12 May 2021. Weather report, pollution level and pollen count for the Hammerwich, Burntwood, Brownhills, Lichfield and Walsall areas.

Data courtesy of Weatherpro

It is going to be a partly cloudy (cloud levels between 60-90%) but often dry day today.

The radar and satellite images do show some rain clouds bubbling up particularly after 11am and during the afternoon.

Today’s average wind speed will be around 14c and after wind chill it will feel by 2c less.

The wind will be deriving from the SW-SSW for the majority of the day although it will move towards the NW by the end of the day and overnight.

The average wind speed will be 7mph.

Today’s pollutant level is low and the pollen count is also low.

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Early Morning Haiku – Coffee. 12 May 2021

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Early Morning Haiku – Coffee. (C) Kevin Jones 2021

Coffee. 12 May 2021

Coffee each morning

Brings pleasure to so many.

Enjoy the spirit lift!

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Poem – Cricket, my early interest. 11 May 2021.

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Cricket – My Early Interest (c) Kevin Jones 2021.

Cricket – My early interest

I have told in other rhymes how we played cricket on the park,

I stayed there bowling away until it got quite dark.

In those days cricket was on terrestrial tv,

With Johnners and Peter West presenting it was the only place to be.

Stars at the time in the England side included Boycott and Knott,

Two very different characters not to be forgot.

Boycott was all about staying in until he went to feed.

Knott the wicket keeper would stump out the opposition with grace and speed.

Providing the pace bowling was a fellow called John Snow,

He could really get some pace up when he wanted to let it go.

He was often joined by GG Arnold known affectionately as horse,

Taking Geoffrey’s initial formed the nickname of course.

Skipper for much of the time was Raymond Illingworth,

A tough straight talking man who listed Yorkshire as place of birth.

Opening up with Boycott was left handed John Edrich,

He always intrigued me, being left handed, and I tried to emulate him on the pitch.

Spin was the domain of another left hander Derek Underwood,

Another one to copy as any left hander should.

Underwood bowled at quite a pace for a spin bowler,

In Australia England won the Ashes when he knocked the wickets over.

Many others came and went but these were my favourite stars,

My Grandma kept the garage over the road up to date whilst they were mending cars.

In future rhymes I will tell you about my own cricketing career,

And how I won a trophy or two – things that I still hold dear.

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11 May 2021. Weather forecast, Pollutant level and Pollen count for the Hammerwich, Burntwood, Brownhills, Lichfield and Walsall areas.

Data courtesy of Weatherpro

There has been a slight movement in the jet stream position and if viewed (see image below) you will note an inverse omega shape has developed. This will allow the northern climate dominate.

Overall this situation will lead to an occasional bright and sunny day through an often cloudy sky. We will also see some localised showers in our area. Some of the showers could be heavy.

Our top temperature will be around 12-14c but the wind chill will reduce the “feel” by about 2c.

Today’s breeze will derive from the SSW with an average speed of 8-10mph and gust speeds of around 30mph.

Pollutant and pollen counts are both low today.

Jet stream position courtesy of Netweather.tv
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Early Morning Haiku – Life force. 11 May 2021

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Early Morning Haiku – Life force (c) Kevin Jones

Life Force

Food is your life force

Select carefully what you choose.

The best choice strengthens.

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Poem – Loneliness. 10 May 2021.

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Loneliness (c) Kevin Jones 2021

Loneliness

What is loneliness, how is it defined,

Is the state exclusive to the people left behind?

Loneliness can hit us all at different stages too,

Covid-19 has exposed quite a few.

First there is the obvious – being on your own,

Covid created more of these by confining them to home.

Some people, I am one of them, enjoy being in their own space,

I like the fact that I can step away from the human race.

Technology plays a big part in bringing folk together,

Groups all around the world have created skyping friends forever.

We are not all the same and others need to see people,

That is why there is no one solution to match the loneliness steeple.

What about being lonely in a room full of folk?

You can be there like a wallflower and have hardly spoke.

