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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Posted:Nov 25, 2012 7:42 am
Last Updated:Nov 19, 2021 1:46 am
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MY DEAR SANTA LETTER
Posted:Dec 8, 2021 7:54 am
Last Updated:Dec 8, 2021 10:19 am
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Above is a photo of or, at least, what I would look like if I had a hairy chest, grew a beard and wore a festive hat!

I have just completed writing my Dear Santa letter with a list of all the presents I want for this Christmas. Many bloggers have asked to share my list as they would like to buy a Christmas present this year.

Top of my list is a Marcelo Bielsa bucket, which incredibly was not given to on my last birthday. Marcelo Bielsa is the manager of my football team, Leeds United, and he always sits on a blue bucket during games while he is not prowling around.

Next on my list is a Marcelo Bielsa blanket. It is getting cold here and I need a blanket to keep warm. Ideally I would like two blankets, one for my sofa and another for my bed.

Third on my list is a selection of fine and hopefully expensive dry white wine. I know this is always on my list but I have drunk the fine wine given to me last year. In fact, I drank the wine within a week after Christmas Day! Normally, I ask for Chablis, Languedoc, Pouilly-Fumé and Sancerre. But this Christmas, I would like a bottle of Cohce-Dury Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru; it costs about £1,750 a bottle but I have been assured this is a bargain given its exquisite bouquet and taste!

The fourth item on my present list is a Waterpik water flosser. I hate flossing my teeth, so much so that my teeth rarely get flossed. This water flosser looks much easier to use than the dental floss I have.

Fifth, and a bit boring, is a blue willow pattern dinner set, which at least includes plates, side plates and bowls. My dinner set that was given to me on my first wedding over 30 years ago needs replenishing; plates have got broken and disappeared - my -in-law keeps taking plated dinners her home but never returning the plates; her home had a fire recently and none of my plates survived the fire.

The book written by John Bolton on the Trump presidency, titled The Room Where It Happened, is the sixth item on my present list. As a politics junkie, I would love to read this insider account of how Donald Trump behaved in the White House.

The seventh item is Jokari, a paddle ball game that I used to play a lot when I was a . The game involves hitting a ball with a paddle; the ball is connected by elastic to a base so when hit the ball comes back at you for it to hit again. The paddle can also be used for spanking a bottom!

Finally, and probably on the present list of many, is a set of Paul Smith socks. Paul Smith, born in Nottingham, is a fashion designer. I love his signature stripes. I need several pairs of socks as I sometimes wear two pairs of socks when it gets really cold.

What presents would you like to be given this Christmas?
Have you started or even finished your present shopping for this Christmas?


Below are photos of the eight presents listed in my Dear Santa letter. It would be helpful if you could let me know in a comment what you want to give me so people do not give me the same present. Obviously, I do not mind if many if you give me wine as a Christmas present!

PS. lok4fun500, the Santa Claus of blogland, has promised to give me a bucketful of wine provided I leave out some biscuits, or cookies as he calls them, when he comes to visit me on Christmas Eve. So the Marcelo Bielsa bucket has been taken care of, but more wine is okay!

Marcelo Bielsa bucket


Marcelo Bielsa blanket


Cohce-Dury Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru


Waterpik water flosser


Blue willow pattern dinner set


The Room Where It Happened book


Jokari


Paul Smith socks
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QUEER ART AND A DILEMMA
Posted:Dec 6, 2021 5:53 am
Last Updated:Dec 8, 2021 2:04 am
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1. Keith Haring


2. Solomon Simeon


3. David Hockney


Above and below is a selection of queer art.

Queer art is art about issues, particularly gender and sexuality, relating to the so-called lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender+ (LGBT+) community and/or is art produced by the members of the LGBT+ community.

Apart from the art itself, which is often suggestive, rude and vibrant, what I like about queer art is how the word queer has been appropriated by the LGBT+ community. Once a term of abuse is increasingly used as a term of defiance, pride and celebration. However, queer art is far from new; art has always been an important site in which lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender+ artists have expressed themselves. It just was not called queer art.

