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Remembrance Sunday #ramble

Yes, it is Sunday morning once again and so I’ll share my thoughts with you. Actually, it’s not Sunday, it’s Saturday evening and I plan to go to the Remembrance Parade to photograph it in the morning. It is 100 years since the guns fell silent at the end of the first world war. It was a war that affected every family. My one grandfather was over in France and survived an attack with mustard gas. I’m not sure how but he managed to help his mates when the attack came. He carried one out of the gas. My other grandfather lost his oldest son to the war and having lost his bakery business to the 1913 tube strike; he died not long after.



What a good idea? #ramble #photography

There are around 100 billion neurons in the human brain and as usual, I’ll let you into mine this morning and share my thoughts with you. I took photos at the Safer 6 event this week and decided to use a 55 – 300mm lens which isn’t ideal but it allowed me to get a shallow depth of field and some interesting photos. I think it was a good idea.



Back an hour? #ramble

It is Sunday morning and once again I allow you into the darkest recesses of my mind and share my thoughts with you! I need a subject! This is my constant thought. When I’m taking photos I need a subject rather than just pointing my camera at a nice view. My camera needs something to focus on even if it’s only a tree and when I start writing it’s the same thing; I need a subject! I tried to put my clocks back an hour last night. It didn’t work out quite as planned, I must have forgotten to press set when I put the clock back on the heating controller. It was freezing when I woke up!


Images from the past #ramble #Wednesbury

Yes, it’s Sunday morning and so I’ll share my thoughts with you once again. I’m late, I used to write this as my Sunday lunch was cooking and then it got earlier and earlier and now I’m back to writing at near lunchtime. I have been remembering a little of my earlier life the past few days doing the History of Wednesbury. I also met a friend from my school days who bought 50 sets of art cards to sell at the rugby club. Yes, I’m still trying to make my little art project a success. I’m trying to work out which images from the past people most identify with.

images from the past


For better or worse #ramble

Yes, it’s Sunday morning and so I’ll share my thoughts with you once again. I’ve been trying to stimulate discussion on the local history page I run and in the group. There was a movie about the effect of a single butterfly landing on a flower. I haven’t seen it but I’m told that small incident had a far-reaching effect. We can all have an influence on our environment and on the community we live in; it can be for better or worse.

better or worse


Art cards and recognition #art #photography

It’s Sunday morning and so once again I’ll let you into the labyrinth of neurons that is my mind and share my thoughts with you.  Yes, I’m still trying to sell my art cards, the initial enthusiasm from people seems to have waned now I have actually gone to the expense of having them printed. They are a limited edition print and so could be quite collectable in the future and they won’t self-destruct like Banksy’s picture.



Social media publicity #ramble #photography

It is Sunday morning and so, as usual, I’ll share my thoughts with you, such as they are. This week I had my hedge trimmed ready for the winter and next week I might run the lawnmower over the lawn. Autumn is here and the weather is changing quite quickly. On the 28th of October, the clocks will go back an hour so the nights will get dark earlier. I’m not looking forward to winter, last winter was a cruel one. I hope this winter will be milder. A historic local pub, Ye Olde Leathern Bottel reopened this week and I hope the new licensee does well. I designed a web banner to publicise it and posted it up on Facebook on our history page. I hope that helped. The effect of social media publicity isn’t always immediate.

leathern bottel social media banner


Such is life #ramble

It is Sunday morning once again and so I’ll let you into the deepest recesses of my mind and share my thoughts with you. It is dark, wet and dismal this morning. I did plan to photograph the Tipton canal and community festival yesterday. I got ready to go despite feeling really unwell and it started to rain. So I had second thoughts and checked on the traffic. The festival had caused a traffic jam which was made worse by a road accident. Then I checked the weather forecast which suggested today might be a better day for it anyway. I was quite busy but felt I had let my friends down who did make it. Anyway, c’est la vie, such is life!

such is life


Medieval mayhem #ramble #photography

Yes, it’s Sunday morning and so once again I’ll share my thoughts with you. I wrote about the saga relating to having a postcard for Wednesbury printed, yesterday. Since then I’ve got a couple of orders! This could work! I’ll need a lot more orders, though, but at least I can think about it seriously. I realised last night that my pictures were widescreen and although you can have wide postcards printed, it costs extra. I found the original high-definition pictures and made copies and cropped them to size. I’ll convert them to CMYK one of the days and see what they look like. I think they’ll be OK. Anyway, I went to photograph the medieval mayhem at West Bromwich Manor house yesterday.



Reasons to be cheerful #ramble

I’m looking for reasons to be cheerful this morning after a depressing week. My visit to the doctor last week didn’t go well and this week has been a week of learning about political intrigue and even being accused of using political influence myself. I think that was the accusation anyway. These so-called political activists and trolls are never very precise with their accusations. They simply fish for information and stir it hoping to get a response they can use.

reasons to be cheerful


Wish you were here? #ramble

It’s Sunday morning and so once again I’ll share my thoughts with you. This week I considered producing a postcard for Wednesbury. This picture was the top choice when I asked people which one they preferred.