You may know everyone but if they have formed into a group,

You may as well be at home than trying to break the loop.

At other times you may simply not engage,

If the people are talking angrily and getting in a rage.

Loneliness is complex and you must find a way,

To not fall into its trap otherwise that is where you will stay.

Think about something positive do something to absorb the mind,

A hobby is a great way or something of that kind.

If you need interaction then call a friend or two,

Your call is maybe just what they needed too.

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10 May 2021. Weather report, air pollutant and pollen count for the Hammerwich, Burntwood, Brownhills, Lichfield and Walsall areas.

Data courtesy of Weatherpro

It is a mild but fresh start to the day and this pattern will continue throughout as the jet-stream brings mild air from the south after originally deriving in the north. The jet-stream will then run up the UK from South to North.

This movement will bring a lot of damp air (please note humidity levels of 81% at the time of my observations), cloud (average cloud cover 80%) and some showers.

The first major rain cloud system will reach our area just after 10:00 hours. From there on in the risk of a rain shower is about 35%. It is likely, however, that all areas will receive some level of precipitation today.

Our top temperature will be about 15c but with the wind chill this will feel more like 11c.

Today’s breeze will be deriving from the SSW and the speed will be around 12mph.

The pollutant level and pollen counts are both ranked as low.

Jet-stream run from South to North. Image courtesy Netweather.tv
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Early Morning Haiku – Purpose. 10 May 2021

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Early Morning Haiku – Purpose (c) Kevin Jones 2021.

Purpose

Life without purpose?

what do you need to be inspired?

Seek that source.

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Poem – Life Choices. 9 May 2021.

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Life choices (c) Kevin Jones 2021.

Life Choices

Life asks us to make many choices throughout the years,

Many of them come early on which often can lead to tears.

As a fourteen year old you choose the subjects you want to learn,

But are these subjects suitable to allow you to earn?

Then there is the choice of work or continued education,

Will a degree really assist you in your chosen vocation?

Becoming an apprentice will give experience and the qualification,

What better combination to create a wealthy worker nation?

Career choices are odd but most jobs the layperson do not know exist,

Only when you follow a particular route can you see what you may have missed.

The next big choice is easy as it should be led by love,

Who will be your life partner – fitted together like hand in glove.

That brings the choice of home – do you rent or do you buy?

How will the tasks be shared so you are not living in a sty?

What about a family – do you want to try,

Children change the dynamics and time will fly by.

Until you have a fourteen year old with choices to be made,

The same as you had to make – your experience can be laid.

Choices as you are older are less frequent than before,

But they still present considerations at your options door.

When you should retire how much of a pension pot?

All new questions that need answers and cannot be forgot.

Do we downsize and release some equity?

Means leaving your family home and moving to an unknown facility.

Life is full of choices we can only do the best we can,

If you get every decision right, I bow to you, as you are the better man.

Learning from others is a way to avoid mistakes.

But whatever happens, hopefully, we can still follow the path we wish to take.

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Sunday, 9 May 2021. Weather, air pollutant and pollen count count forecast for the Hammerwich, Burntwood, Brownhills, Lichfield and Walsall areas.

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After further overnight rain the radar and satellite images are showing very few large rain cloud systems in our area for the remainder of the day.

The largest risk of some rain is around 11:00 Hours. Any rain that does fall from this system will be short lived.

One thing that is noticeable is that it a lot milder than of late. We can expect our top temperature to reach 15-17c by mid to late afternoon. A great improvement compared to the last two days.

There will be a reasonable amount of cloud cover for much of the day but we we are also likely to see some brighter spells too.

Today’s breeze will be deriving from the SSW ( hence the mild air), however, unlike yesterday the jetstream is also running from the SW to NE across the Uk thus there is no clash of warm and cold air which creates rain. Today’s average wind speed will be around 15mph.

If you are going out for a cycle or walk May the wind be always on your back. Cycling against a 15mph headwind cannot make life easy.

Today’s air pollutant level and pollen counts are both low.

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Early Morning Haiku – Soar. 9 May 2021.

