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Start a Blog – A blog can be a great way to get your feet in the door far as reaching out to an audience is concerned. The frequency to which you can publish articles on the blog can help people to become familiar with you and your writing style. I think blogs are especially important for people who aren’t necessarily known for writing (a doctor or construction worker) but they’ve decided to write a book. Starting a blog first can introduce them to the writing community (whichever community that is) and get people familiar with them as a writer. It’s one thing to enjoy doing something but it’s an entirely different thing to translate that into a language that others will understand. The immediate feedback from the blog can help writers to access not just where they are with their writing (if they can engage a group of people…

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In Praise of the Soaring Spirit of Liberation of Human Endeavour

As you may recall I expressed a certain measure of distress at the complications I was encountering when operating my WP account ‘Curiouser and Curiouser,’ said Alice…(smart young lady)

I experimented by utilising the operating system known as Micr0soft Edge. There was a marked improvement in both the speed of accessibility, the ease of operation and the general flexibility in using WP.

Thus deducing that the problem must lie with the general operating systems within Internet Explorer I have say without fear of contradiction or appearing gauche.


to IE  8, 9, 10 0r 11.357624 (recurring) or whatever they’ve come up with.

I’ve always maintained the dignified approach is the best.

Ah well must be off chores are calling 35fe5d2718a60f4046d53bdc1e2bd495

A True History of The Isles Part 24 The Era of Good King Richard The Lionheart ( &The Epithet)

Although being one of the august bodies of Kings of England who could claim to be ‘The I’ Richard behaved in such an immensely colourful active manner that historians of the florid school of writing entitled him ‘The Lionheart’. As he spent a lot of time out of England and not involved in the day-to-day administration the barons of the time came to call him ‘Good King Richard’ (and so did everyone else if they knew what was ‘Good’ for them). This opinion might well have extended in Ireland and Wales for much the same reasons. Thus not only was he a king but also a legend, however as we are dealing with the serious side of history we must all sincerity put aside such romantic notions and deal with hard facts and reasonable interpretations. In doing this the reader should be warned that Richard was involved in several massacres, and although one was quite justified one should never overdo the business.

The Early Years

Born 8th Sep 1157; he grew to 6 foot 5inches; from an early age he liked to fight and this was indulged by his father who allowed Richard to invade or supress Anjou, Aquitaine, Maine, Normandy, etc. Of course at the age of 16 he rebelled against his father; from 1173-74, but the Old Man was even more naturally ahead of the lad and Richard was obliged to seek forgiveness after Henry II locked up his wife and Richard’s mum Eleanor. As neither counselling or therapy been invented he worked off his issues by returning to putting down revolts, invading, or interfering in Anjou, Aquitaine, Maine, Normandy, etc. In 1181–1182 Richard faced a revolt over the succession to the county of Angouleme, which was not an unusual event; he was excessively cruel, considering the general social and military morals of the time, he must have been pretty bad. He then spent a few years fighting with his brothers Henry (The Young Thing) and Geoffrey (The Overlooked) over Anjou, Aquitaine, Maine, Normandy etc until they both died; the former of campaigning and not washing his hands; the latter of falling off his horse at a tournament; as he was known as treacherous and a smooth operator the cause is open to debate.

With all this experience in rebellions, wars, cruelty and more wars and elder brothers dying Richard was quite suited to be next, king which he ensured by rebelling once more against his father Henry II, who was getting a bit passed it. Thus when Henry II died of rebellions, campaigning and not washing hands the majority of barons thought Richard should be allowed to be king.

Richard The King

Richard was crowned king on 3rd September 1189 which was a nice early birthday present. One of the first things he did was justifiably massacre a load of London folk who in an outbreak of Terminal Stupidity  massacred Jews in celebration of his coronation. Thus he made a public demonstrationt that he was stern but just ruler.(This was a bit of damage limitation since it was Richard banning the Jewish community from being present at the coronation which had started the trouble). In private he cultivated his hobbies of being cruel or ruthless and of course having ‘appetites’. The barons were rather very pleased with their choice.

