Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Some snippets

It turns out that my mysterious Ghanaian visitor is actually a friend of mine who lives in Maputo. Yes, I know that Maputo isn't in Ghana and I can't really explain why she should be identified by both sitemeter and neocounter as being Ghanaian apart from the fact that both counters may have erroneously identified the ISP she uses. Another regular reader from South Africa is correctly identified as such by neocounter but identified as Mauritian by sitemeter.

It's great to have my Maputo friend reveal her hand, so to speak, but slightly disappointing to know that I don't have a regular from Ghana. Oh well, win some, lose some...

Now you know that I have an interest in flags and you may have worked out that I rather like maps too. Not only do I have a blogmap but I've also recently plastered my wallpaper with maps. Just in the interests of overkill, I may have to add one of those world map things. Then again, maybe not. So I find it very interesting to read about the recent discovery of an ancient map that suggests that Chinese seamen were the first to sail around the world. Its authenticity is still under dispute but its discovery comes relatively soon after Gavin Menzies wrote his 2003 bestseller, '1421: The Year China Discovered the World'. I never got to read the book even though I read a lot of articles and reviews that made me want to read it. Some reviews were very favourable and drew attention to the fact that the Chinese explored because they had a yearning to learn about, rather than subjugate, other people. Some were a lot less favourable and referred to it as 'a dubious book that offers an object lesson in amateurish research, slapdash editing and publishing greed'. While this newly discovered map may give credence to Menzies, Simon Jenkins, writing in the Guardian, has interesting things to say about maps and discovery but is quite sure that the map is a hoax.

elvis presleyHere's a fun link that I found on Monkey Boy. You provide your birth date and you're told what the UK No.1 was on that day.

Mine was Elvis Presley's A Fool Such As I / I Need Your Love Tonight. Not sure what to make of that!

Let me know what your number ones were.

After having said, in my review of the film, that I'd thought of not mentioning it at all, here I am discussing Brokeback Mountain again. But I thought you'd appreciate this film clip I was led to on Bill's blog. I love it when people I don't like visibly/audibly squirm.

Incidentally, another reader of mine drew my attention to his review of Brokeback Mountain, a similarly underwhelmed impression. His review is much more detailed than mine - it's good to read another dissenting voice after so much praise elsewhere.

Thanks to Bill again, I've come across Tottyland, 'a detailed discussion into the merits or lack of merits of totty'. Obviously, it's a gay site that displays lots of male flesh but what distinguishes it from most gay ogling sites is the way it concentrates on men who are in the public eye rather than porn stars displaying their assets and getting it together in weird and wonderful ways.Not that I've anything against those sites, of course!

I suspect women may enjoy visiting Tottyland and not feel odd about it.

google chinaAnd, lastly, don't you just love this double-speak?

"While removing search results is inconsistent with Google's mission, providing no information (or a heavily degraded user experience that amounts to no information) is more inconsistent with our mission."

That's part of Google's official statement on censoring itself in China. I know all about economic realities of doing business with the fastest growing economy in the world but that sort of double-speak harks back to the best days of communism.

19 Comments:

Anonymous Alan said...

My No 1 on the day I was born was "Dancing Queen" ABBA !

12:14 pm  
Blogger Reluctant Nomad said...

Now isn't that a surprise!!! :-)

12:16 pm  
Anonymous Alan said...

This sitehas some nice sporty totty on it.

http://www.chez.com/galfion/

Very sexy French man ! Oh La La !

12:22 pm  
Blogger mike said...

Mine was "The Young Ones" - Cliff Richard. (Or was it "The Young Once"? Much more appropriate...)

12:33 pm  
Blogger Caroline said...

Connie Francis - Carolina Moon / Stupid Cupid


So that'll be another reason I was called Caroline...

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And whilst my preference is for men I like how they smell not how they look so I'm not even going to bother looking at Tottyland...

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Oh and as I seem to be getting in a year's worth of comments here ;-)

I thought January 25th was the worst day of the year (that's today) - and not for all the UK because of course in Scotland they chase wee haggis and then burn them in a strange supper ritual... whilst chanting incomprensible incantantations.

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And word verification is saying

yulebup

at me which seems like it ought to mean something but I can't figure this one out!

1:32 pm  
Blogger Reluctant Nomad said...

mike: yes, much more appropriate the other way around! :-)

caroline: I don't know that Connie Francis song - I hope it was good apart from, possibly, contributing towards your name.

So why is today the worst day of the year?

word veri seems a bit confused if it's talking about yule when it's Robbie Burns day.

1:47 pm  
Blogger Caroline said...

I've done some more searching and the BBC say the worst day was the 24th - yesterday!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/4187183.stm

The article is a bit odd as they seem to think that the 24th is a Monday...

In reality (which of course means from my perspective ;-) I think the worst day really was on Monday the 23rd as you reported. As both Andrea and I had bad art days:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/caroslines/90368804/

Word veri is often confused - that's its job I suppose.

2:18 pm  
Blogger rhino75 said...

"Gerry & the Pacemakers - You'll Never Walk Alone" - OMG, that makes me feel about 105. Although at least it IS from "Carousel" and therefore more than a teensy bit camp.

2:52 pm  
Anonymous xmichra said...

Abba - Dancing Queen.

figures though.. I think this was a common thing to happen in 1976. ABBA = BIG

5:03 pm  
Blogger rhino75 said...

Xmichra, at rhino75 Towers, ABBA are still BIG in 2006 ;)

7:08 am  
Blogger BUDDESS said...

Mine was Baby come back - Equals - story of my life!!

7:31 am  
Blogger Reluctant Nomad said...

Well, one thing can be safely said, there aint anything camper than a row of tents apart from rhino! :-)

I liked that song, buddess. Not a great song but it was good at the time so it's nostalgic hearing it again. However, in your case, I'd have thought you'd have liked a song that suggested 'Fucker, be gone!'!

8:07 am  
Blogger rhino75 said...

HAHA, in fact you'll find that I'm only camp when blogging - weird, isn't it? Most people take me for a construction worker...(ok, ok, that's the gear...never without my toolbelt) etc.

1:43 pm  
Blogger Guyana-Gyal said...

I just don't know HOW to put my country's flag on your list, Nomad. I have a feeling sitemeter thinks I'm in the USA. grr.

4:03 pm  
Blogger Reluctant Nomad said...

Rhino is a 21st century member of the Village People!

guyana gyal: yes, you are right, you do come up as from the US. I have been in contact with the neocounter guy before so may email him about the erroneous identifications. Now where is your birthdate number 1?

5:08 pm  
Blogger Guyana-Gyal said...

Birthdate number 1?

1:33 pm  
Blogger andrea said...

Definitely Jan. 23rd. At least that's what the media said here. But part of the 23rd here was the 24th there already so...

Emile Ford & The Checkmates - What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For. What?!?


Must off and Totty now...

3:59 pm  
Blogger BUDDESS said...

How right you are!!!!!

9:35 am  
Blogger Reluctant Nomad said...

guyana-gyal: on the post called 'Some snippets', next to the pic of Elvis is a link to a site where you enter your birthdate and you are told what was the UK No1 on that day.

andrea: off and Totty now? surely are a bit young to be tottering?

buddess: that lion looks tired.

9:10 pm  

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