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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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No S**t Sherlock!

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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…)


Iconic buildings: who pays?

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I’ve started with a picture of an ‘iconic building’ today. Just down West Bromwich High Street, is another iconic building; the old town hall. That’s a Grade II listed building, but its not good enough for the councillors, they had to have a new civic centre with crystal chandeliers, miles away in Oldbury . (more…)


Darlaston | preserving images of industrial history

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I have started photographing old buildings so we have some nostalgic reminders in years to come of our industrial past. I suppose even modern buildings will be interesting, they don’t last like they used to. I found this factory interesting and there are other buildings, like the fire station, that are interesting too. This was in Darlaston in the West Midlands, otherwise affectionately known as Darlo!

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Population, parking and Darlo

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Bonjour! I’ve just found out, I have a couple of readers in France, so I thought I would say hello. For the benefit of my overseas readers, I’ll remind you all that I live in the heart of England. The Black Country is a just North of Birmingham and includes the City of Wolverhampton, Dudley, Walsall and Sandwell. (more…)


Art ‘n’ stuff

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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…

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Iconic buildings save us money?

College Fields

Today’s picture was taken last weekend at ‘College Fields’ which is a little housing estate built on the edge of those fields on the site of a former college. The technology college is still there over the other side of those fields, but that’s not the same. That’s for 11 to 16 years olds, not adults; it’s like an High School…

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Black Country Art review

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I’ve come to the end of my art week and so I thought I would start today with an artistic edit. You never know, pictures like this might be displayed in the art gallery one day. We could launch a whole new school of art from here in the Black Country. We could call it, “Flyin’ Pigs”. We could do worse…

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Sunday in the Black Country

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The photo today is of the River Tame in Sandwell Valley Country Park. I’m not sure where I’ll go today. I want to go somewhere, because the weather forecast is good. At Walsall it’s the Caldmore Village Festival in Palfrey Park. I was going to photograph that last year, but the weather wasn’t very good.

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Neodigital Art | Stylish editing

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I managed to take a few photos on Sunday and so I went back to see this lock-keepers cottage in Walsall. There are some leaves on the trees now and although the sun was going lower, I got a different photograph.

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Weekend review from the heart of England

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I get a few local readers at the weekend and so I’ll explain about today’s picture. I took this at Easter at Forge Mill Farm in Sandwell Valley Country Park. From Walsall take the Birmingham Road, turn right at the Scott Arms and go up the Newton Road then left into Forge Lane. Forge Mill Farm is on the left, take the second entrance. (more…)


Neodigital Art | Artistic editing

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I can’t remember when I took this photo. I think it was the summer of 2011. I do remember having to take it through chain-link fencing. I have edited it again using PhotoScape using a watercolour option. It looks quite artistic now. (more…)


Sunday ramble through the art ways of the Black Country

Walsall Art Gallery

Turner Prize

Walsall Art Gallery was in the news this week, they spent £471,000 on a bid to bring the Turner prize to Walsall. No, they didn’t get it; it went to Glasgow. They could always spend a few quid giving me an exhibition. I’ll send them some pictures to print, frame and put in the gallery. If they are throwing money around, why not throw it at someone local? (more…)


Something to talk about….

Forge Mill Farm

That is Forge Mill Farm in the picture, if you click that link you should be able to see where it is on Google maps. Not only that, but you can see it on Streetview, because they actually went in there with the camera! I hope you find this interesting. I’m not boring you am I? I would hate to bore you. I watched the roof closing at Wimbledon on TV last night; bleeding fascinating. That woman who talked about the tennis on BBC gets excited. Can you imagine what she would be like when she gets home? Her poor bloody husband… (more…)


The Black Country Season

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The London Season

It’s all go in London, after the excitement of the Queen’s official birthday. People turned out to watch the trooping of the colour and waved their flags and took up the customary grovelling positions. Some of them were hoping that, if they sucked up enough, they would get a gong in the birthday honours list. We have a season here in the Black Country. Last night the London set, went to the Hampton Court Palace Festival to partake in champagne and canapés, be entertained by the likes of Jools Holland and end the evening with a really, really expensive firework display.  Up Tipton there was bingo and karaoke. The Tipton set celebrated with Banks mild  and prawn cocktail crisps. Entertainment was by an Elvis lookalike from Prince’s End. (more…)