Richard meanwhile was very much taken up with the idea of going to the Middle East and winning back Jerusalem from the Muslims. Their leader was currently Saladin who being a gifted and ruthless military leader was looked on with grudging respect by the Christians; until they found their wives, daughters or sisters kept wandering off into the deserts in the hope of being romantically captured by him. Richard was dismissive of all this and saw things as War, The Whole War and nothing but The War and promptly began to prepare.

Richard’s Preparations

One of his means of raising cash amused those barons who had not been given court job; in that he made those holding such posts either pay to keep them, or re-apply and pay a large application fee.  He then turned his attention to a fellow spirit, William I of Scotland (The Lion) He also roared to William The I of Scotland that if he paid Richard a large sum he could be a really important unsubservient king of Scotland, be independent and keep bits of Northumbria. William roared back in agreement. In was only later that William realised he had just paid a large amount of money for something he was already doing, but by then Richard was on Crusade so William couldn’t do anything about it without being excommunicated which didn’t suit his plans. It says much about the general opinion of London at the time, that Richard complained he would have sold it if he could have found a buyer. (There are some places where this opinion still holds sway)

Relatives and Marriage

Richard was probably far too occupied to think about marrying and settling down and getting heirs to the throne, but his mother Eleanor wanted the best for her lad, so she arranged for him to marry Berengaria of Navarre. As Berengaria had no links with Anjou, Aquitaine, Maine, Normandy etc, Eleanor hoped the marriage might work.

From Richard’s military outlook there was nothing so stimulating to a courtship as a good campaign, and so Berengaria was dragged with him to Sicily which was on the route to The Middle East and where his sister Joan had become the widow of a ruler and was naturally now imprisoned. Richard rescued her and massacred some locals as warning. As sea-craft was not what it became and Richard more used to land, the fleet met a storm and he managed to lose both his sister and Berengaria, who were washed up on the shores of Cyprus where they were both captured. (At this stage Joan could have been forgiven for taking up a career as a nun, but she persevered just like her mum & dad and  went on to marry someone in Toulouse and carry on a war when he couldn’t). Richard turned up did some more massacring and rescued them both. Some romantic historians have used this to prove how chivalrous and even chivalric Richard was; it is likely, however, from Richard’s view point ‘that any excuse will do’

Berengaria and Richard were married 12th May 1191,and as a honeymoon treat he took her on the Crusade; this might explain why some historians claim the marriage was never consummated. Berengaria is famous for being the only Queen of England who probably never set foot in England; since she was from Mediterranean climes and her husband spent a lot of time in the middle east or Anjou, Aquitaine, Maine, Normandy, etc  one can hardly blame her.

The Crusades

This started off as a very clever plan of an otherwise very urbane pope to get a lot of fractious and over-energetic knights, nobles etc out of Europe and do their fighting somewhere else. The alleged idea was to get Jerusalem back from the Muslims; naturally the knights, nobles etc could never focus for too long, no matter how many attempts there were at crusading and ended up fighting each other just like in the whatever-old country. Richard was involved in the third try.

Richard to his credit wanted to get on with the business, but this was complicated by various kings, emperors, dukes and counts all claiming they should be in charge or be king of Jerusalem when it was re-captured. Also several families descended from the First and Second Crusades were learning to get on with their Muslim opposites and thought the new lot were a danger to the set-up. Richard managed to overcome some of these complications, win some notable victories and massacre Muslims, which he claimed was a necessary act of war and thus pious. (As Terminal Stupidity was becoming a prevalent affliction in all strata of society in those days, he got away with it). Although he never took complete charge of the Crusade as this was decided by election by the nobles, dukes, kings, emperors etc of the most convenient. (Some commentators either by error, malice or mischief mis-wrote the word ‘election’ with an ‘r’- resulting in all sorts of speculation)

Despite all of the above Saladin, who was not above the odd massacre himself grew to respect Richard; they got on so well that Richard even suggested that Joan should marry Saladin’s brother in part-exchange for Jerusalem and Joan being the good sport she was didn’t see any problems. However, the Church got all stuffy and pedantic and started waving edicts of excommunications at Richard. When he received the news that his brother John was planning with Philip King of France (who Richard had thought was his BFF) for John to seize the Throne of England he was obliged to give up the whole crusading business and get back to England.

