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Apr 10 2014

It’s Alive!

I’ve been thinking for a while about a way to revitalise this blog, and actually make it meaningful. I did really enjoy the ‘post every day in May’ project, but that feels a bit too much like work for the long term.

I needed to come up with something that I would actually enjoy writing about, without it feeling like a task. What occurred to me was my obsessions.

I do have an obsessive streak in me. Not in any major or even negative way, but when I come across something that I enjoy, I tend to immerse myself in it, to the exclusion of all other things. This can be good, but can be bad (as I’m sure Mrs Worm would agree) – but overall I thought it might be interesting to write about some of the things I have obsessed about over the years.

I’m not going to do this is any systematic way. Just pick the first topic that pops into my head and see where it takes me.

This will include a fair amount of pop culture, but also (I would hope) some more esoteric things…we’ll have to see.

Hopefully I’ll get the first post up tonight.

Watch this space!

May 1 2013

Blog Every Day In May

I have decided to take part in the ‘Blog Every Day In May’ project, mainly because I want to find a way to revitalise my blogging. So here we go. A blog a day, for 31 days. There is a theme every day and that will be the title of the post.

I have a feeling my posts may be a bit off track compared to many of the others, but maybe not – we’ll just have to see 🙂

May 23 2011

Idiots guide to Kindle Collection issue

OK. I hope this all makes sense, but let me know if not. Some of the exact details of the screenshots may not be exactly the same as you get, each system is slightly different, but it should be close enough for you to follow.

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Nov 13 2010

Night Boat to Cairo

Friends will be friends
When you’re in need of love they give you care and attention
Friends will be friends
When you’re through with life and all hope is lost
Hold out your hand cos friends will be friends
Right till the end

I’ve been meaning to blog about this for a while, but it concerns the events of the last couple of days, and things have been quite frantic. Even now things are still happening, but I really need to get my thoughts down or they will disappear entirely.

Firstly, a small disclaimer: I am politically naive to the point of embarrassment, and I freely admit that I have no idea about many of the underlying issues and causes involved in what follows. But happily, that is not my main concern. I am concerned about a friend.

Hobgoblin garden; me

On Wednesday night I picked up on a press release, linked to by a friend, regarding an aid convoy to Gaza that had run into trouble. The reason that this caused me some immediate concern was that a friend of mine, Kieran, was part of this convoy. It wasn’t a happy read, but things seemed to be relatively under control, and as it was 2am I went to bed.

At 8am on Thursday things had not improved, and there was very scanty information, which was the major worry. The basic situation was this:

The aid convoy, planned by Road to Hope, was to travel by road across the northern coast of Africa, through Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Egypt before reaching Gaza. At the Libya/Egypt border they were basically refused permission to proceed by road, and were forced to find another plan. This plan was to charter a ship to take them by sea to the far side of Egypt where they could continue their journey.

It is at this point that I stop being very clear on what happened. Information is quite hard to come by, and most of it is coming from sources that are less than impartial. Still, my general understanding is that there was some sort of disagreement with the guy in charge of the ship, who decided that the best course of action was to take his ship to sea, without unmooring, with aid workers and port officials still on board, and without closing the rear door of the ship.

This is where I picked up the story. The aid workers on board ship were being described as hostages, and nobody really seemed to know what was going on, where the ship was heading, or anything of substance. To me, this seemed like a fairly major news story, especially given the events of May when the Mavi Marmara was boarded by Israeli soldiers and several people on board were killed. But to my surprise, almost nobody seemed to be reporting the story, and for a long time the only real coverage came from small local services, although I’m not really sure why they picked up the story.

Fortunately Kieran has a wide circle of friends, a group that I am proud to include myself in, and they decide not to let the lack of news coverage be a barrier. As has happened with increasing regularity in recent times, and online campaign quickly took shape, mostly utilising Twitter and Facebook, to raise awareness of the situation, and to try to get some information about exactly what was going on. Friends, kept each other up to speed, exchanged information, and hassled celebrities to spread the word as much as possible. The idea at this point was not to do anything in particular, other than to raise awareness of the unfolding situation, and make sure that the relevant people knew about it. This all happened very quickly, and it was actually quite hard to keep up with it all. Many celebrity figures were kind enough to pass on the story to their followers, which brought it to a much wider audience than could have been achieved through more traditional channels. Slowly, and with a great deal of effort, other news sources started to pick up the story, and by early evening it had made it to the newspapers – the Daily Record, the Independent and the Guardian among others. Notably, the BBC took a long time to come to the party, but they eventually did it with a bang, contacting a few of Kieran’s friends directly, and interviewing one of them on air (go Claire!)for a local news story.