What work of queer art do you like most?
And what work of queer art do you like least?
What advice would you give on the dilemma below?


Moving to the dilemma that recently came my way. One of my grandkids has recently started to wear nail varnish. He has even gone to school with varnished nails and is now being bullied at school because of his nails.

I am not saying he is queer - he is only nine years old, but what is interesting are the reactions of his family to him wearing nail varnish. All, except me, tell him not to wear nail varnish. A few are worried that he is gay. One uncle even said he will make sure that he does not turn out gay!

I am the only person saying that there is no problem with him wearing nail varnish and the problem is the bullying at school. I keep suggesting that his teachers should be alerted to prevent the bullying, but I keep being told I am daft!

4. Adriana Varejao


5. Salman Toor


6. Raphael Perez


7. Thomas Eakins


8. Christina Quarles


9. Doron Landberg
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BREAKING NEWS: ANDREW ON THE NEW COMMUNITY FORMAT
Posted:Dec 4, 2021 1:36 pm
Last Updated:Dec 8, 2021 2:14 am
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Below is an exchange of mail between Andrew Conru, the founder of this site, and myself about the new Community format. Yes, my name is Stephen.

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3/12/2021 6:26 pm
Andrew

Below is an extract from a recent blog post I wrote - see THE NEW COMMUNITY FORMAT BETA IS NOT BETTER. The new format does not work. I have not come across one blogger who prefers the new beta format over the existing format (even with its many glitches - missing words, mangled apostrophes etc).

Other bloggers have posted their concerns. For example, see THE CONS OF THE NEW COMMUNITY PAGE FOR BLOGGERS, THE NEW COMMUNITY PAGE Is THAT Strike Three, New Community Beta and How Many of You .

Many bloggers, including myself, will stop blogging if the new format is rolled out. Other bloggers, perhaps myself, will leave the site. I cannot understand why the site wants to impose something that its members do not want. It does not make good business sense.

I understand the site is using old codes, hence the glitches. But I have been told by people far more IT-savvy than me that it is possible to keep the user interface and functionality more or less the same as it is now in the new code.

I very much hope you will listen to the site's members and stop the beta format becoming the alpha format.

Regards.
Stephen
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I have tried the new beta Community format of this site on several occasions since it was recently re-launched. My view is that it is an unmitigated disaster. At a stroke, it has smashed a virtual community into smithereens. In no way does the new format promote a sense of community in both blogland and groupland. In fact, it does the exact opposite; it has destroyed the existing, albeit far from perfect, sense of community.

The new format is slightly better than the new format that was foisted on us a few months back, but only very marginally better. The site had to quickly do a reverse-ferret with that launch. The new format is still one big car crash! I realise change, especially radical change, often meets resistance. But this change stops me doing what I normally do in blogland.

Normally I look at and reply to new comments to my blog posts, then I look at replies to my comments on other blog posts, and finally I look at and comment on posts of bloggers I follow. If I have time I may look at recent posts of other bloggers or look at the list of new bloggers. And, a few times a week, I will write a new blog post. With the new format, I cannot easily do what I normally do.

Below are 15 examples of how my normal blogland routines are disrupted:
- new comments to my blog posts are not easy to find
- comments to some of my blog posts have disappeared
- my replies to comments posted on my blog posts have vanished
- many images uploaded with blog posts do not appear
- the description of my blog has been reduced to a few lines
- alerts take me back to things that happened a long time ago
- each of my saved posts are listed twice
- my sticky blog post for members to contact me has vanished
- new posts of my followed bloggers can only be found by searching each of their blogs
- the opening page of blogland is just a list of random blog posts
- recent blog posts cannot be found
- new bloggers cannot be easily found
- so-called top bloggers cannot be easily found (some may say this is a plus point!)
- blocked members are now unblocked
- and incredibly, the apostrophe is still mangled

As for groups, the new format has just made moderating or participating in groups a fruitless mission. Groups are just a footnote to the community.

The site has just atomised our blogland community. The new format needs at least an opening generic page like we have now. Otherwise, we will just be ships in the night occasionally bumping each other!

