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SELL GOLD, BUY LEGO
Posted:Dec 22, 2021 7:55 am
Last Updated:Dec 26, 2021 3:22 am
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A recent study has found that investing in Lego is more lucrative than investing in gold. Lego investors also do better than investors in art, bonds, stamps, stocks and wine.

Researchers at the Higher School of Economics in Russia tracked the prices of 2,322 Lego sets from 1987 to 2015 and found there is a lot of money to be made in buying Lego. The most expensive Lego sets include the Taj Mahal and the Millennium Falcon, Death Star II and Imperial Star Destroyer from the Star Wars franchise.

Do you have any investments?
Did you play with Lego when you were a ?


Apart from property, my only investment is my stamp collection. I have never collected art or gold; I sold my bonds and stocks when I needed money; and I drank all the fine wine!

I used to play with Lego when I was a , though the Lego sets then were very basic compared to the Lego sets available nowadays. I used to build farms with my Lego set.

However, I did recently build a half-naked Lego version of myself. But my dominatrix friend found me and decided to whip me into shape!



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MOVE OVER BLOGGER-HOGGERS!
Posted:Dec 19, 2021 7:30 am
Last Updated:Jan 15, 2022 10:34 am
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I am hesitant in posting this as I do not want to cause any blog wars. But the problem of blogger-hogging really bugs me so here goes!

There are a handful of bloggers who dominate the list of recent posts. They post many times a day, often only minutes separating their repeated posts and usually containing images that can be widely found elsewhere. There is no point naming-and-shaming them because it is clear who they are.

Please do not get me wrong, I strongly believe that bloggers can blog about whatever they want, whether it is words, images or a mixture of both. I also believe that bloggers can blog as much or as little as they want. I am a liberal.

But being liberal means that people are is free to do what they want provided that they do not harm others and provided that all people can enjoy these freedoms. But the blogger-hoggers are preventing other less prolific bloggers from getting on the list of recent posts for any significant length of time and thus reducing the chances of their posts being read.

This problem is particularly pronounced for new bloggers. The blogger-hoggers make it more difficult for new bloggers to get noticed and get established. Blogland has been in decline for some time; it needs new bloggers to rejuvenate blogland.

Do you have any opinions on blogger-hogging?
Why do you think some bloggers are blogger-hoggers?


I do not know precisely why bloggers post repeatedly within a short period of time. But I suspect that it is a way of gaming the system to get to the top of the list of active blogs, widely seen as a list of top bloggers. Fair enough, nothing so intrinsically wrong in that - we are all free to play games - but they are extrinsically and adversely affecting other bloggers, particularly new bloggers.

One of the few advantages of the new format is that blogger-hogging will not be so readily rewarded on two counts. First, blog posts only show one image per post; other images can only be seen by actively clicking that post. This should nudge bloggers to post fewer images. Second, the list of popular blogs is simply a list of the most followed blogs; the list includes many inactive blogs that still are followed by many.

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I KNEW A MAN WHO MADE HIS OWN COFFIN
Posted:Dec 17, 2021 7:04 am
Last Updated:Dec 20, 2021 4:30 am
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The Lindner Coffin Calendar


At work I met a colleague who was making his own coffin. It was his hobby. He kept his coffin in his attic ready be brought down when he died. At first, I thought this was an odd hobby. But I then thought it was a great idea; he could personalise a coffin for his funeral and probably save money because coffins are very expensive.

The man who invented throat lozenges died last week. There was no coffin at his funeral!

Lindner, the largest maker of coffins in Poland, produces a calendar of its coffins using scantily-clad models; above is Miss December hauling her coffin along a street. All monies raised through the sales of its calendars are donated charity, but the Catholic Church is not at all impressed by this marketing stunt.

Glass coffins are now available, but whether they become popular remains be seen!

Have you made any plans for your funeral?
Do you want be buried or cremated?


I have started think about my funeral. I want a no-fuss, cheap, green funeral. I do not want a religious as I am an atheist. I just want be buried in a biodegradable coffin with a tree planted top with a party afterwards for people to get drunk and behave badly. Perhaps I will get a plaque for the tree with the words, I am fucked if there is a god!

I have been told that necrophilia is dead boring!

Katie Price, a former big-breasted glamour model, was planning to sell coffins with bling; her prototype coffin is shown below. Not to be outdone, the UK-based Glitter Coffin Company produces bespoke glitter coffins; it sells coffins to funeral directors worldwide. The coffins are made to order and come in a variety of colours - black, blue, gold, pink, purple and silver; below is its pink glitter coffin.

A man tried to see me a coffin today. I told him that is the last thing I need!

Katie Price coffin


Glitter coffin
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X-RATED, YO-YOING ZEBRAS
Posted:Dec 15, 2021 5:24 am
Last Updated:Dec 19, 2021 2:58 am
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Above is a zebra stallion yo-yoing with a zebra mare in an X-rated act. I was half-naked when I took this photo.

Whenever I see animals having sex, I will have a little look at proceedings but will then walk away quietly to give them some privacy to get it on. I have seen cats, cattle, dogs, horses, pigs and sheep have sex - I lived on a farm so all this sex was on my doorstep. I did not seek out these bestial activities, promise!

The strangest animals I saw having sex were tortoises on a safari trip in Senegal. The male tortoise was very loud and very rough and he lasted for a very long time.

What animals have you seen having sex?

My grandkid asked me why zebras have stripes. I told him that it is because they do not want to be spotted. In the local shop, he then asked me whether I could buy him a toy zebra. I told him they are very difficult to buy because you cannot find the barcode.

