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Yes, STILL away…

Posted: 11 February 2020 in going cheep, life

Yes, this place is still on a break, or more accurately I’m still on a break from this place.

I’ve every intention of returning to it soon, but as they say, the best laid plans… except that’s not fair as I dont have a plan at the moment, merely a vague intention.

Partly it’s health reasons, both physical and otherwise; partly, it’s because I’m just too weary, and haven’t got much to say. Not that everyone else hasn’t said better and less pissed off than I would say it, anyways.

I am keeping up – mostly – with a daily brain dump at goingcheep, so if you’re missing seeing something from me every day, it’s worth checking there to see what I blurt out.

Unlike here, where I at least try to entertain or inform, goingcheep is more just a couple of hundred words on whatever is in my mind when I start typing. So, bear that in mind, eh?

OK, hope you’re all¹ well, and maybe see you soon…

¹ok, the seven of you who actually read this thing.

It’s been quite some time since I’ve used this place, been a long time since I’ve blogged at all, other than the annual A Life In Pictures update, and an equally annual post, commemorating the anniversary of my late brother’s death.

For lots of reasons, oh so many reasons, the past couple of years have been… weird; I’ve moved, lots of things have changed; lots of things haven’t, of course. Though, to be fair, that’s no different than for a lot of people.

It’s definitely been a weird time for almost everyone I know, not limited to politics. More than a few friends have had weird stuff going on in their personal lives, work lives, social lives…

Yeah, it’s been a weird few years.

And yes, it’s not like there’s been a shortage of things about which to blog, but I’ve reserved my outpourings and blathering to Twitter, for the most part.

I haven’t even kept up to date with goingcheep, which is supposed to be my daily (hah!) brain dump, something to kickstart the writing muscles .

Part of the reason I’ve not blogged, I acknowledge, is because I’d have found it impossible to do so without at least commenting upon, and probably forcefully expressing my opinion upon, the shitshow otherwise known as ‘British politics’.

There’s been a… concern, I guess… that if I did that, I’d have to comment on Labour. And that in doing so, I’d end up hurting at best, and destroying at worst, some remaining friendships.

But… I’ve been feeling the itch again, that impossible-to-scratch-any-other-way itch to blog again.

Long time followers of this blog, and of me on Twitter, will know that I’ve previously done some daily countdown blogs over the past few years.

A fifty day countdown to 2014 was the first, and as I type that, I realise that was almost six years ago, and wow, that’s scary.

Then a few months later I did a fifty day countdown to my fiftieth birthday, ending on the day before my birthday, as the day itself was spent celebrating at the Edinburgh Fringe.

A fifty day countdown blog to 2015 followed, then a fifty day countdown – mainly but not exclusively on politics – to the 2015 UK General Election. And then an aborted one counting down to 2016…

A couple of them continued after the countdown completed (with “…plus…” replacing the minus) but I often took a short break after the daily run.

And then came a whopping 75 day countdown to 2017. And I took a break… and never really came back.

You can see where this is going, right?

Well, we’re not quite at fifty days until my fifty-fifth birthday. In fact we’re currently at almost 60 days until my fifty-fifth birthday.

So a fifty-five day countdown seems appropriate. Starting on Sunday.

Why not?

Why not indeed.

So, as of Sunday, we’ll start.

I’ll start writing it, and hopefully, you’ll start reading it. What’ll be in it? To start with, a re-introduction to who I am, for readers old and new. Then, over the next eight weeks, some thoughts on the city in which I live, some personal stuff, some slice of life pieces, some thoughts on current UK and US politics, some new fiction, some old fiction, comic books, comedy, the return of the Saturday Smiles… and probably some thoughts on those for whom 2018 or 2019 was their last year on earth.

So, the usual mishmash, then.

See you on Sunday.