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4/12/2021 7:28 pm
Hi Stephen - thanks for the feedback! I'll go through the following point by point... then go through the posts you sent and comment there too.

Below are 15 examples of how my normal blogland routines are disrupted:
- new comments to my blog posts are not easy to find

A: Once we move to the new code, every time someone comments on a post or replies to a comment (for both blogs and groups), it will be listed on the "Alerts" page so you can see them all in one place. During the "beta", they do not show up there yet as it's a new feature.

- comments to some of my blog posts have disappeared

A: One of the blog migration scripts wasn't running for a week... blogs/comments are there again. It's a bit hard to keep the two databases in sync but I can update any missed ones later.

- my replies to comments posted on my blog posts have vanished

A: Please check again now that the last week data has been copied.

- many images uploaded with blog posts do not appear

A: I'm investigating this one today... I think it's related to the last week sync issue.

- the description of my blog has been reduced to a few lines

A: Yes, I'm going to work on this... I was trying to make it do a summary with a link to "view all" but since we have so many customization tags, it's hard to do. The challenge is on mobile where a long description means people have to scroll through it to see the posts.

- alerts take me back to things that happened a long time ago

A: yep, the alerts will show only new events that happen in the new community... my guess if you have some alerts, they're from August when we were testing things.

- each of my saved posts are listed twice

A: I'll have to check this one on your account as I see them only once.

- my sticky blog post for members to contact me has vanished

A: I'll check this one later. The new code also only has sticky on/off and not a sort order for them. It's on the to-do list but we also want to keep things simple.

- new posts of my followed bloggers can only be found by searching each of their blogs

A: Assuming you're using a computer (not phone), you can see "new posts of followed bloggers" by clicking the "Blogs" button on the left sidebar, then "Followed" button on the upper-right corner of the page.

- the opening page of blogland is just a list of random blog posts

A: It currently shows the newest blogs (note again, the last week's blogs were missing).

- recent blog posts cannot be found

A: yes, they're there now.

- new bloggers cannot be easily found

A: click "Blogs" in left sidebar, then "New" button at the top. However, since most new bloggers

- so-called top bloggers cannot be easily found (some may say this is a plus point!)

A: yeah... we're going to get rid of the "contest" posts. If you go to /community/members you can see some leaderboards and sorts but it's kind of hidden on purpose until we see if it's useful.

- blocked members are now unblocked

A: Aha... I see what happened here. I will update it today.

- and incredibly, the apostrophe is still mangled

A: yeah... I worked on this a bit last week. The problem is the old/current blog database mangles apostrophe's and so only new posts will not have that problem. It's actually worse for non-English posts. The new blogs has a way to fix apostrophes in old posts for English.

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4/12/2021 8:05 pm
Andrew

Many thanks for your reply; it is much appreciated.

My only observation, assuming that everything is working as intended, is that the new format breaks the golden rule - at least it is golden here in the UK - of having to click many times to get what you want rather than seeing a generic blogland page, a generic my blog page, a generic groupland page etc as a menu page to click from. These generic pages are the ones that create the sense of community. The new format is a bit like having a smartphone.

Since I mailed you, two other bloggers have posted negatively about the new format - see COMMUNITY IS BEYOND FUCKED UP and The Time39s they are a changing and so is the community. The troops are not happy.

Regards.
Stephen

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4/12/2021 8:22 pm
Andrew

Just a rejoinder, I hope you roll out this new format when all the issues are fixed. I've raised only a few issues; other bloggers have raised more issues. If the issues aren't fixed, then, it's just going to alienate members further. They, myself included, want a new format that is better rather than work-in-progress.

Regards.
Stephen

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CAUGHT OUT IN THE SNOW
Posted:Dec 1, 2021 8:24 am
Last Updated:Dec 5, 2021 8:18 am
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It snowed here a few days ago. Nottingham does not normally see snow until well after Christmas. I decided to make the most of the snow by clambering up onto the roof to fix a loose tile. It was not one of my best ideas as my onesie came undone and I ended half-naked on the roof!

