IN DECEMBER 2010, I WROTE …
“This is my first rather hesitant foray into the blogosphere and I’m not sure what I am doing here. . . at this stage I am not absolutely sure what … the content will be … is blogging simply an exercise in self-congratulation or something much more than that? Will anybody be interested in what I write? Only time will tell …”
Yes, I’ve been blogging for over eight years now. I’ve stroked my beard, scratched my head, thought deeply about metal detecting subjects, meditated, reflected, laughed at myself, and retired at times to cogitate. I’ve made friends … and picked up a couple of people who, for some reason, have taken a dislike to me. Par for the course I suppose.
After so much time, many posts and thousands of words I have decided that I like blogging. Back then I thought that I would be discussing other things rather than just metal detecting. Before I leave this rambling introduction to a non-detecting post I’d like to remind you of what Paul Barford said about me in 2013. I’ve looked long and hard at his blogs in every year after, but apart from the numerous negative posts … nowt!
“Winter’s blog deserves more readers among the artefact hunting fraternity, it is almost one-of-a-kind in being interesting, witty and well written … ( he ) knows “spellin’ and punctuashun” which as can readily be observed are arcane mysteries for many tekkies; let them read and learn).
He also writes on topics unrelated to the nerdyiness of the technology, but about the objects themselves and their significance …. he also has a slightly more balanced approach … to some of the issues with artefact hunting and how to go about discussing them.” PB
Ironically, because I proudly posted the above statement permanently on my blog, many of my subscribers left, saying if I was a big mate of Barford’s then they didn’t want anything to do with me … I soon took it down! 🙂
RUMINATING in the SUPERMARKET
This is one of those few times I discuss a subject that is detecting free; I’m going to have a moan. Regular readers will, know that Mrs John takes me on the supermarket run she let’s me tag along ( reluctantly ) because ‘it gets me out of the house’
Once there she sits me down with a ( free ) coffee and newspaper. This is the only chance I get to read rags like the Daily Mail, the newspaper with no respect for facts and an unhealthy obsession with things that cause ( or cure ) cancer. Even Wikipedia doesn’t consider it a reliable source.
One day last week there was a notice on the table saying that Waitrose were about to ‘improve their cafe’ by making ‘exciting new improvements’. These included giving the girl who supplies the coffee ‘barista’ training so I could order speciality coffee … whatever that is! There WAS bad news, but at the end of the announcement. From the 23 May, they would no longer supply free coffee from the cafe.
THEN I READ THESE REPORTS ON CONSECUTIVE PAGES IN THE MAIL The first, as well as frightening me almost to to death, rang alarm bells. I remind you that this blog wouldn’t exist without the help of a glass of Pinot … or two. 🙂
This ‘major study’ part-funded by the British Heart Foundation, also looked at the association between alcohol and cardiovascular disease. Higher consumption was associated with a higher risk of stroke, heart failure, fatal hypertensive disease, and fatal aneurysms. After reading that I felt like the dour Private Fraser in Dad’s Army. ‘We’re Doomed!’