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Annoyances #ramble

It’s Sunday morning and so once again I’ll share my thoughts with you. What’s on my mind this week? It’s cold and wet out and so the weather is obviously on my mind. As a baby boomer, I feel the aches and pains on days like this but I still intend to go out today and photograph our conservation zone. The conservation zone will be getting £1,800,000 in grants to improve it. I’m not sure when work will begin but I expect it will be next year. Maybe it will be finished in time for the queen’s jubilee in 2022? We also have the Commonwealth Games in 2022 and there will be a jazz festival and another arts festival.


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Inflation just around the corner? #FinanceFriday

Many British companies will struggle to survive this pandemic and need investment. Rolls Royce is just one company taking action to get the investment it requires but how will it pay for that investment? It must pay dividends on the new shares it is issuing and it must pay interest on the bonds. That means increased profits in the future from the engines that it makes but it would appear that fewer engines might be required. It has no choice but to raise prices and many other companies will be raising prices too. I think a period of inflation could be just around the corner.

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Neanderthal genes

A Guardian headline I read this morning reads, “Neanderthal genes increase risk of serious Covid-19, study claims”. Apparently, a strand of DNA inherited from the Neanderthals can make becoming seriously ill from Covid-19 more likely. I’ve suspected from the start that those with more than a strand of Neanderthal in them are the ones spreading the virus.

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The rise of covid

Covid-19 cases are rising again exponentially, so we should ask why? We can’t just blame people for not obeying the regulations we have to look at the enforcement of those regulations. There have been claims that there is a lack of leadership from the Prime Minister but is it more than that? The centralisation of power in Whitehall seems to be part of the problem with local public health teams having to wait for a directive from central government before they take action. The rise of covid must be stopped by fast local decisions and actions.

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Social media and photography #photography

Social media is quite useful for communicating with the community. I’m admin of several business pages and groups on Facebook as well as having a Twitter account and an Instagram account linked to my Facebook page. You have to generate content as a blogger and it’s the same with social media. Photography is a great way to generate the content you need but you also need words to go with it and you need participation. Social media is interactive and people comment, like and share your content.

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Grand Theft Auto and other distractions #ramble

It’s Sunday morning and so as always, I’ll share my thoughts with you. What’s on my mind this week? The history and heritage of this little town I live in are never far from my mind. Now that we are going to get nearly 2 million pounds to renovate the conservation zone I am taking an interest in that area of the town. I’ll be out again today photographing the buildings and recording history as it happens. Also, never far from my mind these days is a nasty disease called Covid-19, so I have to be careful. Grand Theft Auto
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Surviving the pandemic #FinanceFriday

This week, the chancellor announced measures to help business and employment. He made the point that the job support scheme will support “viable jobs” and require employees to work at least 1/3 of their normal hours with the government covering 2/3 of their pay. It’s new help but with new conditions.

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Looking for better value #ThriftyThursday

This pandemic has made being thrifty and frugal much more difficult. Shopping around is difficult now I  have my grocery shopping delivered by Asda. When shopping on the Asda site you can take advantage of the money-saving deals and stock up your freezer. I am concerned that we could have another lockdown and so I’m stocking on on essentials a little again. I have 2 packs of lager on next week’s shopping list. Which is cheaper to buy packs two packs of 18 Fosters lager or three packs of ten? I’ve forgotten, but a quick bit of mental arithmetic meant I chose the better value option. These decisions only save a pound or two but those savings mount up over a year.

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Contributing to history #photography

I actually took some photos at the weekend! Our conservation zone in Wednesbury has been awarded nearly 2 million pounds for improvements so I wandered around the conservation zone taking some photos. I’m contributing to history by visually recording the changes. The History of Wednesbury (on Facebook) will contribute to an art project too and this morning I’ve sent historic photos for Heritage England to use.

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Boris the brainwasher? #ramble

It has been suggested to me that the reason many men are refusing to wear face masks is male pride. They seem to be claiming it is because they feel they are being controlled. By whom and to what purpose, we might ask. I assume they mean the government led by bumbling Boris. Not long ago these macho males were cheering him on as he tried to “get Brexit done”. That debacle still lingers and once again Boris breaks the law to try to get his own way. Is he capable of mind control? Well, brainwashing does rely on constant repetition of the same message. We have seen that in the phrases “Get Brexit done” and the government messages related to “protect the NHS”. That is the standard for getting a message to sink in but does Boris take it a step further? Is Boris, Boris the brainwasher?

Boris the brainwasher

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Strategic decisions #FinanceFriday

The pandemic has caused a recession but how deep is the recession and can we recover? It is difficult to know precisely how bad things are, some estimates suggest it has wiped 10% off GDP while other estimates suggest 30%. We have to make strategic decisions based upon what we know today and accept that the future is unpredictable. I don’t think it is a good time to be moving house or making major purchases unless you want to take advantage of the low-interest rates.

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Personality and character #photography

Taking someone’s photograph can give you a glimpse of their personality and character. Buildings have character too and that is often reflected in its history. For the photographer, portraits of people usually require a wide aperture which will give a shallow depth of field and a pleasing bokeh. This seems to separate the subject from the background. Photographs of buildings tend to be shot with a narrow aperture just like landscapes and composition also can be similar to taking a landscape shot. We look for leading lines and I also look for texture. I often find that texture in the brickwork of a building.

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