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Sunday, 12 February 2012

far from a beach



i live in the middle of an island that has many names, none of which i am particularly comfortable with..



luckily for me, the range of jobs i`ve had in the last 20 years has meant that i`ve been able to visit most of it....... to cut a long flowery introduction short,, the place is stunning.

i live right in the middle of it, give or take a few miles, which suits me fine. Two hours in a car will get you to a beach, two hours on a train and you land in London - not bad for a country with lots of hills and not many straight roads.

i live on the edge of what is called the black country. if you`ve not heard of it before, i`ll give you a minute to google it.

there is alot to read so here`s the TL;DR -

the black country sits on a coal-seam which kickstarted and fueled the industrial revolution. the amount of coal that was used/dug/burned turned the whole area black for quite a while.

my house is 10 minutes walk away from where the first motorcycle factories were located. another 10 minutes on and you are at the location of the worlds first traffic lights.  if you could be bothered to jump on a bus at this point, a 10 minute ride would take you to the world famous black-country museum which now houses the equipment that would turn out to be genesis of steam power. ,, get back on the bus for 10 minutes and you are looking at the buildings where they made the anchor and chain for the Titanic....ok,, so it never got used, but rumour has it that the marks are still on the road where the locals dragged it through the streets.

....bored yet ?

ok, try this...stick a pin in a map and draw a circle with a 20 miles radius.

20 miles radius of my back garden gives you the home of the following musicians. -

Ozzy Osbourne – singer of (Black Sabbath)
Roy Wood – (Musician - co-founder of the Electric Light Orchestra)
Chris Wood – (Musician; co-founder, Traffic)
Steve Winwood – (Musician—solo artist and co-founder, Traffic)
Pato Banton – (Reggae artist)
Geezer Butler – bassist of (Black Sabbath)
Carl Palmer – (Musician - Emerson, Lake & Palmer)
Roger Taylor – (Musician - Duran Duran)
Nick Mason – (Musician - Pink Floyd; did not reside in Birmingham)
Ali Campbell and Robin Campbell – (Musician, UB40)
Robert Plant ( musician - Led Zeppelin)

....thats enough cut-and -paste from wiki - the link is here = < wiki >
 other bands of note from within the circle  - Bizaare Inc,  altern8,  n-joi , Goldie. I`ve no idea why so many influential musicians have sprung from the area, a post industrial life may have something to do with it, but i`m more inclined to believe that the motorway system and the way it converges near here has played its part. -

try negotiating that without a sat-nav.

Thanks for reading,, i`m off for a cup of tea.


26 comments:

  1. Can't even begin to understand that road.

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    1. its called " spaghetti junction ", several motorways sort of link together there.

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  2. Olá,
    passei para conhecer o seu blog,
    adorei aqui.
    Beijos

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    1. muito obrigado. eu sou feliz que você gosta.

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  3. I'm thinking you may live on top of some sort of creative volcano. Those within the blast radius become kick ass at something or another.

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  4. I've only been in England once -- did a pagan tour of Stonehenge, Avebury, Glastonbury, Bath etc. I want to come back again so much and visit the rest of it! Every square inch packed with history and significance.

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    1. beautiful places,, especially stonehenge on the summer solstice.

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  5. As a huge fan of some of the bands mentioned above i'd be lying if i said i was only a little bit envious .

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    1. robert plant drinks in a pub up the road, roy wood still does his shopping in the city and dave hill of slade lived in the next street to my mom; i delivered his newspapers when i was a youth. amazing eh ?

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  6. thanks for joining, I will check out your blog later today when I have time

    Wander

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  7. That's really awesome, I love all of those bands!

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  8. "...anchor and chain from the 'Titanic'...ok, so it never got used." I never thought of that. How cool is that?

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  9. Don't you just love living somewhere and having all this interesting stuff to say? I mean you can pretty much just learn a bit about someone and have something to keep them engaged for a solid 20 minutes! You had me at Titanic and Ozzy. Not because of the movie, and definitely because of the band.

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  10. The question is ...
    can you hear Ozzy yell "S-H-A-R-O-N!"...when he is in town?

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    1. not quite,, but i can hear the stadium 2 miles away when there is a game on. thats roughly the same...

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  11. Wow! That's really impressive. haha. Good one Max.

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  12. Would you believe that a daft Saffa like me has actually heard of black country?! Deep, deep envy! The cold would probably kill me, but I'd love to see it one day! Your home is super awesome, but don't take my word for it, I'm from Africa, compared to here, even Siberia is a dream destination!

    I have a serious crush on Planty! He was always such a cutie pie, but he got so HOT as he got older! Thanks for following, catcha laters! :)

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  13. Reading through a list of facts this long, a blue guy like me could do with a cup of tea too! Nice to meet you.

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  14. lol
    like your style of black
    narration

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  15. I find your writing refreshing and I can just close my eyes and imagine where you live...now I am quite envious and could use a cup of tea myself.

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  16. For sure lots of known people from birmingham. No doubt.

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  17. Wow, that's some place, a lot of history right there hey & the musicians too, excellent, quite mad how so much talent has come out of there, i'm on a little island surrounded by the sea just across from ya haha, 9 miles by 5, pretty tiny lol, cool post :))

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