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Isolation day 13, something to do #photography

I’m on isolation day 13, nearly two weeks already! I’ve been trying to document my isolation in photographs as well as doing the garden and planning how I will survive. I’ve also been planning the future. What will I do when this is all over? I’ll find something to do, maybe something new.

something to do

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Coughs and sneezes #ramble

It’s Sunday morning and so once again I’ll share my thoughts with you. What’s on my mind this week? Sneezing for a start! I’ve been sneezing this morning. It could be allergy, it could be dust because I’ve been decorating or it could be a cold. Whatever it is, it’s sensible to use tissues and wash my hands often and properly.

coughs and sneezes

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My own little gallery #photography

It’s Sunday morning and so once again I’ll share my thoughts with you. What’s on my mind this week? As always on a Sunday, I want to go out and take some photos but it’s a bit windy. I certainly won’t be able to wear my hat! This week, I moved out of my bedroom and have been sleeping in the spare room while my bedroom is being decorated. Work on that will resume tomorrow or Tuesday. I hope to turn my room into a small oasis of artwork. Mostly my own photographs because my printer is working again and I can print my own. I want my own little gallery.

my own little gallery

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The reality behind the mask

It’s Sunday morning and so once again I’ll share my thoughts with you. I switched the television on this week and it was that awful show, Love Island. I don’t normally watch it and have only seen a few minutes of it but all the hugging and false emotion seemed distasteful to me. Drama is one thing but that show blurs the difference between reality and fantasy. Their fantasy is all smiles and hugs, while real life is full of conflict and stress. I am not surprised that two contestants on the show have committed suicide. The suicide of Caroline Flack, who must have been really confused by the blurring of reality and fantasy, is no surprise either. The reality behind the mask just waits to be exposed.

The reality behind the mask

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Litter, traffic and flying bricks

It’s Sunday morning and so once again, I’ll share my thoughts with you. I took some photos yesterday which made a change and blew a few cobwebs away. I photographed the litter pick and while I was there the build up of traffic for Ikea and the retail park. I used the photos on social media and there was the usual criticism about councillors only being interested in a photo-opportunity. That was why I didn’t ask them to pose for photos and took a couple of them hard at work. The social media armchair warriors never get off their backsides and do anything but are quick to criticise. My title today is litter, traffic and flying bricks. I also photographed the traffic headed for the retail park which I intend to monitor on weekends and photograph.

litter, traffic and flying bricks

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Making life changes #ramble

It’s Sunday morning and so once again I’ll share my thoughts with you. Sometimes you have to think where your life is going and start making life changes. I used to write a thrifty post and a finance post each week but my priorities have changed. Money isn’t so important and I think we all need to buy fewer consumer goods. We have to try to take care of the planet we live on. I hear people complaining if their wheelie bin gets emptied a day late. I never seem to fill mine because I consume a lot less. People need to save their money and consume less instead of living their lives in debt.

 making life changes

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Today’s picture and thoughts #ramble

It’s Sunday morning and once again I’ll share my thoughts with you. Tomorrow it’s Holocaust Memorial Day and it is something we should all be aware of and remember. I really can’t stand bullies and that’s what the Nazis were. Hitler appealed to the worst in people and started movement of hate driven by nationalism. I saw more nationalism in the UK last year and more hate. Racism and anti-Semitism reared it’s ugly head once again. Decent people  must always resist the ideology of people like “Tommy Robinson”. Passive resistance can be quite assertive and that is the only way to resist the bullies. Anyway, I need today’s picture:

todays picture

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The taste of art #ramble #art

It’s Sunday morning and so once again I’ll share my thoughts with you. What’s on my mind this week? Too much, as usual! I have done the 19th daily challenge from 64 Million Artists this morning. I’ve bought a Yongnuo 50mm prime lens and I’ve been testing it this weekend so I used that for the challenge. The challenge was “The taste of Home” so I photographed my breakfast. The resulting image is just “the taste of art”.

a taste of home

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Not simply black and white #ramble

