I am old enough to remember when The Black Country was a powerhouse of industry. The different companies employed thousands of workers. The Black Country made things and the breweries kept the beer flowing. (more…)
The present and the future are connected to the past and partly determined by it. If we have prepared for the future, we will have a better future. That might mean guarding against the bad things that might happen in the future by driving carefully, taking precautions and saving for the future. We just have to find a good balance between our present and future needs, so we can enjoy both. (more…)
I watched a few programmes on TV last night about the British rock bands that invaded America in the 1960’s and since. The onslaught was led by the Beatles and then the ‘ugly’ band; the Rolling Stones. That was a great export and Sweden took on the world with Abba too. America used Hollywood to take on the world with movies. Now the Chinese have taken on the world with consumer goods, maybe we need a new cultural revolution in both Britain and America.
I have started today’s post with a few images of the local park here in Wednesbury. It’s a bit rough, but we like it… It’s Victorian and traditional. We need to get back to traditional values don’t we? We need to get back to the Victorian work ethic, family values and knowing one’s place. Right? (more…)
The Black Country isn’t really known for it’s beauty, but even here we have little pockets of what appears to be countryside at first glance. In reality it’s the remnants of our industrial past and nature is repossessing it. I don’t think the new HS 2 rail line will become a thing of beauty in years to come. It will destroy a lot of beauty. (more…)
I get more local readers at weekends because my blog posts are featured on ‘the yamyam’. There appears to be more and more local bloggers now and they are writing good posts. Anyway, in case any local reader is wondering, today’s picture is of King’s Hill Park, just outside Darlaston.
When I look at town centre shops, I see charity shops, pawn brokers and pay day loans. Then there are discount stores like Poundland. I also see some signs of wealth in this photo, some posh shops and expensive take-away food. I also see a pedestrian area that must have cost a fortune to lay out. The blue signs of the local council are evident everywhere. The top council officers and the top councillors probably don’t use the charity shops. Do they?
Oiks and Toffs
If you don’t know what Oiks and Toffs are; I will explain. The Toffs are people like Cameron who went to Eton and of course Oxford and his mate Cleggy went to Cambridge. I probably qualify as an oik! I was one of those nasty rough lads from town, who spoke with a working class accent. I got my hands dirty at times too and actually did some work; I must be an oik. We oiks had our day though and we went a message to Cleggy in the elections. (more…)