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The beast from the East is back. #ramble

Some people tell me they would like to write a blog but don’t know what to write about. I don’t know what to write about either this morning, so I looked out of the window at the snow that came down overnight and thought of a title. Yes, the beast from the east is back. I think I’ll be wearing my thermal socks and clearing snow again later.

The Beast is back


Poetry, photography and art #ramble #Wednesburyonline

It’s Sunday morning and so once again I’ll share my thoughts with you. I went to the Darlaston Writer’s group yesterday so I have poetry on my mind. I’m not very good at writing it and certainly not any good at reading it out loud but I keep trying. As usual, I also have photography in mind and I promised to take a photo of a section of a Tipton canal that we saw in a very old photograph. I hope I can identify the stretch now.

poetry in motion


The many art forms #ramble

It is Sunday morning and so I share my thoughts with you, once again. What’s on my mind this morning? I have been thinking about the many art forms this morning. I saw a nice photo on Instagram that was taken from the window of Walsall Art gallery of the frozen canal. The basin was partly frozen over and the towpath was covered in snow. They have workshops in the gallery ‘creating’ art and now they have finally created a picture that I really like. They probably don’t see it as art and won’t bother having it printed or putting it on display but the fact they put it on Instagram suggests they think people will like it. Shouldn’t that be the test of art? Should it be something the people of Walsall like or should it be something some ‘expert’ in London thinks is ‘amazing’? Here is my snowy picture:

art forms


Access to the neural labyrinth #ramble #thoughts

It is Sunday morning and so once again I let you into that neural labyrinth that is my mind and share my thoughts with you. It is –1 Celsius and so you can guess that the weather is on my mind. As usual, on a Sunday, I also have an outing in mind to take some photos. Where can I go this week and will I get out of the car and brave the cold? I do try to take shots from the car if I can! They can be quite interesting shots.

thoughts from the neural labyrinth


Community and culture #ramble #Wednesbury

It’s Sunday morning and so once again I share my thoughts with you. What’s on my mind this week? Community and culture in the town where I live. I went to a meeting of the friends of the local park. Things didn’t go well last year and so to say I was apprehensive would be an understatement. I really didn’t want to venture out on a cold February evening but I seem to be involved again. I have made appeals for new volunteers using the Facebook pages that I am an admin of.

community and culture


Creativity and the creative industry #ramble

It’s Sunday morning and so once again I’ll share my thoughts with you. What’s on my mind this week? In a word, creativity. We set up a new writer’s group yesterday; The Darlaston Writer’s Group. It will hopefully encourage people to take an interest in writing and help them improve their craft. We now have a strong creative industry in the UK. It is needed because although we have goods that can be mass-produced relatively inexpensively, no one will buy them without advertising and marketing. That industry needs creative people who can write and produce visually appealing images and video. Some goods that are sold are now manufactured for a small percentage of the retail price, the rest goes on creating an image that makes the goods desirable.

creativity means creating images


People and places #ramble

It is Sunday morning once again and so, as usual, I’ll share my thoughts with you. People are curious, that is why mankind has been so successful compared to the other animals. We roll a rock down a hill and we think about it. That simple observation led to the wheel. I take photos of people and places. People like my photos because they are curious.

people and places


The power of words #ramble

The theme of Holocaust Memorial Day 2018 is The Power of Words. I have been aware of the power of words for many years. We can not only tell people things, we can show people things with powerful words and descriptions. There are so many boogie men in our lives. When the lights flicker, is it a change over on the national grid or is it some restless spirit anxious to communicate their evil intent. There have always been those who try to control us with scare stories about the boogie man.


Todays challenge #64millionartists #ramble

Today’s #64millionartists challenge:

Find somewhere to sit where you feel comfortable (it can be your favourite place or a new environment). Sit there for 5 minutes and notice everything. Notice what’s around you… notice the colours, textures, sounds, smells. Just reflect for 5 minutes about the environment you’re in.

