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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

challenges

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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

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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?

conflict

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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.

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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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Such is life #ramble

It is Sunday morning and so I’ll share my thoughts with you once again. I have a bit of a cold this morning and I suspect that was part of the reason I was really unwell yesterday. I got to the fete at the town hall too late to photograph the winners of Wednesbury in Bloom and then had to leave early as I felt so ill. Such is life, some things are unavoidable.

such is life

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Difficult times #ramble

Sunday seems to come around quickly these days. I only wrote one post this week on photography but today I’ll share my thoughts with you as usual. We are in difficult times with a new prime minister and I think the bureaucrats of the European Union have become more stubborn and less sympathetic towards the UK. Over the other side of the pond, their president is childish and often acts like a teenager trying to prove his manhood. He calls people names and looks down on people. We have politicians like that gaining power here too.  We see the abuse of power everywhere.

Difficult times

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Ambition for excellence #ramble

It’s Sunday morning and so as usual I’ll share my thoughts with you. I entered a photography competition this week and yesterday I met up with Chris and Jan from the Caravan Gallery who gave me prints of the pictures I had in their exhibition. I learnt a few things from the Blast festival of photography but it was actually a hash tag that stuck a chord with me. It was the Arts Council hash tag, #AmbitionforExcellence that made a difference. I decided I would adopt ambition for excellence in my photography. I am now trying to concentrate more and take fewer but better pictures.

ambition for excellence

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There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about – Oscar Wilde

“It is silly of you, for there is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.” is a quote from A Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. The quote refers to the upper classes who need an admiring audience. However, we mere mortals are also talked about if we get involved in the community in some way. The question is, do people say good things about us or bad things? Last year, quite a few bad things were said about me, things have improved since then. I care less what people think now anyway, so it doesn’t much matter what they say!

Oscar Wilde

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Culture is so complicated #ramble

It’s Sunday morning and as usual, I will share my thoughts with you. I saw a report on TV that said the Chinese government were sending Muslims for re-education in special centres. The children are being sent to special boarding schools. It seems like a breach of human rights but there are so many differing beliefs in China and different ‘tribes’. We have seen how Islam can become corrupted and give rise to terrorism. At home, Boris Johnson seems the favourite to be the next prime minister and he has similar views. Over the other side of the Atlantic, Trump is quite anti-Islam too. Religion does cause a lot of problems so maybe China is right to cast aside primitive beliefs? I think the Chinese government needs to learn some tolerance but I can understand their fears. Culture is so complicated.

Culture is so complicated

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A new chapter #photography #life

It’s Sunday morning, bright and early so I’ll share my thoughts with you once again. The Blast festival is over and so too is the Sandwell Pride of Place project. I missed the end of the festival party but did take some photos of Brendan Barry’s caravan gallery workshop in Wednesbury Market. That was tiring with the heat. Chris and Jan of the Caravan Gallery will move on to their next project. I have been asked about a project but I’m not going anywhere! We will all start a new chapter and who knows how the story will go?

A new chapter

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What a fiasco! #ramble

It is Sunday morning once again and so I’ll share my thoughts with you. What’s on my mind this week? Well, at the back of most people’s minds is Brexit. What a fiasco! I think the damage has been done now to the value of our currency, to our trade prospects and to our standing in the international community. Boris and his elitist cronies are largely to blame and we are drifting aimlessly towards a general election with no effective opposition. There is always an opportunity, however. This time for the Liberal Democrats and Scottish Nationalists if they can get their act together.

what a fiasco

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Sunday jobs #ramble

It’s Sunday morning and so once again I’ll share my thoughts with you. I’m late this morning, I’ve been dealing with profanity in the History of Wednesbury group. We have to have certain standards. Right? I also booked my place for an artist talk at the art gallery. I usually gate-crash these events but there will be limited places so I booked this one.  Anyway, I have a few Sunday jobs to do today.

Sunday jobs

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Poetry and photography #ramble

It’s Sunday morning once again and so I’ll share my thoughts with you as usual. Yesterday, I spent the afternoon photographing the Black Country poets in Tipton where they performed on the side of the ‘cut’. That event was part of the Blast festival of photography, walks and talks. After the poetry and photography, I went on to Brook Street Community centre to photograph a carnival queen.

Poetry and photography

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Yes, I went to West Bromwich #ramble

It’s Sunday morning and didn’t this week just fly-by? Actually, I think every week flies by now. It must be my age. I didn’t take many photos this week and the ones I took at West Bromwich town hall on Thursday were a bit blurry because I took them with my phone. I did photograph Martin Parr on his birthday but didn’t get to speak to him. I did speak to a couple of photographers involved in the Blast Festival, though.

West Bromwich

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Disability is just no fun #ramble

It is Sunday morning and so once again I’ll share my thoughts with you. It must be my age but these weeks seem to fly by. What’s on my mind this week? There is a fun day in the park today that I’m expected to go to.  I’m still struggling with health problems and so taking photos in the park today will be a struggle. I might not manage it at all. We can only try our best.  I am really learning about the problems that people with disability have just lately.

 

disability

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