Poem – Lucy’s special birthday. 8 March 2021.

(C) Kevin Jones 2021

Lucy 2

Today is our daughter’s birthday,

Happy many returns Lucy we all say.

This is a special landmark time,

So I thought I would mark it with this rhyme.

Lucy was born the year before 1992,

I cannot give you any further clue.

In those days a laptop was a tray for your dinner,

Ready meals were boiled in water at a simmer.

Broadband was a device to hold back your hair,

Terry’s chocolate orange a treat to share.

Mobile phones were not widely used,

Unless you were a skipper on a yachting cruise.

The world in Lucy’s lifetime has changed at great pace,

People now have tattoos covering their face.

Charles and Diana separated in ninety two,

After their sham of a marriage finally blew.

I have written a personal poem for Lucy,

But that is for her and not for all to see.

It, however, tells of the pride she has given to us,

Like fighting off the Grim Reaper with minimal fuss.

Her life is now on an upward curve,

Sure there may be the odd obstacle to swerve.

Lucy is now grown up and sophisticated,

Developing each day as her life’s recreated.

So happy birthday Lucy Lu,

We hope today is great for you.

And every year from now on,

Will be better than the one just gone.

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WS7 weather and air quality report 8 March 2021. Change begins.

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WS7 weather report for the Hammerwich, Burntwood, Brownhills, Lichfield and Walsall areas. 8 March 2021.

As we discussed yesterday the jet stream is beginning to move position and by mid week it will be running laterally across the UK from W to E. This change will bring with it low air pressure, some strong winds and rain.

Today, however, is only the beginning of the process.

It will be a partly cloudy day with a top temperature of around 8c. This will feel more like 5c in the WSW – W breeze.

The average wind speed will be around 3-4mph.

The radar images are showing some light rain clouds (see image below) moving through our area around 10:30 – 11:00 hours but the likelihood is that they will simply pass through the area. The chance of any rainfall today is 30-35%.

With the light wind today’s air quality is moderate. Our friends with breathing difficulties should moderate their levels of activity.

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WS7 Weather outlook – A change of pressure. 7 March 2021.

The ensemble charts are showing that from this evening until around the 10-12 of March 2021 there will be a reduction in air pressure.

This suggests we are likely to see wind speeds and the risk of rain increase.

This is due to the jet stream changing position and will be running directly W to E across the UK by Wednesday.

More details will be provided as we get nearer the event.

The chart below (follow the green line) shows the air pressure depression. Each vertical line represents a spacing of two days.

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Poem – Facing Up. A Cricket Tale.

Hammerwich CC 29 July 2017

By Kevin Jones (c) 2021

Facing up

Eleven men shout in unison,

As the batsman is out thirty short of a ton.

A good and admirable score,

He will be disappointed he did not get those few more.

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Whilst he has been batting I have sat on the edge,

Enjoying the sunshine and maintaining the pledge.

No alcohol during the match,

You have to be able to bat, field and catch.

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Now my heart races as I walk to the wicket,

the “leggie” is bowling will I be able to pick it?

Try to remove all negative thoughts from your head,

Think about getting in line and scoring instead.

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I ask the umpire to give me my line,

“That’s centre son” then puts his thumb up as an additional sign.

The bowler walks back to his mark,

The fielders are “chirping” away – distracting like larks.

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I step away until the noise dies down,

Their skipper shouts “come on boys let’s send another back to town”

I will not be hurried and play at their pace,

This is an important ball I will face.

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Once again we all set to play,

No backing out now we are in the fray.

Only six steps he needs to bowl,

I watch for the spin – my wicket his goal.

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I was expecting him to be spinning the ball,

But instead he bowled a flat and straight one – an “arm ball” it’s called.

I spotted the ruse just in time and rocked back to defend,

I had met the first challenge my message to send.

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“I can read what you are doing you can’t surprise me”,

The adrenaline rushed and I suddenly felt free.

The bowling from now on seemed easier each over,

The red ball suddenly the size of one found on a beach near Dover.

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People think that cricket is a team game,

But when you are facing no help is the same.

You have to overcome the chatter on field and in head,

Some days it is easy others – that can’t be always be said.

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That is why cricket brings the greatest of glee,

What other game do you stop to have tea?

A gentleman’s sport available to all,

It does not matter if you are short, fat or tall.

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It’s a game in the mind as much as technique,

The mind can play some awful tricks so help you might seek.

Get into a routine do things the same,

But the next match the head voice is there again.

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Sometimes the “voice” is all positive about things,

Other times he is dark and danger everywhere he brings.

It is this struggle that you need to overcome,

Before you can regularly score and run.

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So if you can when lockdown is over,

Pick up a bat or bowl an over.

You will suddenly realise it’s difficult – but have a go,

To hit the same spot on a pitch six times in a row.

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WS7 weather and air quality report 7 March 2021.

