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Art for arts sake? #ramble

It’s Sunday morning, and so as usual, I’ll share my thoughts with you. Today’s title is “art for arts sake?” which was a song by 10 cc. It is also associated with Oscar Wilde who believed that art didn’t need to express anything. I take photographs and they evoke something in the viewer. I put a picture of a corner shop on Facebook yesterday and people commented about previous owners and one reader said it was her parent’s shop a long time ago.

art for arts sake

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The epidemic in Britain is not over! #ramble

It’s Sunday morning and as usual, I’ll share my thoughts with you. What’s on my mind this week? The weather! I want to go out and take photographs but it’s quite showery this morning. It will at least keep people from going to the beach! Restrictions on many small businesses will be lifted next Saturday but people are already taking that as a signal that the danger from the virus has passed. The epidemic in Britain is not over! The virus lies in wait for us.

The epidemic in Britain is not over

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Life presents so many challenges #ramble

This week I was challenged to post an ‘artistic picture’ a day on Facebook by a fellow artist. I’ve been doing that and I’m now on day three. I like challenges and tomorrow I’ll do the weekly challenge from 64 Million Artists, as well. Of course, life presents many challenges and more so now, as we try to avoid becoming infected with Covid-19. Getting information so we can assess the risk is a challenge in itself. I have found out that there have been about 10 deaths in the council ward that I live in. I believe there are more than 50 people carrying the virus in the town I live in, who are symptomatic, asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic. I am vulnerable to the virus, as are all people over the age of 45. I also have health problems that make me vulnerable. I’m taking this challenge seriously.

challenges

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The isolation blues #ramble

It’s Sunday morning and so once again, I’ll share my thoughts with you. Yesterday,  Tommy Robinson’s Neanderthal fan club dragged their knuckles down to London to cause trouble. They need a taste of what it’s like to be behind bars for a while. They were chanting as usual which, like singing, can spread the virus. That is one super-spreader event that might do us all a bit of good. Hopefully, the police protected themselves against the virus.

isolation blues

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Eventually you just stop caring #ramble

There have been protests on the streets of Britain this weekend and people have just stopped obeying the lockdown regulations. Arrests have been made. Is it all about that killing in the United States? No, it is about attracting attention at any cost. The incident in the US is being dealt with, arrests have been made. I have got sick of right-wing comments on social media just lately.  Eventually you just stop caring and the same applies to the victims of racism. If they act with the same stupidity as the racists, eventually you just stop caring about them too.

eventually you just stop caring

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Without rocking the boat #ramble

It’s Sunday morning and so once again I’ll share my thoughts with you. I’m on day 66 of my lockdown. I might go out today and take a few photographs. I’ve stayed in all through the 66 days except for going to post a letter. I had an order for my art cards from Buckinghamshire so I popped out to post them. This morning I have done the daily challenge from 64 Million Artists. The challenge was to say thank you, so I did a graphic to say thank you to all those people who live their lives without stirring up trouble, without making a lot of noise and without rocking the boat. This is my graphic:

Without rocking the boat

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Seven weeks in lockdown #ramble

It’s Sunday morning, so once again I’ll share my thoughts with you! This pandemic seems never ending and it will never end unless people start obeying the rules properly. It is a minority that aren’t staying home and social distancing and they are spreading the virus far and wide.There is evidence that people travelling around the country are spreading it from one region to the next. It seems out of control in care homes too. I have to admit that seven weeks in lockdown is starting to get to me.

seven weeks in lockdown

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Lockdown day 45 #ramble

It’s Sunday morning and lockdown day 45. On Friday, new daily challenges began from 64 Million Artists. I did the challenges on Friday and yesterday but I must admit I’m not keen on today’s challenge but I can always skip a day.  I post my images in the group for 64 Million Artists. I’ve also been posting my photographs that I’ve been taking to document my time in isolation in the Sandwell Pride of Place group on Facebook. The images seem popular. I’m telling a story and everyone likes stories. Right?

lockdown day 45

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Isolation day 38 #ramble

It’s Sunday morning and so once again I’ll share my thoughts with you. I’m on isolation day 38 and I’m not feeling too happy about it. I’m in total isolation and can’t even do my shopping. I have a delivery pass for Asda but all the slots are constantly sold out and I’m concerned for the future which seems very uncertain. We have a government which doesn’t seem to have a plan but just trots of sound bites.  These three part sound bites don’t help and after the “get Brexit done” fiasco, the latest “stay home” one is just irritating.

isolation day 38

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Week four of the pandemic lockdown #ramble

It’s Sunday morning and so once again I’ll share my thoughts with you. I’m on the 4th week of this pandemic lockdown. I’ve been taking photographs each day to document my isolation. I think images capture the memories far better than just words but I have used a few words to title the images.

pandemic lockdown

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Isolation day 13, something to do #photography

I’m on isolation day 13, nearly two weeks already! I’ve been trying to document my isolation in photographs as well as doing the garden and planning how I will survive. I’ve also been planning the future. What will I do when this is all over? I’ll find something to do, maybe something new.

something to do

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Coughs and sneezes #ramble

It’s Sunday morning and so once again I’ll share my thoughts with you. What’s on my mind this week? Sneezing for a start! I’ve been sneezing this morning. It could be allergy, it could be dust because I’ve been decorating or it could be a cold. Whatever it is, it’s sensible to use tissues and wash my hands often and properly.

coughs and sneezes

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My own little gallery #photography

It’s Sunday morning and so once again I’ll share my thoughts with you. What’s on my mind this week? As always on a Sunday, I want to go out and take some photos but it’s a bit windy. I certainly won’t be able to wear my hat! This week, I moved out of my bedroom and have been sleeping in the spare room while my bedroom is being decorated. Work on that will resume tomorrow or Tuesday. I hope to turn my room into a small oasis of artwork. Mostly my own photographs because my printer is working again and I can print my own. I want my own little gallery.

my own little gallery

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The reality behind the mask

It’s Sunday morning and so once again I’ll share my thoughts with you. I switched the television on this week and it was that awful show, Love Island. I don’t normally watch it and have only seen a few minutes of it but all the hugging and false emotion seemed distasteful to me. Drama is one thing but that show blurs the difference between reality and fantasy. Their fantasy is all smiles and hugs, while real life is full of conflict and stress. I am not surprised that two contestants on the show have committed suicide. The suicide of Caroline Flack, who must have been really confused by the blurring of reality and fantasy, is no surprise either. The reality behind the mask just waits to be exposed.

The reality behind the mask

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Litter, traffic and flying bricks

It’s Sunday morning and so once again, I’ll share my thoughts with you. I took some photos yesterday which made a change and blew a few cobwebs away. I photographed the litter pick and while I was there the build up of traffic for Ikea and the retail park. I used the photos on social media and there was the usual criticism about councillors only being interested in a photo-opportunity. That was why I didn’t ask them to pose for photos and took a couple of them hard at work. The social media armchair warriors never get off their backsides and do anything but are quick to criticise. My title today is litter, traffic and flying bricks. I also photographed the traffic headed for the retail park which I intend to monitor on weekends and photograph.

litter, traffic and flying bricks

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Making life changes #ramble

It’s Sunday morning and so once again I’ll share my thoughts with you. Sometimes you have to think where your life is going and start making life changes. I used to write a thrifty post and a finance post each week but my priorities have changed. Money isn’t so important and I think we all need to buy fewer consumer goods. We have to try to take care of the planet we live on. I hear people complaining if their wheelie bin gets emptied a day late. I never seem to fill mine because I consume a lot less. People need to save their money and consume less instead of living their lives in debt.

 making life changes

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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