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A Stormy Mystery… 

29 Mar

Maybe someone can answer this for me: not a paranormal mystery, but still something a bit odd.


Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – A Bloggers’ Day Out 

29 Mar

It's been ages since I saw Tania Curtise so when we met yesterday we were far too busy catching up to take many photos (thanks to Tania for sharing hers).


Is Bigfoot A Skillful Swimmer? 

28 Mar

That's the question I ask in a new article...


Get your Frank Sinatra On!! 

28 Mar

We’ll be starting to learn ‘My Way’ tonight so hope to see lots of our members...


Year 3 Maths Morning 

28 Mar

Thank you to all the parents who attended this morning’s Maths workshop.


Community Events: Spring Open Day 

28 Mar

Lots of things to do for everyone and a chance to help out and get to know more about the garden’s many activities, including the Men’s Shed project! Filed under: Uncategorized...


Making Thyme for smoothies 

28 Mar

*A collaborative review Getting my family to eat fruit is a bit of a struggle.


First Timers and Record Breakers – 25 July 2017 

27 Mar

Welcome to this week’s first time parkrunners Runner Time Runner Time Oliver BEDDARD 22:10 Gary JOHNSON 33:21 Adam PAGE 22:30 Kate RUSHBROOK 33:42 Riccardo CATALANI 24:06 John WONG 35:45 Catherine BRIGHT 25:45 Emily PHIPPS 37:13 Craig HUMPAGE 26:11...


Year 3 Maths Parent Workshop 

27 Mar

Hope you’re all prepared for tomorrows Maths Parent Workshop.


Year 4 Mother’s Day Morning 

27 Mar

Thank you to all the mothers and special ladies that joined us for our Mother’s Day breakfast.


Mega Flares, Ruffles & Wonder Woman 

27 Mar

There's something completely ridiculous about making myself an entire outfit to wear to Wetherspoons for today's drunken lunch date but there again, I've never claimed to be normal.


Sicilian Exchange Project 

27 Mar

Our Sicilian exchange students have arrived! Monday 27th March: They left Sicily yesterday lunchtime and spent the evening with their host families.


Doing the Bacofoil Baco-Shake 

27 Mar

*A collaborative post As a busy Mummy of one, time is usually against me.


The arrival of chickens 

26 Mar

It’s been a while since I last posted an update….


#SlimmingSunday (Week 4 – 2017) 

26 Mar

Welcome back to #SlimmingSunday, the new weightloss, fitness and healthy lifestyle linky with me, MrsShilts and Michelle from Mummy From The Heart.


Do you recognise yourself among this post-war Grammar School… 

25 Mar

QUEEN MARY'S Grammar School in Walsall has a long, proud history and quite a few Old Boys who went on to make their mark in the wider world.


Profiling The U.K.’s Phantom Social Workers 

24 Mar

In a new article, I take a look at the creepy and disturbing phenomenon of the U.


Year 3 Roman Day 

24 Mar

Yesterday, year 3 experienced what life would be like as a Roman civilian.


Curtain Couture – Backyard Swagger 

24 Mar

Yesterday a sun-bleached curtain, today a psychedelic maxi skirt.


Red Nose Day 2017 

24 Mar

Barr Beacon staff and pupils have been taking part in ‘something funny for money’ in aid of Red Nose Day 2017.


Help Your Child with Maths’ Morning Year 3 

24 Mar

Dear Parents/Carers, We would like to invite you to our Maths Parent Workshop on Tuesday 28th March 2017.


Truckfest Peterborough, revving into action in April 

24 Mar

*An awareness post Family day outs can come in all shapes and sizes.


Looking after the family’s ears with Earex 

24 Mar

*Post in collaboration with Earex Ears.


Event 264 – 18 March 2017 

23 Mar

This week's Hi-viz heroes: If you can help us out by volunteering in future weeks, please get in touch.


High-Strangeness in Defiance, Ohio 

23 Mar

My two latest articles at Mysterious Universe have a connection: the location.


Celebrating Mothers Day with Tesco 

23 Mar

*A collaborative post in partnership with Tesco In case you had forgotten, it’s Mothers Day this coming Sunday and it’s the one day of the year when Mums really should come first.


A Shape-Shifter in the Lone Star State 

22 Mar

At Mysterious Universe , I share the strange story of a shape-shifting wolf in 1930s Texas...


Immortality of the Gods – CD Version 

22 Mar

For those who may be interested, my Immortality of the Gods book is now available in a 6-CD audio version.


Year 10 HS2 – Head Quarters Visit 

22 Mar

Pupils AT HS2 are taking part in exciting activities, from designing a ‘whirly bird,’ to using the iterative design process in improving their ideas and planning.


School Council and Comic Relief 

22 Mar

This year School Council will again be supporting Comic Relief.