(C) Kevin Jones 2021

WS7 weather and air quality report for the Hammerwich, Burntwood, Brownhills, Lichfield and Walsall area. 7 March 2021.

Whilst it may sound like a stuck record today is going to be another dry but cool day, however, we may well see some brighter spells.

Our top temperature today will be around 7-8c although this will feel more like 5c in the wind chill.

The air pressure will remain high throughout the day at around 1029mb.

Today’s breeze will derive from a WSW-WNW arc and the average wind speed will be around 2-3mph.

The air quality today is overall good but first thing this morning bordering on moderate.

Data courtesy of Weatherpro
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Poem – Reedswood Park parts one and two. The full poem.

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Many of you will have read in mid February the first part of my Reedswood Park, Walsall poem. Please find below the second part of “my Reedswood Park story”.

Reedswood Park parts one and two.

I was born in the Birchills near Reedswood park,

I would play there all summer until it was dark.

We’ll “stick ya” one group would say to another,

I tagged along to play in teams with my brother.

Horace, the “parkie” would let us finish the game,

“climb over the gate lads” was his usual refrain.

We would play in matches that went on forever,

Then dash home for tea running hell for leather.

In the summer we would also play cricket,

The bobbly grass never formed the best wicket.

Occasionally Dad would come and bowl without fuss,

Teaching us spinning and how the seam was “advantage” us.

Sadly, these days came to an end,

When school books required attention to spend.

But if I could return to an halcyon time in my life,

I’d go back to the days, on the Park, without strife.

Part two

More of my tales on Reedswood Park,

I will jot down before my memory is too dark.

The swing and slide were up on the hill,

No protective flooring if you fell it could kill.

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From the top of the hill a perfect view,

Of a concrete cricket pitch sitting below.

Too flat and hard for bowling skills,

Batting all day was merely a battle of wills.

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Further round standing proud and tall,

the Power Station towers made you feel small.

But if ever you were on a day away from the “patch”,

No better sight was the “towers” guiding you back.

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The park had putting and bowling greens,

The grass was tendered and treated – the best ever seen.

Opposite was the Tennis courts and club,

The top courts you could play on by paying a sub.

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Walking around towards the “echo”,

You could see the steam train feeding the furnace below.

The trees formed a boulevard of shade,

As the path meandered – Reedswood’s tree lined palisade.

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The field on the right housed the old outdoor school site,

A place to recover from breathing problems and such like.

The grass in front saw many a great match scene,

Copying stars from around the globe most of whom we had never seen.

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Turning left up the hill towards the changing rooms,

Not the greatest of facilities in need of a broom.

Alongside though was the park keeper’s home,

A splendid building that shone out on its own.

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In the summer entertainers would please,

All the children sat round amongst the trees,

Magicians, story tellers, a singer named Dot,

We devoured what they told us enjoying the lot.

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One major omission you may think I’m a fool,

For not mentioning the swimming lido pool.

Simply it was not a place we oft went,

Jumpers for goalposts was the hours we spent.

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I hope you have enjoyed my mental walk round,

I cannot be sure that my memory is 100% sound.

But that is the thing about memories – they are mine,

Maybe not totally accurate but that is just fine.

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Changing winds. WS7 weather and air quality report 6 March 2021.

WS7 weather and air quality report for Hammerwich, Burntwood, Brownhills, Lichfield and Walsall areas 6 March 2021.

Today will start off cool with the air temperature at approximately 09:00 still below 1c. When adding some wind chill factor this will feel more like-1c.

It will be a day of varying cloud cover and some brighter spells. This is due to the wind direction changing throughout the day.

Despite these changes the air pressure will remain stable and high which reduces the risk of any daytime precipitation to less than 10%.

Our top thermometer temperature will be around 7c which feel more like 5c.

The daylight hours continue to extend and we are only 3-4 minutes away from a 18:00 hour sunset.

The air quality today is rated as good.

Data courtesy of Weatherpro

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Poem – My pipe feed.

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By Kevin Jones 5 March 2021.

My pipe feed

My survival relies upon external feed,

Not the best but it is my need.

My stomach, you see, is full of holes,

So if I am going to thrive I need different goals.

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How much protein can I stomach in a day,

Before my head on pillow I lay?

Then overnight I connect to a pipe,

It keeps me going so I should not gripe.

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The problem is that I am underweight,

the toll that illness stole from my plate.

It is very hard to add a pound or two,

Only to lose it all if I need the loo.

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It’s not that the feed tastes good,

I only wish it really would.

But as it feeds straight into my tum,

I don’t get to taste even some.

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The great news is that it keeps me alive,

Chemical intervention allows me to thrive.

So if you ever have to follow this regime,

Worry not it is better than it may seem.

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WS7 weather and air quality report 5 March 2021.

WS7 weather and air quality report for the Hammerwich, Burntwood, Brownhills, Lichfield and Walsall areas. 5 March 2021.

