Hello everyone,

Well it's finally arrived thanks to James.  I decide as I'm such a fashion icon and bosting'ly 'ondsome bloke I'd use a picture by Steve Grigg of me on the welcome page. I didn't want any of you transfixed by my fizzog  and not go into the site. Oh you also may get the odd Black Country word that you could struggle with if not from the region. Rather than put a glossary it will be fun for you to work it out. I hope you enjoy the different sections. We will keep updating as new stuff arrives and if you have any suggestions please contact me.

A big thanks to all who have influenced me over the years and particularly to the Black Country and its folk who are the bedrock of who I am and my work. 

Contact Billy

07514 824845

Dr Brian Dakin
Visiting Research Fellow
Aston University
B4 7ET