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16 Jul 2019 - Barry Whitehead
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A collection of Barry Whitehead's photography from the annual 1940's event at the Black Country Living Museum July 2019

Above photograph by Barry Whitehead

Barry shares his love of photography, taking us back in time with a collection of great photography, taken at the annual 1940's weekend at the Black Country Living Museum   

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A collection of Barry Whitehead's photography from the annual 1940's event at the Black Country Living Museum July 2019





Above photograph by Barry Whitehead

Barry shares his love of photography, taking us back in time with a collection of great photography, taken at the annual 1940's weekend at the Black Country Living Museum   


The Black Country Living Museum is an open-air museum of rebuilt historic buildings in Dudley.

 

Till we meet again.........

We'll Meet Again" is a 1939 British song made famous by singer Vera Lynn. The song is one of the most famous of the Second World War era, and resonated with soldiers going off to fight as well as their families and sweethearts.

 

A senior officers uniform - There are many uniforms worn by the armed forces, clearly identifying ranks.

Women typically wore head scarves & turbans during the 1940's

Dress colors were cheerful & vibrant from pastel pink, yellow, blue and purple to mint green & gold. During the war fashion as clothes were in short supply and rationed, people were encouraged to 'Make do and mend'. Older clothes were transformed into modern style. Ladies hats came in many shapes, styles and colors.

The bowler hat & pipe were common place during the 1940's

In 1940, two million British men aged between 19 - 27 years, who were not working in 'reserved occupations', were ordered to fight. This was known as being "called up". They were trained and sent off to war.

All photography courtesy Barry Whitehead 

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16 Jul 2019 - Karl Newton
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My pics of and from The Rotunda

Some photos I took of and from the top of The Rotunda

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My pics of and from The Rotunda





Some photos I took of and from the top of The Rotunda


 

 

 

 

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Transport
15 Jul 2019 - Elliott Brown
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West Midlands Railway Stourbridge Shuttle (July 2019)

Been meaning to return to Stourbridge for a while since I learned that they had put a new orange and purple livery on the Stourbridge Shuttle. This time got the train to Stourbridge Junction on the 13th July 2019. And I got West Midlands Railway Stourbridge Shuttle 139 001 for the first time (previous occasions I rode on 139 002 in 2013 and 2017). Was also new signs inside. Seats green.

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West Midlands Railway Stourbridge Shuttle (July 2019)





Been meaning to return to Stourbridge for a while since I learned that they had put a new orange and purple livery on the Stourbridge Shuttle. This time got the train to Stourbridge Junction on the 13th July 2019. And I got West Midlands Railway Stourbridge Shuttle 139 001 for the first time (previous occasions I rode on 139 002 in 2013 and 2017). Was also new signs inside. Seats green.


Previous post here: Stourbridge Shuttle in 2013 and 2017 (in the London Midland era). Since I've seen on Social Media that the Stourbridge Shuttle has had new West Midlands Railway orange and purple livery on their pair of trains I had to check it out. So got a train from my local station to Stourbridge Junction to ride the Shuttle again!

Stourbridge Junction

West Midlands Railway Stourbridge Shuttle arriving at Platform 1 at Stourbridge Junction Station on Saturday 13th July 2019. Moments before I had just got off my West Midlands Railway Class 172 train from Birmingham, before getting on this.

Pulling into the platform.

A close up look at the new orange and purple livery. Still yellow at both ends.

Later after I came back from Stourbridge Town Station took these with the newly painted orange and black paintwork at Stourbridge Junction.

Only a 4 minute wait until my train home to Birmingham. Many of the stations from the Jewellery line to the Worcester via Kidderminster line now have these colours, and some with new West Midlands Railway signs.

Stourbridge Town

I had just arrived at Stourbridge Town Station again, this time with West Midlands Railway Stourbridge Shuttle 139 001.

No sooner had the last load of passengers got off, the next load got on!

Buffer view from Stourbridge Interchange. The walk into the Town Centre as usual via the Bus Station and subways.

Later after another look around Stourbridge, which this time included a look around Mary Stevens Park, a short walk later was back at Stourbridge Town to catch the Shuttle back to Stourbridge Junction!

Heading round the bends. Inside they still have green seats, but have put up new purple signs to ready enjoy.

Signs inside and out

External signs of West Midlands Railway Stourbridge Shuttle 139001. On the side this one says 39001. Pre Metro Operations Proudly operated for West Midlands Railway. First photo taken before I got on at Stourbridge Junction. Second photo later taken when I returned to Stourbridge Junction.

Inside when you sit down, there are new signs on both sides of the train.

A (cute) internet sensation. All the Stations: Geoff Marshall & Vicki Pipe went on the Stourbridge Shuttle in summer 2017.

Raise a glass (or two). Stourbridge has produced glass since the early 1600s.

Leaving a legacy to our town. Ernest Stevens a manufacturer. He gifted parks to the town.

A local Lion roars across the pond. The first ever steam locomotive to run in the USA was the 'Stourbridge Lion'.

Some more signs I saw inside.

Welcome to the Stourbridge Shuttle. Enjoy the ride on the Stourbridge branch line.

Thanks for travelling on the Stourbridge Shuttle. They hope you enjoyed the ride.

We're small but mighty. Connection Junction to Town is only 3/4 mile long, and is believed to be the shortest passenger branch line in Europe.

We like to move it, move it. The small little Shuttle is an ingenious little train.

Photos taken by Elliott Brown.

Follow me on Twitter here ellrbrown.

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Environment & green action
15 Jul 2019 - Christine Wright
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Christine Wright - Shares her creative & inspiring photography

Christine shares her love of photography with these inspiring creative images of  flowers in various shapes & colours.  Christine shares her technique of soft focus that magnifies the finer details, that are found on these beautiful blooms! 

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Christine Wright - Shares her creative & inspiring photography





Christine shares her love of photography with these inspiring creative images of  flowers in various shapes & colours.  Christine shares her technique of soft focus that magnifies the finer details, that are found on these beautiful blooms! 


Christine's photographs have all been taken at either the beautiful Botanical Gardens, The Unique Winterbourne House and Gardens, or her own lovely garden in Kings Heath!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All photography courtesy Christine Wright 

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15 Jul 2019 - FreeTimePays
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'Sky High' Birmingham from the top of Grade A listed Fort Dunlop

Yet another build scaled as part of our BirminghamWeAre and ItsYourBuild collaboration to capture the Birmingham Skyline from all big builds - this time from Fort Dunlop just off the M6 motorway, south of the city. Take the full post for a selection of photography from the construction and skyline specialists and people with passion for Birmingham - Karl, Stephen and Daniel.

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'Sky High' Birmingham from the top of Grade A listed Fort Dunlop





Yet another build scaled as part of our BirminghamWeAre and ItsYourBuild collaboration to capture the Birmingham Skyline from all big builds - this time from Fort Dunlop just off the M6 motorway, south of the city. Take the full post for a selection of photography from the construction and skyline specialists and people with passion for Birmingham - Karl, Stephen and Daniel.


From Fort Dunlop looking all directions and even managing to include a setting sun.

Photography by Daniel Sturley.

Photography by Karl Newton

Photography by Stephen Giles

Thanks guys, great work capturing some great views as day turned into night over Birmingham.

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