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I Comment, Therefore I Am

Woman in blueOK so here’s a brand new idea from the talented Unknown Mami.  All of us make comments elsewhere in blogland and sometimes they’re so blindingly brilliant that it seems a shame that they will be buried, lost and forgotten in the merest blink of an eye.  Well, why not show a little of your utter brilliance by joining in ‘I Comment, Therefore I Am’?  Gather together those memorable comments in a draft post during the week and then post them on your blog on a Monday.  Don’t forget to link back to Unknown Mami.

While I can hardly claim that my comments are the height of pithy wit, I think this is a great way to effectively highlight other people’s writing.  I started gathering these late in the week so I’ve been going back through OPB’s (other peoples’ blogs) and here is a selection:  

On Carma’s post ‘Call the Bitter Police’ covering the subject of ‘celebrity’ (the air brush she referred to is the ‘Temptu’ which you may know of …I still don’t).

I don’t know this air brush thing you mention…might a plant sprayer filled with makeup do the same thing do you think?    
Yeah I’m with you, celebrity nepotism makes me barf.

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On Carma’s post ‘And I said It Wouldn’t Last’ documenting the end of a bromance involving a guy with a Hummer and many, many pairs of skates.

He was too busy to text a quick reply on Saturday? Very arrogant and how insulting. What a jerk.
Pooh to him and the Hummer…and the 10 pairs of skates he rolled in on!

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Last one on Carma’s site …what can I say, she inspires me to better commenting … On her post ‘Oh Snickers!‘ where she told us of her son’s sneakiness in capturing the ‘phantom treat stealer’:

Haha…what made him suspect enemy action then?! Crumbs…stealing sweets from the kidillywinks…tsk tsk tsk.

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Moving swiftly on… Jane at ‘They Call Me Jane’ often writes thought provoking blog posts.  This week she wrote about how history will peceive George Bush, and in fact Barack Obama (whose support is currently wavering), in a post called ‘Before You Speak Walk A Mile In Their Shoes’.  My comment…

I wonder whether those who are now so quickly disillusioned were more influenced to vote for him by that huge ‘tide of change’ thing that was going on, than by actually considering the politics, policies and implications. I’ve maintained for quite some time that whilst Bush may not go down as one of the best US Presidents, he almost certainly wasn’t as dumb as he was sometimes made to appear. Political decisions cannot be seen as black and white, there are always grey areas – pros and cons have to be weighed up (national + international interests + how much co-operation / opposition one can expect from other nations). The best any leader can do is to make an informed judgement (and let’s not forget that there is always a huge team of advisers in the background). It’s awfully easy to talk about a Utopian world of peace and harmony – and it’s definitely a vote grabber. It’s a whole lot harder to achieve it.

And finally…it was a sad week for blogland as we contemplated the loss of  ‘The Vintage Kitten’ from our ranks.  Mrs K is hanging up her white elbow length gloves and putting her mink stole into cold storage.  How will we cope without the cocktails, the glam and the glitz?   I was gutted…gutted I tell ya: 

Oh no! Things won’t be the same in blogsphere without Mrs K.
I guess I’ll see you by the Flickr water fountain then …. (walks away with a trembling lower lip).  

13 November 2009 08:19

(See that date …I knew Friday the 13th was an unlucky day)!

I’ve commented in many more blogs of course and if I didn’t feature you this week, its simply because I thought that featuring too many would be overkill.  There’s always next week….

OK so here’s a brand new idea from the talented Unknown Mami.  All of us make comments elsewhere in blogland and sometimes they’re so blindingly brilliant that it seems a shame that they will be buried, lost and forgotten in the merest blink of an eye.  Well, why not show a little of your utter brilliance by joining in ‘I Comment, Therefore I Am’?  Gather together those memorable comments in a draft post during the week and then post them on your blog on a Monday.  Don’t forget to link back to Unknown Mami.

While I can hardly claim that my comments are the height of pithy wit, I think this is a great way to effectively highlight other people’s writing.  I started gathering these late in the week so I’ve been going back through OPB’s (other peoples’ blogs) and here is a selection:  

On Carma’s post ‘Call the Bitter Police’ covering the subject of ‘celebrity’ (the air brush she referred to is the ‘Temptu’ which you may know of …I still don’t).

I don’t know this air brush thing you mention…might a plant sprayer filled with makeup do the same thing do you think?   ;)  
Yeah I’m with you, celebrity nepotism makes me barf.

~~~~~

On Carma’s post ‘And I said It Wouldn’t Last’ documenting the end of a bromance involving a guy with a Hummer and many, many pairs of skates.

He was too busy to text a quick reply on Saturday? Very arrogant and how insulting. What a jerk.
Pooh to him and the Hummer…and the 10 pairs of skates he rolled in on!

~~~~~

Last one on Carma’s site …what can I say, she inspires me to better commenting … On her post ‘Oh Snickers!‘ where she told us of her son’s sneakiness in capturing the ‘phantom treat stealer’:

