Filed: Blogging


My first post using broadband, at least from my PC. Getting the right bit helped. Nephew ordered an Ethernet Bridge rather the piece we needed. No wonder it took several weeks of head-scratching to work out why it wasn’t.

Hopefully, I can now be your more than regular correspondent, not relying on a bit of ‘downtime’ at work or hooking up my laptop in Mrs P’s office. It most certainly won’t be funnier or cutting-edge, just regular. As in All-Bran. Read more ›››


I’ve been tagged by Jenny. Here are the instructions:

What follows is a list of different occupations. You must select at least five of them. You may add more if you like to your list before you pass it on (after you select five of the items as it was passed to you). Of the five you selected, you are to finish each phrase with what you would do as a member of that profession. Then pass it on to three other bloggers. Read more ›››

Specialist subject, the bleedin’ obvious

Lady Muck hits the nail on the head, as ever.

Newsflash! Saturday: Fantastically old Pope who can’t stand up and has to breathe through a tube, dies. Catholics seem upset. Read more ›››

Rough Guide to Iraq

I’m grateful to Albion’s Alchemist for this post about the GIs’ guide to Iraq. I love the idea that the soldiers should be patient because “the Iraqi approach to time is slow and relaxed.” Well they would be, wouldn’t they?

The Bloggy Vanishes

I don’t know what Lycos are bloody playing at, but having re-loaded my site at the end of last week, it disappeared overnight on Sunday and I lost ftp access again. I fired off a note to the Mademoiselle who dealt with my previous problem, although the ‘premium support’ meant to be part of the package turns out to take 48 hours. Read more ›››

Normal Service Resumed

I had a bit of a shock last Friday night. I sat down to do a bit of blogging only to find that my website had vanished. It had simply disappeared. It had been there in the afternoon, so what had happened? In a panic, I rushed to my ISP’s tech support page to discover that they only work from 8am to 5pm. On weekdays. Good service, or what?

Anyway, I fired off an email query which they promise to answer within 72 hours (three bloody days!) Come Monday morning I thought I’d try the telephone support line as well, but got a recorded message (with a German accent) saying that ‘due to technical difficulties, this service is not available at the moment. Please try later.’ Great. Read more ›››

More Sad Losses

First it was Dre, now it’s Birdy — more than half-decent blogs gone west because their identity has been spotted.

I can see their point if the blog is about real people, or more to the point, critical or cruel about real people. I don’t think either were. But their thoughts were both provocative and entertaining. They are a sad loss to blogdom and if their is a God in blog-heaven, they will be forgiven their trespasses and be allowed to continue. Read more ›››

Whose God is it Anyway?

“Obviously 120,000+ getting killed isn’t even worth a mention. get back to the toys now. bye.”

Anonymous thinks that I should be writing about more important things than Civilization, ie the Indian Ocean disaster. Well I have written comments elsewhere. The reason I haven’t mentioned it here is because, frankly, what more is there to say? Other than that everyone should get their hands in their pockets pronto like I’ve done. Read more ›››