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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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Springtime in Wednesbury #ramble

It’s Sunday morning and so, as usual, I’ll share my thoughts with you. What’s on my mind this week? Well, we have sunshine which makes for a nice change so I intend to have a day out taking photos. The springtime flowers are lining the river Tame and so I might try to take a short walk down the river and take a few photos. It will be a very short walk! Springtime is a time of renewal and so I hope to have an uplifting day and blow away a few cobwebs.

springtime

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Sunday morning checklist #ramble

It’s Sunday morning and so once again I’ll let you into my neural labyrinth and share my thoughts with you. What’s on my mind this morning? Too much, according to my doctor, who says I worry too much. The doctor at the hospital thought I needed surgery on my hip. I wasn’t convinced and needed a second opinion. My GP said I worry too much and to see the surgeon. Fortunately, the surgeon agrees with me but to be sure he referred me for an MRI scan. That is today. It’s a private company and those scanners are expensive so they use it 7 days a week. So why do I need a checklist?

REDPICK

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St Georges day resolutions #ramble

It’s Sunday morning and so once again I’ll share my thoughts with you. Sometimes you just have to be resolute. I ended the photography competition this morning. I tried to be flexible because someone was having problems sending their emails but in the end, there has to be an end! I’m in a resolute mood trying to overcome my natural dislike of getting cold to get myself ready to go and photograph the big St Georges Day parade.

St Georges day

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Happy Easter, everyone #ramble

Happy Easter, everyone! Yes, it’s Easter Sunday and I’m sharing my thoughts with you once again. We had our Eggstravaganza in Wednesbury yesterday. It didn’t go quite according to plan because the bouncy castle arrived very late. There were music, singing and dancing, so it was quite good. There was a nuisance after I left but there is always someone who doesn’t know how to behave in public.

EASTER FUN DAY (2)

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To spark some kind of conversation #ramble

It’s Sunday morning and so I’ll share my thought with you once again. This week I went to a retirement home and took them an album of old photos to pass around. It’ll be a conversation piece and often that is what we need, something to spark a conversation. Even on social media, I post things to try to spark some kind of conversation.

HILL TOP (7)

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Three skills to depend on #ramble

It’s Sunday morning again and so I’ll share my thoughts with you. What am I good at? I do writing, photography and social media. These are my three skills. I used one social media channel to support local councillors who are up for re-election next month today. I’ll get some criticism for that but we have to resist the forces of hate and extremism. I try to do what is right and I pointed out that a couple of local councillors do a lot of good volunteer work. There is a division between them though so maybe after this election they can forget past problems and see what they have in common.

three skills

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It is a grey day #ramble #photography

It’s Sunday morning and so once again I’ll allow you into my innermost thoughts. What’s on my mind this week? Well, mainly photography because I’m off to West Bromwich Manor House this morning to take some pictures. It is a grey day but I’ll make the most of it.

grey day

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Litter pick blues #ramble

It’s Sunday morning and once again I’ll ramble on and share my thoughts with you. This week, I’ve been trying to promote the photography competition being run as part of  Sandwell Pride of Place Project. We are expecting a lot of last-minute entries. People will wait for good light and then go out and shoot some pictures. Then you have to edit and choose the best one. I did a photo shoot myself yesterday. I was invited along to the Sons of Rest in Wednesbury where they are doing renovations and installing a security alarm. There was also a litter pick in Brunswick Park.

litter pick

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Giving everyone an equal chance #ramble

It is Sunday morning and so once again I’ll allow you into the neural labyrinth and share my thoughts with you. What’s on my mind this week? Well, as usual photography and as I’m involved so much with social media I’m also trying to promote the Blast Photo festival photography competition. I don’t always agree with the way photography competitions are run because they can favour certain people unfairly. This one, however, will be fair as the judges won’t know the entrants and people who are new to photography will still be in with an equal chance of being a finalist.

equal chance

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Artistic ideas #Wednesbury #ramble

It’s Sunday morning and so once again I’ll share my innermost thoughts with you. The bad news this week is that I might need surgery on my hip. I hate being in hospital but I shall try to look on the bright side. At least this time I’ll have a decent phone so I can stay in touch and run my Facebook pages! Isn’t technology great? Anyway, with the Blast photography festival coming I have a few artistic ideas that I am trying to work on.

artistic ideas

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The six towns #Sandwell

It’s Sunday morning again and so I’ll share my thoughts with you. Quite a few of my friends do social media management. One did a master’s degree in SMM and another teaches it in California. I do reasonably well running the History of Wednesbury on Facebook and a few other pages and groups. I’m now admin of the Sandwell Pride of Place project and that was proving to be a little more difficult. I really do prefer Facebook business pages to groups but I have decided to make the group a little more personal and say good morning to the members each morning. The membership has started increasing again! We live in a hostile society and the simple act of saying good morning can make it better. Perhaps I should say our perceptions are of a hostile society. Anyway, I also have to remember the group is for the six towns of Sandwell and not just Wednesbury!

six towns

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History and art #Sundayramble

It is Sunday morning once again and so I allow you into the labyrinth of neurons and share my thoughts with you. What’s on my mind this week? I went to the local history event at Glebefields library yesterday and met up this Chris and Jan of Caravan Gallery fame. They were taking photographs for the Blast photography festival. It was an interesting outing but I did get a bit lost around the lost city. We were looking for the horses that are always tethered there but didn’t see any. It really was a history and art outing.

history and art

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Having an influence #soapboxsunday

It’s Sunday morning once again and so I’ll share my thoughts with you, as usual. I do have an influence on some things because I have this blog and I’m admin of several Facebook pages. Then there is Twitter and Instagram. I can say more with one picture than some people can say with a thousand words. I can’t influence the Brexit negotiations, more’s the pity but I can influence local issues. There is some political intrigue locally and we have a few local agitators who like to stir things up. I think they are planning to be more active over the next few months in the run-up to the local elections. Having an influence on local affairs requires that one behave responsibly but I don’t think everyone in authority does do that.

having an influence

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Delusions of superiority #ramble

It’s Sunday morning and so I’ll let you into the neural labyrinth once again and share my thoughts with you. What’s on my mind this morning? Delusions of superiority. Jacob Rees Mogg thinks he is better than us because he’s an old Etonian and had a university education. He is not alone however, I know devout Jeremy Corbyn fans who look down their noses at others too.  I also know people, who worship a God, who have superior attitudes and lofty opinions of themselves. We are all the same more or less under the skin. These delusions of superiority do get under my skin, however.

delusions of superiority

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Do we live in a toxic environment? #ramble

It’s Sunday morning and once again I’ll share my thoughts with you. I must admit that sometimes I over-think things. It was my birthday this week and I got a lot of messages on Facebook wishing me ‘happy birthday’. I try to be polite and so that meant saying, ‘thank you’ over 200 times. I became acutely aware of who my supporters were and who was missing from that list. Some of the missing ones are very nice to my face but perhaps harbour petty grievances. We do live in a toxic environment in the 21st century and it is because petty jealousies relating to personal status creates hidden divisions in our society. We need to support each other more.

toxic environment

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Exercising the mind #art #writing

Creative challenges are a great way of exercising the mind and I’ve done another challenge from 64 million artists this morning. It’s day 27 of the challenges and today’s challenge was fairly easy. The challenge was to become the local historian and write about a local landmark. As the admin of The History of Wednesbury, I had a slight advantage! I also had the perfect picture to use:

exercising the mind

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