Do you like the snow?
How much snow do you get in your winter?
When was the last time you made a snowman (or snowwoman)?


I love the snow, especially around Christmas, but it has been ages since I last made a snowman. I love a snowball fight when it snows.

Below is an assortment of snow-themed photographs. I particularly like the first photo of soldiers throwing snowballs during the First World War, presumably they ran out of ammunition! The last photo is the Sleepwalker, a piece of installation art made by Tony Matelli; I think it is a bit creepy!
















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FROM NOT COOL TO COOL
Posted:Nov 30, 2021 8:57 am
Last Updated:Dec 2, 2021 6:13 am
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My first nickname at school was Blubber-Belly. I was ten years old and I was not fat, honest! But can be cruel in their nicknames. My nickname soon got changed to Dubber-Delly, slightly better but still not cool.

A few years into school, now in my teens, my nickname got shortened even more and became Dub. This nickname was much better and became cool when dub reggae was popular in the late 1970s. I have to admit that I liked my nickname then.

My younger brother was called Little Dub, even though he was bigger than me!


What was your nickname at school?
Do you have any nicknames now?


Nearly everyone at school, both pupils and teachers, had nicknames. Other pupils were called Baa-Baa, Big Bertha, Griffo, Herbert, Sheister, Ski, Tuppenny Twat, Twanger and Wally.

You can probably guess why Big Bertha got his nickname. Tuppenny Twat was a nod to The Six Million Dollar Man that was very popular at the time. Sheister got his nickname because a pair of his pooed-in pants was found in the box of his Monopoly game. My best friend was nicknamed Ski because one of his legs was much shorter than the other so probably would not be able to ski that well! School, especially in the dorms, was sometimes a brutal world.

Some of the nicknames of my teachers were Bengo, Colonel, Dan, Din, Flash, Jesse, Master Bates, Motty and One-Ball. He was called One-Ball because he foolishly told us that he only had one testicle! Dan, the physics teacher, even had his own song that we would sing in his class - Dan, Dan the physics man; his dick is big and hairy; and he dances like a fairy! As I write, I am still embarrassed by all this.


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THE NEW COMMUNITY FORMAT - BETA IS NOT BETTER!
Posted:Nov 28, 2021 5:45 am
Last Updated:Dec 5, 2021 5:01 am
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I have tried the new beta Community format of this site on several occasions since it was recently re-launched. My view is that it is an unmitigated disaster. At a stroke, it has smashed a virtual community into smithereens. In no way does the new format promote a sense of community in both blogland and groupland. In fact, it does the exact opposite; it has destroyed the existing, albeit far from perfect, sense of community.

The new format is slightly better than the new format that was foisted on us a few months back, but only very marginally better. The site had to quickly do a reverse-ferret with that launch. The new format is still one big car crash! I realise change, especially radical change, often meets resistance. But this change stops me doing what I normally do in blogland.

Normally I look at and reply to new comments to my blog posts, then I look at replies to my comments on other blog posts, and finally I look at and comment on posts of bloggers I follow. If I have time I may look at recent posts of other bloggers or look at the list of new bloggers. And, a few times a week, I will write a new blog post. With the new format, I cannot easily do what I normally do.

Below are 15 examples of how my normal blogland routines are disrupted:
- new comments to my blog posts are not easy to find
- comments to some of my blog posts have disappeared
- my replies to comments posted on my blog posts have vanished
- many images uploaded with blog posts do not appear
- the description of my blog has been reduced to a few lines
- alerts take me back to things that happened a long time ago
- each of my saved posts are listed twice
- my sticky blog post for members to contact me has vanished
- new posts of my followed bloggers can only be found by searching each of their blogs
- the opening page of blogland is just a list of random blog posts
- recent blog posts cannot be found
- new bloggers cannot be easily found
- so-called top bloggers cannot be easily found (some may say this is a plus point!)
- blocked members are now unblocked
- and incredibly, the apostrophe is still mangled

As for groups, the new format has just made moderating or participating in groups a fruitless mission. Groups are just a footnote to the community.