Whose side am I on? #ramble

It is Sunday morning and so, as usual, I’ll let you into the labyrinth of neurons that is my mind and share my thoughts with you. I’ve become aware of a number of local ‘political issues’ recently. I think I’m supposed to take sides but I tend to listen and not say a lot. I want to know the truth and so I listen and I listen for lies. Just one lie, just one inaccuracy, can make what you say sound like a tissue of lies whereas if you have a reputation for honesty then you are likely to be believed. People can’t work out whose side I’m on, the left think I’m right-wing and vice versa!



Feigned outrage in the internet age #ramble

If the press criticises Donald Trump, he exclaims. “fake news!”. His outrage is feigned, he is like a child feigning illness because it doesn’t want to go to school. Feigned outrage is the current trend amongst trolls on the internet and social media. This feigned outrage isn’t confined to social media, there are also bloggers who feign outrage and cause division in society and in communities. Newspapers will feign outrage and even the weather can cause them to exaggerate the news to try to gain readers. These people have no moral compass, they are not only dishonest, they lie to themselves.

feigned outrage


Playing lifes lottery #ramble

It is Sunday morning and so as usual on a Sunday, I’ll share my thoughts with you. My birthday will be on the 1st of February next year, as it is every year. It will be another milestone in my life and we never know what sheer luck will bring next. The date is, of course, 01/02 and I have those numbers on the lottery and they actually came up last night. It is a shame I didn’t get the other four numbers to go with them but at least I got a free ticket for Wednesday night’s draw.

lifes a lottery


Distractions in life #ramble

It is Sunday morning again and so I’ll let you into the neural labyrinth and share my thoughts with you, once again. I’m not sure what normal is but things seem to be getting back to normal. The rain is back and it’s cooler. My ankle is nearly back to its normal size after nearly 4 weeks of being swollen with oedema. I’m back as an admin on The History of Wednesbury Facebook page. The reach of the page has dropped but not quite as much as I was expecting. We have nearly 8,000 followers now and a post can now reach about a quarter of them. That is down from about half but we can at least attempt to reach everyone with one post each week. We seem to be past the distractions for a while.



The end of an era #ramble

As usual, on a Sunday morning, I’m going to share my thoughts with you. I am late this morning I’ve been posting in our local history group on Facebook. I’m no longer an admin but I have been meaning to post some stuff about the railways coming to the end of an era with steam so I decided that would be my farewell to the history page. Its fate hasn’t been decided but I have to be prepared to move on, wherever that may be.



Short term plans #ramble

It’s Sunday morning once again and so I let you into the innermost labyrinth and share my thoughts with you. What’s on my mind this week? My health has come to the fore just lately so I have a doctor’s appointment and my other priority is buying a new washing machine. Those are just my short term plans to try to alleviate my immediate problems. I also have long term plans to improve my photography and those plans are coming together. I need to photograph more events but take my time and look for the really good shots.

short term plans


Trolls and troublemakers #ramble

Yes, it’s Sunday morning once again and so I’ll let you into the innermost recesses and share my thoughts with you. The trolls were back this week and it seems I have been stalked! What is it with some people? If it isn’t politics dividing people, it’s power or as in this case old-fashioned jealousy.



Black Country Day disabled parking.

It is Sunday morning and once again I’ll share my thoughts with you. I nearly forgot, which is why I’m late. I missed the Wednesbury Carnival yesterday because I couldn’t find a place to park. There is a play area that they could use for disabled parking but they don’t bother so I went to Darlaston instead. I got some really good pictures on Black Country Day, so that’s all right.

. Jessie Desai on Black Country Day


Social media: creating the content

It’s Sunday morning and here in the Black Country, the sky is blue and the sun is shining. As usual on a Sunday I’m considering where I can go to get a little exercise and take some photos. I really want to photograph people but I find it quite difficult to just go up to people and ask if I can take their photo. I suppose I could be sneaky about it and use a long lens! Anyway, I have social media on my mind and I need to create content.

social media proof


Improve my life #ramble

It is Sunday morning and so once again I share my thoughts with you. What’s on my mind this week? Well, I need a picture for this post to start with! I have been trying to improve my composition. I don’t get it right every time.

improve my composition


Welcome to Wednesbury #ramble

It is Sunday morning and so once again I’ll share my thoughts with you, such as they are. I’m planning another outing to take photos because I think it’ll be a nice day. On Friday the 6th of July, which is just over 2 weeks time, I’m having an evening out at Mecca Bingo in Wednesbury for their Legends of Darts evening. It’s not that often I go out in the evening so that’ll make a nice change. We will welcome to Wednesbury, four champion dart players.

Welcome to Wednesbury


Zeitgeist – the spirit of our time #ramble

I know a few people who have lost loved ones recently and it is a painful experience. How are we supposed to get over such things and stop the pain of loss? I think there is a natural process that helps us heal and we shouldn’t create shrines to the one we lost. We should have the wake and then allow the wound to heal. Don’t keep picking at a wound, it will never heal. Of course, the scars of losing a loved one fade but they never disappear.



Value your eyesight. #ramble

It is Sunday morning and so once again I let you into the labyrinth of neurons and share my thoughts with you. My glasses are still in the opticians and so I am looking at a blurred computer screen and hoping for the best. I still have distance glasses so I’m able to find my way around and drive but not being able to read is really annoying. You really do need to value your eyesight.

Value your eyesight


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