Sunday, 7 February 2010

Googlewhacking .....?????

I think I'm a little behind the times but have any of you heard of googlewhacking!????

Friday I stumbled across a very odd but strangely compelling program called Dave Gormans Googlewhack adventure ....  now I'm quite a fan of Dave Gorman, I like his style of humour, its not convential stand up but a sort of combination of travel & seeking out with humour! Anyway I digress .... back to Googlewhacking!

For those of you who don't know googlewhacking is putting two seperate words into the google search engine & getting a 1 website hit that contains both words on one page! They must be google recognised dictionary words & the web page must be a proper page not a dictionary page or just a list of words! Sounds so simple ... and on this programme it seemed so ...

I like to play with words so I spent sometime thinking about words that shouldn't appear together on a webpage, I can't believe I let a program get into my head but I was intrigued that something so simple could be so difficult .... can you believe that there are 3940 websites with the words ambidextrous aardvark on ... what on earth are they talking about??? Taramasalata Elephant ....1060 web pages ....why???

As you can imagine by now I'm thinking stop ..there must be much more interesting or important things you could be doing ... but I'm a person who doesn't like to be defeated especially when words are involved ... so I continued .... siphoning alligators ... 10.800 pages ... now I'm a broad minded woman but what are these web sites doing?? How do you siphon an alligator?????

I think I need to walk away before I totally lose my mind to this task .... but if you find yourself just a little bored and fancy a googlewhack & you find one please put me out my misery & tell me!!

Friday, 5 February 2010

Garden visitors...

As I've mentioned I'm a keen photographer. recently i bought a telephoto lens for my digital SLR camera in readiness for our holiday in Costa Rica where I hope to capture some wildlife photos! So I've been practicing on our native wildlife, these are taken through our kitchen window which accounts for the slight haze & lack of sharpness!

It all looks a bit precarious .........

She wasn't impressed with my laughing at her balancing act!!

Being in town we don't attract a wide variety of birds but the sparrows visit a lot we now have a pair of bule tits (who i haven't managed to capture yet) & our opposite neighbours racing pigeons come to have a look too!

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Pasty .....

I don’t think I have a strong Somerset accent but my work mates call me “Pasty” , I like to think it’s an affectionate term!!

I of course have pointed out several times that Pasties are from Cornwall & that I am in fact from Somerset but it falls on deaf ears!
I suppose it’s preferably to being called Wurzel … although they do ask if I came to work on my tractor!!!!

Some accents seem to generate a stereotype in peoples mind, I can’t be the only person out there who is nicknamed & teased by their accent!?? It doesn’t bother me in fact I quite like it, it’s who I am & believe me I can give as good as I get, lets be fair the Brummie accent is hardly without comedy value!

To my midland mates all the west country accents sound the same, I can distinguish between Cornish, Devon, Dorset etc but ask me to identify the different Midlands accents … Warwickshire, Coventry, Staffordshire etc and then I struggle!

I suppose our ear attunes to the accents we grew up with or schooled in?

I think with time you can identify other sub regional accents as opposed to just being Welsh, Irish, northern etc …. I know Mr Heron is very good at identifying different Irish accents but he has lived there for a long time now or maybe it’s just a talent!!?

I love the regional accents for such a small Island we have a very diverse range of accents. From the slow Cornish accent to the fast Liverpudlian banter as soon as someone speaks you can generally place them in a vague area of the country!

Am I alone in feeling a little thrill when you hear your own accent coming from someone else when you are both miles from your native county, there’s that instant bond, that feeling that you just want to ask where they are from ….. I often do … I can’t help myself!!? I find that it’s a good opener for a conversation with people you don’t know, most people are proud of their accent & where they come from!

So in a Somerset stereotype I lift a glass of scrumpy cider to the accent – long may it live!

Sunday, 31 January 2010

Isn't nature beautiful .....

As mentioned previously I have been in Glastonbury for the weekend, as usual my trusty little compact camera was with me. I love photography and I'm always on the look out for that perfect picture moment! I also have a digital SLR that is my pride & joy but not easy to throw in a weekend bag so it was over to the compact!

I forget how beautiful the Somerset levels are as the winter sunshine lights up the flat green moors with the Tor rising in the background

It really was a photographers day with brilliant blue skies, we were actually on the way to see my best friend who lives in town but the call of the levels were too much as I veered out of Glastonbury ... where are you going my hubby asks ..... I just have to take a couple of photos ..... we head onto the levels & turn onto this lovely straight road which runs parallel to the tor!

I'm wandering about in the middle of the road snapping away while my husband worries I may get run over ..... bless him I don't like to point out that these roads are very quiet & I can see for miles!