Richard The Commodity 

Being short of an army Richard was obliged to sneak about the Mediterranean lands disguised as a knight or a template. Only familiar with the Middle East and Anjou, Aquitaine, Maine, Normandy etc he lost his way and ended up in a bit of Austria where he was recognised, captured and held hostage for a large sum by the  Holy Roman Emperor who was a Henry and only being the VI had something to prove. Although John brought in the best of his Treasury staff to prove the ransom was beyond the means of England, so what could one do, Eleanor was not having her favourite son held by the imperials. When the barons stopped laughing they thought it best to have the man back as he spoke their language and anyway John kept talking about inventing a universal income tax. Thus was Richard saved. Anyway Henry VI was glad to shot of him, since Richard had started to make memorable statements such as “I am born of rank which recognises no superior but God” which Henry couldn’t top.

Richard The Later Years

On being freed in some 1194-ish Richard found that Philip had been very kingly in Anjou, Aquitaine, Maine, Normandy etc and was making the outrageous claim they should be all part of France After some brief business in England threatening John, Richard settled back into the less complicated business of fighting in Anjou, Aquitaine, Maine, Normandy etc. Just to make sure he wasn’t going to bothered by distractions he told John he understood about the rebellion and John could be king after, he Richard had died, and not some obscure nephew Arthur who had somehow got involved without being colourful much less energetic. Somewhere along the way he forgot he had married Berengaria, and had to be reminded by a pope. This domestic fracture sorted out Richard whiled away the years of 1194-1199 campaigning in Anjou, Aquitaine, Maine, Normandy etc. On the 25th March 1199 while ambling about the trench works of a besieged castle he was struck in the shoulder by a crossbow bolt. In those days the only medical help was some very fishy practices by sturgeons or a lot of enthusiastically doleful priests who would ask the patient if they willing to meet with God. Being Richard on learning the castle had been captured had the crossbow wielder brought to him. Much to his surprise the assailant was a but a lad who said he’d shot at Richard because Richard had been responsible for the death of his father and brothers. Although dying, Richard was rather fascinated by the idea of being annoyed at someone simply for killing your nuisance of a father or brothers. In consequence, he memorably pardoned the lad and gave him a 100 shillings (whether the lad got out of the camp with his life or the 100 shillings is not verifiable). As this was the most exceptionally chivalrous act possible Richard died while he was ahead; on the 6th April 1199 and to ensure his greatness bits of him were buried all over Anjou, Aquitaine, Maine, Normandy etc

Richard The Heritage

Some sour-pusses in the Church of the day and some historians these days have suggested he was not all that interested in women and heirs and had ‘other appetites’. Some more pragmatic historians have suggested nobles of those days weren’t all that fussy, so what’s the big deal? The Victorian and Edwardian historians and novelists of course did not go near such stuff and just concentrated on the romantically, noble, chivalrous side, which parents could safely read to their children.

Thus is Richard the subject for statues, novels, plays, films etc. No one asks the opinion of the folk of Anjou, Aquitaine, Maine, Normandy etc; much less The Middle East.

And yet as in the case of his father Shakespeare did not write a play about him.

In the next Chapter we shall consider his brother the controversial John. (In advance I would ask American readers not to snigger all the way through; this is a serious work)

Part 22 of The True History of The Isles- Normans and their approach to assimilation (known back then as Conquering

A True History of the Isles Part 23 The Start of the Avegins. The Isles Become Full of Memorable Folk (Hence the Long Chapter). It’s Not All About You Henry!!      

