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The review: the modern world

Sunday 19th October 2014 around the Black Country (74)

I’ve been checking the weather forecast it seems this could be a good weekend for photography. At the time of writing, Saturday morning, the light is really good. Modern technology allows us to take great photos and share them with the world without messing around with films or processing. (more…)


The Sunday Ramble: changing seasons

This was Forge Mill Lake in February; I wonder what it looks like in Autumn? I might find out today. The seasons change and the landscape changes with them. Our lives are like that, people come into our lives and leave with the next season. We look for permanency in our lives, but everything  is  really temporary.

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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…)


Black Country common sense?

Black Country

I am old enough to remember when The Black Country was a powerhouse of industry. The different companies employed thousands of workers. The Black Country made things and the breweries kept the beer flowing. (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…)


The Sunday Ramble: The alternative Nobel prizes

Bike on Tipton Canal

It’s Tipton canal and community festival this weekend. I haven’t heard how it’s going, but I’ll try and take photos of it this afternoon. It should be just down the canal from where this picture was taken; I think boats are mooring overnight at the rear of the health centre. I have new readers today, so I’ll make an effort. (more…)


The Sunday Ramble: Last days of summer

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It’s only a week now to the Autumnal equinox and the beginning of Autumn. We have cloudy days even in summer in England and so it won’t be that much different when I’m out taking photographs, just a lot colder and very bleak. (more…)


Who are we to judge

Wednesbury at dusk

Charles Darwin was born into a moderately wealthy family in Shrewsbury. His father, Robert, had the largest medical practice outside of London at the time and his mother, Susannah Wedgwood, was from the family of wealthy pottery manufacturers. (more…)


The powers that be…

Geese at Sandwell Valley

There was news this week that Sandwell Council have been culling the geese in Sandwell Valley and Victoria Park in Tipton. It seems, it took a freedom of information request to get them to admit it. A pest control company has been herding them up  and killing them off. (more…)


The Sunday Ramble: Back to square one

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You are probably wondering why I’ve started with a picture of my runner beans. I have just been out to pick them. I have enough for my meals all week! When I first started this blog, I wrote my Sunday rambles as lunch was cooking. (more…)


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