The site has just atomised our blogland community. The new format needs at least an opening generic page like we have now. Otherwise, we will just be ships in the night occasionally bumping each other!


Have you looked at the new Community?
If so, what do you think of the new beta format?
Is it better or worse than the old format?


It is now clear why the site has not fixed the increasing glitches, such as the disappearing images, the stolen little words, the pilfered letters, the mangled apostrophe and the unrecognised bullet points. It decided long ago that these glitches were not worth fixing by updating its codes because it was going to roll out the new format.

After the site imposed the new format on us a few months back, I decided not to renew my gold membership and to lapse into standard membership until the site settled on its new format. Being a standard member meant I could still blog and still participate in groups even if I could no longer read or send mail.

Given that the site has not listened to its members or, if it has listened, it has decided to do its own thing in rolling out this new format, I may not even bother being a standard member.


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NO THANKSGIVING HERE
Posted:Nov 24, 2021 10:37 am
Last Updated:Nov 27, 2021 8:04 am
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Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday in a few countries. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day in America. Thanksgiving Day has already taken place in Canada. Two Caribbean countries, Grenada and Saint Lucia, and the African country of Liberia, founded to home freed black slaves from America, also have their own Thanksgiving Day.

There are no Thanksgiving celebrations here in Britain. The only people celebrating Thanksgiving here are Americans living in Britain and Brits lucky enough to be invited to the Thanksgiving meal at the American embassy in London.

The closest we get to Thanksgiving is the Harvest Festival, which traditionally took place after harvest and involved eating lots of harvested food. Harvest Festival nowadays is largely confined to churches and involves singing hymns not eating roast turkey. Here, roast turkey is a very popular Christmas meal.

Of all celebrations here, Christmas is the most important to me, followed by birthday celebrations. I do not celebrate Easter but I very much enjoy that the Easter weekend is a very long weekend with two public holidays on Good Friday and Easter Monday. For that reason alone, I am pleased Jesus was crucified and resurrected either side of the weekend!


Do you celebrate Thanksgiving?
If so, how do you celebrate Thanksgiving?
What celebration is the most important to you?


To all my American friends, I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving. And I wish all my Canadian friends a very belated Happy Thanksgiving.

Below are two fully-naked half-turkeys in flagrante delicto!


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BEING BICURIOUS
Posted:Nov 22, 2021 9:22 am
Last Updated:Nov 28, 2021 6:19 am
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When looking for other couples to meet up for sex or to invite to sex parties, I used to closely read their profiles. It was common for the man or the woman, or both, to describe themselves as bicurious. I often wondered what this term meant.

I understood that someone could be curious about having sex with someone of the same sex, whether gay or lesbian sex. I was and still am curious. But the label seemed to mean much more than idle curiousity.

Bicurious, at least to me, suggests that the person is tempted to try a same-sex experience; being bicurious without any interest in having such an experience is pretty meaningless.

But once someone has had sex with someone of the same sex and enjoyed the same-sex experience, then, surely they are no longer bicurious but bisexual. Being bicurious is surely a transient description of sexual orientation until such curiousity has been satisfied or not. Bicurious is temporary.

Despite this, bicurious remains a common description of the sexual orientation of many couples on this site. Perhaps they are unsure whether they enjoyed the same-sex experience but are still curious to give it another whirl. Perhaps the conditions that they want their same-sex experience to take place are so idealised that they are impossible to be met in the real world. Or perhaps they did not get round to updating their profile.

However, I think there may be other reasons why couples describe themselves as bicurious. I think many men in a couple relationship are more likely to describe themselves as bicurious rather than bisexual because they do not want to scare off other men. Also, given men often write the profile of the couple, I think many men are likely to describe their female partner as bicurious because they like the idea of watching their partner getting it on with another woman.

For these reasons, when I saw a profile of a bicurious couple, I used to assume that the man was bisexual and the woman was straight.


How would you describe your sexuality?
What does bicurious mean to you?
Are you bicurious?


