It seems over the past year Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust has been fined nearly £500,000 for delays in treating patients by the Walsall Clinical Commissioning Group. The problems are complex, but some of them are obvious. (more…)
While most of us are thinking about Christmas, many people in the UK are worrying about where their next meal is coming from or whether they will end up on the streets begging. Its freezing where I am and will be even colder tonight. (more…)
It’s nearly Christmas and so there are lots of new things to point your camera at. I’ve bought some new filters, a warm filter, soft focus and a 4 point star filter. I used the 4 point star filter to take this shot of the town Christmas tree. (more…)
That’s the Broadway in Walsall in the picture. I used to ride down there on my bike as a kid. Then it was a 40 miles an hour speed limit; now it’s 30 with traffic lights, speed cameras and double mini roundabouts. Nightmare… (more…)
It seems the European Commission is asking the government for 1.7 bn pounds because our GDP is more than they thought it was when they add in the illegal sex and drugs trades. It works out to over £500 for every worker in the country. (more…)
On digital cameras, you press the shutter release button part way down, until the camera has focused. Many cameras will bleep to tell you it’s focused. Most bridge cameras and DSLRs have focus points to help you focus. My D3200 has 11 focus points. They show up as red dots through the viewfinder. (more…)
I have some new readers today, so I thought I would remind everybody that I live in the heart of England, here in the Black Country. I have some readers overseas and so I should explain that the United Kingdom consists of 4 parts. (more…)
Last weekend I photographed the narrow-boats at Waterside Place in Walsall. This weekend they are in Birmingham doing a floating market. Try to take a look at that this weekend, you could even take your camera! (more…)
I took this shot on Sunday of this lock keepers cottage on the Rushall canal. It looks very different in summer. The last time I was there was mid winter. (more…)
I’ve visited a few art galleries in the past year. This is our Victorian art gallery and museum here in Wednesbury. I’ve also visited Bilston Craft Gallery where I was impressed with an exhibition there. I was less impressed when I went to West Bromwich and went in the ‘Public’ with it’s pink neon lights. (more…)
I photographed a few of the exhibits in the local art gallery on Sunday. I think this exhibit probably has a cultural significance to a minority of people. Is it art? Does it belong in an art gallery? The gallery serves the people of Walsall.
I’ve been experimenting with my pictures again. I made this one sepia and gave it a perforated edge like stamp. Artistic? I think it’s better than some art I see that looks like a pile of bricks or paint thrown at a canvas. Ordinary people with their feet on the ground would want a picture like this on their wall, rather than the work of some over-rated artist who pickles sheep in formaldehyde.
I took this picture in a park and it’s not very interesting. The important thing, with a lot of nature pictures in parks and woodland is the separation of the different colours. Most of the picture can be different shades of green, so you need the difference to show, rather than all blend in together.
I went to the Bilston Craft Gallery on Thursday and Walsall Art Gallery on Sunday, so I had a lot to inspire me this week. I took this photo when I came out of Walsall Art gallery and thought the bikes in the foreground would give it a lot of depth. The building are unusual too. I did the edit with PhotoScape.
I took this photo on Sunday. I don’t usually add a frame to my pictures, but I did quite a lot of editing on this on. I even put those corner decorations on it. I parked my car a little awkwardly to take this picture because I wanted to rest the camera on the car door.
There are events all over the UK today as part of heritage open days. Churches and museums will be opening to the public and historic houses that aren’t usually open. The weather doesn’t seem great, but I might see how it goes and find somewhere local to go. The Oak House at West Bromwich is a good choice.
There are still a lot of Victorian buildings in this area and they are worth photographing. I remember walking down this street many years ago on Christmas Eve. I could hear the Salvation Army band playing Christmas carols around the corner. It felt like I was travelling through time to the England of Charles Dickens. Darlaston is still quite Dickensian… (more…)
There can be many reasons for taking photographs. It can be to create art, for nostalgic reasons, to preserve history or just for the fun of it.
Darlaston, otherwise known as Darlo, is part of Walsall; but doesn’t seem to always be remembered by the council when they are spending money. There is a ‘new’ art gallery in Walsall that aspires to hosting the Turner prize, but the work of local artists in Darlo went on display in the library. I went to review it and took a few pictures. These are the watercolours. I thought most of them were good.
The weather was stormy this week, but seems to be picking up for the weekend. For some people the economy seems to be picking up too.
Bonjour! I’ve just found out, I have a couple of readers in France, so I thought I would say hello. For the benefit of my overseas readers, I’ll remind you all that I live in the heart of England. The Black Country is a just North of Birmingham and includes the City of Wolverhampton, Dudley, Walsall and Sandwell. (more…)
Today’s picture was taken at the Walsall Classic Car and Transport Show last year. That’s on again today, in the Arboretum extension from 10am to 4pm. It rained last year, but seem quite fine now. There are more storms forecast though, so take a brolly!
Today’s picture is of the Grapes Pool, just outside Bilston. Someone drove a car into it this week. I suppose it’s easy done. Who are we to judge? A guy was convicted in Walsall for soliciting a prostitute (kerb crawling). He had a prostitute in his car and went to a cash machine to get some money. Who are we to judge?