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Life’s A Beach – Our Week In Kos 

23 Sep

Kalimera! We're back from a week spent on the Greek island of Kos, situated in the Dodecanese peninsula.


Sixth Form Open Evening 

21 Sep

Sixth Form Open Evening 22 nd November 6.00pm – 8.30pm Sixth Form Open Evening is your opportunity to find out about the wide range of A level and Level 3 BTEC courses we offer, as well as hear from the Sixth Form Leadership Team about what makes ...


Event 341 – 15 September 2018 

19 Sep

The full results and a complete event history can be found on the Walsall parkrun Results Page.


First Timers and Record Breakers – 15 September 2018 

19 Sep

Welcome to this week’s first time parkrunners Runner Time Runner Time Josef LOSINSKI 27:05 Rohan CHEEMA 36:54 Jake DAVIES 28:56 Rose BENNETT 36:56 Katie TUCK 29:09 Gavin HICKS 37:36 Macauley DACASTO 29:10 Allyson COPE 38:27 Macaulay SKINNER 29:24 ...


Staying at Vienna House Dream Castle Hotel // Disneyland Paris 

19 Sep

At the end of August, we spent four days in France having the time of our lives at Disneyland Paris...


The Mothman Festival In Photos: Road Trip! 

18 Sep

A bunch of photos from this past weekend at the Mothman Festival in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, which was a great time...


Walsall 1:4 Doncaster Rovers 

17 Sep

A game very much disrupted by bad refereeing and smart football by Doncaster.


Britax Römer KIDFIX III M Car Seat // Review 

17 Sep

As a family, we often travel quite a distance at the weekends so making sure the boys are safe and...


The Fisherman’s Tavern 

15 Sep

Broughty Ferry: We’d underestimated just how busy Broughty Ferry could be on a Saturday night: this place was rammed, but we just scored a table by sheer luck.


The Occidental Bar 

15 Sep

Broughty Ferry, Dundee: e Our local for a week, being the nearest pub to our holiday cottage.


A bad tomato harvest 

15 Sep

It’s that time of year where I clear out my tomato plants from the greenhouse.


Our Shilton Boys // September 2018 

15 Sep

The last month has been a really lovely month for our Shilton boys.


Driving in France // August 2018 

15 Sep

We recently returned from a four day trip to Disneyland Paris in France.


Event 340- 8 September 2018 

13 Sep

The full results and a complete event history can be found on the Walsall parkrun Results Page.


Captain Cook 

13 Sep

If you are not a lover of cricket, pass on.


I’m On An Island 

13 Sep

Well, almost! Very soon we'll be on a Greek Island in the South Aegean.


An out of the blue diagnosis // Life lately 

12 Sep

It feels like it’s been ages since I’ve sat down (without falling asleep at 8pm) and got to write a...


First Timers and Record Breakers – 8 September 2018 

11 Sep

Welcome to this week’s first time parkrunners Runner Time Runner Time Josh HALES 24:59 Lynn VASS 36:13 Michael LOSINSKI 28:35 Peter VASS 36:13 Nicola WALTERS 31:24 Joanne RAMSEY 36:27 Maksymilian FOLWARSKI 36:09 Julie LONGMORE 39:51 Anna FOLWARSKA ...


UFOs, Russian meddling, and the notorious Majestic 12 documents 

11 Sep

That's the subject of my latest article at Mysterious Universe...


Last Days of Summer 

11 Sep

Phew! Doesn't time fly? I can't believe it's been a week since I last blogged.


Welcoming Our New Recruits 

11 Sep

Following a successful recruitment process at the end of the last term, we would like to welcome 34 year 9 cadets to the CCF.


Disney on Ice presents Dream Big 

11 Sep

It’s coming back and it’s coming back to Birmingham.


5 ways to tackle the post holiday blues 

10 Sep

* Post in association with Laundryheap  It’s been a couple of weeks since we returned from our little trip to...


Freddie // Eight months old 

9 Sep

Freddie is eight months old, 243 days old or 34 weeks.


Taking Cannula Out – Lego Adventures 

9 Sep

Lego mini figure taking a cannula out of patients arm after having a heart CT The post Taking Cannula Out – Lego Adventures appeared first on KS Blog .


Frog Stuck in Pump 

8 Sep

A customer rang me up as their pump had stopped working, as they are just The post Frog Stuck in Pump appeared first on KS Blog - KS News / Views .


Beechdale Speeding. 

8 Sep

Here are the Letter sent to Eddie Hughes MP, with regards to residents of Beechdale complaining about the speed of some, but not all of the traffic that travels through the estate.


Jersey Boys 

8 Sep

Hi all, see you at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre today at 2pm...


Enjoying the last drop of sunshine with Regina 

8 Sep

*Post in collaboration with Regina  Earlier this week, we decided to take advantage of a sunny September day and host...


Lego Spaceman Surprised By A Cow (Lego Adventures) 

7 Sep

Lego spaceman while on a walk on Brean Downs In Somerset, He encounter a cow after visiting the Fort.


