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The Black Country Festival

Black Country industry

I went to Wednesbury carnival and to Darlaston’s Party In the Park yesterday and took lots of photographs. The Black Country Festival continues with Black Country Day tomorrow. It’s all good fun and it will hopefully bring the people and towns in the Black Country together more. (more…)


The Review: Carnival Day

Yes, it carnival day in Wednesbury! This is part of the Black Country Festival and there are events right across the Black Country. It’s the Wolverhampton City Show all weekend. West Bromwich and Great Bridge have events and Darlaston has it’s Party in the Park all weekend too. It’s gonna be bostin’… (more…)


The Sunday Ramble: Black Country aye it.

Photo of Wednesbury Carnival 2013

It’s only a week to go now to our carnivals. If you want somewhere to go today, the Oak House in West Bromwich has a ‘do’ on. I have other plans. I will be taking photos this afternoon, but I have to take it easy. I have  bad leg… (more…)


The Review: Black Country Festival

Wednesbury Carnival 2013

Here in the Black Country events are being held on the run up to Black Country Day. Today there will be an event at West Bromwich Manor House and they have stocked the bar! They have even gorra Ukulele Band! Dow miss that! (more…)


The Sunday Ramble: Onny in the Black Country

Forge Mill, Sandwell Valley

I had two text messages yesterday afternoon one after another; from Black Country Si. Who’s rattled his cage? I thought. For a moment I thought it might be something serious, like Banks’s running out of mild… (more…)


The Sunday Ramble: Enjoying summer

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It nice and sunny in the Black Country this morning. It’s early yet though, the forecast is for cloud this afternoon. We have to enjoy summer now, it passes so quickly we can’t waste a minute of it. I shall be out taking photos again today. (more…)


The Sunday Ramble: Black Country Day

 

I thought I would mention Black Country Day, which will last about  a fortnight… It’s on Monday the 14th of July. We’ll be having the Carnival in Wednesbury, on the 12th… Darlo will have it’s Party in the Park between the 11th and the 13th. That starts about 10am to 4pm. They’re going to have  a boating pool… (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 review: honesty

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No one seems to tell the truth these days do they? Look at today’s picture. Asda saves us money every day? Yeah right… That’s why people are flocking to Aldi and Lidl while the big supermarkets lose trade. (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…)


The Sunday Ramble: from rivers to runner beans

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Today’s photo is of the River Tame. It’s the subject of some research now into it’s industrial history. Here you can see it running through Sandwell Valley Country Park towards Forge Mill Lake. There’s a bridleway to the left where you can ride your horse , cycle or walk. (more…)


The Review: Spring weather

1 LAKE

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…)


The Sunday Ramble: Getting a taste for Banks’s

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If you read yesterday’s post, you’ll know that I had a half of Banks’s mild in The Vine on Friday. Well I’ve gorra terst for it nar, as they say in Darlo. So last night I had my shower and lay in bed watching the Eurovision with a bag of crisps and a bottle of Banks’s. (more…)


The Sunday Ramble: Thoughts of time

It’s Sunday and so my day for a Sunday ramble through my thoughts, before I cook lunch. I’ve had time on my mind just lately. The next General Election in the UK is on the 7th of May 2015. We already have some of the parties starting to prepare or should I say panic? (more…)


The Sunday Ramble: Creativity

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My photo today is a good one of flying geese. I like the background colours too. The sun came out a little and although it was a cloudy sky, it gave quite good light. I like the Spring colours. Many photographers would wait for hours for a shot like this. I just pointed my camera and got lucky. There might have been a little skill… (more…)


The Review: heritage

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Britain has a diverse heritage. We have culture, a industrial history, a history of commerce and of incredible architecture. This wealth is passed down from one generation to the next. Except that not everyone shared in that inherited wealth. (more…)


Facebook Friends

1 West Bromwich Manor House

Here in the Black Country we have traditions and one of those traditions is to take no notice of strange behaviour. We’re all a bit weird. There are many races and many cultures and the politically correct people call it a multi-cultural community. There has always been a diversity. (more…)


Photography: Images to treasure

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Imagine medieval knights trying to find their way through the English countryside. They might follow the river. This photo might not look too much like the river, I think it been made deeper here and canalised. I can now reveal that beyond those trees, ‘treasure’ was found once! (more…)


Experts and education

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Did you remember to change your clocks this morning? Yes, we changed to British Summer Time here in the UK, this morning. I was up an hour earlier, but the heating didn’t come on to warm the house before I got out of bed. It was a bit chilly… (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…)


Wednesbury Nostalgia

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I think before we can decide where we’re going, we have to consider where we’ve been. Nostalgia is popular, people like to look back and they like to keep mementoes as reminders of happier days. Wednesbury has a history page on Facebook where we can share  such memories. It has over 3000 ‘likes’ and goes from strength to strength. Having something in common, makes us stronger. (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 grey areas of life

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“I have another exciting day ahead. I’m going to a land where the people are of many colours, they worship in exotic temples and they speak many tongues… Yes, I’m going to Walsall!”, that was my Facebook status update for Thursday. (more…)


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