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Trying to stay on plan.. 

29 Jul

Since returning from our holiday last month, my diet has been very hit and miss.


Last session of the term tonight! 

28 Jul

Last session tonight guys, hope to see lots of you tonight.


Walsall player 162. ‘Rubén Darío Larrosa’ 

28 Jul

‘Rubén Darío Larrosa’ (born 12 April 1979 in Argentina) emerged from the bottom of the Football Club Argentino city Lauquen Dam.


Walsall player 161. Milan Lalkovič 

28 Jul

Milan Lalkovič (born 9 December 1992) is a Slovak professional footballer who plays as a forward or winger.


Buy, Buy Baby! 

28 Jul

What's this, two posts in less than a week at the height of the British festival season? After four years I must finally be getting the hang of this festival trading malarkey.


360° tour of “The Artist Proof” by Sickboy 

28 Jul

If there was ever an exhibition that deserves another look, then it was old friend’s Sickboy’s last show in his old studio space in Bristol earlier this year.


Thank You Cards 

28 Jul

These are the Thank You card I made for our lovely anniversary gifts.


Sunday’s Performamce Details 

27 Jul

Song list: Supertrooper – Abba Higher Higher – Jackie Wilson I Saw Her Standing There – The Beatles Any Dream Will Do – Joseph Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat My Favourite Things – The Sound of Music Shout – Lulu Lovely Day – Bill ...


First Timers and Record Breakers – 23 July 2016 

27 Jul

Welcome to this week’s first time parkrunners Runner Time Runner Time Sam BRENTNALL 22:38 Nathaniel COPELAND 28:11 Joseph WILKINSON 23:56 Peter HUMPAGE 29:07 Joseph SCHWENK 25:17 Sue JONES 30:23 Paul MANYONGA 25:17 Ruth SILVESTER 33:29 Josh WARD 25...


Flying Monsters of Africa 

27 Jul

At Mysterious Universe I take a look at some of the very weird flying creatures of Africa.


Your baby’s first 1000 days 

27 Jul

*This is a sponsored post As parents we want to make sure we do our very best for our children.


Walsall player 160 John Keister 

26 Jul

John Keister (born Manchester, played for Sierra Leone.


Walsall player 159.José Luiz Guimarães Sanabio Júnior 

26 Jul

José Luiz Guimarães Sanabio Júnior, or simply Júnior, (born June 15, 1976 in Fortaleza) is a Brazilian footballstriker playing for ABC of the Brazilian Série B.


Time-Travel and Time-Travelers 

26 Jul

A cool new article from Brent Swancer on time-travel, and allegedly real time-travelers.


Last week of term! 

26 Jul

Well can you believe it’s our last week of this term! And what a term it has been – we’ve performed at The Symphony Hall, sung live on BBC WM and recorded our very own original song!! Hope to see lots of our members this week and looking ...


CA Community: Revival Solstice 2016 Gaming event 

26 Jul

*** REVIVAL RETURNS FOR THE SUMMER! *** The best dedicated retro gaming event returns, with ‘REVIVAL Solstice 2016’ on the weekend of 30-31 July at Banks’s Stadium, Walsall! After the successful comeback event ‘Winter Warmer 2015’, REVIVAL ...


Wednesdays For All: Treasure Map 

26 Jul

  Wednesday 27 July .


Walsall player 158. John Kerr, Jr. 

25 Jul

John Kerr, Jr.


Walsall player 157. Jean-Philippe Javary 

25 Jul

Jean-Philippe Javary (born 10 January 1978) is a retired French professional footballer.


72 hours by Frank Pope 

25 Jul

A book bought for me the The Stymaster & Mistress and another great read! This book is about a submarine rescue by the Royal Navy of a Russian mini sub AS-28 which got entangled in 2005 off Kamchatkya.


The First World War by John Keegan 

25 Jul

I wish I’d have had this book when I did my A-Levels as it is brilliant! A must read if you want a great overview of the origins of the conflicts and some marvellous summing up of key points such as the Somme: ”The Somme marked the end of an age ...


