The Black Country–be proud of it
None so blind
There is none so blind than those do do not wish to see. Local councils spend money trying to attract tourism to the Black Country and don’t see the attractions that we already have or to be more accurate don’t appreciate. Regular readers will recognise the pool in the photo as the ‘Milky Pool’. I took this photo yesterday afternoon, when the weather changed to unusually warm and sunny for February.
What do you think?
This blog should be featured locally and so what do you think of what you’ve seen of the Black Country? Maybe you live here or you have just seen my photos, but you still have an opinion. I welcome all opinions. Is the Black Country really a possible tourist destination? Would you visit?
People make a place of course and the people here do have a sense of humour. They aren’t always that polite and we have our fair share of stupid people. I do come across all kinds of vandalism when I go out taking photographs. There is graffiti in many places. There are pavements that jut out into the road, a real danger at night. There are mini roundabouts. There are traffic lights everywhere. There are dogs that allowed to roam off their leads and mess everywhere. Then there is rubbish dumped inconsiderately. There is also occasional loutish, drunken behaviour. I don’t know why we elect these people to the local council!
There used to a lot more industry and enterprise but much of that has disappeared and with it a lot of local pride. We still have people who go on about the past. There are exhibitions and even websites that try to record and display information about the area’s historic past. I think there is a still a lack of self esteem and pride in what the place is now; today.
Health and Safety
Kids have to go on a course before they can change a light bulb these days. They grow up in a protected environment of speed humps and they are aren’t really allowed to compete or to fail. It’s all about participation today, everyone’s a winner. I think kids talk funny. Why do they end every sentence with the word, yeah? Why aren’t kids today happy? Aren’t the ‘Happy Meals’ happy enough? I think all the additives in fast foods and fizzy drinks does something to their brains. Did you know there are indigestible sugars in many fizzy drinks? They end up in the bowel being broken down by bacteria and they produce GAS! We used to have the same problem with a local traditional local dish we called ‘gray pays and bercon’. That dish is made from dried grey peas, onions and streaky bacon. It used to be served up in some pubs, on special occasions, like a darts match.
Different areas and towns in the Black Country are known for different trades, crafts and traditions. Enamels in Bilston, locks in Willenhall, leather in Walsall, tatting in Tipton! You used to be able to buy everything from lead crystal glassware to a ship’s anchor. You could fit out a luxury liner with the finest glass and we would even make the anchor. Remember the Titanic?
The Black Country is now multi cultural and we have council leaflets in a dozen languages. We have every nation on earth represented. People from Asia appear to like our traditional Victorian houses. They have also embraced the concept that Britain is a nation of shopkeepers. You can buy just about every kind of food now in the Black Country. Decent fish and chip shops are getting a bit scarce, though. We have young people who look Asian, have permanent suntans but talk Black Country! Eh? Aer Kid?
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