On Pelsall Common

Carnival venue

Happy family outings

Place where some lives end



n.b. This land is a beautiful piece of ancient turf that is owned in common by the people of the area. Bordered by roads now, there are long established paths across it, including this elegant avenue. The Pelsall carnival sets out from the common each year.

On my walk to work this morning I saw three trees marked by memorials to lost lives and a further placement of flowers near some bushes. One card I saw read”…my darling husband, you meant everything to me.”

Everyone has a story, but some personal stories seem to have reached a lonely conclusion at this place.

Sometimes the world can seem like a cavernous void, but it can be helpful to talk to someone, even an unknown person on the other end of a phone call.

The Samaritans in the United Kingdom is a good starting point https://www.samaritans.org if you are losing perspective on life. There are similar organisations in other countries.

Peace and love to you sisters and brothers, peace and love.

CLP 26/02/2019

On Walsall XI

Canal basin pool

New art, new buildings, new start

Money spent, not shared


CLP 14/02/2019

n.b. Rejuvenation has led to modern buildings, waterside developments and the arrival of poverty professionals. Walsall Council continues to struggle to find ways to improve the environment, provide choices and opportunities, educate and care for the lcal population. Many committed people, many challenges.

Not easy with a national government wasting over £2bn on “an act of national self-harm”; Brexit is fiddling whilst Home burns.


CLP 14/02/2019

On Walsall VI

Ambulance driver

Yes, I was expecting you

But not quite this soon


n.b. Male life expectancy in Walsall is calculated as having fallen now to 57.7 years. We are a long time dead, but compared to the English national average, (data published by Public Health England) in 2016 it was reckoned healthy males born in Walsall get a bonus 10 years in Heaven. Which is fine if you believe it exists, I suppose.

CLP 07/02/2019