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The gaps

So, what happens, you see, is this.

I write something on here. And I enjoy it. And I think, “I really should do this more often.” And, occasionally, I’ll write two things in quick succession. But then a week or so goes past, and nothing appears. And then, increasingly often, months.

In my head, I’d not been too bad lately. But I see it’s been over three months. In fact, just five posts on here since last November.

Perhaps I’ve got nothing worth saying.

2014 in review

Once again, WordPress have sent me a review of the year. Bit of a slow year for this blog. Guess my attentions have been elsewhere.  Only 22 posts? In a whole year?

Actually I’ve just looked back at the last three years’ ones of these, and I see a downward trend.

2011: 137 posts.
2012: 96 posts.
2013: 50 posts.
2014: 22 posts.


Here’s the excerpt that they always provide to tempt you to look further:

“The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 15,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.”

Well,  that was informative. Not sure why they can’t just let me put the whole report on here, but anyway, if your interested (yeah, right) then feel free to click on the wee linky thing below.

Click here to see the complete report.

Things to do…

Procrastination time.


You see, this is year three of a photography degree, but I seem to be doing very little photography. No, what I’m supposed to be doing right now while I’m writing this instead is working on an essay, and writing up some stuff about portfolios, and working on a “mission statement” about my own portfolio-to-be. It’s all words, words, words, and thinking*.

None of which I’m feeling all that good at just now.

And so I wander, and I meander, and my brain tries to vaguely stay on track, but fails miserably. I just read a brilliant piece of writing (yes, while I should have been working) about this very thing. A friend wrote this piece about her own procrastination and it’s so unnervingly accurate about the state of mind that I find myself in. Except that at least most of my friend’s distraction seem productive in their own way. Mine are mostly mindless. You know that “internet” thing? You may have heard of it? It’s an amazing thing, a blessing in so many ways and makes so much of modern life easier that before. But jeepers it’s also the biggest time-waster going. Egads, the time that flies by while I ‘just catch up” on this or that. Or the other. Why did I watch that video? Why did I read that article? Why am I checking yet again to see if anything’s been updated since I last looked? Oh, and then a quick coffee. Or a snack. Oh, wait – that means even more time has passed since I checked this or that; better check again.

Deadlines are approaching fast, with much work before I’m ready. I have had loads of time to work on these modules. Loads. So why so I still have so much to do on them? And why am I even here, writing this?

Well, I think that’s got that off my mind. Now to get on with some work. Oh, hang on – just need to pop out to post a letter first…

Lego City Advent Calendar 2014: Day one, Boy posting Christmas card

If you didn’t spot the link to my friend’s writing, do click here to read it. It’s so well written.

(* Oh, and also compiling a mini-portfolio that should include some photographs taken this semester. Except I’ve not really been taking any this semester. At least, not directly connected with the course.)

Saying stuff elsewhere.

Bit of blog ‘housekeeping’ to mention. I’ve been keeping a separate blog for thoughts and research about a university project. Most of what I’ve posted over there I’ve also posted here, but there have been a couple recently that have just gone on there. Which means if you only see this blog, you won’t know about my latest thoughts.

So: two things…

  • If you want to see them, mosey on over to my student research blog here.
  • And then let me know if I should continue bunging posts about that project on here, too.

As you were.



Advanced notice…

The vast majority of the photos on this blog are hosted over at Flickr. Well, Flickr will be offline for a whole six hours starting from midnight (UK time) tonight for “planned maintenance”

SIX HOURS!? That’s a huge downtime.

While Flickr’s down I have no idea if the photos on here will be visible or not, so this post is just to let you know: if they’ve disappeared, that’s why.

Stevenage underpass at night

Spot the difference: Photo above hosted on Flickr; below, hosted on WordPress.


As you were.

Commencing Radio Silence in 5, 4, 3, 2…

Just popping up here to let you know that I’ve just decided, on a whim, to have a few days offline. No blog, no facebook, no twitter, no Flickr. No nothing. I’m even switching mobile off so no texts either.

I’ll still be taking my Daily Photo each day, but won’t post them online until I return.

See you Sunday or Monday!

Maybe I’ll finish reading the book I started at Christmas.

A tale of terrific twitter customer relations

In Eyemouth in the Scottish Borders, a village I visit regularly, there’s a gem of a place called Giacopazzi’s.

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Photo gratuitously borrowed from Giacopazzi’s website. Please forgive me.

It’s a fish and chip restaurant and ice cream parlour that’s been serving the village since it was founded by Lorenzo Giacopazzi in 1900 and is still run by his descendants to this day. Their fish and chips are great, of course, but this story relates to their fantastic ice cream. Ever since Lorenzo set up shop 113 years ago, all their ice cream is made on site, and their recipes regularly win national recognition and awards.

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I can’t claim to be a regular customer; I’m only in town a few times a year, and it’s not always warm enough for ice cream in the Scottish Borders. But when I was up at Easter I did pop in, and chose a cone of their Chocolate Fudge Brownie, unable to resist the claim on the sign that it was the “Best in Britain”. And, while the rest of the family were getting served, I snapped this photo on my iPhone.

Daily Photograph #86: Ice cream.

And, as I tend to do, posted in over on Flickr, and pumped out a link on Twitter and Facebook, and promptly forgot all about it. And then, a couple of days later, Giacopazzi’s replied.

An ice cream in it? Yes, I know there’s an ice cream in it. It’s a photo of an ice cream. Oh, wait… what? So I promptly made sure I got them a copy of the original, and assured them I’d be back in town soon.

And, last weekend, I was.

But not only was I in town, I was celebrating a family birthday with a meal in Oblò, a bistro restaurant that’s also owned by the Giacopazzi family, and which – of course – serves Giacopazzi’s ice cream. Well, somehow the connection was made (I, ahem, may have mentioned it somewhere along the way), and sure enough when it came to desert our waiter announced there was a free ice cream each on the house. We were a party of seven.

And all because of my little photo, and the magic of Twitter.

So thanks, Giacopazzi’s and Oblò, for fabulous customer relations. These are businesses that understand how to use social media.

To anyone else, if you’re ever in the Eyemouth, make sure you pay both venues a visit. Heck, if our anywhere in the Scottish Borders, pop in to town specially.

Note. This is not in any way a “sponsored” post. I did not receive any payment – or indeed ice cream – for writing this: I am simply choosing to share the story. (And in case you’re wondering why I’m specifying this, I’ve learned recently that there are strict rules about declaring when a blog post is sponsored or if you’ve received a freebie for review or such like. As this may have looked like a sponsored post, I figured I should state that it isn’t. Just in case.)