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Time for change #review

You might have noticed that my blog posts have changed this week. I want my writing to be more successful and to be read by more people. I’ve decided to concentrate my efforts in one place on A Zillion Ideas and make better use of my photography too. I can optimise the SEO better on my other site using a plug-in as well.

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Community events #Sunday #ramble

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Welcome to my Sunday ramble, when I ramble on about whatever happens to be on my mind. I was out at the local church hall taking photos for a charity event last night and so I’m struggling to stay awake today. (more…)


Driving me crazy #review

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I’m not as young as I used to be. I look at things I can’t change and become resigned to it. I appreciate many things more as  experience has taught me they are valuable. I saw a comment by a young driver who thinks all old people should be banned from motorways, because  to him they hog the outside lane. (more…)


Dark secrets #Sunday #ramble

Welcome to another Sunday ramble and today my lead picture is of the mill pool. It looks scenic, but if we dig into it’s past will we find dark secrets ? On the other side of the pool is heathland, but part of it is now a school field for what used to be Menzies high school. (more…)


It could be worse #Sunday #ramble

So, the Tories pulled a fast one. Instead of targeting Labour seats they went after the Lib Dems instead. It makes sense, rather than go after  the left wing constituencies, they swayed the middle of the road voter to turn right. It could be worse though, even though we have five more years of austerity. (more…)


Rain, what rain? #Sunday #ramble

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I took today’s photo a year ago at West Bromwich Manor House. The Boer War re-enactment group is there again this weekend for a re-enactment of an American civil war battle. The bank holiday weather isn’t good. As usual, we have rain. At the moment it seems to have stopped and we’re British, we just go on! (more…)


Perceptions #Sunday #ramble

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Today’s picture is of the Walsall Canal as it passes by Moorcroft Wood. Someone said it could be the English Countryside. This is what I see when I’m taking photos, others see the graffiti and a much more scary place. They see  symbols showing support for  nationalist EDL and the tags that say I’m someone, when they are really no one. No one of any importance anyway. (more…)


Knights in shining Armour #English

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The whole concept of being English is based on codes of behaviour. We talk about knights in shining armour who are chivalrous. Men who know how to behave and are courteous and gallant, especially towards women. This is where the values of the typical ‘English gentleman’ come from. (more…)


Memories #Sunday #ramble

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This is Wednesbury Market, my local market. In the past the council have tried stopping other markets and car boot sales setting up too close, by claiming that this market has a royal charter. It is generally accepted that the market does have a royal charter, but the truth is the royal charter was given to the lord of the manor and not the council, for two fairs a year; not two markets a week! (more…)


Heritage, art and culture #Blackcountry

In the Black Country the culture has an eclectic range of influences. People have come from many countries and brought their cultures to influence ours. The main source of influence though is the industrial past. (more…)


Wednesbury History #Sunday #ramble

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We have a local history page for Wednesbury on Facebook and yesterday I was made an admin. I have a feeling I might be doing all the work! The other admin hasn’t been able to do anything for a while, but won an award for her efforts and so it will be a hard act to follow. I have already posted on the Facebook Page (more…)


Jezza Clarkson suspended #Sunday #ramble

Yes, this week Jezza Clarkson of Top Gear fame was suspended for slapping a producer. We all know he was just messin’ around and joking. He once said Wednesbury was the worst place on earth. He was joking, he loves Wednesbury! (more…)


Time flies #Sunday #ramble

It’s Sunday morning and time for another ramble through the overgrown pathways of my mind. Many of my readers are bloggers themselves and they know how hard it can be to make a start on a post and add those all important keywords for the search engines. This isn’t as easy as it looks! (more…)


Looking forward to Spring?

Retailers always have another way to get us to part with our money. The latest one seems to be ‘pay-day deals’. I wonder how they know when we’ve been paid. It all sounds very Orwellian to me. (more…)


In a class of my own

I think Britain’s class system is out-dated, but it’s is still a big influence over millions of people’s lives. The working classes are supposed to be the uncouth, beer drinking proletariat with few manners and little culture. While the middle classes aspire to be like their lords and masters;  the upper classes. (more…)


Changing times

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Things constantly change and we welcome some changes like improvements in technology. Scientific discoveries lead to new drugs and better healthcare. Some change is based on political ideology, religious fanaticism or is fuelled by hatred and we see no sense in it. (more…)


We are all alcoholics now

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21 units

The government recommends that we drink no more than 21 units of alcohol a week, but many people drink more? They can’t force us to cut down, can they? It seems they are going to try, at least for people on benefits. If they get away with that, how long before they try it with the rest of us? (more…)


Valentines Day review

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It’s Valentine’s Day today when people reaffirm their closest relationships. Humans have many rules and traditions relating to relationships. These include etiquette, social rules, good manners and polite behaviour. (more…)


A mid-winter ramble

In the movies you get that guy who lives in the big house all alone and looks a bit weird. I think that’s me! I have a house guest at the moment. My brother joked that I could be the axe murderer. I joked that when my guest goes home, he could call the police and say she’s missing; they might come and dig my garden for me! (more…)


Remember summer? #weather

The weather has got colder in the UK, but so far we have had little snow. I thought I would use a photo from summer to cheer everyone up. There are colds and flu going around now, so many of us are taking paracetamol and eating chicken soup in a bid to survive winter. (more…)


My birthday ramble

Yes it’s my birthday! So a special Sunday ramble this week. The picture above was posted on Facebook by my friend Richard in Sydney, Australia, yesterday. That’s handy, it gave everyone advance warning! If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know I’ve been helping students with their studies for the past few years. (more…)


The review: #westbrom

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I went to West Bromwich this week. I drove down the High Street, the one pictured, but it’s changed a lot in recent years. The kerbs stick out into the road now, they have a 20 MPH speed limit and it’s pedestrianized at the end. (more…)