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The Sunday Ramble: risk

Roulette Wheel courtesy Wikpedia

Image: Courtesy of Wikipedia 

In life there are constant risks. Every time we drive we risk road traffic accidents and death. We can contract some dreadful illness at any time and die horribly. We can have some financial disaster and find ourselves begging on the  streets. (more…)

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The Sunday Ramble: from rivers to runner beans

1 1 The River Tame

Today’s photo is of the River Tame. It’s the subject of some research now into it’s industrial history. Here you can see it running through Sandwell Valley Country Park towards Forge Mill Lake. There’s a bridleway to the left where you can ride your horse , cycle or walk. (more…)


The Review: Spring weather

1 LAKE

It looks like we are going to have some nice spring weather this weekend. The white flowers that you see in the foreground of this photo are all along the River Tame now. They are at Bentley Mill, through Wednesbury, at Sandwell Valley Country Park and at Sheepwash and many other places too. There is also a local project examining the history of the Tame; it contributed a lot to our industrial history. (more…)


Iconic buildings: who pays?

The Public

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…)


Food banks, plastic bags and Vikings

It’s Sunday again and the weather doesn’t look too good. I try to have a day out on a Sunday taking photographs, but the weather often lets me down. I thought about heading in the direction of West Bromwich to photograph buildings again. I could have another go at getting the whole of The Public on to one photo. (more…)


Nightmares or just dreams?

Woden Road South July 2012 crop

I’ve used a photograph from the summer to start today’s post. We did have one or two sunny days, in between the rain. I went to Matalan this week and bought an umbrella amongst other things. You will notice that it hasn’t rained since. It’s cold but sunny today, I must remember never to buy sunglasses from Matalan…

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Are some of us evolving into a technocrat species?

Bridge across the Tame

It’s Autumn now in England and so the nights will get darker and longer. We are headed for winter, long cold nights, snow and other things to challenge us. I have written before about humans interbreeding with the Neanderthals to produce a long line of dreamless ones. The theory is, that humans were smart and smart enough to take to caves and other shelter and get a good night sleep. The dreamless ones had a couple of hours at most, didn’t get much sleep and had little or no time to dream; they were generally dreamless

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Sunday Ramble | Education, what education?

Walsall school

This week proposed educational reform suggested by education secretary Michael Gove has been in the news. David Cameron knew nothing of these plans of course, not until Nick Clegg reminded him that he did. It seems Michael Gove and his public school educated supporters don’t like the GCSE and want a return to a GCE style examinations. It was of course the Conservatives who introduced comprehensive education and they have been moaning about it ever since. That arch-tory, Margaret Thatcher actually scrapped grammar schools in favour of comprehensives. Michael Gove went to a state school and then won a scholarship to an independent school; in case you were wondering… (more…)


Psychology | What makes a leader?

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Education?

What makes a great leader? Education? The current British Prime Minister went to Eton and Oxford.  They are certainly attention seekers. Some are narcissistic with psychopathic tendencies.   Do natural leaders emerge in a group situation? What do famous leaders have in common? Churchill, Truman, Hitler, Gadhafi, Idi Amin, Thatcher; do they have anything in common with today’s leaders? Does democracy result in better leaders being chosen? (more…)