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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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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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