This week near West Brom…

Black Country New Road

The road in the picture is the Black Country New Road. Notice the traffic lights, that’s a pelican crossing and a bit farther on there’s a speed camera. Do we really need to spend money on such things in these austere times? A little farther down that same road on the stretch from Wednesbury to Moxley island, Sandwell council appears to be trying out a new traffic calming idea. There are lights and the kerb juts out at Moxley Island; but before you get there, we have pot holes. Yes, potholes all the way from Wednesbury to Moxley, aided and abetted by manholes that either stick up in the road or are in a hole. This idea isn’t very successful yet, but wait until those holes are a bit deeper; that’ll slow the buggers down… (more…)


Wednesbury remembered…

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I remember fishing that canal with my dad years ago. There was a pool near by too, I remember it getting dark and I saw a train passing by; things were different in those days. Wednesbury had it’s own council and it was run by the town clerk. There was no chief executive on 140,000 a year in those days. The money was in pounds, shillings and pence. My dad earned about 15 pounds and the rent was 30 shillings. Imagine if your rent was only 10% of your income today; that was cheap housing. It was also modern, practical housing; the council built lots of houses. Yes, houses; not high rise flats. (more…)


In search of… common sense

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Poles apart

You see the poles in the photo, one has a sign on it with a P on it for parking. See it? No, maybe not and you might not see the sign on the other pole because it’s not there! So how do you know the parking restrictions? Don’t worry about it, they’re all disabled spaces anyway there. Those signs are on the tarmac and virtually unreadable. I went to Morison’s supermarket on Thursday. I don’t usually go there, I go to Asda, Aldi or Lidl.  There are signs saying it’s pay and display parking but it’s not consistent with other supermarket car parks  and so I forgot and got a £25.00 parking ticket from a private company acting on behalf of the council. But then, £25.00 is nothing if you’re the chief executive of Sandwell Council on £139,000 a years plus expenses, plus pension, plus his own blog, plus executive toilet paper. (more…)


Sandwell or Solihull?

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Sandwell

The picture above was taken near my home in Wednesbury, which is part of Sandwell. Six towns make up Sandwell as part of local government reorganisation that made large Metropolitan Areas governed by Metropolitan councils. These were formed in 1974 and many people think it made things worse. Local government certainly became more ‘politically correct’. (more…)


The Black Country inferiority complex

Bilston Canal

The Wednesbury Oak Loop

This canal was built to meander through the Black Country and provide access to various coal mines. It was built in 1770 by James Brindley. The canal was built to carry goods from the mines and factories. Later railways were built and they too went directly into factories. I remember seeing the trains looking out of my bedroom window as a child. The trains ran through the Cadbury factory in Bourneville, Birmingham too. These days Wednesbury and the whole of the Black Country appears to be suffering from a inferiority complex. (more…)


It was an interesting week though

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It was an interesting week that started with The YamYam featuring my blog on their website. The YamYam is a local news site that aggregates other sites by linking to them. They provide a useful link to local news and sites of local interest. I managed to post a blog every day this week too; I forgot to click publish last Friday! I also had my hospital appointment. (more…)


Black Country humour

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My mate has just come out of the hospital; he had both legs amputated. I popped round to help him out; just until he gets back on his feet.  I said, “Bill, I’m goin’ to the supermarket, do you need anything?”

He said, ” Ar,  bring me a couple of chicken legs.”

I said, “C’mon Bill, you’re clutchin’ at straws now…”

Smile with tongue out

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Neodigital Art | Diversity

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This is a picture of the local church, taken just before a storm and so it was quite dark. I decided to make it monochrome with a blue tint. I think it’s one of my better pictures. (more…)


Neodigital Art | Buildings

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I had to go to the hospital one day and when I parked the car I spotted this building, partly demolished and buttressed. I think it makes for an interesting picture. I’ve edited it several times trying to make it look better, I like this version. (more…)


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