I saved the Tipton Slasher’s clock from being thrown away 

22 Mar

WILLIAM PERRY, the Tipton Slasher, may be the most famous son of the Black Country but very few of his personal possessions have survived to the present day.


Remembering the good old days of the horse and cart 

22 Mar

DO YOU remember when horse-drawn carts still plied their way through the Black Country's streets?Their numbers declined throughout the 20th century and after the Second World War they became an increasingly rare sight, but some traders remained true ...


Workin’ 5 to 9 

21 Mar

What A Way To Make A Living! ...


Meal Planning Monday 20th March 2017 

20 Mar

I didn’t get chance to write up last week’s meal planning post.


Sheffield Utd 2:1 Charlton Athletic 

19 Mar

Mr Five Pints invited me up to Sheffield this weekend so of course we went to Bramall Lane to watch Blades beat a competent Latics side 2-1.


First Timers and Record Breakers – 18 March 2017 

19 Mar

Welcome to this week’s first time parkrunners Runner Time Runner Time Joy MASON 27:21 Ruth JONES 39:01 David HOLYHEAD 29:26 Arron GREEN 40:05 Laura DAVIES 31:10 Georgina GRICE 40:10 Josh LAKE 32:03 Manpreet KAUR 40:39 Peter WILLIAMS 32:14 Eve ...


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Free at last 

30 Mar

Historians will undoubtedly look back and describe these exciting times that we are privileged to be living through as a glorious English Spring bringing about a bright political, economic and social future.


Valerie visits Moorcroft Wood Primary School 

30 Mar

It was a pleasure to meet with pupils and staff at Moorcroft Wood Primary School on Friday 24 March 2017.


Today’s Buy To Let Deal, 3 Bed Terraced House, Beatrice Street, Walsall, WS3. With Yields Of 6.90%. 

29 Mar

A three bedroom terraced house in the Leamore area of Walsall, WS3.


Important news for those interested in Walsall local history 

29 Mar

This is just a quick note to flag up some really important news regarding opening hours at Walsall Local History Centre which will, from April 1st 2017, only be open for two days per week, to enable moving of the service to the Central Library in ...


Humongous Change of Walsall’s Shared Households!! 

28 Mar

A day in the life of a Property Manager is never dull.


New Invention Community come together to create a HIVE of activity 

28 Mar

Back in October last year Walsall Council had only sufficient funding to keep one library open and that was the Central Library next to the Council House in Walsall town centre thanks to continuing austerity measures from Mrs May’s Tories at ...


Roll Over Chuck Berry 

28 Mar

One of the great advantages of growing older is that behaviour that was once considered reckless is now casually dismissed as being merely eccentric...


Today’s Buy To Let Deal, 7.14% Yields on this 3 Bed Semi, Bagnall Street, Walsall, WS3. 

27 Mar

This is a very nice spec and I think you seriously should take a look at this property.


Walsall Works Jobs Fair. 

27 Mar

Walsall Works, in connection with Black Country Impact and various partners are hosting the Walsall Works Jobs Fair.


Resprung 

26 Mar

You'll all know that of late, I've not been too well and that work has taken up a huge amount of my time - well, my health is now thankfully improving, work is easing off and the sun came out (although the wind was still a bit keen), so yesterday I ...


Car wash at the old Middle Oak? 

26 Mar

Just a quick note to say that I'm aware that a car wash seems to be coming into operation at the empty former Royal - or 'Middle' - Oak pub on Chester Road, Shire Oak, although I haven't seen it personally yet.


The Portman Collection – part five: Staff and class photos on a wet day 

26 Mar

In the fifth serialised article of what will turn out to be quite a few, here's the next three photos from Walsall Wood Secondary School in the 1950s with accompanying notes, as introduced in this blog post here - This time, I am including the ...


Woodmen outclassed by Coleshill 

26 Mar

Walsall Wood FC disappointed the fans yesterday (Saturday 25th March 2017) when they lost to Coleshill Town in a high scoring match.


Today’s Buy To Let Deal, 2 Bedroom End Terraced House, Epping Close, Walsall, WS3. With Yields Of 6.60%. 

25 Mar

A two bedroom terraced end terraced house in the north Walsall area, WS3.


Distraction theft at Morrisons car park, Aldridge – be careful, folks. 

25 Mar

People are being warned to be on their guard after a distraction theft incident in the car park of Morrisons in Aldridge on Friday, 17th March 2017 in which a debit card was stolen from a car while the driver was being asked for directions, and ...


Get your music fix at the Chase Inn tonight… 

25 Mar

The live music and good times at Chase Inn at Newtown, Brownhills continues - and this week there's a packed schedule with live music this evening, Saturday 25th March 2017 from brilliant rock band 'Livewire', starting 9pm.