That’s an interesting challenge but these challenges are also about sharing. How can I share my surroundings? I think I have to become really creative today! todays challenge

Creativity and beliefs #ramble #Sunday

It’s Sunday morning and so once again I share my thoughts with you. I want to go out today and wander around taking photos but the weather forecast isn’t very good. I can look forward to a temperature of just 5C. I had plans for 2018 but most of them have been put on hold. I am doing the #TheJanuaryChallenge and that’s going well. I have to build a boat today. I’ll need some creativity for that…

creativity and photography


Design a jumper? #64MillionArtists #challenge

It’s Sunday morning and so once again I share my innermost thoughts with you. What’s on my mind this week? I’m still doing January challenge of #64MillionArtists

Today’s challenge was to design a jumper. I admit I tried to do it when I was half asleep and so I designed a jumper with pockets to keep my hands warm and shoulder patches to stop the strap of my camera bag slipping off. Then I realised my design was almost identical to the cardigan I’m wearing. I had a couple more goes and then I admitted defeat.

January challenge


Happy new year 2018 #ramble

Yes, it’s Sunday and so once again I let you into the labyrinth of neurons that is my mind and share my thoughts with you. This will be the last time this year which was a difficult year. I had people troll my Facebook pages, others were simply obstructive and then there were the jealous ones who tried to undermine my confidence. I seem to have won through despite it all. So, happy new year 2018 and may it be a good one for us all.

Happy new year


Christmas Eve thoughts #ramble

It is Sunday morning but its a bit different this week because it’s Christmas Eve so I’ll share my Christmas Eve thoughts with you! There is a hill near my house on which stand two churches and where legend says that there was once a castle built by Ethelfleda the warrior princess. Before the Saxons came to Britain it is said that a Druid shrine stood there and sacrifices were made to the Druid gods, even human sacrifices. One thing I have learnt in my life is that we are all driven by the need to survive, just the same as the rest of the animal kingdom. We sometimes have strange ideas on how to survive but survival is still a powerful driving force. Some people call the winter solstice the beginning of winter and others call it the midwinter solstice. For those ancient people, it was the beginning of an annual fight for survival. They were the hunter-gatherers and they would probably have sacrificed a wild boar to celebrate the winter solstice but only because it would be their last decent meal until spring arrived with a fresh supply of food.

Christmas snow


Not happy? Me neither #ramble

Yes, it is Sunday morning and so I’ll share my thoughts with you, once again. I have to hurry up because I am expecting visitors today. What’s on my mind this morning? Well, Christmas is drawing near so I have to think about that. I did a lot of photography near to Christmas last year but I haven’t been asked to do any this year. Perhaps, I’m out of favour? I’m not happy this week.

Great art but I'm still not happy


Dreading a white Christmas? #ramble

So it is Sunday morning again, it soon rolls around. What’s on my mind this week? In a word… Snow! Yes, it is snowing and getting quite deep. I think there must be four inches of snow on the top of my car and it’s still coming down. The problem is, it will probably freeze hard tonight and then clearing paths and clearing my car will be so much harder. When it stops for a while I’ll wrap up and try to clear some of it away. I think we might have a white Christmas…

SNOW AT NIGHT - white Christmas?


On my mind #ramble

It is Sunday morning and so once again I share a few thoughts with you. What’s on my mind this week? Too much! I was having weird dreams last night, I had so much whirring through my mind. I’ve had a lot of criticism this year and most of it has been politically motivated. I get caught between the loony left and the loony right. I just try to contribute to the community. I do that by taking writing, taking photos and managing social media. On Friday I was photographing the Christmas lights switch-on. Yes, I photographed politicians but that doesn’t mean I support all their policies. In fact I support some right-wing policies such as Donald Trump’s corporation tax cuts. That doesn’t make me an American Republican. If they implement austerity to pay for those tax cuts, I will condemn them.

