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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…)


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…)


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…)


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…)


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…)


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…)


The Sunday Ramble: Life in The Black Country

The Black Country

You probably think writing a blog like this is easy; it’s not. There are lots of technical things you have to know. It’s no good me writing this stuff, if no one finds it and reads it. Is it? I have to optimise it for the search engines like Google and Bing. Today, my focus key phrase is “The Black Country”. (more…)