A hole lot of sink

One of the curious things about writing and keeping this blog has always been the steady, curious dynamic of story arcs – where an old subject gets continually, slowly and gradually expanded as Google lists it, people search and find the post, comment and expand it.

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The need for speed

It seems that reader Tony Winn opened an interesting can of worms when he set this fine question for the New Year Quiz.
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Oil, fire and water

The above remarkable video was generously pointed out by reader Bob Pugh and features some remarkable footage of what was a golden period in the era of the South Staffordshire Railway – the main line that ran through Brownhills, up until the 1980s.

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Toll grate?

David Hodgkinson has been in touch regarding my appeal for information regarding the protests and planning process regarding the M6 Toll, which was known back then as the BNRR – Birmingham Northern Relief Road. David says he's loads of clippings and material from that time – which I'd love to take up his generous offer…

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Canal trust?

Here’s an interesting one from fellow Brownhills historian David Hodgkinson. David has been musing on the fate of a piece of public art erected at Catshill Junction as part of the canal towpath renovations a few years ago. I must admit, this is an artwork I’ve never liked, and don’t see the point of particularly….

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Under mined

Yesterday, in a post relating some recollections of the Chasewater modern overflow culvert, an anonymous correspondent suggested that the new system had been constructed in response to a serious subsidence issue near Anchor Bridge. In that post, I rather cheekily yanked the chain of David Hodgkinson, top bloke and long time local historian and webmaster…

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Don’t tell me mum!

In response to my drain adventure at Chasewater on Sunday, I had a very interesting email yesterday… Hi Bob Might be best if you don’t mention my name, my mom might be reading… 🙂 When I was a young bad lad we used to go down the tunnels by Chasewater, there are actually two chambers…

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Brownhills finest on the radio!

Inspirational local historian and all-round nice bloke David Hodgkinson recently contacted me to point out that former local lad, top lawyer and author David M Golden had appeared on Carl Chinn’s radio show last Sunday, 4th March 2012.You will no doubt remember that David, an ex pupil of Brownhills Central Boy’s School and specialist Fraud Lawyer, gave a…

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Top author to appear at Brownhills Library

Inspirational local historian and all-round nice bloke David Hodgkinson recently contacted me to point out that former local lad, top lawyer and author David M Golden will be appearing on his childhood home turf at Brownhills Library (at the Parkview Centre) on Tuesday, 29th of November from 2:30 to 3:30pm, where he will be talking to the local…

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