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Communities are small and should pull together


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My picture today is of the Horse and Jockey on the Walsall Road in Darlaston. Pubs like this used to be the centre of the community. Communities are small, we all identify with our local neighbourhoods. I don’t like the way they try to bundle all up into large towns, metropolitan areas or cities.

They do it because town clerks used to run small councils, but now chief executives on six figure salaries run metropolitan councils and cities. I was contacted by the owner of a small business in Wednesbury today. He asked if he could use some of my photos of Wednesbury. Of course, I said yes, we have to support each other. We charge outsiders! I also gave him a free advert on my other website, which is:

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What’s it like to live in Wednesbury? was yesterday’s post.  People complain about Wednesbury, but I think there are far worse places!

Thrifty Thursday UK | This week’s bargains was another post about hunting down those bargains in the shops and saving money. We all have to do that, you never know when you will have an unexpected expense these days.

Photography and art was Tuesday’s art and photography blog. This week I went to Sandwell Valley to photograph a bridge yet again. I think I’ll be going back too. I think next time, I’ll do a similar shot, but use the flash. I’ve decided on a series of pictures for a competition and maybe an exhibition featuring unusual river and canal subjects.

Sunday Opinion was my usual Sunday ramble. I was going to photograph the motor show, but I was late going and then my car battery was flat. So I ended up in Sandwell Valley after charging the battery for an hour. I was going to review an art exhibition today, but it was flat again, so I think a new battery is called for. My freezer went last week and now a new car battery. I’m glad I had a good week on the stock exchange! The government made a billion on their shares in Lloyds and RBS too.

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2 responses

  1. Great blog. I don’t know much about that side of the country at all so will be following you with great interest. You’re absolutely right – communities are very important. Now we have to find communities within towns and cities, but the rural ones are better. 😉

    3, August 2013 at 9:55 am

    • Hi Sophie,

      It can be much easier in rural areas, with fewer people and maybe a village pub or village hall where people can meet. In towns and cities it’s harder to define where one community ends and another begins. Names are so important and it tears communities apart when they are all lumped together under one name. Local art and history groups can give people something in common and help social adhesion, as can the village cricket match. Community facilities in towns and cities are closing and pubs too, which is making it more difficult.

      Thank for visiting, come back any time and please subscribe and get the emails! 🙂

      3, August 2013 at 5:47 pm

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