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The Review: Birmingham floating market

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Last weekend I photographed the narrow-boats at Waterside Place in Walsall. This weekend they are in Birmingham doing a floating market.  Try to take a look at that this weekend, you could even take your camera! (more…)


The Review: first day of summer

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It’s the first day of summer here in the UK and we can now enjoy three months of mowing the lawn, washing the car and trying to get a bit of a tan. People will be getting their summer clothes out; the shorts and the tee shirts. There will be some sights out there to photograph in the coming weeks! (more…)


The Review: Life is so complicated

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Today’s picture is of the River Tame. Those flowers are dying off now, but it always looks good in May. The Tame is the subject of a heritage project now and they need a volunteer to help.The application seemed a bit too complicated for a job where you don’t actually get paid. (more…)


Photography: weekend pictures

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The weather was a little better last weekend so I managed to get a few unusual pictures. These steps lead to the top of an aqueduct. The elderberry trees make it more interesting and natural. The canal goes over the road quite high up. (more…)


The Sunday Ramble: Off with their heads!

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Today’s picture is of the Walsall canal. It’s quite well known to the people of Walsall, because the art gallery is next to the canal. I doubt if many people have seen the more scenic parts of the canal though.  Beyond those trees on the other side of the canal is Moorcroft Wood and Moorcroft Pool.

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The Sunday Ramble: small world

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If you’re a regular reader, then you’ll know that I go out on Sunday afternoon to take photos around where I live in the Black Country. Last Sunday, I saw this meeting of horse drawn enthusiasts and took a few photos. (more…)


The Review: a green and pleasant land

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The political parties have been asking voters to choose who should control local councils in the UK this week. I usually post nice photos of the Black Country, but much of it is ugly dereliction. Caused by a dereliction of duty by local politicians and council officials. This is England’s ‘green and pleasant land’. (more…)


Photography: Black Country tradition

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Horse drawn carriages are a tradition in the Black Country and so when I saw a meeting on Sunday, I took some pictures. I had the camera (Nikon D3200) on the sports setting, because the light changes quickly and I was shooting in lots of different directions. You can see the shadows in this picture and it was still early. (more…)


The Review: Spring weather

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It looks like we are going to have some nice spring weather this weekend. The white flowers that you see in the foreground of this photo are all along the River Tame now. They are at Bentley Mill, through Wednesbury, at Sandwell Valley Country Park and at Sheepwash and many other places too. There is also a local project examining the history of the Tame; it contributed a lot to our industrial history. (more…)


Neodigital Art: editing in sepia

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I went to a Boer War battle re-enactment on Sunday which gave me some ideal pictures for artistic edits using sepia. (more…)


The review: A nice little war?

As we live in our own little worlds we tend to forget what’s happening in the wider world. For as long as I can  remember, the forces of capitalism and communism have fought it out; usually in someone else’s country. (more…)


Easter Sunday reflections

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I’ve visited a few art galleries in the past year. This is our Victorian art gallery and museum here in Wednesbury. I’ve also visited Bilston Craft Gallery where I was impressed with an exhibition there. I was less impressed when I went to West Bromwich and went in the ‘Public’ with it’s pink neon lights. (more…)


The Review: Easter

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Easter means different things to different people these days. To many the religious significance is still important, but to others religion is in disrepute. The Prime Minister claiming divine guidance hasn’t helped. (more…)


Photography: Black Country canals

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There’s a narrow-boat gathering and a beer festival next weekend so I was on the canal on Sunday, getting in some practice. Here you can see the narrow-boat has just come out of the lock near the weighing station.  (more…)


The Review: Setting up a blog

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The Black Country isn’t the prettiest place to live or take photographs, but I manage and get a lot of interest in my photography. So if you’re blogging adding pictures to your words, can get the message to your readers across a lot more effectively and you don’t really need fancy equipment for online photographs. (more…)


Touching the world via Skype and social media

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I use Skype and social media a lot. I get to know people in exotic places and chat via Skype and we share snippets of our lives through the social media of Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. I think it gives me a broader outlook on life; a valuable diversity… (more…)


The Review: Spring – day 3

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Spring is finally here and we have got the budget out of the way. What a damp squid that was. It seems our national debt as a percentage of GDP is higher than ever and still climbing. (more…)


Black Country photography

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It makes it a little more interesting to add words to the pictures. This is the Midland Metro coming into the station. They have a new tram that I want to photograph soon, I’m told it’s longer. I hope it’s a lighter colour too… (more…)


The review: Local community and events

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I’ve had a strange week. I did finally manage to get to the hospital for my blood test. I was in and out in 10 minutes, which left 20 minutes on my 30 minutes parking. At a pound for 30 minutes, it seemed a shame to waste it. The car park was quite full though and so I decided not to join the Costa Coffee crowd, although the Taste Cafe was a little tempting. (more…)


The review: Too Black Country?

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I’ve had an interesting week. I walked around the local market on Tuesday and took a few photographs. It wasn’t a good week on the stock market, the banks let the market down. Of course many other businesses depend upon banking and so confidence in the whole economy falls. Maybe, they should pay bankers a bonus when the bank actually makes a profit, rather than double pay on a loss? (more…)


The Review: Art Attack

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I seem to be gaining more recognition for my interest in art just lately. Not just for trying to create art, but as an art critic. One of the things on my bucket list is to get a picture into an art gallery. I don’t think it will be a local gallery. (more…)


No S**t Sherlock!

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My local council in Sandwell has a a new campaign to persuade dog owners to pick up and dispose of their dog poo. I’m in favour of this. Everywhere I go they are walking their mutts. (more…)


The Review: Appreciating the countryside

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The photo today is one I took in Sandwell Valley last Sunday. The car park at Forge Mill Farm was quite full. Many of the visitors who visit the farm and lake aren’t British. Perhaps they appreciate the English Countryside more? (more…)


Photography: Sandwell Valley

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The Black Country isn’t known for beautiful landscapes, but I only had to go about a mile and a half to take this photo. I added a border and title with PhotoScape. The winter colours were interesting with the sun quite low. (more…)


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