Taken to 1977

Yesterday I transported back in time to the summer of 1977 when I was 10

This happened quickly and in a very surpringly location. ..the underground car park in Asda, Shirley.

I was walking from my car to the entrance of the shop when travelled back in time, blasting out from a parked car came the voice of David Soul singing, “Silver Lady. ” I used to love that song, back then most young girls did. All the warm feelings of childhood and 1977 were awoken with the tune, I smiled.

My bedroom wall had a paper poster stuck to it (from a pop magazine) of David Soul amongst the other idols of the day.

The song finished and I carried on to do shopping


Watching Others Having Fun

Yesterday I took my two adults daughters to watch Cirque Berserk at the Alexander theatre in Birmingham

One daughter is 26 years old and the other daughter 20 years old. Myself and my younger daughter are not great circus lovers it turned out, we ooooahed and aaarged at the appropriate times and like all good audience members, clapped when appropriate but we both had more pleasure watching my eldest daughter enjoy the show. She was aghast at the acts, declared she was leaving Birmingham to join the circus after seeing the arial acts and laughed continously at the “clowns “. That was real enjoyment and it was a pleasure and privilege to watch

Dancing Grannies

Yes I popped into the city centre.When I was just passed Primark, there was a shuffling noise, I looked to see what was going on.

A large semi -circle formed of people quickly formed and in the middle walked three women dressed like grannies with grey hair and baggy clothes, they began to hobble aimlessly around the inner circle.

Suddenly music began to blast out, “Jump Around ” from house of pain. The grannies came alive and jumped /danced around frantically. . It was the “Dancing Grannies ”

Save a worms life today

On my way to the station I saw a worm on the pavement in great danger of someone not noticing that it’s there and consequently stepping on the worm. I carefully picked it up and placed in on the nearby earthy bank

Worm saving has been a regular occurance since I was a child, maybe my life purpose is to save worms from being trodden on šŸ˜‰

The first time it happened was when I was in a car park killing time waiting for my mum to finish her appt, I saw a stranded worm and tried to pick it up , it fell out of my hands , not deterred I tried again. I then noticed people were watching me. The worms life is more important than nosey people, I reasoned. This was my first worm rescue mission

Hundreds of subsequent worm rescues missions have since followed

Once I was a Fembot

I love photos, they are a wonderful reminder of the strange things that I somehow end up doing

I have the tendency to say,”yes ” ok to any number of things, if I can’t see a reason not to and if it helps people.

This was once of the more unusual things that I ended up taking part in a few years ago to help out a disabled man and his carer launch their sci fi film in the custard factory.

I was wrapped in tin foil like material and female robot clothes and sent out into the cafes around the custard factory to encourage people to see their film. .non verbally of cause.

Electric Cinema

All cinema lovers listen up!

The oldest running cinema is here in Birmingham. It’s called the “Electric Cinema ” and it’s worth a visit

Today I went there with a couple of my kids for mothers day to see, “Ladybird ” which by the way is a great movie .

The cinema is hidden down a back streets in inner Birmingham, it’s small, rather expensive but the real deal. Just like a cinema used to be but with sofas and a distinctly “traditional feel ”

If you want to experience how cinema used to be , it’s worth a visit

Multicultural Birmingham

After difficulty, I found somewhere to park. A couple of horses passed who where being ridden by men in white decorated outfits. I could hear drums getting closer, then more horses and suddenly people were everywhere. It’s a wedding I realised

I walked down the road, an Irish band was marching by, brightly coloured floats started to pass in a leisurely way. A sea of emerald green , people laughing and enjoying the warm sunshine. A Samba band was now passing as part of the procession, I made my way along the Road in Digbeth to my favourite vegan restaurant to meet a couple of my children.

I am glad I live in Birmingham

Tomorrow’s World

I loved Tomorrow’s World and I believed everything the programme told me

All the sci fi gizmos and gadgets were waiting for me in the future.

I remember when I was told that one day we would all have our own personal telephone number and carry around phone. Back in the 70s this was an impossible thought

And now at last there are flying cars, yes I saw it on the news. The ultimate sci fi fantasy object has arrived

A tent in a field

About 10 years ago now I went camping with 3 of my children.

Maybe camping is too strong a word for it, we had been through a family drama so I thought let’s get away

I bought a pop up tent and off we went to a local camp site. It turned out to be a field next to a pub in Bridgnorth.

This was my first camping experience at the age of 41, after popping up our tent the three children and I could just and I mean just squeeze into our small round little home and we watched movies all night on a portable movie player

Small, cramped but great fun

Wear your best clothes today

I used to live down the road from a very unique man

I would see him working in his garden, picking up litter from the local streets and wearing his best incredible colourful suits walking around Birmingham City Centre

My daughter asked him one day when she was a small child why do you dress like that, he looked down on her and said because it made him happy. The words resonated with her, as she too enjoyed wearing “best ” clothes every day, she still does.

Let every day be your “best ” day