The power of social media really came to the fore here. Although it was still quite hard to stay abreast of events, people were passing on as much information as they could get, and a real network emerged that was supporting each other in a very positive way.

I spent most of that night scanning the Internet for information, picking up small bits here and there, and passing them on as much as possible. Eventually, a slightly clearer picture emerged, that the ship was heading for Greece, where things could hopefully be sorted out. That still hasn’t quite happened. The ship has docked, but the situation is far from resolved, but it would appear that everyone is safe, which is a huge relief to many people.

What impressed me throughout the whole thing was that a very fluid, dynamic and above all supportive network of people emerged very quickly. Information was shared, support was given where necessary, egos didn’t come into it, and the concern remained the same – get people safe.

I’m fairly sure that Kieran will be as embarrassed as hell when he sees the amount of fuss that has been made about this whole situation, or rather the individual attention that has been paid to him. But this is only deserved, as he is a true gentleman and many people love and care about him.

It remains to be seen exactly what the outcome of this will all be. We live in interesting times. As I type, the situation is still unfolding, the aid workers are still on board ship and there has been talk of detaining them, or returning them – opinions differ. But my abiding memory is of a group of people who came together with a common purpose, to make sure that our friend Kieran is returned to us safely. Truly, a friend in need is a friend indeed.

May 28 2008

Updates done

Well almost. I’ve done some fiddling with the layout and it’s pretty much how I want it. I’ve almost caught up with the food diary posts. I had more than I thought to catch up with, and I’ve got at least one more to do once I’ve uploaded the photos. Because I post them with the actual date I did the cooking, they have appeared down the page a bit, but here is a list so you can go straight to them :

May 26 2008

Updates

Slight change of style, which seems quite nice. And some of the page links may not be working due to my insistence on custom templates which I need to update after the upgrade to the latest version of WordPress.

Anyway, I’ve got a couple of food posts to make, and then I can get on with the general wittering, and my new favourite type of comment, what I have come to call the ‘Victor Meldrew’ post.

I think the name speaks for itself. 🙂

Current topic thoughts:

  • Generalisations
  • Psychics
  • Internet vs Web

Oh such fun 🙂

May 5 2008

Oops

2 months since my last post.

Must do better.

Feb 21 2008

Whoops

I forgot to make any posts. I have no excuse. I have a couple more food posts to make, and some updates. As you may see from the Flickr picture links, we changed the panels on the Smart car back to the grey ones in anticipation of the trade-in. It was actually quite fun.

I’ll post more tomorrow, and add the food stuff.

Feb 8 2008

Comments

It’s worth mentioning that you can leave comments on the posts if you feel like it 🙂

You need to Register, but after that it should be easy.  It’s actually hard for me to tell, as I can access all sorts of things as the administrator of the site, but I’m sure you can work it out…maybe.

Well, Mum might struggle, but I’m sure Tom can sort it out 😉

Feb 8 2008

Hurrah!

Managed to get that sorted out, after much fiddling, and made a few cosmestic changes as well.

Nothing major, just colours on the headings and stuff, but I still need to do some fiddling to get things exactly how I want them.

Fooball at Tweedbank was quite good tonight, we won both games, and I made a couple of good saves. Yetholm are playing Peebles tomorrow, but I may not be going. We are trading in the Smart Car for a new one, and we have sold the yellow panels that are on it. So we need to put the original grey panels (which are in the loft) back onto the car, and we are going up to Edinburgh to do the change over with the guy who is buying the yellow panels (you can do it yourself, but it’s a little tricky, and this guy knows what he’s doing)

Anyway, we have ordered some clips and things that we need to do the swap, but they may not arrive tomorrow – so if they don’t, I’ll be going to the Yetholm match.