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Anyone else fancy a blog swap?

Would any other bloggers be interested in a mutual exchange - ‘guest blogs’ on each others' sites? I tend to blog either about words and communication in the broadest sense, or humorous observations on topical issues and everyday life. If you’d like to try out this...

Polite greeting overcomes my cynicism about offensive signage

Conversation in the steam room tonight threatened for a while to be almost intelligent, with an interesting discussion about website development, but it descended into its usual levels of inanity when I mentioned I’d been to Climping at the weekend and someone asked...

In which I am too easily flattered by spammers

The spammers have been out in force since last I wrote on the subject of ludicrously irrelevant and badly spelled blog comments. Is there a convention on, or something? Anyway, checked my site tonight to see 73 new pending posts, most of them spam. It was a close-run...

Mangling Keats through online translation to get a cheap laugh

Had a lot of fun today putting the first verse of Keats’ “Ode to a Nightingale” through an online translation facility. Translating into Swahili and back wasn’t amusing enough for me, so I then ran subsequent English versions through Icelandic, Filipino, Welsh,...

Spammers delight me with gloriously incomprehensible English

Felt initial delight on checking site stats, at seeing a relatively enormous number of comments had been posted. Most turned out to be spam, which was mildly disappointing, though funnily enough I actually rather enjoyed reading them. Is it compulsory, I wondered, for...

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