Turdsearch puzzle 

25 Jul

There are over 50 naughty words hidden in the grid.


A Week in the Life – Weapons of Mass Destruction, Voodoo Heads & An X Factor Encounter 

25 Jul

What a week! Gardening, shopping, car booting, washing, mending, housework, tie-dyeing, shredding Levi's denim, waterproof bunting making, moving the stock into the new Kinky shed, reading in the sunshine (Laurie Lee's Red Sky At Sunrise , what a joy...


Running through lavender 

25 Jul

It was such a lovely day on Saturday we decided to hop in the car and go exploring.


Fun at Walsall Leather Museum 

25 Jul

SUMMER HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN AT WALSALL LEATHER MUSEUM.


Letting go of the past 

25 Jul

*This is a collaborative post I would love to say I am a collector of memories instead of things but having looked around my home I can see that is most definitely not the case.


Staying as a family at Heathrow Windsor Marriott Hotel 

24 Jul

With both my husband and I working during the week, our weekends are for precious family time and we love nothing more than packing a small suitcase and heading off on adventures just the three of us.


The new pre-schooler magazine, Bing 

24 Jul

*This is a collaborative post There’s a brand new magazine for pre-schoolers hitting the shelves, the Bing magazine is here.


Are you a typical Brit abroad? 

24 Jul

*Collaborative post with Auto Europe Having recently returned from a fantastic weeks holiday in Fuerteventura, we have serious holiday blues.


Old Willenhall shop contents form new exhibit 

24 Jul

WALSALL Leather Museum is hosting an exhibition based on a former Willenhall clothing and haberdashery shop, which will run until mid-November.


Ladies Choir on song for Amber 

24 Jul

PELSALL Ladies Choir gave their annual Charity Concert in Pelsall Methodist Church on Saturday, July 9, which raised 786 in aid of Amber Porterfield.


A Story of Two Chupacabras – Or Of Something! 

22 Jul

A new article from me on the Chupacabra...


Walsall player 154. Doug Ithier 

22 Jul

Doug Ithier (born 20 July 1974) is an Australian footballer who played for Perth Glory, Walsall, and throughout Asiaincluding Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei and China.


Walsall player 153. Clayton Ince 

22 Jul

Clayton Ince  (born 12 July 1972) is a Trinidadian football goalkeeper who had lengthy spells in the English Football League at Crewe Alexandra and Walsall.


Olly’s scrapbook of holiday memories 

22 Jul

Back in early June, my little family and I went on a fabulous holiday to one of the Canary Islands.


Activities in the Arboretum 

22 Jul

There are free activities, games and sports every Thursday evening at Walsall Arboretum, 6pm – 8 pm, all welcome.


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The Planning Inspectorate’s decision on 250 Stroud Avenue, Willenhall, Walsall WV12 4EG 

29 Jul

The following is the full text of the decision of the Planning Inspectorate following the appeal against planning permission being refused by Walsall Council lodged by Mr J Haliburton who had converted 250 Stroud Avenue from its previous use as a ...


Local kids fight to raise disability awareness 

29 Jul

Friend of the blog Chrissie Ismay has written to me to ask if I'll mention a workshop her daughter is involved with that will be operating in Walsall next Wednesday - it's to raise awareness of issues affecting the disabled, and takes place outside ...


So what are you doing over the weekend? Whatever it is – enjoy…. 

29 Jul

Coming to the end of a busy week but still have surgeries to do this evening (Friday) at Oakwood Lodge in Chaucer Avenue, Short Heath between 6.30 and 7.30pm and tomorrow (Saturday) 11.30am and Noon at New Invention Library, The Square, Lichfield Road, ...


Cockfest 2016 on this weekend! 

28 Jul

Here's a really, really great thing happening this weekend, Friday 29th - Sunday 31st July 2016 at Newtown, Brownhills - a weekend music and fun festival with proceeds going to the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity.


