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The Review: Changing times

Black Country churches in Wednesbury

These are the churches in Wednesbury

 

Christmas is a religious festival, despite the commercialisation. Where I live the roads are horrendous as people frantically try to get their shopping and make Christmas a special time. There is Christmas music everywhere, trying to get people in the mood; but it won’t be a Merry Christmas for the homeless. (more…)


The Sunday Ramble: challenging

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Christmas is nearly here and it looks like being ‘challenging’. Challenging is the word the politicians and other politically correct people say when they don’t have a bloody clue. There are people with greater life challenges. (more…)


The Sunday Ramble: expressions

Noddy Holder at the Manor (100)

I went to the Manor Hospital in Walsall on Friday to photograph the switch-on of the Christmas lights. The switch-on was performed by Noddy Holder of Slade fame and 5 year old Jayden Webster a young patient with a broken leg. (more…)


The Sunday Ramble: We are all photo-journos now

Wednesbury Christmas Lights 2014 (173) (Copy)

It’s the first day of December tomorrow and so just 3 weeks to Christmas. We have the Christmas trees up in Wednesbury and the lights switched on. I was at the official switch-on by Gareth Gates on Friday.  I wrote a post yesterday on A Zillion Ideas and beat all the other local news services to it by publishing early! (more…)


The Review: Gareth Gates does Wednesbury

Wednesbury Christmas Lights 2014 with Gareth Gates

I went to the big switch-on of Wednesbury’s Christmas Lights yesterday with Gareth Gates doing the big switch-on. I froze last year and so I was well protected from the weather this time. (more…)


The Sunday Ramble: Easy street?

I was thinking this morning how easy it is for some people to make money. According to Myleene Klass (what  a name), 2 million quid buys a ‘garage’ in London. “Some garage,” said Nick Clegg, trying not to look too smug… (fail). (more…)


The Sunday Ramble: Wonderful Walsall

Walsall Art Gallery (65)

Last week I went to Walsall Art gallery. I read a suggestion today that they should put old photos of Walsall on display in the art gallery for local people to go to see. Get real! Walsall council cares nothing for local people, the art gallery is a statement. It is the politicians showing off, nothing to do you common lot! (more…)


Photography: focusing

Walsall Art Gallery (27)

Walsall Art Gallery (34)

On digital cameras, you press the shutter release button part way down, until the camera has focused. Many cameras will bleep to tell you it’s focused. Most bridge cameras and DSLRs have focus points to help you focus. My D3200 has 11 focus points. They show up as red dots through the viewfinder. (more…)


The Sunday Ramble: they are among us

The Manor Hospital copyright: Mike Maynard

This week Walsall Healthcare NHS trust was fined £120,000 for delays in A & E and long waiting times. When we are sick, we expect to be seen fairly quickly and although 88% were seen within 4 hours, that still means some people waiting over 4 hours. (more…)


The Sunday Ramble: music, politics and photography

The Vine Darlaston

The sun is shining this morning and it could be a good day for photography. I will be doing some indoor photography early this evening. I’m going to photograph Acoustic Alliance who will be playing at the Vine in Darlaston from 6 – 8pm. (more…)


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