Online idiocy

Posted: 14 January 2015 in going cheep, internet, writing
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Not often I cross-post to here from going cheep, but this one’s worth it, I think…

Online idiocy

Every so often, an event occurs that brings the idiots out from cover and they spread their idiocy over social media with all the subtlety and tact of a bull elephant on heat. One of the stranger things about such idiots is that whereas an expert in one field may not be an expert in another, idiots tend to be multi-subject idiots.

So, as happened to me last night, you get an idiot complaining that David Cameron doesn’t know anything about Magna Carta by saying that habeous corpus came from Magna Carta. It didn’t; it came from the Assize of Clarendon, roughly fifty years before the first Magna Carta. What’s that? You didn’t know that there was more than one? Yeah, the first one, the one that everyone knows about was in 1215. Then it was repealed and then decades later, there was another one in 1297. Yeah, the first one was repealed. And, as David Allen Green has shown, there’s not a single part of current English/British Law that comes from Magna Carta; there’s not a single recorded case decided on the provisions of Magna Carta.

So, yeah, ok, I came across an idiot pontificating upon the merits of Magna Carta without knowing anything about it.

But wait, her idiocy and ignorance wasn’t limited to historical documents that have no effect upon today’s legal systems. It went further, into jewish conspiracies and how the Jews were [in part] to blame for people hating Jews because the Jews own all the banks and operate usury. And her victim blaming didn’t stop there: she blamed women for getting raped, and called for laws to abolish no-fault divorce, allow infanticide, and oh, the idiocy continued and continued. She wants to reintroduce public executions and public floggings.

Ah, social media. More proof, were it ever to be needed, that no matter how many endangered species there are on this wonderful planet of ours, we’ll never run short of idiots.

At year-end…

Posted: 31 December 2014 in going cheep

Not often that I cross post from going cheep, but for once, why not…?

As I write this, we’re about fourteen and a half hours away from the new year. 2015. A hell of a lot has happened in 2014, some good, some bad. Pretty much the same as most years, and I’d lay money that 2015 will be the same. Only the ratio ever changes.

It’s been a long time since I’ve ended a year saying “no matter what happens next year, it’s got to be better than this year.” That year was 1997, and nine days into the new year, my big brother died. Now, I’m not a superstitious person by nature (or even supernature) but since then, I’ve never thought that what’s to come can’t be worse than what’s been. Of course, it can be better – in fact often it is. But sometimes it is worse.

I got a lot of writing started in 2014, and even finished some of it. I expect – and hope – than in 2015 I’ll finish even more of what I start, and since I’ve already got eight – eight! – projects part written, I’m expecting some new things to happen on the writing front.

And those unfinished projects don’t include two that I’d lots of notes written about before two notebooks containing those notes were stolen. So, if I want to write those projects, there’s a lot of research to redo, and a lot of writing to make up.

Some months ago, when I started Going Cheep, at the start of August, it was intended to be something to kickstart the writing part of my brain. Sometimes it’s been exactly that, but more often than not, it’s been a prose equivalent of This Is My Jam, allowing me to put down in words an earworm of something that’s been occupying my mind.

So, the end of 2104. And the start of 2015. I’m not arrogant enough to think that I could give any words of advice for 2015 that will matter more than the new year messages from people liked and respected far more widely than me, but what the hell, why not?

Be nice to people, when you can. Attack arguments rather than people. Never confuse agreement for friendship, or vice versa; you’re allowed to disagree with friends about anything, and still remain friends. Learn to read fluent tyop, and know that even before you learn to read it, you’re fluent in writing it.

Know that you are liked, and stop worrying about why people like you; it’s enough that they do.

I hope you have a peaceful, good 2015, with happiness and wonders thus far unimagined.

Happy New Year.


Posted: 1 August 2014 in going cheep, writing
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Just to let anyone who’s reading this know, as well as returning to daily blogging here for a bit, I’ve started something called “GOING CHEEP” – the name may rings faint bells for some – at Going Cheep; the plan is it’ll be daily braindumps in the morning, and it’ll be the first thing I write every day. Just a couple of hundred words about whatever’s on my mind at the moment I start to write.

Anyway, thought you’d like to know.

More later.