Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional

Priyanka Mehta

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. 


By khalsir

Nottingham Road Cemetery – Calladine.

By khalsir

The Normanton Brick Mystery.

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 🙂

By khalsir

The Search for Hughie Gallacher – Update.

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


By khalsir

The Search for Hughie Gallacher in Derby.


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.



By khalsir

Searching for Methven and Field.

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 CH MBE
(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”


By khalsir

Black Jack.

Please Keep Supporting the Jack Leslie Campaign.

If you want a reminder as to why this statue project is so important.

Have a read and listen of my poem…


‘Black Jack’

by Kalwinder Singh Dhindsa

#Poetry #Racism #Football




Black Jack – Poem

By khalsir

Steve Bloomer’s Grave – Nottingham Road Cemetery.

A visit to Nottingham Road Cemetery, Derby to locate the grave of Steve Bloomer.



Steve Bloomer’s Grave

Guided Tour of Location


The last time I was at Bloomer’s grave 12 years ago I’m sure I noticed the grave of his Father, Mother & Brother close by.
I did not notice it around today? That’s why I was wondering if Bloomer’s grave had been moved and why I found it so difficult to locate this time?
By khalsir


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).


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By khalsir

Pear Tree Ram – Collection.

Kalwinder Singh Dhindsa recites from his Pear Tree Ram – Collection. As well as discussing the current Black Lives Matter movement and racism he has himself experienced.