Talking Bloggocks

22nd April 2018 — 28 Comments

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! 🙂

I could have told them this for nowt!

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!’

 BUT THAT’S NOT ALL

Then, on the next page, I was confronted with this …

Click image if you wish to enlarge!

So, sitting on my arse all day, drinking wine and constructing blog posts is detrimental to my health. I think I could have told them that … it has left me just a little depressed … but not much. On the positive side it keeps me occupied and gives me something to do.

On her return, Mrs. John, who had kept me a long time sitting in that cafe, asked if I was ‘okay’ because I looked pale and ‘washed out’. How could I tell her that the experience had led to a decrease in blood flow to my brain and I needed a drink. Normal service will resume next time. If you’ve read this far, I thank you.

John

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28 responses to Talking Bloggocks

  1. billfromlachine 22nd April 2018 at 12:40 AM

    John,

    Thanks for the chuckles. It seems that pretty everything we consume is going to kill us sooner or later or so they say, so eat drink and be merry. And to quote an old Irish saying “May the sun always shine upon you”, “May the wind always be at your back” and “May you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows your dead”. Blog on my friend.

    Regards + HH

    Bill

  2. John the 10 glasses of wine per week thing is not true. I’m “living” proof…..

    • Yup. It’s all bloggocks innit?
      Posting for eight years I’ve taken at least 16 years off my life.

      We are both 77, Dick. If we were ‘called’ tomorrow, then we’ve had a good innings!

  3. I’m 71 AND STILL GOING

  4. “Even Wikipedia doesn’t consider it a reliable source” I did the wine thing John.. At the time I started it was ‘THE’ absolute, unquestioned, unvarnished truth on how to treat that old devil ‘C’..

    Now, of course, that is all bollocks and absolutely,unquestioned, unvarnished, rubbish.

    So , as Bill said, no matter what we eat or drink, in the end, the Docs or scientists will find proof that it is all bad for us..

    So, keep on writing my friend.. I love each and every post

    Micheal

  5. I enjoy your writing here and with The Searcher. I hope you continue contributing for as long as you are able.

  6. John from Ontario (AKA Geobound) 22nd April 2018 at 2:44 AM

    First John I have to say after reading this latest instalment of your blog, I’m feeling a little less of myself.

    All along I thought the very attractive checkout operator at the Waitrose at the Woolgate Centre in Witney was keen on me……I’ve just now found out that they give free coffee to everyone! Sad…..very sad!

    As for your blogs in general, I find them quite fascinating and enjoy reading them……it gives us folks on the other side of the pond something to dream about.

  7. Bruce D Campbell 22nd April 2018 at 3:41 AM

    I have held my tongue many a time John while reading your posts re the multiple spelling errors that happen. “( he ) knows “spellin’ and punctuashun” However that is actually what makes your posts so enjoyable my friend. You write from your heart, spelling errors or not, that is what counts.

  8. Love your stuff, John………….keep it going ! There’s no match for dry English humour (when I spell ‘humour’ correctly, I get one of those nasty red lines saying I should spell it as Americans do. The distinction does extend to derivative participles, but we all spell “humorous” the same way, as I concede that “humourous” does look awkward, and we should allow some of our ex-Colonials to feel they’ve achieved a measure of independence).

    I’ve been enjoying your articles in the Searcher, too, though the magazine’s landed in Canada price is up in nosebleed territory. Best read with coffee……….I’m still on the hunt for a free one.

  9. stephen robinson 22nd April 2018 at 8:43 AM

    Well done mate.

    A very well written post. It had me chuckling.

    Catch up soon

    Stephen

  10. If the mail is anything to go by , then I think a lot more of us are also doomed !
    Good post John I had a good chuckle.

  11. JW you old bugger, of course we still love you, anything else would make PB feel that he had
    got one up on us in your fan club.
    You have, as far as I know talked a load of BLOGCOCKS, it actually sounds better spelled that way.
    Long may you continue to fire you TIC comments, and aggravate the poo out of the rest of us.
    Diminutive in size, huge in heart.

  12. brian (OSD on NRH) 22nd April 2018 at 10:04 AM

    just keep on doing whot you do john me old mate,long in the tooth wiser than a owl,more beard than papa smurf,there you told me not to reply to this bog so I have not lol

  13. Thanks John, needed cheering up , and that is what reading your article did.
    Take Care

  14. what can I say ….love you and ya blogs to the moon and back

  15. Well done John, this blog gave me a few laughs and I thoroughly enjoyed it. There is no way that I will stop buying my two and sometimes three bottles of Merlot per week. The scientists don’t frighten me and I think that sometimes they talk a load of SLOBLOCK.
    Les.

  16. You go shopping at Waitrose?? …baksheesh, baba, baksheesh!

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