I met Jen Coley at a soirée of music, poetry and spoken word at Wednesbury library recently and she offered to contribute some poetry to my blog. So here are a few poems, the first is inspired by autumn. It is poetry for the weekend.
We are all aware of status and we all pander to it to some degree. Jeremy Corbyn may deny he uses status symbols when he dresses down to attend parliament, but on the street, it is a different story. At those left-wing political rallies, he dons his left-wing rebel leader outfit and looks more like Che Guevara than a serious British leader; which is a little worrying. (more…)
Living in the Black Country, all I seemed to hear about when I was young was the industry. Now I hear a lot about creativity and art. We used to make steel tubes here and all sorts of products that supported the motor industry and the building industry. The Black Country was an important part of a nation that was industrious. We made things. (more…)
On a Sunday, I ramble on about whatever is on my mind. Today, it’s the weather amongst other things. We might have a little snow later this week. It’s cold this morning so I might have to sort out my Arctic gear! (more…)
This is the Midland Metro, a light rail system that runs between Birmingham and Wolverhampton. The depot where the trams are stored and maintained is half way between in Wednesbury. This is where I live. What’s it like here in the Black Country? Check out my photos to get some idea… (more…)
On a Sunday as regular readers will know, I let you into the deepest and least accessible passageways of my mind. What’s on my mind today? Culture and the difference between the primitive and the sophisticated cultures that sometimes clash. (more…)
I live in the Black Country where the humour is self deprecating and there is a tendency for us to underestimate ourselves rather than overestimate. There is a tendency too, towards straight talking without fine words or embellishments. There is a rich Anglo Saxon culture and a dialect to match. (more…)
If you ask 100 people what colour the grass is , they will probably all say green. There can be variations depending on what language they speak and their culture. We all live in the same world, but our view of it, our reality; can be different. Institutions affect our view of reality and shape our view of the world.
I have been a little reclusive just lately. I thought about this and decided I needed to go out and do things. I needed to get some exercise, but also exercise my brain. I went to an art gallery yesterday and looked at modern art and some more classical art. I planned to do some shopping after that, but there was crowds and so I ended up taking photographs. This one is of Forge Mill Lake.
Status is so important in Britain. I think it’s because we have Royalty and aristocrats. It isn’t enough to be a ordinary honest person; you have to be a greed driven celebrity these days or you’re nothing. The great and the good have been meeting at Camp David with the President of the United States. They have been talking about the Eurozone crisis and growth. Why growth? Why not sustainability? (more…)