Tag Archives: Birmingham

Networking and Development with the Macular Society

This year the Macular Society, UK invited its volunteers to a Volunteering and Networking and Development Event. Each time this event is held at a different venue and this year it was held in West Bromwich, Birmingham. What a weekend!  … Continue reading

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    “Ten ways to celebrate the last birthday of my 8th decade 1.  Tidy the garden (with a lot of help).  Be glad that the bluebells, aquilegia, wallflowers, forget-me-nots and peonies had consulted and decided to bloom in concert. 2.  … Continue reading

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Amazon’s revenge

  The last week before Christmas had been carefully planned …  some socialising, last-minute visits to the shops and a final bout of gift wrapping. I was feeling smug at how well my Amazon-free Christmas had gone. Then a sneeze, … Continue reading

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Amazon-free Christmas 2014

Family emails, texts and phone calls were exchanged early this month.  Some members are spending the Christmas holiday in Australia and the time they are away also involves two birthdays.  Presents must be bought, wrapped and given by the end of … Continue reading

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Sight Village, Birmingham, UK 15/16 July 2014

Sight Village in Birmingham is a huge annual event covering everything from technology to a number of VI-related charities for people involved at all levels with VI. Sixth formers from a local school were on hand, armed with maps showing … Continue reading

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Flash mob (sort of)

There’s a saying round here that whatever goes wrong somehow the Friends of the Park manage to make it come right. And so it was on the night before our annual neighbourhood celebration of music and fun, Cocomad, (for those … Continue reading

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Customer Service

In their infinite wisdom Network Rail closed the lines from Birmingham New Street to London Euston (the Virgin fast trains) over the May Bank Holiday weekend. Work on the line! Luckily the slower, cheaper line from Birmingham Moor Street station … Continue reading

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Tai Chi 2014

Tai Chi sessions in our park have continued all winter and Mark, our teacher has turned up in all weathers to lead his loyal followers through their morning exercises. When winter reached the point when thermals, hats and gloves were … Continue reading

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A Visit to the Barber

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts was donated to the University of Birmingham by Lady Barber in the 1930s in memory of her husband, Sir William Henry Barber. The original Trust Deed specifies that the purpose of the Institute was … Continue reading

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Aston Villa 4 Norwich 1. A great result. Granddaughter and I set out in the rain to meet up with her father and brother, who have been to the match. We are meeting at the station for their journey home. … Continue reading

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