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…)
“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…)
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…)
It’s Black Country Day on Monday, the 14th of July. Now these events don’t always get the publicity they need before the event. We only learn about them afterwards. We have a great history in the Black Country and strange traditions.
We have seen people lose their homes or be subject to the insecurity of having their homes under threat in recent years. Changes to Housing Benefit rules meant many people with a spare bedroom had the choice to pay more rent or move to a smaller home. It was a cruel policy. (more…)
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 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…)
Today’s photo is of Poundland in scenic Walsall. I went to Walsall art gallery last week. I think I’ll try to find somewhere less depressing to go today. It is Groundhog Day of course. The film by that name is 21 years old. (more…)
Today’s picture is the Birmingham canal at Tipton. I’m hoping this photo will win the waterways calendar competition. Tipton isn’t the prettiest place in the country. In fact the whole of the Black Country can’t be described as pretty. I do take some good photos though, I just wish the planners could see views like this. (more…)
Today’s photo was taken on the Walsall canal at Ocker Hill. I do try to show the Black Country in a good light; that’s when I get a good light to take the photo. This is one of the pictures I’ve entered for the waterways calendar competition.
It’s Sunday and so my thoughts today are with photography. I can see a blue sky and sunshine! I have to do some shopping though, I’m running out of food and essentials. I have a busy week planned too, so it would help if I could get the shopping out of the way. I tried yesterday but there was a queue of cars not only trying to get into the supermarket car park, but trying to get out too. (more…)
I took today’s photo in bright sunshine, unfortunately I don’t have that picture any more. The original was wiped from my computer. I only have this smaller one now, which isn’t suitable for a calendar. I’m hoping the sun will come out this weekend so I can try to get the same shot again. We do have some nice places in the Black Country, it’s a shame they’re not always appreciated. (more…)
I watched a video this week of young children going up to smokers in the street and asking them for a light. The smokers responded by giving them a lecture on the dangers and health risks associated with smoking. The children then gave them a leaflet that asked them why, if they cared about the child, they didn’t care about themselves. (more…)
Before Christmas I went to my local Midland Metro station to meet two International students coming to visit me. They weren’t carrying signs saying they were students that had paid a lot of money to come and study at our university. The bigots in our community might have mistaken them for immigrants. (more…)
If you’re a regular reader then you might remember my short story for Christmas last year. I’ve been writing a sequel and it’s been a struggle. I think I have the ending now and so I hope I can finish it in time. I’ll be publishing last year’s story again too over the next week. You’ll be pleased to know that Ollie and Ivy are still together… (more…)
I read a really good article yesterday about how to take night pictures. They say you should consider the exposure triangle to set your camera for this type of picture. That is set the ISO, aperture and speed. While I was doing all that and setting up a tripod, I would probably get mugged for the camera. (more…)
I photographed the Midland Metro yesterday, that was a grandiose scheme meant to bring wealth to Birmingham and the Black Country. They want to extend it to Merry Hill, another grandiose scheme that started with a tax free enterprise zone. They always want grandiose and iconic schemes. (more…)
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?
We have lots of Autumn colours to appreciate now, but do we have time to appreciate them? I saw one of my neighbours children going to school really early one morning and found that some are leaving for school at 7 in the morning. Why? They have to go to the best school. No, not a private school like David Cameron. They’re not aspiring to be rich toffs are they?
This was the view from my bedroom window last night. I tried taking a photo with my new smart phone too. It didn’t turn out quite so spectacular. It’s a Samsung Galaxy phone running an operating system developed by Google. (more…)