“What is the Council doing about all the rubbish and litter?” 

28 Jul

“What is the Council doing about all the rubbish and litter?” is a question I am asked regularly.


Funeral details for Roger Mosedale announced – and more of Roger’s music emerges 

28 Jul

Following the announcement of the sad passing of local lad and noted musical talent Roger Mosedale last week, and the subsequent huge interest shown in Roger's music, kindly donated by Jake Williams, Jake has been back in touch with funeral details ...


A Noise Annoys 

28 Jul

Last night, I was a little later home than other days, and my dear other half suggested a visit to the pub for tea (for those of you of a posh or southern disposition, that’s the evening meal).


Naked politics 

28 Jul

It has been five weeks since the great European referendum that was expected, regardless of outcome, to change British and European politics forever...


Reports bogus Dyson engineer scam operating locally again 

27 Jul

I'm running this post again as a notable hoover enthusiast and blog contributor the young David Evans has been called by the fake Dyson engineers, and he's just one of several who've reported calls in our area lately.


OLYMPIC LEGACY: Twitter wasn’t sure about #london2012… but it is now 

27 Jul

How do we look back at London 2012? If Twitter is anything to go by with fondness and nostalgia.


Walsall Property Blog is Taking a Well Earned Rest!! 

27 Jul

  Keeping a blog updated daily with loads of fresh content is a full on job so we’re taking a well earned break.


Good luck to the Brownhills in Bloom team! 

27 Jul

I'd like to wish all the very best of luck to the hard working volunteers and community minded folk who've worked with Brownhills Town Centre Partnership on this year's Brownhills in Bloom bird, which is judged this afternoon (Wednesday, 27th July ...


Walsall Property Numbers Tell Us a Different Story!! 

26 Jul

New Prime Minister, Theresa May, has taken no time at all to comment on housing in the UK.


Lichfield Waterworks Trust – July 2016 public meeting this Thursday 

26 Jul

Sandfields Pumping Station champion and public historian extraordinaire Dave Moore has been in touch to let me know that this Thursday evening (28th July 2016) there will be a public progress meeting for the Lichfield Waterworks Trust charity, ...


Many happy returns, Mr. Oakley… 

26 Jul

I hear that a certain elder statesman of the blog commentariat has chalked up his 85th birthday! Continue reading...


3 Bed Terraced House, Butts Road, Walsall, WS4. With Yields Of 6.30%. 

25 Jul

A 3 bedroom terraced house on Butts Road, Walsall, WS4.


Corbyn – Anarchists missing the point 

25 Jul

There’s been widespread criticism from anarchists if not of Corbyn directly then of the wisdom of those that are joining the Labour party to support him and his project.


Beware: blue-green algae found at Chasewater 

25 Jul

It's important that I make readers aware of recent concerns about blue-green algae at Chasewater - over the weekend, the park management appear to have been hard at work printing, laminating and sticking up signs warning against swimming in the lake...


Valerie visited Kashmir Meat & Poultry in Pleck 

24 Jul

On Saturday 16 July I met with Jamal Hussain the owner of Kashmir Meat & Poultry to offer my support.


More Costa jobs up for grabs in Brownhills 

24 Jul

There's been lots of talk here about the new Costa Coffee outlet due to open in Brownhills - and a couple of weeks ago I spotted a job advert for the new store - sadly, this was oversubscribed quickly and many were left disappointed.


Fondly remembering a local musical talent 

23 Jul

It was with a very heavy heart that I announced the sad passing of local lad and noted musical talent Roger Mosedale this week - Roger had many, many friends and was well known, and the reaction to the tragic news was very marked indeed.


Taphouse 6: The Park Inn 

23 Jul

PubBlog Link Whatpub Link Brewery Site Taphouse 6, again with a brewery actually onsite- Holdens.


Taphouse 5: The Beacon Hotel 

23 Jul

PubBlog Link Whatpub Link Twitter Taphouse 5, with a brewery actually onsite- Sarah Hughes.


