Every year 10th September is marked as the world suicide prevention day to raise awareness about the significance of mental health and well-being. The need to talk about depression and its adverse effects especially within the Asian community is more pronounced than ever this year in the wake of the coronavirus induced lockdown and loss.
Myself and Raman representing the Punjabi Rams.
Do Asians need to do more to understand depression in their families?
I’ve recently started collecting Cigarette Cards.
Check out what came in the post today !
A trip through ‘The Hollow’ in Littleover, Derby.
So it seems this Brick of mine may not have been made in Derby but Normanton, Yorkshire. Although I collected it from the Normanton, Pear Tree neighbourhood of Derby. Not far from the old Normanton Barracks that was demolished in the early 1980s.
This Brick itself was collected from opposite the old Brick Yard in Sinfin and then taken home to Pear Tree. Yesterday it was found and dug up from a garden path with many other bricks like it.
Was it originally part of the Barracks? It may still have been? But to be honest even it wasn’t. It still says Normanton on it. And it was found in Normanton, Derby.
I’m happy with that.
I’m a Normanton Man 🙂
I returned to Eastcroft Avenue to knock on some doors again today. In the process I met this lovely man, Philip Semple who took me on a tour of the area to visit his elderly relation.
We are now going to work together to try and find Hughie’s old house.
He also filled me in on eX Rams players who lived nearby.
Charlie George lived at New Mount Close. Peter Shilton used to live at Blagreaves Hall, the old home of the legendary Colonel Vassal Charles Steer-Webster #DDay
A little breakthrough…. as I was reading the occupation of the father you will have noticed me stumble on a word.
Having conversed with Peter Seddon it seems that word was the name of the house.
Searching for Jimmy Methven on Rosamonds Ride, Littleover, Derby.
Searching for Jimmy Methven at St Chads Road, Derby.
In relation to Zofija Kaczan, she was actually attacked further up the road and tragically died in hospital a few days later.
Ernest Walter Hives, 1st Baron Hives
(21 April 1886 – 24 April 1965), was the one-time head of the Rolls-Royce Aero Engine division and chairman of Rolls-Royce Ltd.
Hives was born in Reading, Berkshire. During the Second World War he was closely involved with the design of the Merlin engine as well as numerous later Rolls-Royce jet engines. He began his working life in a local garage. However, in 1903 he got a job working at C.S. Rolls‘ car company, after fixing Rolls’ car.
Searching for Edgar Field on Fairfield Road, Derby.
“In May 2008, a photograph of the 1876 England team was discovered in the archives of the Derby City Council Local Studies Library by Peter Seddon. Field had sent the photograph to the Derbyshire Football Express, and the picture was used in an article published on the 50th anniversary of the match. This is believed to be the earliest known picture of an England football team”
A visit to St Peter’s Church to see Freda Bedi’s father’s name on the War Memorial as well as to locate the grave of Vida Winifred Steer-Webster.
Charles is located/buried at Markeaton Crematorium.
A visit to Nottingham Road Cemetery, Derby to locate the grave of Steve Bloomer.
Steve Bloomer’s Grave
Guided Tour of Location
Another lovely gift from America.
Thank You to Jason at Heavy J Studios.
A Letter from America 😲
What a lovely gift ☺️
When Raman was in Derby Hospital 🇬🇧 for an appendix operation. Tony Shrek 🇺🇸 asked if I had a favourite Baseball player 👉🏽 Jim Rice (Boston Red Sox) ⛑
Tony sent Raman 2 @Topps @MLB Baseball Cards from his personal collection ❤️⚾
A Jim Rice Card and a Steven Matz Card (Artwork by Blake Jamieson).
This is Hughie Gallacher.
This is Tony Hancock.
This is Alan Turing
“This is all about racists and anti-racists – you’re either in one camp or the other”
Author and poet Kalwinder Singh Dhindsa – who has faced racism throughout his life – discusses the Black Lives Matter movement.
He also shares one of his recent poems at the start of the video.
My First Twitter Live #khalcast 1
My Poem ‘Paki’ from the Pear Tree Rambler – Collection was featured in the Derby Telegraph today. This video explains why I wrote it.
He talks about the racism he faced growing up in Derby.
16 JUN 2020
A Derby school worker has revealed how he grew up having to cope with racism.
Kalwinder Singh Dhindsa, a science technician at Littleover Community School, says he was pilloried for having a traditional Sikh “top knot” hairstyle – but then when he cut it off, says he felt he lost his sense of identity.
He has also spoken about living in Normanton and how some “blinkered” people thought because of that, he would be associated with crime.
Kalwinder says writing about his experiences have helped him cope – and he has penned a stinging rebuke to the racists and bullies in the shape of a poem called “Paki”.
Kalwinder speaks about various experiences including racism, growing up in Normanton, his heroes and coping with the death of his father and feels the lockdown has helped him to engage with more people and can help others to cope with any of the same experiences.
Man with beard and brown skin.
“Mr Khan”, they laugh and grin.
Silly little fools without a clue.
Laughing at me is laughing at you.
Show some respect an observe our faces.
We’re all pakis to ignorant racists
The 40-year-old said: “My poetry allows me to identify topics that are relevant and I feel a lot of my listeners can relate to them.
“I spent 28 years of my life living in Normanton, and the stigma that is attached to living in the area is something I have experienced first hand.
“I experienced racism from a young age, I was called names and because I wore a top knot due to my religion, people would often call me a girl and even though it was a symbol of my faith, I had a lot of resentment to my culture.
“I then decided to cut my hair when I was 15 and lost a sense of my identity, I tried to fit in but people would not identify me as being a Sikh and would be called other horrible names.
“Growing up, racism has evolved, there have been instances where I have gone for job interviews or told people which area I live in and they instantly assume I am bad or I’m involved in criminal activity.
“This is wrong and I know so many others like me have experienced this, I want people to talk and share their problems so we can help and encourage positivity and help people steer away from mental health issues.
“During lockdown, I have been doing Facebook Lives and they are going really well, I talk about identity, religion and history and connect it back to my home city of Derby.
“I am proud of where I come from and my poetry reflects that, especially with what is currently happening in the world with the Black Lives Matter protests, I am happy people are speaking up and identifying what’s happening in the world.”
This is Alice Wheeldon of Pear Tree.
This is my friend and old Teacher from Pear Tree Junior School. He’s 81 now.
Mr Steve Wetton.
I used my new pencil to draw Gian Singh VC.
I’ll get better.
Sikh Derby man Kalwinder joins Callsuma in the Bereavement Room to talk about his father who died by suicide in 2006. We reflect on his experiences of being impacted by suicide, poetry as a source of expression and support and the triggers of loss following the recent global pandemic, COVID-19. In this episode we also talk openly about the challenges faced working with mainstream charities and what this means in trying to reach wider communities. You can reach out to Kal on twitter – @khalsir
This episode is dedicated to our Grandfathers and Fathers.
Thank you for listening.
A guest podcast I was involved with last week with Opening Up Cricket
Have you heard ‘Are We Dreaming?’ by Khalsir on #SoundCloud?