Walsall Wood away to Coleshill this afternoon 

25 Mar

Your chance to catch Walsall Wood away at Coleshill this today! Continue reading...


In the soup at Chasewater – this Saturday! 

24 Mar

Two events in one: Kate Cardigan Gomez from Lichfield Lore, Lichfield Discovered etc.


Advanced warnings of road works in the Short Heath area 

24 Mar

There are some works being carried out on behalf of the council on the following roads Coppice Lane, (at canal bridge) Knightsbridge, Short Heath – Carriageway patching works from the 06/04/2017 to 07/054/17 between 0930 – 1600.


Lichfield Waterworks Trust – March 2017 public meeting this Monday! 

24 Mar

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this coming Monday (27th March 2017) there will be a public progress meeting for the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, formerly...


Improved access to public transport is key to Willenhall Revival says Beverley Nielsen 

24 Mar

Willenhall liberal Democrats have welcomed the news that the West Midlands Combined Authority is set to start a number of extensions to Midland Metro.


Walsall Wood sail slay Shepshed 

24 Mar

On Tuesday evening last (21st March 2017), Walsall Wood FC faced Shepshed Dynamo at home, and the Woodmen proved themselves superior to the visitors in what proved to be a tight, hard fought match, resulting in Wood's first win in a long time.


LONDON ATTACK: six tweets that show how the public sector comms stepped-up 

23 Mar

When a terror attack struck London the people who ran towards it were members of the public sector.


New Invention Community come together to create a HIVE of activity 

23 Mar

Back in October last year Walsall Council had only sufficient funding to keep one library open and that was the Central Library next to the Council House in Walsall town centre thanks to continuing austerity measures from Mrs May’s Tories at ...


Stationary travellers 

23 Mar

There is a good deal of concern at the moment in Brownhills West about a planning consultation currently being undertaken by Cannock Chase District Council, regarding many aspects of local development, but in this case about future provision for ...


Business Questions 23 March 2017 

23 Mar

At Business Questions I paid tribute to PC Keith Palmer, the police, the security service and emergency services, before I raised various issues with the Leader of the House, Rt Hon David Lidington MP.


There’s going to be a jailbreak… 

23 Mar

Hey folks - you all know that here on the blog I'm very keen to support charities, particularly ones working so hard to combat cancer and support those enduring it's effects.


Today’s Buy To Let Deal, 2 Bed Terraced House, Upper Forster Street, Walsall, WS2. With Yields Of 6.00%. 

22 Mar

A two bedroom terraced house literally a stone’s throw from the town centre of Walsall, WS2.


Models at the museum – a great event happening this Sunday 

22 Mar

I see from the events list that Aston Manor Road Transport Museum in Aldridge have a 'Models at the Museum' event this Sunday, 26th March 2017 -It starts at 10:00am and should be just the thing for modellers, transport enthusiasts, petrol heads and ...


Walsall Property and the Housing White Paper..Back to the Future Part 2 (2037)!! 

21 Mar

I had an interesting conversation with a landlord who called me last week.


Where does the water go? Find out this Sunday! 

21 Mar

An interesting history walk is taking place this Sunday, 26th March 2017 at Chasewater, entitled 'Where does the water go?' which takes a look at how the dam infrastructure functions, and some of the industrial history of Anglesey Basin and surrounds.


If you go down to Coppice Woods today… 

20 Mar

I've been contacted by a few people lately who've been worried about the woodland management and scrub removal ongoing in Coppice Woods (formerly Goblins Wood) just off Green Lane, between Walsall Wood and Shelfield.


So what’s all this about a Metro Mayor? 

19 Mar

In May 2017 a number of areas will be electing a metro mayor for the first time.


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Gareth Gates to star in Jack and the Beanstalk panto 

29 Mar

WOLVERHAMPTON Grand Theatre has revealed the first names to star in the 2017/18 pantomime.


Made in Dagenham show at Lichfield Garrick 

27 Mar

SUTTON Coldfield Musical Theatre will be bringing a slice of London to the Lichfield Garrick when the curtains go up on its latest production.


Walsall’s Jason Jones eliminated from The Voice 

25 Mar

JASON Jones has been eliminated from The Voice at the semi final stage.


Tamworth Assembly Rooms ON TOUR: Spring season announced 

24 Mar

AN EXCITING four-night celebration of theatre gets under way next week with the 2017 Tamworth Hastilow Drama Festival, featuring a series of one-act plays by the region's best amateur dramatic groups.


Tamworth Arts Club all set to perform Peter Pan 

20 Mar

PETER Pan is the latest rip roaring musical adventure from popular local theatre group, Tamworth Arts Club.


WIN tickets to see Olly Murs live at the Genting Arena 

16 Mar

YES, he's back! Pop's cheekiest chappy, Mr Olly Murs, is bringing his 2017 tour to Birmingham this March! The tour will support the pop sensation's eagerly anticipated 5th album '24 HRS', released last November, which features airplay hits 'You Don't...


