Friday, 20 January 2017

On the Shroppie.

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I am sure we have all at sometime wondered who to contact when we see something wrong in our area. Well now there is a ‘Problem Central’ where you can report all manner of problems that need fixing. Its online and is called FIX MY STREET. Anyone can report a problem. When you report a problem the council or relevant authority knows within minutes or at night the very next morning.

I report many things, my local council removed a dead fox from the road near where I had a mooring, various road defects have been fixed,  but my best effort was to get a fence built to stop cars parking on a grass verge outside a Co-op and turning it into a mud puddle.

Everyone can make a report just by clicking the logo in the right margin here. Or see the www. address in the poster below. Before reporting aa problem ask yourself can I fix this myself (litter etc) if not get in touch.

Be a good citizen report problems and get them fixed.


Thursday, 19 January 2017

On the Old Main Line

I first came down the Old Main Line in 2006 just after I got my boat. At that time this hut had recently been refurbished. I remember it well. Exactly what was to happen to it was uncertain, but it was again pristine. History tells the story. It would seem its purpose was to fuel the tiny minds of the local ‘bastards’ who had, at this time, never done shit worth spitting on (and probably still haven’t). One night some time after my visit the mindless arsonists set fire to it. There was no rhyme nor reason they just set fire to it. There was no consideration for all the hard work that had been put into its renovation. They just torched it. Selfish little bastards!

Is it any wonder it just sits on the side of the lock looking dejected and hasn’t been refurbed again?


Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Love Locks

This is a utilitarian padlock. It is attached to the bridge across the canal to the Mailbox.

I believe this practice started in Paris. It has become the norm for lovers across the world to attach a padlock, with their names engraved on, to the structure of bridges everywhere signifying their eternal love. The key is then tossed into the water. It has become so common they now make padlocks heart shaped for the purpose.

There are hundreds of them. In Paris there were so many that they affected the stability of the bridge and all had to be removed.

DSCF2748Of course there is always a joker. This is the back of the utility padlock from the first picture!


Tuesday, 17 January 2017


…….social comment is harsh. This homeless mans bedding had disappeared when I returned and the area swept clean.


Monday, 16 January 2017

A year on

Last year 2015 I asked the CRT why this gate, which is normally locked …….

20170106_112657….should be chained open. I was told that that criminals would hide in the darkness against the wall behind the bushes and as cyclists dismounted to negotiate the chicane they would be robbed.

20170106_112649CRT were asked if they would open the gate so cyclists could ride through without stopping, thereby avoiding being attacked. As a temporary measure this was a good idea, but what needed to be done was to cut back the bushes and improve the lighting. This was never done because of the cost.

But of course now, saving the cyclists from getting robbed has introduced a new problem. This ramp down to the gate allows cyclists to get up one hell of a speed before they get to the now open gate, rocketing them along the towpath endangering pedestrians.

20170106_112720Of course the placing of these info posts around the canals and the city didn’t cost anything!

20170106_112742People who use this path tend to be locals, so a map is as much use as a tits on a bull. Non-locals tend not to go sight-seeing in what is essentially a derelict part of town.  So the real problem has not been addressed.

On the other side of the canal, on the up stream side of the bridge is another of these chicanes. There are no bushes and no ramp but this gate is also locked open, I assume for the same reason. Proper lighting along the canal would greatly improve the security, yet the council are to busy on their prettification of the city.

DSCF2650DSCF2652DSCF2651So a year on the temporary solution is still in place and a permanent solution is probably on the back burner, never to see the light of day again!

Sunday, 15 January 2017

The Blog…..

…..Is good till the 16 Feb. All posted and waiting to go.


…..Post Office was a wonderful Victorian building from a time when having a Post Office was something of which a town was very proud. This office has closed down now but its importance can be seen from it’s high quality Victorian structure on a city main street. Not as it would be today, a utilitarian unit.

20170110_121639Standing in its doorway and looking back across the street is the ‘new’ Post Office. It is of little or no architectural value at all. Even the building in which it sits is a typical bland accommodation frontage.

20170110_121738How awful we have become. There is no art in these buildings anymore and that is sad.

Saturday, 14 January 2017

I don’t dislike……...

…..all modern architecture. This is the CUBE by the canal which I do rather like.

20170108_145714And this the HYATT. I do like the reflections in the glass of other buildings under construction. In the forefront a statue of the Golden Boys.


Friday, 13 January 2017


I don’t like graffiti, never have, but some times social comment is important; and of course a little irony.


Thursday, 12 January 2017

Wednesday, 11 January 2017


I saw this model in an arcade shop near New Street station. Made out of what appears to be aluminium. Although you cant see it here it is etched with all the rivets and panels. It has a good 18” wingspan. It cost a fortune. Exactly how much I don’t know, but the Russian doll on the plinth was 65 quid. Had I a house of my own, as opposed to a boat, I would most certainly have enquired about its cost.