Sexuality is fluid, making it difficult to categorise and problems always arise at the margins of categories. But, having said that, I am straight and curious but without being bicurious; I am not interested in having sex with another man. Apart from a few awkward fumblings after lights-out at boarding school, I have not experienced sex with a man. At last, I have come out as heterosexual!

However, having said that, there were a couple of occasions when, in the heat of the moment, sex with a woman did involve another man. The first occasion when I allowed a man to caress my balls as I was fucking his wife; it seemed rude to turn down his request! The other occasion was when I cupped the balls of another man as he was fucking my partner; I wanted him to cum as I do like sloppy seconds!

Perhaps I am momentarily bisexual!




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A FINGER RING
Posted:Nov 20, 2021 6:57 am
Last Updated:Nov 28, 2021 3:04 am
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There are rings for ears, which we always call earrings; also there are toe rings, eyebrow rings, nose rings, belly button rings, tongue rings, nipple rings, clit rings and cock rings. But for rings that we wear on our fingers, we just say rings, never fingerrings!

If we did, just imagine how awkward the vow taken at a marriage would be. With this fingerring, I, John Jones, thee wed you, Lucy Lee!

Or how uncomfortable it would be for a woman just engaged visiting her parents to tell them of her engagement. Mum, Dad, Lucy here ... I am now engaged to John, who has just given me an incredible fingerring!

Or what the father of John would say just before he proposes to Lucy. John, you make sure you give Lucy a good fingerring. I gave your mother the same fingerring that your grandfather gave your grandmother!

That is why rings for fingers are not called fingerrings!


Do you wear any rings on your body?
If so, what rings have you got, and where do you wear them?


I do not wear any rings, not even a wedding ring.

I have always wanted my partners to get a nipple ring and a clit ring, but they have never been persuaded to get pierced in those places. Even when I have pointed out that it is only the same as getting their ears pierced, they have remained unconvinced.

I cannot take any credit for this post. The joke about fingerrings is lifted from Celia Pacquola, a very funny Australian comedian.

And the two photos are the fingerrings that Prince William and Prince Harry gave to Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle; clearly the Duchess of Cambridge got a bigger fingerring than the Duchess of Sussex!


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MY ULTRAVIOLET WILLY
Posted:Nov 17, 2021 9:14 am
Last Updated:Nov 21, 2021 5:30 am
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The theme for this Half Nekkid Wednesday is things starting with the letters U, V or W - see November 17: Things that start with U, V or W. I am choosing my ultraviolet willy, which covers all three letters if ultraviolet were two words.

Above is what I would look like if I was to do a spot of arc welding. A special welding face shield needs to be worn when welding because the arc welder emits dangerous ultraviolet light. Arc welding looks dangerous!


Have you ever used a welder?
If so, what did you weld?


On a few occasions and under strict supervision, I have used a welder when living on the farm. I cannot remember what I welded, almost certainly something very simple.

Back to the theme of Half Nekkid Wednesday, below is my ultraviolet willy. This blowjob was dangerous as neither of us were wearing any goggles; it was unsafe sex but fortunately neither of us suffered from arc eye. I will wear googles next time!


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FARTING IS TO BE CRIMINALISED
Posted:Nov 16, 2021 10:52 am
Last Updated:Nov 20, 2021 8:10 am
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The 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, widely known as COP26, has just finished. The talks were held in the Scottish city of Glasgow. Nearly every world leader attended its proceedings; notable exceptions were the Chinese, Russian and Turkish leaders, though there were Chinese, Russian and Turkish delegations at the conference.

The main aim of COP26 was to agree on measures to combat climate change and, in particular, to limit the increases of global temperature. In Paris, six years ago, COP21 agreed to limit global warming to within 1.5C of pre-industrial levels.

There is global warming because of the increasing emission of so-called greenhouse gases, like carbon dioxide and methane, which trap heat in the atmosphere that would otherwise escape into space. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, consisting of leading climate scientists, reported that the effects of global warming in excess of 2.0C would be catastrophic and irreversible.

Several deals were struck in Glasgow. First, there was an agreement, signed by 137 countries covering over 90 per cent of all forests, to halt and reverse forest loss and land degradation. Trees absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. Already, because of deforestation, the Amazon releases more carbon dioxide than it absorbs.

