Category Archives: blogging

Apple or PC/Windows? The endless debate

I see WordPress has managed to introduce an inconvenient new feature in my absence. I can just imagine the conversation at WP HQ. ‘Hey have you noticed that cranky roughseas isn’t around at the moment?’ ‘Yeah, life’s a bit quiet … Continue reading

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Clothes – you are what you wear?

The Emperor’s New Clothes. Or maybe those of the Empress. Sitting in the bus station the other day, ie a bus station in Spain, I was watching everyone faffing around with their ‘phones. As you do. Even I do it. … Continue reading

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In which WordPress tells you how to proofread and edit your copy

Accuracy is about more that just verifying the spelling of an email address, I rest my case, m’lud/ma’am. Sorry this would have been the genetic engineering post but I couldn’t resist this class one. Head on over to read words … Continue reading

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On blogging …

Damn! Never leave things too late. I wrote a really intelligent response to a post on one of the WordPress blogs, which was incredibly complimentary, saying how I thought their ability to choose the most boring blogs possible to highlight, … Continue reading

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Political correctness

Here we go. Dons kick-arse boots and picks up 17mm Allen key (bought yesterday specifically for this post) to repel all attacks. So, take care. The 17mm Allen key is one evil bit of kit. Even in my hands. Now, … Continue reading

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Ghastly words

To avoid. The English language is abundantly blessed with words, often many meaning the same but each one with a slightly different nuance. Do you get the idea? or Do you understand my drift? Both broadly mean the same, but … Continue reading

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Do journalists have morals?

Apparently not. A blogging friend recently compared plumbers with politicians, journalists, sex-offenders and bankers in the scheme of detritus of life. Given that my partner does plumbing work as part of his multi-skilled toolbox and I’m a trained and qualified … Continue reading

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Some Saturday thoughts on blogging

Another gem from WordPress. If you write a long post, you need to tag it as a long post. Not with the obvious word ‘long’ of course. You now have to tag your post using WPLongform. What is a long … Continue reading

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From death to trivia

Originally posted on Work of the Negative: A Marxist-Humanist blog:
From the new March-April 2013 issue of News & Letters: Editorial State of the U.S. wars The opening of Barack Obama’s second term made it clear that, despite all talk…

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Humour? Funny?

I don’t do funny. At all. I can’t tell jokes, I loathe crass racist or sexist jokes, and my sense of humour is limited to the top of the acid scale. Which is why I find it strange when people … Continue reading

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Slagging off WordPress – again

Yes. I know. You all wanted to read the ‘Wankers, seriously…’ post. Or at least those of you who spotted it in Reader and didn’t manage to get there fast enough before I took it down. I may tidy it … Continue reading

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Treating the symptoms – and not the cause

Or stupid legislation. Or nanny state personified. Call it what you will. Busily browsing the internet about Land Rovers, as you do when you have things you need to do, and don’t want to do, I chanced upon an interesting … Continue reading

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Clear white light

Or perhaps that should be titled a light bulb moment? Except I don’t like clichéed and hackneyed phrases. (Or even tautology). Whichever tosser decreed that we can only have light bulbs of 60watts or whatever the latest lowest wattage light … Continue reading

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Friends?

Waking up in the middle of the night (OK it was actually more like 4 am which isn’t far off getting up time), I mused about the people I haven’t heard from this Christmas. As you do. There were two … Continue reading

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Entertaining

In terms of being the perfect hostess you can put me right at the bottom of the list. Not the bottom of ten or a hundred, but at least a thousand, or ten thousand. I hate the staged spectacle of … Continue reading

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Irrelevant rants

Gah!! What is it with people who are not vegetarian and think they know everything about it because they only eat chicken or fish a few days a week? I’ve been doing this for 25 years or something like that. … Continue reading

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Irresponsible journalism at its worst

There is no such thing as a prank call. Purporting to be someone you aren’t is disingenuous at best, and more frequently, lying. Disregarding the issue of how a couple of Aussie music programme presenters can possibly emulate the Queen … Continue reading

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Saturday snippets

It’s not been a good week for Partner. Apart from the aforementioned summons, he’s not done too well on the shopping run. Who can forget my rant about the shelves being depleted of vegetarian, low salt, organic stock cubes? Well, … Continue reading

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More super shopping

Shopping never fails to amaze me. Not that I do it very often, and try my best to palm off that tedious task onto Partner. Even doing the washing up or mopping the floors is a worthwhile trade. As my … Continue reading

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Holy shit!

Lucky me 🙂 Greetings, I am Mrs. Al-Ghrari, the only surviving member of a family that was crushed in a bomb-blast during the war in Libya. Currently, I am battling with a (partial stroke) which resulted from the shock gotten … Continue reading

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