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Allusions and illusions #ramble #life

It’s Sunday morning and so once again I’ll share my thoughts with you. What’s on my mind this week? Allusions and illusions. Yesterday, it was that royal wedding. That was an illusion of grandeur but there were complex allusions in play too.

Wednesbury allusions


Artistic mood #ramble #photography #art

It’s Sunday morning and once again I share my thoughts with you, such as they are. I’m in an artistic mood, this week. I had an interesting week and took photos with the Caravan Gallery who are also taking photos as part of the Sandwell Pride of Place Project. We need to take more pride in our community, so anything I can do to make things better, I will try. I have photography on my mind today because it is the Black Country Horse Drive.



Eclecticism as a philosophy #ramble

It is Sunday morning and so I let you into the labyrinth of neurons that is my mind and share my thoughts with you. It was the local elections this week. Which way did I vote? Well the local UKIP party disintegrated and their members stood for some other obscure party. The Greens didn’t do very well, perhaps because they aren’t all that realistic. Their public image is one of pet-owning vegans wanting to turn us all into animal-loving Greenpeace disciples. So the real race was between the Conservatives and Labour. My philosophy is one of eclecticism

eclecticism in all things


Making the content #ramble

It’s Sunday morning once again and so I’ll let you in on my innermost thoughts. It has been a week of ups and downs, as usual. I photographed a book launch yesterday which was interesting. I bought the book and it was duly signed by the authors and then I put it down while I put my camera away and left it behind. Fortunately, it was in the library, I had put I down with other books and pamphlets and it was still there when I returned two hours later. Anyway, I think making the content of a book and putting it all together takes a lot of skill so that was well done.

Making the content


Producing content #ramble #socialmedia

It’s Sunday morning and so I will share my thoughts with you once again. Some years ago, I was invited to join a social media group for student journalists. The students were required to join the Facebook group, start a LinkedIn group, set up a LinkedIn professional profile and start a blog. I’m still a member of the Facebook group and LinkedIn group. I tried to advise the students and learnt something from the experience too. Social media is now a huge industry and one that has attracted the attention of lawmakers as it becomes so pervasive and part of our everyday lives. Today, I’m thinking about producing content for social media.

part of producing content for myblog


Poetry and problems #ramble

Yes, it’s Sunday morning and so once again I share my thoughts with you. I’ve been doing less writing for my blog this year and even less photography. I have joined a writers’ group and so I’ve been trying to write some poetry. One poem upset a few people on Facebook and I had to delete it.  Some people are way too sensitive to be on social media. Poetry seems to have re-entered my life.

poetry and problems


Comics and trolls #ramble

Yes, it’s Sunday morning again and so I will let you into the labyrinth of neurons and share my thoughts with you. What’s on my mind this week? Well, the weather’s better, we might reach a double-digit temperature this afternoon so I think I’ll go out and do a bit of photography. I’ve had comics on my mind this week because we have a Charlie Grigg exhibition on in Wednesbury art gallery.

comics and trolls


Share my thoughts? #ramble

It is Sunday morning and so once again I allow you free access to the neural network and share my thoughts with you. What’s on my mind this week? I think my mind is actually scrambled, flitting from one topic to the next. I couldn’t even decide which photo to use in today’s post. This photo is the road that passes the town hall where I’ll be going on Tuesday.

share my thoughts


Move on with your life #ramble

It’s Sunday morning once again and so I let you into the neural matrix and share my thoughts with you. What’s on my mind this week? Relationships in a word. I tend to be fairly easy-going and try not to annoy family members, friends or anyone else but sometimes friendships can go wrong. We just have to fix them or move on. Some people carry a grudge and can’t move on. That has been my problem with one friend, who gets people to troll my Facebook page. My patience has run out now, so I just ban them.

move on it is spring


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?


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