? My TV screen was full of rich people getting richer on the back of a campaign to get poor people to donate to even poorer people who I suspect never got any money. There was an ulterior motive to their campaign wasn’t there?

ulterior motive?

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The creation of images #ramble

Once again, it is Sunday morning and I share my thought with you. Not that much has been going on that I care to share. I’m not very good at sharing, I prefer to be alone a lot of the time. It’s easier to be alone sometimes, isn’t it? Then people can’t cause you stress or worry or whatever. I often find it easier to do my own thing too and if I make a mess of it I know who to blame! I try hard to work with others and accept collective decisions but it isn’t easy.  That’s why I like photography and the creation of images, it’s just me and my camera, unless I decide to point it at people…

creation of images
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Fathers Day in the Park #ramble #Wednesbury

It is Sunday morning once again and so as usual I will allow you into the innermost corners of my mind and share my thoughts with you once again. What’s on my mind this week? It is Fathers Day and I’m going to the park!

Fathers Day in the Park

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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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Diesel and petrol at two pounds a litre? #GE

It’s Sunday and so once again I share my thoughts with you. What’s on my mind this week? Well, I have been thinking about the General Election and thinking about what the real policies are. Those real plans behind all the rhetoric and bull-shit they put on television. Many of the plans they have told us about sound like they will stoke inflation but I think with record debts they will need to get money from somewhere and the old favourites, fags, booze and petrol seem the most likely options. They can now use the excuse of global warming to bang up both diesel and petrol.

Will they put up diesel and petrol?

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Wednesbury and beyond #ramble

It’s Sunday morning again and so I will dig deep into the darkest recesses of my mind and share my thoughts with you once again. What’s on my mind this morning? I need a title for this post to begin with and a picture; I always use a picture… Maybe one from yesterday, when I was up Wednesbury market?

Wednesbury BID - balloon modelling at the launch

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Dont just think about it; just do it! #ramble #ideas

It’s early on Sunday morning and so I’m allowing you once again into the darkest corners of my mind and sharing my thoughts with you.  If you want to do something, don’t just think about it – just do it! That isn’t a bad philosophy to have, is it? I wanted to be a writer and so I started blogging. I wanted to be a photographer and so I bought a camera! Now I fancy being an artist. This is my first art card –

Art - just do it

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Out in the spring sunshine #ramble

Yes, it’s Sunday morning again and so once again I’ll let you into the dark labyrinth that is my mind and share my thoughts once again. I didn’t really have a good week but the sun’s shining and I’m thinking of going out to enjoy the spring sunshine.

spring sunshine

Hydes Pool, Wednesbury

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My thoughts this week #ramble

Each Sunday morning, I allow you into the innermost sanctum of my mind and share my thoughts with you. I’ve decided on something a little different this week. I’ll still share my thoughts but a bit earlier than usual.

My thoughts

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Happy St Georges Day #ramble

Yes, it is Sunday morning again here in Merry England and I share my thoughts with you once again. What’s on my mind this morning? It’s St Georges Day of course. St George according to legend slayed the dragon, did he not? We all have our dragons to slay, those challenges that life puts before us that we must overcome to succeed. Today’s picture is of two foxes that I saw when I opened my curtains this morning frolicking in a trench filled with dried grass cuttings at the bottom of the garden.

Foxes on St Georges day

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I’m starting to feel my age #ramble

Yes, It’s Sunday morning and so I let you into the labyrinth that is the internal working of my mind and share my thoughts with you once again. What’s on my mind this week? I’m starting to feel my age, I have a few aches and pains. I need to get out in the sunshine and get some exercise. My photography is a good interest for getting gentle exercise on a sunny day.

Feel my age?

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Look at the time! #ramble #photography

It’s Sunday morning and so here I go trying to write another Sunday morning ramble. I was out early yesterday photographing narrowboats on the canal. I was even invited to join their tour but that involved walking up some abandoned locks and I know how steep that hill is! It’s a nice day again today and so I’ll be out taking photos again this afternoon. I usually start writing at about nine a clock, but today I thought, look at the time; it was after ten!

Look at the time. I wanted to photograph that boat under the bridge!

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Strange ideas and brain chemicals #ramble

It’s Sunday morning and so I allow you a glimpse into the mind of a serial thinker and ideas person; me. The human brain works on chemicals that can make us feel happy or sad or bring back happy memories or painful memories. Dopamine is the one that zaps the reward centres of our brain and that can be quite addictive. I find it quite difficult to stop eating dark chocolate sometimes and I have to really restrict myself when it comes to beer. Both of these things can lead to strange ideas. Time for a picture…

strange ideas in the park?

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