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Poetry D Jour by Beryl McMullen coming December, 2010


Notice: The forum is being looked after by Garden Gerald, Nick and Townie.

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1  Railways / Railways / Re: Memories of your Railway experiances on: January 13, 2018, 08:52:59 PM
Gerald, you know very well that they do not catch kippers at Milford, they are bloaters or smokies.
2  Railways / Railways / Re: Memories of your Railway experiances on: January 13, 2018, 07:52:57 PM
When I was a youngster I lived in Balsall Heath Road and often went with my father to the Lickeys, usually by tram but, sometimes, as a special treat we would go by train to Barnt Green. We might take the tram into the city and get the train in New Street station, the platform, I think, was next to Station Street and always stank of fish or we would walk up the hill to the Moseley Road and get the train at Camp Hill station.
3  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE HOBBIES on: January 13, 2018, 07:38:29 PM
I was thinking about hobbies that I used to do and one of them, which spanned quite a few years, was stamp collecting. I know, saving bits of coloured paper, cataloguing them and then carefully storing them in albums. This was a very educational hobby from which I learned a lot about other countries, their language, their histories and geography, their currency and ways of life.

Do you remember the stamp shops in Needless Alley? If I remember correctly there were two but I can't remember their names.
4  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE HOBBIES on: January 13, 2018, 06:52:06 PM
The thing is that I do not have many pictures, if any, which relate to Birmingham or its environs. If, on the other hand, you fancy looking at some photographs I will be pleased to sort some out and post them from time to time.

What are the forum's rules with regard to the sizes acceptable and the method of posting?
5  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: Brave New World. on: January 13, 2018, 11:32:05 AM
An interesting thread but, pause for a moment and look at the subjects listed. So many of them have been around for centuries, in one form or another and it isn't that simple to change human nature.
6  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE HOBBIES on: January 13, 2018, 11:19:57 AM
Its quite exciting when you discover things which you have missed for a long time especially if what you find is in working order. To find a film camera is quite a thing these days especially as many photographers are going back to film instead of digital. Back in the old days the development of film was geared to produce negatives which could then be printed in the darkroom but the idea nowadays is to scan the negative so that further processing may be done digitally.

To set up a darkroom requires not only adequate space but also cash for equipment which includes an enlarger whereas to go the hybrid route of scanned negative requires a scanner, computer and software. Those who are interested and reading this will have the computer, software is relatively cheap but a reasonable scanner is a bit costly. If you already have a 35mm camera then development is not difficult and does not need a darkroom. I developed my films in the kitchen using a developing tank into which the film was loaded using a lightproof bag. Those were the days but bags, tanks and chemicals are still available today and becoming more readily available month by month.

Let me know as and when you would like some more information.

7  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE HOBBIES on: January 08, 2018, 08:28:49 PM
Hi Twm, good to meet you. Because I am not very mobile I am having to be satisfied with table top stuff and, I hope, some macro images. I have a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 and have recently bought an old Lumix GI which has been converted to shoot using Infra Red radiation. This fits in with my main interest in producing black and white images. In addition, I enjoy scanning old colour slides and negatives and trying to make reasonable pictures out of them. Years ago I had a wet chemical darkroom and now I have a digital darkroom.

If there is anything about photography that you or any of our members would like to ask, I will do my best to answer them.
8  General Discussion / General Posts / Re: WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE HOBBIES on: January 08, 2018, 05:59:41 PM
A large part of my day is spent in front of my computer which provides me with entertainment, information, relaxation and where I pursue my only real hobby of photography. I am not very mobile due to the usual challenges of getting older but, as long as my brain stays in gear, I'll be happy.
9  Birmingham History & Photos / Birmingham History / Re: Gas in Birmingham on: January 08, 2018, 05:41:12 PM
Do you remember when North Sea gas was introduced and all the fittings had to be changed and the main pipes were changed from iron to plastic? At that time I lived in Polesworth, near Tamworth, and I remember when there was a near catastrophe on a relatively new housing estate.The workmen, came armed with diggers and new plastic pipes and instructions to put everything back as they found it. They dug up the roads, removed the iron pipes, put in the plastic pipes and every house became live with electricity, a very dangerous condition.

I expect you are wondering how could this happen well, I will tell you. The earthing wire for all the houses was attached to the gas pipe in the road and, following orders, when the iron pipes were removed the earthing wire was put back on the gas pipe. I'll leave the rest to your imagination.
10  Welcome New members to the Birmingham and Surrounding Counties Forum / Introduce Yourself / Signing on on: January 08, 2018, 04:16:10 PM
Hi folks, this seems a good way to start a new year and I hope to be able to help things along especially for my old friends Townie and Gerald.
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