With my picture taking urge fufilled we continued with our visiting but as we returned & the sky turned a fantastic colour the draw was there again as the levels silhouetted against a beautiful sky!

Beautiful ... nature finishes the day with a final flourish!!!

Friday, 29 January 2010

The Acknowledgment

I’m making a trip south this weekend to Glastonbury in Somerset for a family birthday.

Glastonbury holds a special place in my heart it’s where I spent my formative years, going to school, making friends, falling in love, falling out of love, falling out of the pub …….

I haven’t lived in Glastonbury since 1994 but frequently return to visit family & friends, it’s when I return that I notice the differences between living in a small close knit town & the large industrial Midlands town that I live in now.

The biggest thing is “The acknowledgement” for this I hark back to the first time I took my boyfriend (now Husband) to stay the weekend in Glastonbury. On the Saturday night we take the 15 min stroll into town from my family residence. As we amble up the road we pass 6 or 7 people, couples walking dogs, people carrying home shopping, others maybe just taking in the night air as we pass there’s a cheery “good evening” or “lovely evening” to which I respond accordingly with a big smile as we continue our way. As we reached the top of the road my boyfriend said “Do you know everyone here?” Momentarily I was confused …. “you spoke to everyone we passed!” …… Laughing I explained that it was the norm to acknowledge people regardless of whether you knew them or not & though nothing more of it …..

Some months later I moved to the Midlands to be with my man, it was all rather disorientating but I carried on as usual. One night we were walking into town & we passed lots of people ….. but no-one spoke, I tried a couple of times but was met with startled looks, I tried smiling at a few but again most people looked at me as if I’d lost the plot! My boyfriend gently took me aside & pointed out that people don’t talk to each other here, in fact it was probably better not to make eye contact at all!

How sad I thought to have lost that human contact.

I still find it very hard not to acknowledge passing people 12 years later & I still can’t help smiling at oncoming people and just occasionally … very occasionally I get a smile back … it makes my heart soar …. in my head that smile might have made someone’s day a bit more bearable!

So this weekend I shall be acknowledging my way up the road & enjoying every moment of it ….. if you live somewhere where “the acknowledgement” is the norm treasure it cause that cheery greeting might be making someone’s day!!!

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Theres something about Wednesdays ....

I really quite like Wednesdays, granted they are not as good as Fridays for those of us who work a standard working week.

It's a specific time on a Wednesday that makes me smile ... that time is 1.15pm ... and why ?? well you see at 1.15pm I have done exactly half a working week, don't get me wrong I quite like my job & I'm not clock-watching my life away ... but as that pc clock clicks over to 1.15pm a little pleasurable thought floats into my head .... I have less of the working week to do then I've already done ... which in turn means the weekend is closer than it has been all week!!

In celebration of this little moment of the week, me & my colleague Pete raise a coffee & dip a malted milk biccie!

Let me introduce my colleague Pete as he will probably make a few appearances over time!
He is a what i call a typical Graphic Designer (apologies to those GD's out there), he survives on a diet of very strong black coffee & cigarettes, has a mop of hair that stands up like a mad professor when he pulls at it in frustration at yet another "idiot client" and an amazing ability to hint at double entendre with the raise of one bushy eyebrow when I am trying to conduct a serious conversation on the phone , a talent that has had me spluttering many a time!!

Anyway I digress ....Isn't it strange how we get into little rituals of time ... or is it just me ....??

10.30am ..... all quiet for popmaster on radio 2
3pm ..... must be a caffeine top up time
4.40pm ......... last cuppa of the day the one where you kick back , discuss the day!

Maybe its because I have a structured day, maybe those of you out there that have a more laidback lifestyle don't have time structures?
Maybe its a human trait that we all have to some extent?

Maybe tomorrow I'll live dangerously & have that last coffee at 4.50pm!!

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Following in my Fathers footsteps

I'm very new to this blogging .... my dad is a keen blogger & I always read his entries with interest so this is dipping a toe into new waters! My Dads blog by the way is aheronsview ...

I wonder if I will find as much interesting things to talk about I live in a busy midlands town, with a fulltime job & all the trappings of modern life .... but I think we all have something to share from all walks of life!

So let me share a little about myself as I mentioned I live in the Midlands but originally from Somerset, I'm an only child of only children & I'm married to an only child ...there must be a future blog in there somewhere!

I'm a keen amatuer photographer & love to travel all over the world ... which I have a feeling may also appear frequently in entries!

I manage a printroom, which is great because I meet all sorts of people who I'm sure will provide many an anecdote for on here!

So here we go my first post ....