Be Active in Birmingham with ParkLives 

7 Sep

*A collaborative post  The summer holidays may be over but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop.


Made in Germany with Britax Römer // Dualfix i-Size giveaway 

6 Sep

Have you ever wondered just how your child’s car seat is made? It’s something I often wonder about when I’m...


Event 339 – 1 September 2018 

5 Sep

The full results and a complete event history can be found on the Walsall parkrun Results Page.


My New Book, “Paranormal Parasites,” Reviewed 

5 Sep

A cool new review of my latest book, Paranormal Parasites , from Robert Goerman: Paranormal Parasites: The Voracious Appetites of Soul-Sucking Supernatural Entities by Nick Redfern Paperback: 240 pages Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (September 8, ...


Matty Fryatt talks to sky. 

5 Sep

Matty Fryatt interview: Restarting at Walsall after injury nightmare The striker endured three years of injuries before retiring Last Updated: 04/09/18 10:25am Matty Fryatt is now coaching at Walsall after having to retire through injury Matty Fryatt...


First Timers and Record Breakers – 1 September 2018 

4 Sep

Welcome to this week’s first time parkrunners Runner Time Runner Time Andrew EVITT 24:55 Sasha BEDDOE 35:28 Ravinder Singh BIRRING 26:03 Chloe COOPER 36:34 Jay MOORE 26:48 Sarah BINGHAM 37:33 Dylan Singh MOORE 28:37 Lauren LEE 38:02 Holly GREGORY ...


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Top Tipton 

23 Sep

William Perry, legendary pugilist and son of Tipton rages at the rain clouds – but the hardy were undaunted Despite the bad weather yesterday (Saturday, 22nd September 2018) I took the afternoon out to support a great event in the industrial heart ...


A question of visibility? 

22 Sep

This view of the old LNWR station was taken from High Street, a suffix applied to it’s name between 1924 and 1930.


Fancy a jumble sale today? 

22 Sep

Tracey, take a meow… Here’s a great looking jumble sale taking place today (Saturday 22nd September 2018) in the buildings just opposite Barons Court Hotel near the Snooker Club – and it’s in aid of a wonderful charity.


Stay and Play – at Brownhills Community Centre this Saturday morning 

22 Sep

What a lovely thing this is! Continue reading...


Walsall Wood at home to Coventry United this afternoon! 

22 Sep

Welcome to Walsall Wood, Hereford FC This afternoon, Saturday 22nd September 2018 The Wood are at home to Coventry United! Continue reading...


A great sing along showing Grease this very evening in Brownhills! 

21 Sep

This could be the one you want… for a great singalong this very evening! Continue reading...


John Dennis, rest in peace 

21 Sep

The Memorial Hall and the wider Brownhills community has lost a true friend.


Do you know a kid who could make Brownhills alive… With the Sound of Music? 

20 Sep

Looks set to be a great show, as usual! Continue reading...


Left Turn Arrow at Lichfield Rd/Crab Lane Junction 

19 Sep

At long last the Council contractors have painted in the ‘Left Turn’ arrow at the mini island on the Lichfield Rd/crab Lane island.


Demand for Tories to explain change of heart over purchase of the Saddlers Centre 

19 Sep

Since gaining control of Walsall Council back in May this year, it would appear that the Tories have had a massive change of heart over their opposition to the purchase of the Saddlers Centre by the previous Labour/Lib Dem administration.


Fly Tipping on Coppice Farm Neighbourhood Park 

19 Sep

I’ve reported in to Clean and Green the three fridges dumped on Coppice Farm Park behind Hillbury Drive (thanks goes to an eagle eyed resident who let me know).


Woodmen give it five to send Uttoxeter home defeated 

19 Sep

Pictures and captions Kindly supplied by the young David Evans.


Walsall Wood at home to Uttoxeter this evening 

18 Sep

Can The Wood beat Uttoxeter on home turf? Continue reading...


Is it fair to Blame The Walsall Landlord? 

18 Sep

Over the last couple of decades, the rise in the number buy to let properties in Walsall has been nothing short of extraordinary.


The Hive, New Invention – New job club for 25+ years old 

18 Sep

New job club for 25+ years old who are unemployed and live in the New Invention, Short Heath or surrounding areas.


Walsall Prince’s Trust are now recruiting for their next team. 

18 Sep

Walsall Prince’s Trust are now recruiting for their next team.


Fancy a laugh this Wednesday evening? 

18 Sep

Garry Powndland in particular is hilarious.


Meet you local coppers in Brownhills this morning! 

18 Sep

A great way to get to know your local policing team Sorry for the late notice, but there’s another local police pop-up event this morning Tuesday 18th September 2018 where you can meet the local policing team and discuss issues that are important ...


More BTL Goodness In Shropshire Close, Walsall, WS2, Yielding 5.33%. 

17 Sep

Rather than duplicate the same information again, I will just give some basic info as the properties presented are pretty much the same.


The Hive New Invention – Bridges 

17 Sep

Are you aged 25+, unemployed and live in the New Invention or Short Heath area? NEW JOB CLUB @ The Hive The Square, New Invention WV12 5EA Wednesday afternoon 1pm –4pm, starting 3 rd October 2018   Facilities include: Support and help with CV’s...