It’s Sunday morning and so as always I’ll share my thoughts with you. I’ve just done the 64 Million artists daily challenge. That is twelve I’ve done now and I haven’t missed a day! Yesterday, it took a while to come up with something good. I ended up with a photograph of the ivy in my garden which I took in monochrome and then tinted it. Monochrome doesn’t have to be black and white. Life isn’t all black and white either and we have to learn to appreciate the finer nuances. People who pin their colours to one political party for life or one cultural stance tend to be bigoted. You can pin your colours to what is right rather than what is wrong but even the differences between right and wrong can get blurred. Is it stealing if you help yourself to something to eat in order to avoid starvation?

not black and white

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Everyone can be an artist now#art #photography

It’s is Sunday morning and so once again I’ll share my thoughts with you. At the beginning of this week I started doing the 64 Million artists daily challenges. Today I had to take a photograph and make something look big. I decided to use Eddy the Elf again and use the photograph for an environmental message. It wasn’t difficult, everyone can be an artist now.

everyone can be an artist

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Goodbye 2019 – hello 2020 #ramble

It’s coming to the end of the year and so it’s time to consider the events of the last year and plan for 2020. Hello 2020, what can I do with you! I will certainly be involved in art and photography and trying to improve my deteriorating health.

hello 2020

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Reflecting on the past #ramble

Yes, I’m writing a post on Christmas morning and reflecting on the past and the year that is about to come to an end. It didn’t go according to plan but it never does. I was involved in an arts festival and had some photos in the exhibition. I also ran the photography competition. I learned a lot by just observing what was going on. I also learn a little about myself. I’m quite good at engaging with people online but when I meet them I’m not quite so good at engaging with them. I need to relax and talk to people more. I might persuade them to have their photo taken then!

reflecting on the past

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The winter solstice #ramble

Preparing for Christmas is always difficult even though I don’t celebrate much now. Buying presents and doing shopping can be a nightmare. I’m just about done with all that now. I just need to put petrol in my car. I’ve even bought some lottery tickets for the draw on Christmas day. The lottery isn’t the same as it used to be, even on Christmas day. It was much better in the beginning with Mystic Meg! Anyway, it’s the winter solstice and the days will start getting longer now. We have to think positively.

The winter solstice

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Eddy the elf and other fantasies #ramble

It’s Sunday morning and so once again I’ll share my thoughts with you. It wasn’t a great week. The election dominated and I was slightly disgusted by comments from the far-right of politics who were obviously driven by racism. The election has got rid of two party leaders. Jo Swinson was far too confident and arrogant and lost her seat as an MP. Jeremy Corbyn’s days are numbered but I wonder about his fantasy policies which were simply unworkable. Will Labour moderates call out Momentum and give them their marching orders? They are fantasists and bullies and need to be rooted out. On a positive note, I went into Darlaston post office and bought a few things including Eddy the elf. I was going to give him to one of the children but I might pop him up on top of the Christmas tree.

eddy the elf

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A divided nation #ramble

We have an election on Thursday. Will it unite this divided nation? I very much doubt it. I’ve been looking at the policies of the different parties and I don’t think we can trust the Conservatives. Even moderate Conservatives are advising people to vote for the Liberal Democrats. I would actually like to vote for the Liberal Democrats but I see two problems in doing so. I need to vote tactically to stop the Tories and Jo Swinson is far too arrogant to be a leader. 

divided nation

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Approaching the winter solstice #ramble

It’s Sunday morning and so once again I’ll share my thoughts with you. At the moment I’m trying to decide on a title for today’s post and a picture to put in before the ‘more’ tag! The thing most on my mind this week is a hospital appointment. It’s always I worry when you’re not sure what the outcome is likely to be. I’ll take my mind off it by going out and taking photos this afternoon. It is only 1 C this morning and so quite wintry. We are approaching the winter solstice which will mark the real beginning of winter.

approaching the winter solstice

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Another bright idea #ramble #photography

It’s Sunday morning and so once again I’ll share my thoughts with you. It is dark and grey this morning but I still have photography on my mind. I’ll be going out and intend to buy some drinks for Christmas and then wander around and try to find something interesting to photograph. I need a bright idea for a really interesting photograph.

bright idea

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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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