Haha…what made him suspect enemy action then?! Crumbs…stealing sweets from the kidillywinks…tsk tsk tsk. ;)

~~~~~

Moving swiftly on… Jane at ‘They Call Me Jane’ often writes thought provoking blog posts.  This week she wrote about how history will peceive George Bush, and in fact Barack Obama (whose support is currently wavering), in a post called ‘Before You Speak Walk A Mile In Their Shoes’.  My comment…

I wonder whether those who are now so quickly disillusioned were more influenced to vote for him by that huge ‘tide of change’ thing that was going on, than by actually considering the politics, policies and implications. I’ve maintained for quite some time that whilst Bush may not go down as one of the best US Presidents, he almost certainly wasn’t as dumb as he was sometimes made to appear. Political decisions cannot be seen as black and white, there are always grey areas – pros and cons have to be weighed up (national + international interests + how much co-operation / opposition one can expect from other nations). The best any leader can do is to make an informed judgement (and let’s not forget that there is always a huge team of advisers in the background). It’s awfully easy to talk about a Utopian world of peace and harmony – and it’s definitely a vote grabber. It’s a whole lot harder to achieve it.

And finally…it was a sad week for blogland as we contemplated the loss of  ‘The Vintage Kitten’ from our ranks.  Mrs K is hanging up her white elbow length gloves and putting her mink stole into cold storage.  How will we cope without the cocktails, the glam and the glitz?   I was gutted…gutted I tell ya: 

Oh no! Things won’t be the same in blogsphere without Mrs K.
I guess I’ll see you by the Flickr water fountain then …. (walks away with a trembling lower lip).   :(

13 November 2009 08:19

(See that date …I knew Friday the 13th was an unlucky day)!

I’ve commented in many more blogs of course and if I didn’t feature you this week, its simply because I thought that featuring too many would be overkill.  There’s always next week….

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Heard the one about the drunk and the train?

A drunk woman who might just think twice about getting so pie-eyed next time. She’s seriously lucky to be alive – in fact, isn’t there some expression about drunks having their own special guardian angel? She needs to be thanking hers.

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Hope for Paws

Many of you will have already seen this totally incredible tiger photo, with over 4,600 comments and 77,000 views, on Flickr.  (I urge you to click on that link because it truly is a photo that you will never forget).  The photographer, Eldad Hagar does wonderful work in rescuing injured, sick and unwanted animals in the Los Angeles area.  He has just posted a video on YouTube of a rescue he recently went on – an injured dog that had been knocked by a car.  It’s ultimately a heart-warming and wonderful story.  I believe Eldad and his helpers fulfil an important role with their ‘Hope for Paws’ organisation.

This video may make you shed a tear if you’re an animal lover, but according to the YouTube comments, this story has a very happy ending in that Mr Pooch has now been adopted into a new home. 

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Little Miss Giggles

I love it when TV and radio presenters lose their veneer of composure and it’s so much more fun when it comes from someone who is trying to be ultra serious.  This radio clip is a little gem, particularly because it comes from a slightly ‘plummy’ and otherwise very sensible sounding BBC radio newsreader. Laughter is indeed infectious.

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Back then

Back ‘when I were a girl’ (said in a Yorkshire accent) I used to travel a lot with my parents.  Commercial air travel was still relatively new and I clearly remember how when we’d see air crew walking through the airport their heads were held high with pride, and everyone looked admiringly at them.  Have you seen the film ‘Catch me if you can’?  Well, if you weren’t around in the 1960s to see what I’m talking about for yourself, that film shows you pretty much what it was like to be air crew then.  It was the coolest job – seriously, those people were mini gods.  I remember having ambitions as a little girl to be an air hostess. I  have to tell you, however, that every time I said so to my mother that she would quickly retort: ‘You want to be a trolly dolly?  Really?  Ooh no, I don’t think so!’ (I did secretly keep on dreaming though).

A couple of months back an ad  for Virgin Airways was released on TV and it plays on this nostalgia because they are currently celebrating 25 years as an airline.  When we fly anywhere long distance nowadays I am of course swayed not only by price but by the convenience of the destination airport for us, plus those all important airmiles.  Still, I  have to say I have a tremendous soft spot for Virgin and will use them whenever I can.  This is partly because I have huge admiration for Richard Branson but mostly because Virgin were once incredibly generous with us.  You see we took the girls over to the States one year on an ‘all in’ Virgin holiday and to cut a long story short, our holiday fell short of expectations.  Nothing totally horrendous, just really not what we had expected.  When we got back I wrote to the company to say how disappointed we’d been, not thinking that I’d ever hear anything back from them.  Well, far from it.  A short while later I received a letter of apology and – here’s the thing –  a full refund for the holiday.  I was, and still am, blown away by this generous attitude, so is it any wonder that Richard Branson (already a business hero of mine) rocketed right up in my estimation?  It was probably also a clever business move on their part because over the years I’ve missed absolutely no opportunity to extoll the many virtues of Virgin.  There is no better advertisement than a totally smitten customer.

Here’s that wonderful ad … and they really couldn’t have picked a better piece of music because it’s one of my all time favourites ‘Relax’ by Frankie Goes to Hollywood. ‘ Ah them were the days’ (she said, back in her Yorkshire accent).

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Friday Music: One Giant Leap

If you’ve been around here a while you’ll know that I have a soft spot for Robbie Williams.  It would be too simple to say then that this is why I love this track.  The fact of the matter is that I love the refrain (at 2.32), I love the lyrics (despite being in rap format which I’m generally not a fan of – Maxi Jazz is a master of this art) and I love the arrangement.  Top that with the fact that I heard one of the musicians behind this track talking on the radio and he said that Robbie turned up for the recording session apparently without words to his piece.  They thought the whole thing was going to be an absolute disaster until his cue came and out of his mouth came the words ‘ Hello Dad  Remember me?  I’m the man you thought I’d never be.  I’m the boy who you reduced to tears, Dad I’ve been lonely for 27 years…’  (and the rest, as they say, is history).

My Culture by 1 Giant Leap, featuring Robbie Williams

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Women – Know your limits!

A Friday giggle from the brilliantly funny Harry Enfield.  I laugh at this but, rather spookily, I’m pretty sure I did actually see a ‘public information film’ not far off this when I was a very young child!  My how times have changed (I hope).

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