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A True History of the Isles Part 23 The Start of the Avegins. The Isles Become Full of Memorable Folk (Hence the Long Chapter). It’s Not All About You Henry!!

Because most of the family of Henry II are incredibly interesting, colourful, argumentative and prone to rebel or imprison each other AND encourage other folk to act likewise it is necessary to mention dates a lot more than usual otherwise everyone will get confused.

Henry was born 5th March 1133 son of the Geoffrey and Matilda (see previous Chapter 21). In his early years he learnt the family businesses of conquering and claiming thrones. In the latter he was instructed by his mother who as we will have read had quite a bit of experience in the matter, so much so that even though she had fought King Stephen (the Affable- see previous Chapter 21), she convinced Stephen, Henry should be king because his grandfather (Henry’s not Stephen’s- do keep up) had been. Stephen agreed, and Henry being young was so excited and naturally impatient on the matter kept coming over to England to see if Stephen (The Not So Affable) had died. To while away the time and ensure his credentials were impeccable in 1151 he married Eleanor who had once been queen of France (she had divorced Louis on the ground of he being Louis; he on the grounds of she being Eleanor), but more importantly she was ‘of Aquitaine’, which as anyone in those days knew meant more than being a queen of France

As noted earlier Stephen (The Affable) had died of Matildas upon the 25th October 1154, thus upon the 19th December 1154 Henry became king.

Such was his vigour, and drive that he didn’t care he was but an II and set to organising England and also planned to invent the United Kingdom; he being king of course. This went as follows:


At the time Wales was almost organised into the South being ruled by Rhys Ap Gruffyd and the north by Owain ap Gruffudd. Rhys was an easy-going sort who only massacred those who were a real threat. Henry took a liking to him, told him to pay no attention to the army Henry had brought along (kings have to do these things don’t they), but due to all the documents signed by various kings, princes etc it seemed he Henry was obliged to rule Wales. Rhys who had taken a liking to Henry more than any of the welsh nobility, agreed and it was decided he could be Prince of The Welsh. Owain ap Gruffudd  disagreed. He ruled Gwneydd of the Northern bit and came from a llong (sic- welsh joke) and famous line who had gone to a lot of trouble to ensure he could be Prince of Wales, which sounded a lot more important than Prince of the Welsh, as the former inferred entitlement to the land too. Thus Henry with the help of Owain’s brother Cadwaladr (who had been denied his gruntles by Owain) was obliged to invade North Wales in 1157. Owain defeated Henry by cleverly fighting well and Henry judging that half a Wales was better than none retreated, safe in knowledge that Owain would have trouble with relatives. In actual fact he died of Archbishops in 1170, but was so popular the local clergy said that his excommunication didn’t count as it wasn’t written in Welsh.


This topic was partially covered in the previous Chapter. However it should be noted that the situation was somewhat confusing for Henry as some Irish had asked him to invade to protect them from more Anglo-Normans who had invaded earlier. Henry consulted with some Irish and The Pope (see previous Chapter) and thus invaded officially in 1171 (having sorted out some welsh rebels in Pembroke who didn’t want Rhys, he being from South-East Wales- it’s a welsh thing).All seemed to go well, what with the magnificently named Rory O’Connor being installed as High King while agreeing Henry was even higher, but anglo-normans kept on invading. Henry was very distracted by other things and made his son John Lord of Ireland to sort it out. He didn’t.


 He didn’t invade Scotland as David I had mostly died and Malcolm IV ruled. Scots administration was very poor at the time as he was recorded as being Malcolm the Maiden. He wanted so hard to be well thought of by Henry that he followed him all over the place even to France Anjou, Maine, Brittany, Normandy, Aquitaine etc, Eventually to get him out of his hair Henry knighted him, but then Malcolm died young of rebellions in 1165 it thus it was a bit of a waste of time. After Malcolm came William (The Lion) who wanted Northumbria officially even though the scots had kept it unofficially for some time. William was also known as the rough and was very bold. To ensure his reputation he helped organise the Great Revolt of 1173-74 claiming Scotland was now independent. As far as Henry’s Court was concerned, in the first place the scots had been doing what they pleased all along BUT not wishing to appear pedantic and since all of Henry’s family were seeing William’s side of things went along with the business. Although very gallant William was captured and was obliged to see Henry’s side of things. He thus had to restrict himself to being rough and bold in Scotland and having many ‘natural’ children, just to ensure there would be many claimants, false or otherwise to the scots throne It also kept the scots so cross that the everyone else tended not to invade them, much.

