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About the blog title

What is the Oss Road? Just the road, the street, the lane outside your door. Or someone else’s. It’s an old blackcountry expression, deriving from the fact that horses are known locally as ‘osses. I can remember when it was still not unknown for milk carts, coal trucks and brewers’ drays to be horse-drawn. One generation further back and it would have been very much the norm.

About the header picture

Bluebells; Clent Hills; early May 2017. Nothing more to add really…

About the blogger

Soundtrack to my life: We all have one; Leonard Cohen has contributed more than most to mine. I have yet to get a copy of You want it darker. RIP Leonard… Update: I now have You want it darker and it is a masterpiece; it just might be that the last thing he ever did is the best thing he ever did.

Best Albums: Revolver; New York (Lou Reed); Avalon (and, yes, Ferry is a complete tool); The ghost of Tom Joad, but really any of a number of Springsteen’s albums…

Books: The Grapes of wrath; About this Life (Barry Lopez); The Living Mountain; Spirits of Place; to name just a few…

Films: Local Hero (by a distance); Godfather II; Heat… Looking forward to American Pastoral and the next episode of Star Wars…

Politics: Centre-left pragmatist; unashamed Remainer; disenfranchised and unrepresented; an endangered species.

Team: West Bromwich Albion  – The Baggies: non-negotiable; some bargains are for life.