Second, there was an agreement over methane emissions. Over 100 countries pledged to cut their methane emissions. However, three of the five largest methane emitters, China, India and Russia, refused to sign this agreement. Methane is a very potent greenhouse; it warms the atmosphere 80 times faster than carbon dioxide. Farting will become an act of climate crime!

Third, there was an agreement to reduce the use of coal. But this agreement was watered down, after last-minute objections from China and India, from phasing out to phasing down the use of coal. India is almost totally dependent on coal to fuel its economy.

Fourth, there was a limited agreement to phase out fossil-fuel cars and vans signed by over 30 countries. But China, Germany and the US refused to sign this agreement. Germany exports a lot of cars!

Fifth, there was a renewed pledge that rich countries would provide so-called climate finance to poor countries in recognition that richer countries have most caused global warming and are best placed to manage its effects, and that poorer countries are most adversely affected by climate change and are least able to deal with its effects. It is one thing for the Dutch to manage the North Sea with its system of dykes to stop Amsterdam from mass flooding; and it is another thing for the Maldives, a group of low-lying islands, to stop disappearing into the Indian Ocean as sea levels rise. But this pledge has been made before and the monies never materialised.

Overall, COP26 is a mixed bag. The agreements to end deforestation and to cut methane emissions are very significant in combatting global warming. But its agreements on coal, cars and climate finance are far less significant; they are fudged deals which do little more than kick these issues into touch. But these climate change talks are part of an ongoing process; there is COP27 next year to be held in Egypt, where it will be at least much warmer than Scotland.


How worried are you about climate change?
Do you think governments are doing enough to combat climate change?
How green are you in everyday life?


I am very worried about climate change. I am quite green in the way I live. I use public transport, but I do eat meat. Climate change is by far the biggest issue facing the world today; it is an existential threat. Governments are doing something but I worry what they are doing may be too little, too late. I very much hope I am proved wrong.

For those who want to read more on climate change, there is a very informative website, Climate Action Tracker, which shows on a thermometer how the world is doing in controlling global warming. Also, for what it is worth, I did a post on COP21 six years ago - see GOOD COP, BAD COP.
















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THE APOSTROPHE IS DEAD
Posted:Nov 12, 2021 10:27 am
Last Updated:Nov 24, 2021 3:52 am
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It is now official; the apostrophe is dead. This site no longer recognises the humble apostrophe. Not only does it steal little words, the site now translates the apostrophe into gibberish. Here is an example:

It’s so cold that I can’t feel my hands’ fingers, but I’ll continue to type out this evening’s post. This site won’t update its’ codes meaning that its’ members can’t read what I’m writing about. It’s a shame … or perhaps it’s a blessing!

In 2001, the Apostrophe Protection Society was founded with "the specific aim of preserving the correct use of this currently much abused punctuation mark". However, in December 2019 its founder, John Richards, disbanded the Apostrophe Protection Society because no one seemed to care about the punctuation mark.

In Bristol, an English city, there is a grammar vigilante who secretly adds an apostrophe to street and shop signs where an apostrophe has been omitted. He is the equivalent to Banksy but in the world of grammar. Strangely it is believed that Banksy is from Bristol; perhaps Banksy is also this grammarian guerrilla as well as the renowned street artist!


Do you use apostrophes correctly?
How good is your grammar?
Are you a grammarhead?


I am a proud grammarhead; in my job I had to be correct in my grammar. And, just as my academic colleagues picked up on any of my grammatical errors, I took delight in correcting any grammatical mistakes made by my students.

It is not easy to explain how an apostrophe should be used without using an apostrophe in action, but I am going to have to try. The use of an apostrophe is quite simple. There are two main uses of an apostrophe. First, an apostrophe is used to denote there is a missing letter when writing a word. Second, an apostrophe denotes the possessive case of a noun; in other words, it indicates that something or someone belongs to something or someone.

Inside are some examples of the uses of an apostrophe; the site only mangles apostrophes used in posts not in comments on posts!




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