Summer in the Black Country #Wednesbury
I was going to write some satire this morning, but I get asked questions about Wednesbury and the Black Country so I’ll give you a glimpse of what it’s like in pictures.
My first Black Country picture is of the crowd that turned out to watch and listen to the Millennium Eagle Jazz Band a couple of weeks ago in our wonderful Victorian Park. Parks and open spaces are very important in the Black Country, they are the green lungs that used to offset the effects of the industry when we were the industrial base of the country.
In Victorian times, the park and the town had toilets. People walked everywhere then and now they drive but with traffic jams, they don’t always have enough time to get home before nature makes a desperate call and with long delays lasting several hours on motorways, that is a worsening problem too. We have such stressful lives and stress is thought to play a part in irritable bowel syndrome which affects some 10% of the population. I suspect none of the sufferers are senior council officers or policemen who perhaps have healthier bowels and stronger bladders than the population they are supposed to serve.
Stress and depression
Stress and depression are blights on our society and we in the Black Country have more than our fair share. Places to relax are important and so the park is important. We need to be able to relax in surroundings that are stress-free. We should be able to have a drink without worrying about whether our bladder can cope with it. We shouldn’t have to worry about dogs crapping on the paths or attacking children. There has to be a code of behaviour that is conducive to tranquillity, too.
I’ll end with some photos of Wednesbury and the Black Country. It is not as bad as some people think, but there is room for improvement. If you would like to follow this blog just enter your email address at the top of the sidebar or follow me on Twitter for updates. You’ll find more pictures and video on my Facebook page.