REVIEW: Billy Elliot the Musical at Birmingham Hippodrome 

9 Mar

BILLY Elliot the Musical is a snapshot in time.


Shane Richie returns to the Belgrade Theatre 

9 Mar

SHANE Richie is set to return to the Belgrade Theatre to star as Peter James' famous literary Detective Superintendent Roy Grace in Not Dead Enough.


REVIEW: Shirley Valentine at Birmingham’s New Alexandra Theatre 

8 Mar

THERE is only one woman on stage for the whole of this Willy Russell comedy, but by the time the audience leave the theatre they know a great deal about ten others and are probably laughing all the way home.


Ricky Gervais set to rock Birmingham arena with hilarious show 

8 Mar

CONSIDERED one of the most influential British comedians since Charlie Chaplin, Ricky Gervais is returning to stage with his first stand-up tour in seven years: Humanity.


Billy Elliot the Musical at Birmingham Hippodrome 

6 Mar

BILLY Elliot the Musical, one of 'the most loved shows on stage today', is on the way to the Birmingham stage as part of its first ever UK tour.


Cult classic Trainspotting to be brought to Nuneaton stage 

20 Feb

A CULT classic will be brought to life on a Nuneaton stage by a company renowned for pushing the theatrical boundaries.


Review: Thoroughly Modern Millie at New Alexandra Theatre in… 

15 Feb

LOVE was well and truly in the air on Valentine's night as little Millie Dillmount, played by Strictly Come Dancing winner Joanne Clifton, eventually found her man, albeit not the one she first hoped for.


Jack Whitehall’s new show ‘At Large’ at Birmingham’s Genting… 

13 Feb

THIS year sees one of the UK's brightest comedic talents return to the stand-up stage as Jack Whitehall announced an extension to his biggest ever tour.


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A lovely day for flying a kite! 

29 Mar

And NO, I'm not moaning about the wind! Twenty two+ years after moving into the village I have finally, FINALLY , put Red Kite to bed! And if I had gone to Brownhills when I originally intended I would have missed it.


Tuesday update #2 – A day of Sand Martin passage 

28 Mar

Following my visit this morning two more of our regulars paid a visit today with differing results.


Prediction fulfilled – three days late! 

28 Mar

Photo copyright Scottish Wildlife Trusts As the fog started to clear I set off over the Marsh in the hopes of something having been forced down by the prevailing conditions.


Thick as a Bag! 

28 Mar

No - not talking about me! This morning I was all set for an early Marsh visit to see if any more migrants had come in but as you will see from the photographs, I have had to postpone activities for a while.


March 27th – Over in Kings Hill Park in Darlaston, there is a… 

27 Mar

March 27th - Over in Kings Hill Park in Darlaston, there is a gorgeous p[atch of spring flowers that have been planted near the old chapel.


March 27th – Over at Bentley Bridge, near Darlaston Green, mixed… 

27 Mar

March 27th - Over at Bentley Bridge, near Darlaston Green, mixed feelings as the former Boat Inn pub is cleared for demolition.


Monday 27th March 2017 

27 Mar

0930 - 1015 overcast, 5c : Sand Martin 2 (photo), Chiffchaff 3 in song, Little Egret 2, Goosander 10, Wigeon 7, Teal 2, GC Grebe 8, Lapwing, LBb Gull 6, Heron 2, Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail 3, Long-tailed Tit 2.


Was it Great or Little – any views welcome? 

27 Mar

Hi guys - for once I am copping out on a decision, I have made my opinion but thought it was something I would throw out to you for any feedback.


*** Scarce Bird Alert *** 

26 Mar

If you missed them at the turn of the year - the Waxwings are back in Brownhills this evening.


Sunday 26th March 2017 

26 Mar

0815 - 0915 sunny 4c : Sand Martin, Chiffchaff 2 in song, Liitle Egret 2, Cormorant 6, Heron, GC Grebe 4, Goosander 4, Teal 2, Wigeon 7, LBb Gull 4, Fieldfare 3 over, Jay 2, Kestrel m, Redpoll 4, Bullfinch 2, Chaffinch m, Reed Bunting m.


Sunday Update 

26 Mar

No new migrants so far today, even yesterdays Blackcap was not in evidence ( although an unidentified fly catching warbler seen briefly in the same area may have been the bird )? Eight Teal were on the marsh along with one of yesterdays Little Egrets...


Diplomacy and the difficult business of delicately putting people right 

26 Mar

The Real Deal First let me put my thoughts in order.


Saturday News #2 

25 Mar

Thanks to Tony Stackhouse for alerting me to the fact that there are currently two Little Egret on site, favouring the less accessible parts of the Ford Brook this afternoon.


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