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Early Morning Haiku – Soar (c) Kevin Jones 2021

Soar

Spread your wings

Look beyond your current scope.

See beyond the hill.

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Poem – Walsall Buildings. 8 May 2021.

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Walsall Buildings (c) Kevin Jones 2021.

Walsall Buildings

Walsall is full of treasures if you look then you will find,

A town built upon history is often of this kind.

Take a look around you but please look carefully,

There are treasures all around us if we look artfully.

Housing stock, some of which is over one hundred years old,

Now some may think they are slums that never should be sold.

But they can be restored if the will is there,

It just takes a little money, skill and clearly lots of care.

Look up above the bedrooms and you will often see,

Ornate brickwork by skilled layers working for a fee.

No block work here or anything will do,

They have stood the test of time – enough evidence for you?

What about the Guildhall a splendid building too.

It is very easy to admire her – surely that is true?

St Matthew’s sitting up on the hill looking down the town,

The worn steps leading to it before people can sit down.

In the main precinct there is the old Taylor’s music shop.

Look up above the window there are instruments – the lot.

Treasured buildings are everywhere in our little town,

Fortunately some people are recording them before they get knocked down.

But before anything is removed we should look at the success of others,

York and Chester thrive on their historical covers.

Imagine WH Smith’s stripped back to its black and white form,

What a wonderful attraction that would be – a shop different to the norm.

All towns have to reinvent themselves following the pandemic,

But change in a positive way could be an architectural epidemic.

The Girls Grammar School and the Butts region,

Are well worth viewing and documenting during the summer season.

The best part I have left to last and that’s the Arboretum,

A place to take your kids for a walk and friends where you can meet them.

Have a walk, row on the lake – it is all there to do.

Walsall needs you to look carefully to see the potential view.

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8 May 2021. Weather, pollution level and pollen count levels for Hammerwich, Burntwood, Brownhills, Lichfield and Walsall areas.

Data courtesy of Weatherpro.

Rain moved into our area around 03:00 hours this morning and it likely to remain with us throughout the day. Some of the rain will be heavy.

The image at the bottom of this bulletin shows just how widespread the coverage of the rain cloud is. The darker the blue the denser the rain cloud will be.

Our top temperature will be around 13c and the wind chill will make this feel more like 11c. Overnight the minimum temperature will be around a mild 8-9c.

The wind will be deriving from the ESE this morning before moving clockwise from the SW this afternoon. The wind speed will be around 12-15mph.

With the current level of rain both the pollutant and pollen counts are low.

Image courtesy of raintoday.co.Uk
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Early Morning Haiku – Respect. 8 May 2021

Early Morning Haiku – Respect (c) Kevin Jones 8 May 2021

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Respect.

Knowledge important?

All have abilities to use.

Respect each other.

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Latest weather news from the West. 7 May 2021 at approximately 14:00 hours.

Image courtesy of Tywyn Webcam

It is bright and sunny out in Tywyn, West Wales.

You will notice that the pedestrians are all wearing outdoor coats which suggests it is also a bit chilly.

It seems rather idyllic watching the tide whilst sitting in the warmth of your car.

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Poem – local radio in the 70s. 7 May 2021.

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Local radio in the 70s (c) Kevin Jones 2021.

Local radio in the 70s

I feel blessed to have lived through the golden days of local radio,

I have listened, over time to BBC Radio Birmingham’s every single show.

My earliest favourite was Pete York a speedway fan that knew his way,

The Brummies in the National League always gave him plenty to say.

Let’s not forget Solihull lad Malcolm Stent,

And his fictitious radio pub the barmaids arms – run by Malcolm as a country gent.

Another great was Gordon Astley,

Disc jockey by day and magician at night , his tricks were fun nothing ghastly.

The leader of the pack came from BRMB,

Ed Doolan was the consumer man, mid morning, you needed to “see”.

If you had a consumer problem then give Ed a call – it would be soon be solved,

Ed made sure that the supplier swiftly got the issue resolved.