Henry II – The Administrator

Naturally Henry also spent time involved in the affairs of Anjou, Maine, Brittany, Normandy, Aquitaine etc, and also being rude to the king of France, whoever it was. However he found time to attend to matters in his realm, as follows:


Henry was very interested in the Law. As with other Norman kings he thought it was less fuss and a bit cheaper to make someone guilty or even better illegal than raising an army against them. By the time he took over the throne things were in a bit of a mess, lots of people who had had land stolen during the Stephen and Matilda’s struggle wanted the land back and both the church and the civil courts were quite overwhelmed; only when lawyers assembled did you hear the cry ‘Merry England’; eventually Henry was obliged to rely on a military man General Eyre to take charge. This move enabled Henry to prove that all criminals were committing crimes against him and he should have their property

Church and Religion.

It wasn’t so much that Henry objected to the Church; but he did like it to keep to its own business. This was ironically problematic since the Church was also insisting that kings should stick to their own business. Thus both sides got into fearful arguments over whose business was whose and why. There were rare instances of agreement, such as the persecution of hapless minorities, the burning of heretics and the invasion of Ireland (the Irish strongly objecting to being associated with the either of the other two groups).

Henry’s main problem was with Thomas who was a Beckett. He had been Henry’s chancellor and BFF, so when Theobald of Bec The Annoying (by Henry’s standards) Archbishop of Canterbury died in 1161, Henry thought making Thomas the next Archbishop would be a safe move. Unfortunately, Thomas took the job very seriously and so didn’t agree with Henry who claimed that clergy could be arrested by him or his officials if they did something wrong. Thomas said only the church could arrest them. Henry thought this a benefice too far and said so. At this stage, Thomas responded by excommunicating people. Henry responded by trying to do things legally, but then the two got into an argument over whether to use the Church or Civil courts. Henry was so angry with Thomas that he wouldn’t let him do the usual traditional thing of fleeing to France. Thomas managed to and excommunicated some more people on the way. While in France he wrote letters and excommunicated so many people that Henry was obliged to reconcile with Thomas. (Henry was having family problems and needed all the help he could get.) Reconciliation was achieved in 1170, though not before Thomas had excommunicated three more people who happened to be on Henry’s extended staff. Their apparent crime being to crown Henry’s son as a Young King without asking Beckett. Henry, with some justification it must be said, was so angry that he roared out something in Norman-French fortunately for future generations of teachers this has passed into history as the more acceptable ‘Will no one rid me of this turbulent priest?’. This was overheard by four knights. Now knights of that era were not taught to think, the skills of charging into the opposition of stabbing, hacking, gouging and pummelling being considered more applicable to their calling. Thus seeing things from their rather limited viewpoint these knights rode henceforth, tried to arrest Thomas but since he was being difficult did for them the next best easiest and slew(ed) him.

This naturally caused fearful fuss. The Pope made Thomas a Saint and Henry was obliged to wear cheap shirts and be hit by members of the Church without being allowed to hit back. Monks hid Beckett’s body, so the tourist trade in pilgrimage flourished as people went in all directions. The four knights were also obliged to wear cheap shirts, and be lectured by the Pope, but after that were allowed to go to the so-called Holy Land where they could slaughter as many Jews, Muslims and Christians who weren’t doing it right as they liked. So they got off quite well.

The Great Revolt of 1173-74

At the outset it must be said that as revolts were going on all the time it could only be because Henry was so incredibly ‘Henry’ that any revolt against him must have had to be ‘Great’. Anyway the origins were thus.