Things on my mind


Content is king #ramble

It’s Sunday morning and so once again I allow you into the dustier part of the labyrinth of neurons that is my mind and share my thoughts with you. We had the first sprinkling of snow this week and so obviously I have the weather on my mind. I also have photography on my mind and I have to give that some serious thought as I plan to invest even more money in it as I develop my art project. ‘Content is king’ is the mantra of social media specialists and that is on my mind too.



Redefining art #culturematters

It’s  Sunday morning so once again I’ll allow you into the dustiest corners of my mind and share my thoughts with you. What’s on my mind this week? Well I didn’t have a great week but continued to research my art project and write notes. I’m not quite sure what I’m trying to achieve. I want images that people can relate to and so how do I find out what people will relate to? I think the answer is social media. I can post images and see if people like them. Simple, eh? It won’t be a very good test of what they like because some people will see the images on their mobile phones and some will see them at 72 dpi on their computers. I want them to see the images at 300 dpi as large prints. I think I have to redefine art.

redefine art


Bucket list – add and cross off #ramble #culturematters

I can see my three score years and ten drawing closer and so these days I add to my bucket list and cross things off the list that I have done. I still have a life to lead before I kick it and fully intend to enjoy it. I bought things for Christmas yesterday. I have a restricted diet but I have still bought a few delights to satisfy those deprived taste buds at Christmas. My dietary deprivation will make them taste all the better. I shall be scoffing dairy-free chocolate on Christmas day and having jammy dodgers with my morning tea. Other people have climbing mountains and deep-sea diving on their bucket lists. I have simpler things.

Art on my bucket list


Rain-rain, go away, I want sunshine today! #ramble

Yes, it’s Sunday morning and so once again I share my thoughts with you. You can guess what I have on my mind this morning from my title. Yes, rain-rain is spoiling my day. I’m going out later and there is the re-dedication of the war memorial tonight. I haven’t been asked to take photos but I was last year so I might inquire if I am needed.

rain-rain go away. I want sunshine!


Objects of desire #ramble #art

It’s Sunday morning again and so once again I share my thoughts with you. This is what I do, I write and I also do social media and photography. I produce content and many of my friends who understand social media will know why content is king! Interaction is important on social media. People interact with their friends and on Facebook pages, they interact with the admins. I had to ban a couple of people from one Facebook page I am admin of yesterday and it was with deep regret. They waged a vendetta for over a year against me. If I have a disagreement with someone, I try to forget it and move on. Life is too short and hating people consumes you. Anyway, moving on, I have photography and art on my mind this week.

Considering objects of desire


Perceptions and human behaviour #ramble

It is Sunday morning and so once again, I’ll share my thoughts with you. Perceptions are the way we see things but we aren’t always right. We see some guy we know coming out of a strip club early one morning and we assume he had a good night. We don’t wait to hear a plausible explanation before mentioning the encounter to someone who will, in turn, mention it to someone else. The truth might be that he visited the establishment of ill-repute to read the gas meter but we don’t let the truth get in the way of a bit of gossip. Human behaviour is something I think a lot about, we rarely seem to get things right.

It is human behaviour to try to get to the front


Art on my mind #ramble #art

Yes, it’s Sunday morning again, it soon rolls around. Once again I’m going to let you into the labyrinth of neurons that is my mind and share my thoughts with you. One of the reasons I go to art galleries is for inspiration but I’m not an artist in the traditional sense. My art is writing and photography. Yes, once again, I have art on my mind. Art is about communication.  Artists throughout the ages have tried to communicate with the people who will view their works in the galleries of the world. We now have a new medium to communicate with people and it’s called the internet.



Art on my mind #ramble

It is Sunday morning and so once again you get an exclusive pass that allows you into the labyrinth that is the neural network that I call my mind. Yes, I will share my thoughts once again and today, I have art on my mind…

Art on my mind


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