Friday, 23 January 2015

The Write-Place or the Wrong Blog

Yesterday I spent some time considering whether to amalgamate this blog, with and call it The WritePlace Is Maltbyblogger or some such thing but having slept on it I've decided that it wouldn't really work. 
Actually,  I have had it sort of decided for me by a reader, now probably ex-reader, of maltbyblogger who has castigated me for using it for a political agenda. Now, apart from me not having any political "agenda" - I can't decide whether to sit down or stand up most days, never mind who to vote for  - I felt I had to refer him to the "About" page of the blog. Though I had almost forgotten myself, there it clearly states what my intentions were/are in making posts and the word "political" is mentioned. But so are the words "topical", "information", "discuss" and "news".  I think I am within my "rights" as a blogger to post anything related to any of those words and I think that is what I have done for the past however long I've been doing it.

So, have I laid my soul bare with intentions for Write-Place too ? On checking I find that it says " A collection and selection of my writing, reading, views and news " (Yes really - as cheesy as that) which is as broad a scope as needed for my utterances, I reckon.

I do take the point that if what is actually written on a blog is not what the author has said it is, then the reader may well feel peeved, but there's a simple answer to that - just stop reading it. In case anyone thought otherwise, no one gets any remuneration from a personal blog apart from the satisfaction that someone somewhere might take the time to read it and even comment on it. Plus the pleasure of off loading the contents of one's mind onto a keyboard.

In conclusion, despite what I have been thinking, and writing here, the two blogs are remaining separate, for the moment. This is not because I haven't made a satisfactory argument for joining them, it's more a case of lack of motivation and  energy to go through the motions of whatever it would entail. 

Besides, some reader, some where, some time might have a spare few moments to debate the  merits or lack of, and relevance of the contents of each.  I wouldn't want to take that opportunity away. 

Monday, 12 January 2015

Yesterday more than a million people, including 40 world leaders marched together through the streets of Paris in an unique display of apparent unity, solidarity and resistance to terrorism. This event was a show of mourning and celebration in response to the attacks which began with the massacre at the Charlie Hebdo magazine office and ended two days later after two sieges and a major police operations.

Since the attacks there's been much discussion and protestations about the reasonings behind the killings - if it's possible to know, now that the killers have been "neutralised". 

An issue of Freedom of Speech and what constitutes freedom, respect and offence ?                            

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Move Me Past the Beards, Vaping and Oolong Tea - this is 2015 !

Following the lack of planned  postings here since 20th November, where I was, allegedly, resurrecting this blog, I really ought to have written one last night to be posted at 12.01 January 1st 2015. 
I was, as it happened, too busy writing a post for one of my other blogs maltbyblogger about why I haven't been writing there as prolifically.  So I find that this morning, on the first day of the New Year a number of thoughts that I had yesterday have already been blogged on by others.
Ah well, there's a moral and a resolution in there somewhere if I was motivated and clear headed enough to take it on board. Which I'm not at the moment, but will be soon.

So,  How To Stay Relevant in 2015 is the title of the piece. (Read it Here )

I'd have called it - How To Stay Focussed in 2015, as irrelevancy is quite important to me sometimes. 

Coffee is over, and tea is the new trend but only tea with names like Monkey Picked   Oolong Tea and Kombucha, apparently. The real image-conscious need to go for Switchel. which  is neither coffee nor tea but  consists of water, ginger, cider vinegar and molasses or brown sugar. 
Well, I pass on all this a) because I am drinking coffee as I type now and b) I received a present of a cute chicken tea pot and am not putting anything that a monkey picked inside of that. PG Tips is good enough for Chimps, so it's good enough for me.

Craft Ales and the like are out too. Folks are now VAPING alcohol which reckons to be better at getting you drunk in 30 seconds flat but the process and effects sounds more like a nasty medical procedure, so none of that for me either. Eating cake and chocolate is more my focus point.

Beards Now this is a coincidence because I had a long conversation about these facial adornments that have been growing on many faces for a while now. Son, both son in laws and more all sporting beards which I have made plain I dislike immensely. None of my business, you say ? Fair enough, just don't come too close to my face with it and do NOT kiss me. Best advice - SHAVE IT OFF NOW !

and lastly,

iPhone 6 or Samsung Galaxy ?  Samsung Galaxy for me anytime, but the answer actually is neither. Old mobile phones that were similar to a house brick in size are the in thing to have. They're  calling it "Retro", but basically it's just old. And again, coincidentally - or could it be that I am just Relevant and Focussed ?  -  I have an original brick size mobile phone with charger and sim card the size of a postcard in my car right now. Photos later as proof.

So there we have it. 2 blog posts written in 2 days and more to come. On top of all the most relevant and focussing things possible, for me anyway - and it's only 10 am on 1/1/2015

What more can I say ...   ...