I took this photo last Sunday afternoon. I don’t think the weather will be quite so sunny for today’s outing. Lots of ordinary people appreciate the Autumn colours and the beauty of nature; but nature can also be dangerous. Typhoon Haiyan has devastated the Philippines. We are sending £50 million in aid and other countries are trying to help too. Can we afford it in these times of austerity?
The Aldi super-six this week are Royal Gaia apples (6/7/or 8), sweet pointed peppers (2), persimmon (4), large flat mushrooms (250g), cocktail vine tomatoes (250g) and conference pears (6 or 7). They are all 89p each. That offer runs from today until the 20th of November. If you’re wondering like me what a persimmon is, it’s a fruit. Make sure it’s ripe before you eat it.
I have finally ordered myself a new mobile phone, complete with car charger. I might be able to get a signal now. I will be able to update Facebook, tweet and maybe even Skype too. I used my Barclaycard, because I get the legal protection on a purchase over £100.
I watched a few programmes on TV last night about the British rock bands that invaded America in the 1960’s and since. The onslaught was led by the Beatles and then the ‘ugly’ band; the Rolling Stones. That was a great export and Sweden took on the world with Abba too. America used Hollywood to take on the world with movies. Now the Chinese have taken on the world with consumer goods, maybe we need a new cultural revolution in both Britain and America.
The Aldi super-six this week are new potatoes (750g), swede, carrots (1Kg), leeks (500g), mild onions (4) and parsnips (600g). They are all 59p. That offer lasts until next Thursday, the 24th of October. Is it time to start shopping for Christmas? I’m shopping around on the internet now…
It’s Sunday again and the weather doesn’t look too good. I try to have a day out on a Sunday taking photographs, but the weather often lets me down. I thought about heading in the direction of West Bromwich to photograph buildings again. I could have another go at getting the whole of The Public on to one photo. (more…)
The kids in the UK got their exam results this week. They take their General Certificate of Secondary Education exams at 16 years old, in June and then get the results in August, two months later. They actually have to apply for jobs or university before they get the results, which might seem bloody stupid; but it must make sense to someone. Anyway, they have finished phase one of the brainwashing; now for the serious stuff.
According to the ONS, we are now much happier, cheered up by the Olympics and the Jubilee last year. Married couples are happier than single people, apparently. I can imagine some graduate researcher knocking the door of an unmarried mother in the Black Country and asking if she’s happy, just after she’d applied the Anusol to her latest tattoo.
My picture today is of the Horse and Jockey on the Walsall Road in Darlaston. Pubs like this used to be the centre of the community. Communities are small, we all identify with our local neighbourhoods. I don’t like the way they try to bundle all up into large towns, metropolitan areas or cities.
What’s it like to live in Wednesbury? This is a question I’m asked quite a lot. People overseas think it’s great because they see photographs like the one above. That’s the canal on the west side of town from me running through an industrial estate. That bridge goes across to Moorcroft Wood. There was a teddy bear’s picnic for the kids in Moorcroft Wood this week. (more…)
Today’s picture was taken at the Walsall Classic Car and Transport Show last year. That’s on again today, in the Arboretum extension from 10am to 4pm. It rained last year, but seem quite fine now. There are more storms forecast though, so take a brolly!
Today’s picture is of the Grapes Pool, just outside Bilston. Someone drove a car into it this week. I suppose it’s easy done. Who are we to judge? A guy was convicted in Walsall for soliciting a prostitute (kerb crawling). He had a prostitute in his car and went to a cash machine to get some money. Who are we to judge?
Last Friday, I upset a reader with my post about the benefit system. That programme was on TV again last night. I thought it didn’t do justice to anyone involved. Most of them seemed to be playing to the camera. The media studies graduate was trying work as a carer. Why not pair him up with a television or radio presenter? That was what he has a degree in.
The Birmingham Black Country half marathon was run yeserday morning. They were running down the tow path of the canal. It was a time trial, it’s a bit difficult to run a marathon on a tow path; not too much room to spread out. Someone went in the canal last time trying to overtake! The run went through Sheepwash nature reserve past the balancing lake. At least it’s a bit scenic and a pub at the finish line… (more…)
This weeks super-six at Aldi are kiwis (6), peaches (4/5), Galia melon, Romaine lettuce (2), tomatoes (6) and new potatoes (750g). They are all 69p each. The peaches from Aldi are delicious. I had 400g of grapes last week, that’s a smaller pack, but cheaper! Lots of packs are getting smaller these days…
I have that Monday morning feeling. Thankfully, I don’t have to drive through traffic and commute. That has been identified as being stressful and a major contributor to people feeling unhappy. People don’t really have high expectations though. Do they? They expect to be unhappy or even miserable.
I watched a programme on TV last night about the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts. It was all very posh and the artists that were accepted were so privileged and excited. There wasn’t an Ant-and-Dec accent in the house. The Black Country didn’t seem to be represented either…
Britain has some beautiful Victorian parks and we need them more than ever now. We live such stressed out lives, we need a relaxing break. What better way to relax than a walk in the park? It can be spoiled though, you do occasionally get loud mouthed yobs. People with uncontrolled dogs annoy me too.
This week the share price of Lloyd’s Banking Group went over 60p and so the government has reached the break even price for it’s shares. Royal Bank of Scotland made some gains too, so the government could get it’s 66 billion back that it pumped into those banks.
That’s Redhouse Park in the picture. It’s about 6 miles from here. I didn’t really want to drive that far, but I’m running out of things to photograph here. People seem fascinated by travelling. It must be some primitive instinct.
I’ve used a spooky picture of the churchyard to begin today’s post. I think the original church was built about 700 years ago, replacing a castle and maybe some kind of pagan church. I can spend more time writing my Sunday ramble today, because I don’t have to cook Sunday lunch; it’s already cooked.
I’ve used a picture of an English summer from 2011 today. Remember summer? Last year; it was rain, rain and more rain. There was a rumour that they were messing with the weather, trying to stop it raining on their Jubilee and Olympics.
“Wealthy elderly people who do not need benefit payments to help with fuel bills or free travel should voluntarily return the money to the authorities, the work and pensions secretary says.” (BBC News) I don’t know. Buckingham Palace is a big place to keep warm, they need their winter fuel payments. They hardly use their bus passes anyway…