Friday, October 2, 2015

Old Fashioned Blogging

So a bunch of us old fart, old school bloggers have reunited on Facebook and have a little group going. The membership criterion is that you have to have been blogging since 2010 and therefore remember blogging when it was all about the writing, and not so much about the blagging of free stuff.

And wouldn't you know it, there's an award being given out and a meme circulating. Just like the old times. I could cry (with joy and fond memories).

Joanne Mallon, who blogs at Opposable Thumbs (great name) has blessed me (and several other old farts) with the award, and of course I have a list of duties too. First is displaying the award and linking to the awarder. Done.

Next is slightly more difficult - name another 15 bloggers to award and pass the meme on to. Since Joanne nicked all the bloggers off the Facebook page I will have to dig deep in the recesses of my shaky memory and find some more. Or, I could just look through my old blog posts for commenters.

And then of course, there are the 7 things about me that not too  many people know -

Ahem. Cough.

1. I established and now run a charity to help fund a fantastic little school in Ghana. We are still building but this year we had our highest number of middle school graduates, which is what it's all about. I went out to Ghana in 2011 and had a blast. (Caring Kid Connections, is the charity.)

2. I studied ballet, tap and modern dance from the ages of about 5-18, and can still do a mean time step when there's a hard wood floor and a bottle of Pinot Grigio around. Not so much the ballet as my knees are quite crumbly now. My feet are also a disgrace.

3. I am living vicariously through my older kids these days. One is working as a political journalist in Washington DC, and the other is studying Music (mainly rock) at a Music College. If I could go back and do it all again I would have trained as a journalist (except there were no courses in those days) and rocked out on stage at the weekends!

4. I didn't start my second career of writing until I was in my forties, thus proving that it's never too late.

5. I now write for the BBC America web site and the Wall Street Journal Expat web site - both of which actually PAY! I have also written a couple of books.

6. I've lived in the USA for 25 years and still dread Chicago winters. Nothing, but nothing, in the UK is as cold as a Chicago winter. OK, now I've put myself in a bad mood.

7. I can touch my nose with my tongue.

So - without further ado - I am awarding the following old time bloggers -

Lulu/Lucy at Family Affairs and other Matters

Elizabeth at Welsh Hills Again

Nappy Valley Mum at From the Valley to the Palais

Potty at The Potty Diaries

Iota at The Iota Quota

Michelle at The American Resident

Hadriana at Hadriana's Treasures

Elsie Button at Flower Fairies and Fairy Cakes

Deborah at Metropolitan Mum

Mike at Postcards from Across the Pond

I was supposed to do 15 but I can't find too many bloggers who've been around since 2010.
Anyway, you're all awarded and tagged. Here are the rules:

- Display the award certificate on your web site
- Announce your win with a post and link to whoever presented your award
- Present award to 15 deserving bloggers
- Drop them a comment to tip them off after you've linked to them in the post
- Post 7 interesting things about yourself

Have Fun!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Don't Complain about Politicians

Ok, there's obviously more to that than meets the eye. For those living outside the USA, don't complain about your politicians until you've taken a look at what's going on here. 

In case you haven't had much coverage of it, (oh, how lucky you are) there's a Presidential Election looming and we have almost wall to wall coverage of the candidates - despite the fact that the election isn't till November 2016. Yes, more than a year away, but no matter, it's on the news all day, with a brief nod to the Pope's visit as respite from time to time.

We have two parties - Democrats and Republicans. The way it works is that wannabee Presidents declare their candidacy then fight it out to be the nominee for their party sometime next summer. The nominees for each party then choose a running mate to be Vice Prez, and then they run against each other. (It's actually a lot more complicated than that but that's the big picure.)

The problem is, this year, there are 15 candidates still vying for the Republican spot, with two having already dropped out. And right there, at the top of the heap, is Donald Trump. Oh yes, he who makes the Kardashians look shy and retiring, and he who has never held public office or indeed had much to do with politics before. 

Here are some of the Trump-isms we've been treated to  - 

"I will build a great wall - and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me - and I'll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words."  No details of course, as to how he's going to get Mexico to pay for it, but hey...details, details.

And then, like a drunken teenager, he gets on Twitter late at night and runs his mouth off.

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Oh yes, he did. He then deleted it but as we all know, once it's out there it's there to stay.  

He claims to "cherish" women, but he certainly doesn't respect them. Here's what he had to say about Carly Fiorina, who is also running for the Republican nomination - 
"Look at that face. Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next President.

He obviously does not own a mirror.

Another night on Twitter produced this - 

"Jeb Bush has to like the Mexican illegals because of his wife". Bush's wife is Mexican. Again, Trump tried to delete this tweet, showing just how little he really knows....

He also said this about Mexicans - "When Mexico sends its people, they are not sending their best. They are sending people that have lots of problems. They are bringing those problems to us. They are bringing drugs and they are bringing crime and their rapists, and some are good people, and I speak to the border guards and they tell us what we are getting...". 

And like I said, he's ahead of the Republican pack although thank god, that gap is closing. 

Can you imagine this idiot as President? Telling Putin that he's a "loser" (his top choice of insult) or commenting on Angela Merkel's legs? Ugh. Shudder. It's making a laughing stock of the United States. 

So to circle back, I don't want to hear anyone complaining about their politicians. OK, well Cameron's in a spot of bother right now, I know. 

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