The sub-species: spammers

I nearly didn’t get a blog up today. Several days ago I received notification from my provider that a comment had been posted on one of my older blogs. It was a typical piece of spam: just a series of links to who knows what. When I went to this blog-site to deal with it, lo and behold I couldn’t get into my own site! After several fruitless attempts I decided to leave it alone and try again the next day. The next day, the same thing happened. The third attempt was made in the evening, sitting next to the Old Boy. After listening to me use language that totally lacked any couth, he sighed deeply and said, in a resigned-typical-female-needs-my-expertise kind of way, “I’ll log in for you.” Much muttering ensued. Nothing was achieved....

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Those amazing phones

I  dream every night and often it’s quite entertaining. Last night was no exception. I was the lead detective (of course) in a case involving some sort of espionage in a big business. We had one guy undercover, working at one of the desks in a very busy office. He was a Chinese dude by the name of Chen. Nice guy. Anyhoo my team and I, acting on information supplied by Chen, raided the office, which was an enormous space. I think it occupied almost the entire floor in the high-rise building. We were at one end of the room, questioning people, while Chen was still undercover and working at his desk at the other end. Suddenly I got a message from him on my phone. He’d set it up so that I could see him. (Is this possible? I don’t know because I...

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Mother’s Day

Here in the Land of Oz, tomorrow is Mother’s Day. (Or is it, “Mothers’ Day”?) I have mixed feelings about it. Of course, I’m all for making mothers feel special and appreciated. Same goes for fathers on their special day. Nothing wrong with a bit of family love. I will be having lunch with my kids and grandkids before they all go off with the Old Boy to the football, and I drive myself home. The Wonder Dog will then have the rest of the day to spoil me. It’s always nice to have time with the family, so I’m grateful. However, I can’t help thinking of all the people who are sad on this day. First of all, those of us whose mothers have died, will feel the loss. I was a most fortunate child; I had a great mum. But, then...

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This ‘halal’ business

I have no problem with labelling food stuffs so that the consumer knows what they’re getting. We’ve had heart-friendly foods, gluten-free foods, kosher food, diabetic-friendly, low-sugar, low-fat, peanut-free and other such labels for ages now and that’s fine with me. I, therefore, don’t get my knickers in a knot with the concept of halal food. There’s nothing sinister about it; it’s just the Muslim version of kosher. (And, there is no proof that money raised by getting a halal certification is going to terrorists, any more than money raised by kosher certification goes to Zionists, or heart-friendly certification goes to on-line dating companies.) Halal (acceptable), means that the food doesn’t contain alcohol, or any...

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