November 2015


  West Midlands’ bus services are are almost impossible to figure out without a smart phone. The stops, maps and signs seemed to have been designed to add confusion to an already complicated system. 

The secret tram service is even worse. The above picture shows the only thing in Bilston that advertises the trams, and it doesn’t even mention trams!  If my phone had not suggested catching one I’d have left Bilston without knowing tram ran through it!?

As I guessed, this place changes of a night. Grey tops, nursing mums, and lovely cakes during daylight. Different grey tops taking the wazz out of each other and drinking fine beer of a night. 


Holden’s pub. Another of the classic Black Country breweris. 





This is a great holiday. 




It’s Wye Valley Dorothy Goodbody’s Wholesome Stout. 

PS. It’s very good. Perfect breakfast beer. 

The other pub I remember from 79. The bloke at the bus stop coming from Ma Pardoe’s walked me most of the way here, and left me clear instructions. They are friendly in the Black Country. I just got a hug off a random lass and all! And fish man’s been in ( I got whelks).


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