So I’d been thinking since I began 11 months ago about how I could help other bloggers grow their audience as quickly as I did. Y’all know how passionate I am about making a proper living from blogging already.
I started doing Blogging Tips and then I wanted to offer online events that could help boost folks’ audiences. I had quite a few in mind but a busy schedule and some tough periods put paid to getting them up and running last year. But now…here is the first!Feel free to use this post to say hi and introduce yourself to other bloggers. Add links to your books, your poems, your enterprises.
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Have at it!If you have a social network, share this post as now you are on the list, each share spreads YOUR reach even further!
So the dust has settled, (sorta!) and America has a new president. Far from having a favourite in the run up to the election, I watched with amazement at the choices, the behaviours, the immaturity and the mud slinging and not for the first (or last) time I was ass-clenchingly embarrassed to be human.
That aside I had a few questions that kept running though my mind. See if you can help answer them:
Why is it that everyone else is thrown on the scrap heap by at least 50 these days and yet, if you are (usually) male and white you are deemed capable of starting the most powerful job in America…or in the world at the age of 70? Winston Churchill retired at 80 for goodness sake.
Why was Hilary repeatedly taken to task for the wrong doings of her husband? Highly misogynist no? That’s like going to a job interview and they keep referring to my husband over my little female head.
Her husband shagged lots of women. Not her. What were her accusers suggesting she do? Leave her husband to please them? Why the hell should she, anymore than any woman who stays in a marriage when she knows her husband is an oaf? I found that so strange…as if there wasn’t enough else to be horrified by.
Not so much a question but a thought… The thing that is great about America is also what is kinda crazy about America. ANYone can be president.
Just how much stink eye do you imagine is currently being cut in the Clinton household right now, bearing in mind that at least one of the reasons we are not talking about the new President Clinton today is because of the rank behaviour of the previous President Clinton?
And to wind up on a positive note, Trump shows that anything is possible. If he had joked about the presidency and then did nothing about it, he’d be watching it on television like everyone else. You have to be in it to win it.
So, crazy, crazy election. Strange week. Strange year. Can you answer any of my questions or sum it up…at all?
Vendors have been selling these colourful little trinkets below:
When I tell you that they contain live animals I don’t suppose I need tell you that they are sold in the animal Godforsaken hell known as China.
Little animals are suspended in a brightly coloured liquids that keep them alive for a few days after which they die when the oxygen runs out. And before they die they get to stay trapped in a plastic bubble, running in circles desperately trying to find an exit, only to be bought and thrown around by a bunch of **** wits.
They often share these small deadly prisons with colourful beads and other decorations so that’s…um …nice.
What Say You?
Is there a gene missing from these people or is it me?
A tribe in Central Africa, north eastern Congo had a rather distinctive look. It involved binding the head tightly to deform it to a conical head shape as below.
A baby’s head would be tightly wrapped in a custom called ‘Lipombo.’ It would begin a month after birth and continue for the next couple of years until the desired shape was reached. The practice was seen as a status symbol denoting majesty, power, beauty and higher intelligence.
Perhaps surprisingly the practice did not necessarily affect the brain which is soft and malleable in a baby’s head and simply follows the prevailing shape of it’s container.
The practice began to die out as late as the 1950’s upon the arrival of westerners. It was also outlawed by the Belgian government who ruled colonial Congo at the time.
It is interesting that most images of this physical deformity are women. Although I have seen a few men bearing the conical head shape.
What Say You?
How does this practice strike you?
Think you would have taken part in this practice had you found yourself in this location pre 1950?
It’s always good to keep a tally on progress otherwise how do you know when you are really being productive or just being busy? Plus, it’s always good to pat your own back now and then. Recently (amongst my many skills!😯 ) I learned how to do a mean cheese sauce using only the microwave!
Yep! Yep! I know!…But they already gave out the Nobel Prize this year…but thank you anyway.
I also recently learned how to initialize and prepare a hard disc for cloning. Gold star for The Ed! (Don’t worry if the second one is gobble-de-gook to you. I’m still taking my gold star!)
What Say You?
Don’t leave me hanging. What have you learned to do lately? Or if you can’t think of anything…whatcha gonna do about it!
UK celebrity couple, presenter Zoe Ball and DJ Fatboy Slim broke up recently as part of a spate of recent similar celeb ‘conscious uncouplings.’ This one stands out for the reason given for the separation. Zoe Ball apparently stated that she was bored! Brutal…but honest.
Predictably she was lambasted for it online with most of the internet crowd on Team Fatboy. But I have to ask, should anyone stay in a marriage that they are not happy with? For any reason? Who does that serve? The person who wants to leave? The one who knows the other wants to leave or the children caught in the middle?
Are we still saying that marriages should be kept past their usefulness and the couple should live in misery or indeed boredom for some old fashioned, cultural or societal reason?
WHAT SAY YOU?
Yes The Ed you should do everything possible to keep a marriage together and I’ll tell you why you fool…
No The Ed, folks should end the torture before they want to kill each other.
These strips of material were seen at a recent film premiere for (ironically enough), a film called The Young Pope. Is this the new norm? Have women got tired of exposing their breasts now? The tops of these dresses are positively demure as if to prove that might be the case.
I predict bum-hole cut-outs in the near future, followed swiftly by complete nudity – all bar the designer shoes of course – on the red carpet.
The item above is called a ‘shibue’. It is designed so that women can wear side-crotch bearing designs. I love how there is even a need for this to have been invented.
I’m trying not to sway comments (with difficulty), but…
What say you?!
1. This is beautiful The Ed. You just don’t know fashion. I’d love to see my daughter in something similar for her wedding dress.
2. Nah, The Ed, you’re on point. The world is going to hell in a hand basket.
3. Never mind fashion! The socio-political ramifications (if any) need to be discussed dear Ed.