Henry decided his son Henry (The Young) should be made officially heir to the throne, as in those days being the oldest son didn’t mean buttons to being a claimant when old man died. Henry (the Young) being a typically surly ungrateful young sprog was soon moaning that he didn’t get enough king-ish things to do. Henry (The II) told him to wait, or if he wanted something to do with his time go and sort out a revolt, incursion, dispute (they were all the same thing in those days) in Anjou, Maine, Brittany, Normandy, Aquitaine etc or be rude to whoever was the King of France. Henry (The Young- Ungrateful Little Jerk) appeared to do this, but actually went to plot with his mother (Eleanor- of Aquitaine) and his brothers Richard (The Loud) and Geoffrey  (The not talked about very much); all of whom were fed-up with Henry (The II) being henry-ish and saying everything and everyone was his. Also involved were William I of Scotland who being as loud as Richard saw in kindred spirit, a bunch of nobles from Anjou, Maine, Brittany, Normandy, Aquitaine etc, and the King of France Louis VII who in addition to feeling that folk should pay attention to him was father-in-law to Henry (The Young- Mummy’s Boy) and wanted to take Henry (The II and more interesting) down a peg or II.

Although armies invaded from Scotland Anjou, Maine, Brittany, Normandy, Aquitaine etc, Henry (The II and easily more capable) defeated everyone, captured the important ones and (naturally) slew the common folk who rebelled. Henry (The Young King-like he deserved it) said he was sorry and annoyingly everyone was in a hurry to say what a nice lad he was and it was his advisors who were to blame. He was thus pardoned and appeared to settle down to a life of tournaments and adultery. In 1183 without any advisors he tried to rebel again, went about it the wrong way by pillaging monasteries and died of campaigning, his mother’s attempts to get him made a saint caused much ironic merriment in the Church.

Henry II- a conclusion

By his efforts Henry II had made not only his family, but other folk very memorable; but Richard (the Big Mouth) was not content with just being a memorable son and rose in rebellion in 1188 by saying if he couldn’t be king of England then he preferred to be ruled by the new king of France who was a Phillip. Henry was shocked by this and although went on campaigning against Richard; it was just not the same and Henry died of campaigning and families on 6 July 1189.

Much to literary historians’ puzzlement Shakespeare never wrote a play about him.

In the following chapters we shall exam why members of his family were so memorable.

Part 22 of The True History of The Isles- Normans and their approach to assimilation (known back then as Conquering

A True History of the Isles Part 21- 1135-1154 Who Is Who and Who is in Charge of England Anyhow?

Advice (Sage) and Example (Tragic)- Only the Other Way ‘Round, On Account of It Working Out That Way.

And much to my delight I completed the first draft of The Patchwork Warriors, by the 31st January 2017, as scheduled. The whole writing process was fun; there were times when it was necessary to stop because of a ‘What In the Name of My Ragged Trainers is going to happen next?’ interlude; and thus would be the time on pondering until eventually came a ‘Ding’ moment and onwards would flow the narrative. Watching the characters develop not in the initial way intended was quite paternal; they certainly taught me quite a great deal. With such a diverse crew running about the story there were times, Dear Reader, when I felt quite tolerant to almost all of my fellow human beings; which is quite enriching. Now will come the bit I really have a good time with; the re-write. Some might find this a hard slog, not myself, reading the story again there are times when I do experience a ‘Jumping Jell-Beanz! That’s not half-bad’ moment, and thus carry on encouraged. Yep at some stage the novel will be there, all tided up with 99% of spelling mistaks and 98% of all true grammatical errors does get sorted right.


Ah Dear Reader

“Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak knits up the o-er wrought heart and bids it break.”  (MacBeth).

‘Cuz this is the bit where the true import of the underlying theme of this blog comes into monstrous bloom, that does chill the blood of gentle souls, and yet should fire bright defiant inspiration into the hearts of those who are warriors willing to enter into the lists at the Muse’s clarion call.