On walking home, he saw a lion crossing the street and asked what the lion was doing. I told him that the lion saw a zebra crossing. As we approached the zebra crossing, my grandkid started talking to a donkey who was afraid to cross the street. He asked the donkey why he was scared. The donkey said he cannot cross the street after seeing what happened to the zebra at the crossing.

Still at the zebra crossing, my grandkid asked me what do you get if you cross a pelican and a zebra. I answered that we would be two streets further away. After crossing the street, we walked a few yards and came across a man trying to cross the busy street. Trying to be helpful, I told him that there was a zebra crossing up the street. The man said to me that he hoped the zebra was having better luck than he was.

It is not easy writing this rubbish!

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MOVING ON
Posted:Dec 14, 2021 6:39 am
Last Updated:Dec 16, 2021 9:01 am
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Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol, England


I was asked recently if I had to move from where I live in Nottingham to another place where would I go. My friend asked to name one place in England and another place abroad.

Reluctant as I am to leave Nottingham, the home of Robin Hood, I thought hard about his question. Initially I answered Leeds so that I could regularly go and see the home games of the mighty Leeds United. But soon realising that I am unlikely to get into the Elland Road ground because it is out for every home game, I decided to choose Bristol as a place I would like to live.

Bristol is a large, historic, vibrant city in the south-west of England; it prospered, like many other ports, because of the slave trade. Above is a photo of the Clifton Suspension Bridge, an iconic bridge designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

If you had to live in another place in your country, where would you move to?
If you had to live in another country, where would you move to?


Thinking about other countries where I would like to live, I kept thinking of countries I would not like to live in. The list was long: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Belarus, China, Myanmar, North Korea, Pakistan, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and United Arab Emirates - living in Dubai for me, would be a living hell!

Of the countries that I could live in, the following came to mind: Belgium, Canada, Costa Rica, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain and the USA - it would have to be New York or San Francisco if I moved to America.

But, after quite a lot of thinking, I chose Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is pleasure city; along with Barcelona and New York, it is one of my favourite cities in the world. Below is a photo of Damrak, the red light district of Amsterdam. It is not a seedy area; there are bars, cafes, coffee shops, restaurants, shops, churches and museums, as well as women advertising their services in the red-lit windows of the merchant houses.

Damrak, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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FANCY SOME LESBIAN CHEESE?
Posted:Dec 11, 2021 6:35 am
Last Updated:Dec 14, 2021 8:08 am
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Rainbow Grocery Cooperative Store


Lesbian feta


Two lesbians eating cheese


The Rainbow Grocery Cooperative is lesbian cheese in its San Francisco store. The cheese, marketed as Greek (lesbian) feta, is one of its top- cheeses. It is called lesbian cheese because it is made from the milk of sheep grazing on the Greek island of Lesbos, home of the lesbian poetess Sappho.

I would try lesbian cheese but I do not think I would like its taste. I am not a big fan of cheeses made from the milk of sheep, or goats. I do not like the smell of feta.

Would you like to eat lesbian cheese?
What are your favourite cheeses?
What cheeses are made in your local area?


I like all cheeses except for smelly cheeses. I do not like so-called blue cheeses that have mould added to them. Stilton, made in my neighbouring county Leicestershire, is a very popular blue cheese here, but I do not like eating the cheese unless it is the base of a sauce.

My favourite cheeses include Cheshire, Wensleydale and Lancashire. They are quite mild, crumbly cheeses, great for eating on crackers. Most Cheshire cheese is not made in the county of Cheshire but made in my birth county of Shropshire. My grandparents made Cheshire cheese; it a very smelly business! Shropshire is a border county neighbouring Wales where there are lots of cows and sheep; it is where men are men and sheep are nervous!

My top cheese is Vignotte, a creamy cheese made in Normandy, France. I also like Camembert, a soft, squidgy creamy cheese also made in Normandy. The French make a lot of cheese; the French President Charles de Gaulle once asked, How can you govern a country which has two hundred and forty-six varieties of cheese?

Another cheese I like is Parmesan; a lot of freshly grated Parmesan is always sprinkled on my pasta dishes.

The cheese I eat most is Cheddar, but it is not favourite cheese as it is quite bland. Cheddar is just the best cheese to cook with.

Cheshire cheese


Wensleydale cheese


Lancashire cheese


Vignotte cheese


Camembert cheese


Parmesan cheese
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MY DEAR SANTA LETTER
Posted:Dec 8, 2021 7:54 am
Last Updated:Dec 14, 2021 7:50 am
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Above is a photo of me 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 me to share my list as they would like to buy me a Christmas present this year!

Top of my list is a Marcelo Bielsa bucket, which incredibly was not given to me 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. Generally, I find the more expensive wines are the best wines. I know fine wine 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-Fume and Sancerre. But this Christmas, I would like a bottle of Cohce-Dury Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru; it costs about 1,750 pounds 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 willow pattern dinner set, given to me on my first wedding over 30 years ago, needs replenishing. Plates have got broken or have disappeared - my -in-law keeps taking plated dinners to her home without returning them; now her home has had a fire I doubt the plates will ever be returned.

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, are socks. But this Christmas, I would like a set of Paul Smith socks. Paul Smith, born in Nottingham, is a fashion designer. I love his classic 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 even 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 12, 2021 2:16 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 12, 2021 2:35 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, [post 4427131] 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 11, 2021 6:39 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 10, 2021 2:46 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:Jan 2, 2022 5:57 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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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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