Mabel’s Vintage Fair at Chasewater Railway this Sunday! 

23 Jul

I notice that this Sunday, 24th July 2016, there's a rather fun looking vintage event being staged at Chasewater Railway byMabel's Vintage Carriage, who have a regular vintage stall in a carriage at the preserved railway.


Vinyl night at The Chase Inn tonight! 

23 Jul

The Chase Inn at Newtown, Brownhills goes from strength to strength - there's not only great ale and a warm, welcoming atmosphere, but great live music most weekends, too - and there's a great Vinyl Disco on this weekend.


Walsall Wood Football Club need your help this weekend! 

23 Jul

Andy Roper from Walsall Wood Football Club has been in touch to let me know that they're having a maintenance weekend at Oak Park today and tomorrow (Saturday 23 July -Sunday 24 July 206), from 12-5pm each day.


Lamping it! 

22 Jul

Brownhills Community Association have been busy, and recently got in touch to point out that they have a great new arts and performance space in the refurbished former school hall which is now called The Lamp.


Valerie speaks in the Summer Adjournment Debate 

21 Jul

I spoke in the Summer Adjournment Debate on Thursday 21 July 2016.


Im memoriam: Roger Mosedale 

21 Jul

It's my sad and solemn duty to report to readers of the blog that local lad and friend to many regulars on this blog, Roger Mosedale sadly passed away in St.


Local football returns, but Walsall Wood sadly no match for Chasetown 

21 Jul

A quiet start to the football season at Oak Park last Saturday (16th July 2016) as the lads from the Wood faced the mighty Chasetown in a pre-season friendly that sadly, didn't go the Woodmen's way.


2 Bedroom Terraced House, King Street, Walsall, WS1. With Yields Of 6.33%. 

20 Jul

A two bedroom terraced house in the Palfrey area of Walsall, WS1.


Stop Press: Oak Park and Bloxwich Leisure Centres Open 9th August 

20 Jul

Just infrom Walsall Council: Walsall Active Living Centres opening date announced  The eagerly awaited opening date for both Oak Park and Bloxwich Active Living Centres became reality this week when the keys for both centres were handed over by ...


Urgent appeal: Walsall NHS Trust looking for relatives of a patient 

20 Jul

This is very unusual, but I think is somewhat important – this request was posted by the Communication Team at Walsall Manor Hospital  Tuesday (19th July 2016) and I’d like all locals to have a think about it, and if any … Continue reading...


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CIN gaming podcast – July 2016 

29 Jul

THE CIN video games channel is back with podcast number five, and the latest gaming news and discussion from around the world.


Sega announce Yakuza 0 will launch next year 

28 Jul

THE prequel to Sega's long-running crime drama Yakuza will launch on PlayStation 4 early next year.


Wednesday Club 

27 Jul

Weekly sessions for children inspired by our summer exhibition 'The Hodson Shop'.


Jasper Carrott’s Stand Up and Rock at Wolverhampton Grand 

26 Jul

AN hilarious comedy show is set to get the audiences rocking and laughing out loud as it returns Wolverhampton's Grand Theatre.


Mobius Final Fantasy heading to iOS and Android this August 

25 Jul

A NEW console-quality Final Fantasy game is set to launch on mobile devices next month.


Billy Connolly – The High Horse Tour 2016 

25 Jul

TICKETS are now on sale to see an award-winning comic, presenter, actor and musician take to the stage.


‘Feel good’ Soul Legends at Belgrade Theatre 

25 Jul

BILLED as 'the feel good show of the year', brand-new smash-hit, Stateside spectacular Soul Legends is coming to the Belgrade Theatre.


Ghostbusters (12A) – film review and trailer 

23 Jul

IF there's something strange in your neighbourhood, who ya gonna call? Filmmaker Paul Feig.


Canwell Show 2016: Details announced for event next month 

23 Jul

HORSES, show jumping and a full day of fun are just some of the highlights expected at this year's Canwell Show.