It is going to be another generally overcast and cool day. The risk of any sustained rain, however, is low at less than 10%.

Today’s top temperature will be around 6c but this will feel more like 3-4c with the wind chill.

The wind will be deriving from the NE and the average wind speed will be 3mph.

Today’s air quality will be GOOD.

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Poem – Talking of weather. 4 March 2021.

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Talking of Weather by Kevin Jones

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With the recent arrival of Spring,

Many hoped of the joy it will bring.

The weather, however, isn’t calendar driven,

To believe otherwise you can be forgiven.

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The weather is determined by the position of the sun,

And how the jet stream across the country will run.

Then we have to consider the wind direction,

All are factors that can change your complexion.

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The weather is a fickle master,

Not one that can be made to go slower or faster.

We can’t decide when and where it will rain,

Only report on the information we can gain.

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A subtle change in the wind strength,

Decides air quality and the permanence of your fence.

So if you ask what will the weather be like next week,

The person telling can only collate today’s evidence before they speak.

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The likelihood is that they will be wrong,

As lots can happen in seven days long.

All weather reporters want to please,

So please forgive us if there is now snow above your knees!

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WS7 weather and air quality report 4 March 2021.

WS7 weather and air pressure report 4 March 2021 for Hammerwich, Burntwood, Brownhills, Lichfield and Walsall areas.

It is a very overcast drizzly start to the day and that really is the outlook for the remainder of the day. Cloud cover will maintain at around 90%.

Our top temperature today will be around 7c although this will feel more like 4c in the wind chill.

The wind will be deriving from the cool NE and will have an average speed of around 6mph.

Today’s air quality is at the lowest it has been since I have recorded air quality at SENSITIVE.

I have identified the definition and precautions necessary in the image below.

Courtesy of ClimaCell

Courtesy of Weatherpro

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Poem – Shine Through. 3 March 2021.

Shine through by Kevin Jones

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In bed at last after a day of feeling under the weather,

Just focus on each minute and you will reach the downy feather.

The prize of making it through day,

Is what satisfaction rewards us as our pay.

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It is not worth giving up half way through,

That simply is not what we ever do.

Completing the task by strength of your will,

Will generally overcome most times you are ill.

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So next time you are feeling out of kilter,

Don’t allow your will to ever wilter.

Like an impressive golden bloom,

Your glory will shine through soon.

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WS7 air quality and weather report 3 March 2021.

WS7 air quality and weather report for Hammerwich, Burntwood, Brownhills, Lichfield and Walsall areas. 3 March 2021.

It is another misty and overcast day that greets us this morning. It is also cool.

The top temperature today will be around 6c and this will feel more like 4c in the wind chill. It will not, however, be until the afternoon that we reach such heady heights.

Today’s breeze will be light (3-4mph) and from the E/ESE. The lightness of the breeze will have two effects.

  • Firstly, the mist will be slow to clear
  • Secondly, the air quality will be reduced.

Today’s air quality will be the lowest we have seen it since I began recording such facts. It is today ranked as moderate (39 parts per 500).

Our friends with breathing difficulties should consider how they break up tasks that are normally prolonged and are of a physical nature.

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Poem – Has Spring Arrived? 2 March 2021.

St David’s day delivered the first day of Spring,

A day we would expect sunshine and all birds to sing.

Instead a misty day will a cool easterly breeze,

A low pollen count will not make you sneeze.

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1 March is the meteorological spring,

Which is a few weeks earlier than the seasonal thing.

This time of a year we are still settling down,

We need a bit more sunlight to remove the frown.

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But, my friends, we cannot stop time,

And soon enough Spring will be in line.

Plants and new life will begin to emerge,

From fields, gardens and the roadside verge.

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Enjoy these last few days of our winter view,

A winter that has seen floods, winds and even snow too.

Not every year will we see such varied weather,

That we have enjoyed whilst on lockdown together.

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Spring will see the opportunity to step out,

Once lockdown restrictions are no longer about.

Enjoy all nature’s views with a renewed joy,

Lockdown has taught us nature is our favourite “toy”.

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WS7 Air quality and weather report 2 March 2021.

(C) Kevin Jones 2021

WS7 air quality and weather report for the Hammerwich, Burntwood, Brownhills, Lichfield and Walsall areas. 2 March 2021.

It will be a cool and generally overcast start to the day.

At 08:30 hours (approximately) the air temperature will read around 1.4c on the thermometer but this will feel more like -1 to -2c with the wind chill. The top temperature today will rise to 8-9c.

The wind will be deriving from a cool easterly direction with the average wind speed of around 7-8mph.

We will see the odd clearer spell this afternoon but, in general, it will a mostly cloudy day.

The risk of any rain, however, is low at around 10%.

The air quality will start the day off good but as the wind speed reduces later in the afternoon it will reduce in quality to moderate.

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