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Another day and another challenge #ramble

Regular readers will know that on a Sunday morning I share my thoughts with you and just ramble on with no particular subject. I’ve been doing the 64 million artists January challenge and this is day 13. Today, I have another challenge, to write a letter.

another challenge


A kind word costs nothing #ramble

It’s Sunday morning once again and I’m still doing the #64millionartists challenge. Today I have to up-cycle something from the recycling. I have some Christmas cards that haven’t quite made it to the recycling bin yet. Maybe I could do something with those. In the past, I have made all sorts of things from rubbish. Anyway, a kind word costs nothing so please try to understand what I’m doing and why I’m doing it.

kind word costs nothing


2019, a new beginning #ramble

Sunday seems to come around so quickly these days. Time flies as they say but I’m not really having fun. Anyway, I’ll let you into the neural labyrinth and share my thoughts with you. 2019, will be a new beginning for all of us. Should we make resolutions and plans?

a new beginning


Happy Christmas #Wednesburyonline

I’ve abandoned the traditional Merry Christmas in favour of Happy Christmas. This is quite a radical shift in thinking but I’m not appeasing people who don’t celebrate Christmas by wishing people ‘Happy Holidays’.  It’s Christmas and should be a day of celebration. You don’t have to get merry as in alcoholic merry, do you?

Happy Christmas


Preparing for Christmas #Wednesburyonline

It’s Sunday morning and so I’ll let you into the neural matrix once again and share my thoughts with you. Like most people, I’m preparing for Christmas and also thinking about the new year. I cleaned my bathroom yesterday and changed my bed. Unfortunately, I didn’t notice a paper tissue had found its way into a pillowcase so that went in the wash too. The sheets and pillowcases are washed and dried now but bits of tissue keep falling off them so I have to vacuum again. Cleaning isn’t easy when you’re not well. I still have two days left so I’ll be done by Tuesday!

preparing for Christmas


Feeling my age #ramble

It’s Sunday morning once again, it comes around so quickly! When I was a child the six weeks holiday in the summer seemed so long, now 6 weeks is a short time and a week flashes by. It must be my age! At my age, you get a lot of aches and pains too and my health isn’t very good. I’m feeling my age!

feeling my age

Do the right thing #ramble

I am sometimes asked to give advice on certain issues that are often personal to the person asking for the advice and I usually advise them to do what they think is right. It isn’t always easy but if you consider and do the right thing you can have a clear conscience. I had to consider a few questions this week and then simply do the right thing. Incidentally, this week’s Sunday ramble is being written on Saturday because I’m photographing the Cheer Angels and Air Scouts in the morning who will be “Walking Home for Christmas” and doing a sponsored walk.

 do the right thing


Know your place #ramble

It is Sunday morning and so once again I’ll let you into the neural labyrinth and share my thoughts with you. This website is about ideas and they are obviously different ideas, otherwise, it would be boring and no one would read my ramblings. I don’t watch Coronation Street or Emmerdale, I think they have a dumbing down effect on British working-class society. Eastenders is even worse. I am sick of hearing the working class clichés that posh actors repeat ad nauseam to make themselves sound like one of us. They end up more working class than we are, using clichés like “to be fair”, at the “end of the day” and other nauseating standardised clichés that describe middle England’s view of the workers; know what I mean? If they actually make a film with working-class characters the dialogue is littered with four-letter expletives because we common people can’t talk proper, can we? Yes, you working classes should know your place. You will be portrayed as ignorant and stupid.

know your place


I am not getting paid, honest! #ramble

It’s Sunday morning and so once again I share my thoughts with you. I usually write half this post before I think of a title but today I have a title! I am not getting paid to write this, honest! This, according to the public relations people means I am more likely to be believed. I have no ulterior motive for influencing my readers. I am a micro-influencer according to the PR people. I don’t have millions of readers but I do influence important people, like you! Of course, I influence far more people with social media than with my blog but in a very different way.

I am not getting paid


Trying to think positively #ramble

It is Sunday morning and so I’ll let you into the neural labyrinth once again and share my thoughts with you. I’m still unwell but trying to think positively. I’ll go out today and try to get some exercise while practising my photography. I do collect interesting photographs by other photographers and I follow Magnum photographers and look at what they are doing. I’ve become quite interested in taking indoor photos using natural light. You have a lot less light but you get interesting shadows and I like the contrasts.

trying to think positively


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


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