Police issue statement on incident in Brownhills High Street, Friday 14th September 2018 

16 Sep

Many readers will be aware of an incident that took place in Brownhills High Street on Friday afternoon, 14th September 2018 – police attended an incident involving a man at the Miner Island end of town.


Woodmen washed out by Cleethorpes wave, but dig in against Uttoxeter 

16 Sep

Pictures and captions Kindly supplied by the young David Evans.


Out and About with the Lib Dem Focus Team this weekend 

16 Sep

Have been out and about with the Willenhall Lib Dem Focus Team as usual this weekend in and around New Invention.


Update on Walsall Secondary School Admissions 

16 Sep

This is an update on Secondary School Admissions 2019 following inquiries I made with Walsall Children’s Services Schools Admission Team about the new process for secondary applications.


Stuck in a rut – beware, folks – the deer are getting horny…. 

15 Sep

The above excellent video is a fallow deer stag filmed up on Cannock Chase by reader, contributor and top friend of the blog Peter Barker.


Working at the BRD – a couple of photos, a magazine… and a treat in store 

15 Sep

The crankshaft works at the BRD, Aldridge in full production.


Walsall Wood away against Uttoxeter this afternoon 

15 Sep

Saturday 15th September 2018 Walsall Wood FC away to Uttoxeter Town FC Don’t break your Wood vows be there and be faithful to your local heroes Note the s lightly later  than  usual 3:15pm kickoff Please come and get behind your local club ...


Valerie responds to debate on proxy voting 

14 Sep

At the general debate on proxy voting on Thursday 14 September 2018, I responded to the the Leader of the House and closed the debate on behalf of the Opposition.


A week in the life of a Lib Dem Councillor – Part 2 

14 Sep

So, where did I get to? Oh yes, Part 1 took us up to close of play Wednesday.


My BTL Deal Of The Day Is Another 2 Bed Semi, Shropshire Close, Walsall, WS2, Yielding 5.33%. 

14 Sep

In my research to discover potential properties for buy to let investment it does appear that there are other properties on this newbuild housing estate up for sale, therefore, I will probably be covering more properties of these types in my upcoming...


Lichfield repair cafe – get together to get things fixed this Saturday! 

14 Sep

What a fantastic idea this is! Continue reading...


Quiz and ploughman’s supper at Brownhills Community Centre this Saturday! 

14 Sep

I’d like to draw your attention to a great quiz night taking place this Saturday evening at 7:30pm (15th August 2018) at Brownhills Community Centre.


Business Questions 13 September 2018 

13 Sep

I raised with the Leader of the House, the impact that a no deal Brexit will have on the UK.


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Sunday 23rd September 2018 

23 Sep

0930 - 1100 rain clearing, 9c : Mute Swan 8, Pochard drake, Teal 11, Shoveler 4, Tufted 6, Cormorant 16, Little Grebe 2, GC Grebe 2, Snipe, Lapwing 90, Buzzard 4 over quarry, Collared Dove 4, Green Woodpecker, Rook 3 over, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail ...


Saturday 22nd September 2018 

23 Sep

0930 : Teal 25, Gadwall 2, Cormorant 20, Heron 6, Lapwing 122, Stock Dove 2, House Martin c40, Swallow c12.


My first Saturday away for months and what happens? 

22 Sep

Pale Morph Arctic Skua: Photo Moss Taylor Something good turns up at Chasewater! Never mind it was a Grey Phalarope , always a good tick but thankfully not one that I needed for Chasewater so missing it doesn't really sting.


Wednesday 19th September 2018 

19 Sep

1100 - 1145 strong south-westerlies, 17c : Shoveler 5, Teal 2, Heron 5, Cormorant 15, Lapwing 105, Herring Gull 24, GBb Gull, LBb Gull 60, Buzzard, Collared Dove 3, Pied Wagtail, Starling 250+, House Martin 11, Swallow, etc.


Tuesday 18th September 2018 

19 Sep

0945 - 1045 : Shelduck, Shoveler 5, Teal 17, Cormorant 18, GC Grebe 2, Little Grebe 2, Lapwing 92, Herring Gull 15, House Martin 8, Pied Wagtail 2, Chiffchaff 2, (RP) Speckled Wood 11, Comma 2.


Just a quickie 

18 Sep

Had cause to go down the garden this evening at about 18.45 and was blessed to hear a sound that I was already missing as sixteen House Martin flew over the garden and away across the Marsh.


A Beery Blog Post for a change 

16 Sep

You know the rules by now, this particular posting is for those who share my other passion - Beer.


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16 Sep

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13 Sep

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Thursday 13th September 2018 

13 Sep

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Quiet is not the word for it! 

9 Sep

It must be the doldrums - I'm even counting Tufties! A pleasant Sunday Morning, cooler and overcast so I thought there might be a chance of some passage migrants dropping in.


Saturday 8th Sepetember 2018 

8 Sep

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