7 Days to Die REVIEW – Addictive gameplay outweighs flaws 

21 Jul

A STRONG narrative is normally the way forward to impressing me when it comes to playing a game, so too are stunning visuals.


Guys and Dolls all set to rock the boat at Wolverhampton Grand… 

19 Jul

GUYS and Dolls is coming to Wolverhampton Grand Theatre later this month.


Joe Pasquale at the Lichfield Garrick theatre 

19 Jul

POPULAR comic Joe Pasquale will be performing at the Lichfield Garrick Theatre next month.


South Asian arts festival Coventry Belgrade Mela 2016 announced 

19 Jul

A FESTIVAL celebrating South Asian arts will be returning to the Belgrade Theatre and promises to be bigger than ever.


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Friday 29th July 2016 

29 Jul

1000 - 1100 cloudy, 19c : Lapwing 3, Little Ringed Plover juv, Cormorant 2, Heron 2, Mute Swan pair + 2y, Tufted 4, LBb Gull 27, Bh Gull 111, Collared Dove 6, Sedge Warbler 2 + 3 juvs, Sand Martin 3, Swallow, Swift.


July 25th – In Rushall, a couple of apple trees have fruit… 

27 Jul

July 25th - In Rushall, a couple of apple trees have fruit growing well on the boughs right now.


A brief summer evenings expedition 

26 Jul

One of our occasional visits from my old mate Dave Glover tonight and with a lack of any excitement on the birding front we decided to head out to Gailey for a couple of local scarcities.


Monday 25th July 2016 

25 Jul

1000 - 1100 sunny breaks, breezy, 18c : Sedge Warbler, Chiffchaff, Swift, SWallow 3, House Martin, Sand Martin 12, Collared Dove 3, Linnet pair, Jackdaw 5, Green Woodpecker, Pied Wagtail 3, Lapwing 19, Heron 2, Cormorant, Mute Swan pair + 2y, Moorhen...


Perplexed of Clayhanger 

24 Jul

Happy Sunday! Been there, done that, brought the Tee-Shirt! All I had for my efforts were a Swallow ( my first locally since June 16th ) three Reed Warbler and an overflying Cormorant.


July 21st – It’s been a great week of commuting so far. Sunny… 

22 Jul

July 21st - It’s been a great week of commuting so far.


The Damning Evidence (Of a Bee nuisance)! 

21 Jul

NO - its not evidence of my new salad diet! Well done to Mrs Chaz who succeeded where I failed, by finding the evidence of our Leaf Cutter Bee's activity.


Thursday 21st July 2016 

21 Jul

1230 - 1330 sunny & fine, 24c : Common Sandpiper 2, Lapwing 37, Oystercatcher, Common Tern, LBb / Herring Gull 25, Bh Gull 100+, GC Grebe, Heron 2, Cormorant, Mute Swan 2 + 2, Pied Wagtail 3, Willow Warbler still in song, Chiffchaff 3, Swallow 3, ...


BEE-ing observant 

21 Jul

Leaf Cutter Bees - are they noteworthy? I had another view of one in my garden last night and lo and behold I receive a text from Dave Bate today to say that he has found one in his garden too! Have we just been overlooking these or is this something...


July 19th – I’ve been largely ambivalent about the odd project… 

20 Jul

July 19th - I’ve been largely ambivalent about the odd project to resurface the canal towpath between Walsall Town Wharf and the Bentley Mill Way aqueduct.


July 18th – I like this a lot. On Catshill Junction Bridge, just… 

19 Jul

July 18th - I like this a lot.


July 18th – A pootle up the canal to Walsall Wood on an errand… 

19 Jul

July 18th - A pootle up the canal to Walsall Wood on an errand in a glorious golden hour.


An increase in Owl Actvity 

18 Jul

I suppose ther must be a correlation between this and my inability to sleep well in this hot weather but a Little Owl calling at around 00.30 today was the first I had heard since last winter.


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