Summer in the Black Country
For the benefit of local readers and new readers, I live in Wednesbury, in the heart of the Black Country. So called because of the coal and industry. It was said to be black by day and red by night. I remember the red by night when the furnaces were opened. I remember the bronchitis from the smoke too.
This is my second blog post this morning. We don’t have a lot of writers in the Black Country or famous people for that matter. It’s quite a deprived area. Boris Johnson, now mayor of London once worked for the local newspaper; the Express and Star. That’s one problem we have in the Black Country, people being brought in from outside to do jobs that people here could do. Boris is a toff though, so they would give him a chance even though he wouldn’t know the area or anything else.
The Express and Star reported an apparent racist attack on a mosque in Walsall a couple of weeks ago. The remains of an explosive device was found and the man ‘took it home to show his wife’. The next day it was taken into the mosque and the police were called, who swooped, sealing off and evacuating the area. In the end a 75 year old age pensioner was arrested on suspicion of planting the device.
Police have also swooped in a dramatic raid on a suspected brothel in Walsall. A 28-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of managing a brothel and has been released on police bail. You can watch the police video of that raid on the Express and Star website.
Boris Johnson now gets paid £250,000 a year to write a weekly column for the Telegraph (according to the Guardian). I wish the Express and Star would pay me that much to write a weekly column. I find the local news hilarious, I don’t know why…