Excuses

Sorry about the lack of posts over the last week. My wife Kathy has been in Western Australia to spend some time with her mother. This means I need to run the shop by myself. It is hectic with only one person, trying to attend to people in the shop, answer the phone, get films …

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I Will Thirstily Seem Forward

Spam to real comments runs at about 100 to 1. I check the spam about once a week just to check no genuine comments have been caught in error. Most spam messages are pretty dull. But this one was so amusingly desperate I thought it was worth sharing. The original had several links to a …

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On Hold

There will be a break in proceedings for an indefinite period. The last year has been an annus horribilus – Amanda’s accident and ongoing illness, struggles to get my business up and running despite absences caring for family members, and Bruce’s unexpected death. To top everything off, last week we found that Kathy has cancer …

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Back on Deck Tomorrow

It is Saturday evening in South Australia. I got back from Western Australia this afternoon. I went over to Geraldton last week for the funeral of my brother-in-law Bruce. A great bloke – honest, caring, intelligent. I will miss him. I wrote a few posts while I was away, but did not have internet access. I …

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Dark Days

Posting will be light over the next week or so. My brother-in-law Bruce died yesterday. Kathy has already flown over to Perth, and I will follow in a couple of days time. Bruce was 56. He had been a licensed clinical psychologist, and a licensed plumber. Plumbing paid better, and you meet a nicer class …

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Fortnightly Nutter Network

Every couple of weeks I seem to pique the interest of some absolute raving nutter. It usually goes something like this. I post an article on some current news item. The Queen spends $10 million on curtains for Windsor Castle, for example (she hasn’t, as far as I know). So I write a few words about …

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Back To Work!

Back to work today for the first time in two weeks. A queue of urgent computer problems to fix. Customers come first, so posting will be light today!

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Best Australian Blog

Qohel is certainly not the most popular Australian blog – that honour goes without question to Andrew Bolt. But the best Australian blog? I had a very kind note from a reader saying she thought so. I’d like it to be, but Qohel is an independent blog, with no budget and no staff. I don’t get …

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Happy New Year

May 2010 bring you good times, good health, peace and prosperity. This will be the last post for two days – I will be travelling back from Geraldton to Adelaide tomorrow, then Adelaide to Kangaroo Island on Sunday.

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Stories In Common

Reader James T suggests I should have given Andrew Bolt credit for my comments on James Cameron’s film Avatar. Proper referencing is important for one’s intellectual integrity. It is also polite. When I write about a newspaper article or other primary source, I always reference the source, with a link if possible. If I have …

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Sorry

Dear Reader, There are lots of things I am not sorry for. But I am sorry about thin posting yesterday, and no posts today. It has been hectically busy at work, which is good, although the whole having to work for a living thing is getting a bit tedious. It is work that involves constant …

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Blog Milestone?

The first four posts on this blog were on 20 and 21 November last year. That was just to get us into Google and other search engines. Real posting began two months later on 21 January 2009, and has continued regularly since then with a few minor hiccoughs related to illness or to personal matters …

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Still Here – Just

It has been a long time between drinks, but this blog has not been abandoned! For the last couple of months my sister Amanda has been in hospital in Adelaide. I have been as busy as a one armed paper hanger at work, and working long hours, and going over to Adelaide almost every weekend …

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Spam and Bing

Yesterday I was at the number one position on Bing for the phrase ‘leading conservative blog.’ Now Qohel cannot be found in Bing at all. What gives? Google at least seems more consistent – I never vary there from second or third. Qohel is still at number one on Yahoo for the same phrase: ‘leading conservative …

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Work, Time, Sisters

The last few days have been the longest break without a post since I began this blog. There used to be two IT businesses on Kangaroo Island. Two weeks ago my only competitor closed down. I am glad to have the extra business, but it means less time for other things. I think I have always …

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