Two more transfers came from the commercial station across the city,

Radio WM as they were now known were seeking folk witty and gritty.

Tony Butler was next – he was a different jock,

Devised the football phone in and gave all a shock.

No genteel presentation or anything like,

If Butler disagreed he just said “on yer bike”.

A presenter with more style and class,

Was Les Ross who played music popular with the mass.

Les was often the voice of reason,

A man for all year and every season.

A later entrant to the team was “Boing Boing” Boyden – a listeners dream,

Malcolm was popular with all fans and each of the team.

A joker in the pack but clearly no fool,

He could take a lot of current presenters to radio school.

All of the men saw their popularity soar and they got their rewards,

As over time each one of them won at least one Sony radio award.

The golden time had to, eventually, end from this wondrous romp,

But I was blessed to have heard them all in their pomp.

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7 May 2021. Weather report, pollutant and pollen levels for Hammerwich, Burntwood, Brownhills, Lichfield and Walsall areas.

Data courtesy of Weatherpro

It is a cool but very sunny start to the day in Hammerwich.

As the day passes the cloud cover will increase but the likelihood of any rain today before sunset is only around 15-20%.

Today’s top temperature will be around 10-12c but with the wind chill this will feel more like 8-10c. This is nearly half the top temperature we should be expecting this time of year.

Today’s breeze will be deriving before sunset from the W-NW and the average speed will be around 7mph.

The air pressure will remain stable throughout which, again, points to stable day weather wise.

It is later in the day that we see the change when the jet stream (see image below) moves from the current general West to East orientation to looping from the NE mixing with warmer air from the southern areas. This will lead to wide spread rain overnight and tomorrow.

Today’s air pollutant level is low and the pollen count (tree pollen) is moderate.

Image Netweather.tv
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Early Morning Haiku – Face In The Mirror. 7 May 2021

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Face in the mirror (c) Kevin Jones

Face In The Mirror

Face in the mirror

Image you want to share?

Time to change?

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Poem – Repair, Reuse and Restore

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Repair, Reuse and Restore (c) Kevin Jones

Repair, Reuse and Restore

When I was young furniture was passed about,

No taking things to the tip so reuse was never in doubt.

At the very worst, if made of wood, the fire could be fed to keep us warm,

A wardrobe could last a couple of nights saving money whilst outside a storm.

Our first little home was all make do and mend,

Free carpet for the stairs meant we did not have to spend.

A cooker and washer both repaired by me,

The list would go on I am sure you could see.

Cars were the same with shiny new shocks,

We had old bangers that got round the block.

But our use was not based on leisure,

It was earning enough money to purchase more “treasure”.

Having a car that was less than ten years old,

With automatic choke so that you can start in the cold.

Is absolutely a joy but somehow the old days I rather miss,

I liked fixing up the car or any household goods it was my “mend it” bliss.

Nowadays folk are after old furniture so that they can recycle it,

A little bit of chalk paint and some waxing too,

All of a sudden you have a product that’s unique through and through.

Some of it is garish, some of it is good it all depends on style and your point of view.

So what we did out of necessity has now become in vogue,

The recycled furniture is established – no longer a fashion rogue.

So give it a go and visit the past,

Repair, recycle and reuse makes something ordinary last.

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6 May 2021. Weather, air pollutant and pollen count for the Hammerwich, Burntwood, Brownhills, Lichfield and Walsall areas.

Data courtesy of Weatherpro 08:01 hours 6 May 2021.

It is brightish start to the day in our area but the air temperature is low at only 3.4c. Thankfully this will rise to a maximum of 10c by mid to late afternoon. The air temperature is still well below what we would expect for this time of year.

The wind will be deriving from the WNW and will be light with the average speed only around 5-6mph. This means that we will be getting almost full value from the air temperature.

Looking forward a little there is nothing on the models to suggest a dramatic change in this pattern.

As the day passes there is the risk of localised rain in our area. Any rain that does fall will be light and short lived.

Today’s air pollutant and pollen count levels are both low.

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