In short at this stage

There will have been zero information about this work on Twitter, Facebook and other sites or platforms I am too lazy to read about.

I will have gone about my usual business of no contact realised or intended with anyone involved in the publishing process. So professional or very astute semi-professional input will be lacking.

No thought will have been given to a book cover, despite there being some very talented folk in the WP community who can produce such things

Aside from this blog and its 200+ followers, to whom I extend my thanks, and gratitude, no one knows ‘spiffle’ about this book.

Marketing is something other and more astute folk do.

Whereas I know all of which I should be doing, I have a feeling I shall simply seek out an Amazon Kindle format and do things the kina cheap ‘n cheerful way in the vague hope that I will gather a cult following who will do all the hard work for me.

Now understandably at this stage any far better organised, motivated, dedicated and serious writers who are reading this will wish they could find a cyber brick to throw at me in the hope of knocking some sense into my stupid head.

For those of you new to my blog I would repeat that one of the themes of this blog is for new readers to read it and do the opposite of whatever I am doing and thus be in with a chance of of doing reasonably well with their work. Hence the title of the blog. Hence the title I use.

And thus endeth the Example (Tragic) bit.

But why dear writer? You ask Why do you carry on thus?

Because Dear Reader I….LOVE….WRITING! It is the sole motivation. There will never be any large financial return. I write for the joy of seeing a creation move from the mind to the page. I soar on the growth of the characters and the twists and turns their journeys take. I create because I can, and because I want to. There is little I can do to change this world we live in, but within my writing in my own universe in which my beliefs, my intentions, my perceptions can grow. There will come a time when a project is completed and I will set this precious artefact out upon its own voyage into the literature and cyber-verses and thus will leave its fortunes to the various tides and courses of Natures. And I will be content. For the creation of thoughts into words is the most important aspect of response to the Muse. To sat down and worked, melding ideas, sculpting thoughts, crafting the words on pages over and over until they flow as a stream is sufficient for a writer. It may seem, the work is unknown, by the shallow standards of today the efforts have gone unnoticed. This is not so, a writer creates, a writer records that creation and thus becomes in a small way a part of the journey of Humanity; the work may in time be discovered by others and viewed interesting, a view of these times and thus maybe invaluable.

It is enough fellow writer that you worked and created.

And thus endeth the Advice (Sage).

I wish you all, all the very best in your endeavours. Belong to the Ages. You can achieve. No one can stop you. Just wave to me as you pass me by, still hacking away on my own furrow.

‘Curiouser and Curiouser,’ said Alice…(smart young lady)

So I visited the WP forum where WP folk post up details about changes, like to READER….and folk who know what they are doing with their various devices and also how to correctly manage, navigate and arrange their WP make sensible technical statement.

Me….I’m just an embarrassment to those who know me……pogo.stick.10




melodramaOh woe! He does vex(ed) me so with his variable manners.

My post:

I’ll start by saying I shouldn’t be allowed on a computer without assistance, however that said.

It was interesting to read about the update because:

  1. When I try to reply on Reader at some stages the site feels the need to show me my Notifications status half-way through my typing a reply; then forgets what we were doing and I have to start again.
  2. Sometimes it loses interest in what I am typing, forgets, and insist I go back to the original notification and start again.
  3. Decides whatever I might have to say can be of no possible interest to anyone and doesn’t give me the opportunity to reply.


In addition the site is very severe with me. If I do not look at notifications at least every hour it grows very cross. When I scroll down the posts it will again get bored with the process and not move for a while. Then when I do find where I was it plays tricks by slipping back making me suppose a contributor has posted the same post several times.


I suspect these are all teething problems which arise whenever something new is introduced and I shall preserve.

If however any one can enlighten by dim mid-20th century brain over something is obvious to a more modern person I would be grateful.

And I shall on record that I do perversely enjoy WP.


If you don’t hear from me again, you’ll know that WP have extracted me to give me a stern lecture:Gunner Sargeant Hartman