The Blogger Himself

Clearly I’m behind the curve here

So, a mobile phone, battery won’t hold a charge. So, this happens to Li batteries.

It’s a Vodafone own brand one.

Go to Voda to ask how much is a new battery and am told that just isn’t done. Now, I knew Apple glued batteries into some stuff. But didn’t realise it was industry wide.

Is there a battery replacement market? Or is it upgrade to a new phone with more memory etcetc because when the battery fails it’s about time to do that anyway?

Weird keyboard error

Can’t quite work out how this happens.

So, using right shift key to try to get capitals, GHJK the L doesn’t work. Using left shift to get capitals the GHJKL does work. The l works, but not the capital L using right shift.

Have I done something absurd to keyboard settings? Or is it just one of those weirds?

Ah, solutoin! Truning it upsoide down and bangning it works!

Although it appears to cause spelling errors, that.

Travel advice for a friend

An American friend, probably will have a Fri lunch to Mon evening weekend to disport himself in Southern England in Sept. Been to England many a time, lived here as a kid, isn’t about to do StonhengeBathStratfordOxfordCambridge then Paris on Tuesday.

So, Southern England, where to go? Both Bath and Brighton (he was a mod back in the day) have been discussed. Where else? 4 days along the Ridgeway isn’t the style – urban is our lad. And not so much a goherethentherethen but a place to amble and taste the flavour of.

Could sorta suggest Salisbury, say, for the Cathedral, but after that, well? Which is the problem I’m having coming up with other ideas. There’re lots of places to go to do the one or two things. But where for 4 days?


Don’t Send Money!

Much thanks to those who have supported server costs etc for Expunct and Continental Telegraph.

They’ve clearly not worked and so are going to cease being fully operated at the end of this month.

So, please don’t send any more money.

Of course, anyone who wants to buy me a beer or a steak dinner is more than welcome to do so. But that’s a different matter.

In order for either of those two sites to actually work it was necessary to get into Google News. Continental was at one time and it did work then. Ad revenue from it made it worth doing. Not a fortune by any means but the fun plus some money was worthwhile. Quite why it dropped out well, I don’t know. Some tell me that being right wing – by which they mean free market etc – gets you banned but I just don’t know. It’s entirely possible that it wasn’t enough of a news site.

There will be the occasional update just to keep the sites ticking over but nothing like the regular entries there have been.

On to the next adventure. I’ve several ideas for e-books. We’ll see if I can stop procrastinating long enough to actually scribble them out.

On being libelled

I’ve now actually seen the legal letter. I’m accused of shaking down a stock market quoted company. If they pay me then I will write nice things about them on a stock tipping site. If they don’t I will write nasty things and also nice things about one of their competitors.

A complete and total fabrication. Also a damaging allegation. Not that there’s anything I can do about it apparently. US libel law is different from that of our own Dear Queen.

Still, at least it clears up that nagging question about the probity of the people running the company.


So something I wrote gets used as a reference. Cool:

Folk-economic beliefs: An evolutionary cognitive model
Published online by Cambridge University Press: 12 October 2017

My little book on economic fallacies gets used as a reference to people believing that international trade is a zero sum game, that it is exports that matter etc. A reference to how this is a belief but a wrong one.

Yes, I know, it’s entirely trivial. There’s still a kick to it though. Not as much of a kick as the book actually selling more than a few library copies but a kick all the same.

American libel law is so restrictive

I don’t know about this but I think I probably – as a published journalist – qualify as a public figure over there. In the one respect and the one respect only – that I would have to prove malice in a libel suit.

Which is a bit of a pity.

Because I’ve clearly just been libelled over there. Not publicly but enough.

Just one of those things I guess.

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Weird but there we are

Over the weekend PayPal informed us that they would no longer be willing to process payments for us due to “inappropriate content”. What this actually means is “we dont believe in your political opinion” both yours, and my own.

With this is mind we will no longer be able to accept PayPal for donations or for the purchase of literature.

We’d fight it, but we’re small fry and its easier to move on, plenty of more payment processors in the world.

No, I don’t know why, not really, either.

If I were a Guardian columnist

That shooting in Boulder. I’ve been in that supermarket, that King Sooper. Which is enough for a column, right? How dreadful, could have been me, sympathy, empathy, bathos etc.

I’ve even written about having been in it. Somewhere, can’t find it right now. But I went from Moscow to Boulder and had jet lag, wandered around it at 4 in the morning. Even now – no, really – I can recall the wonder of the place. Acres of space devoted just to potato crisps. This was in, umm, 1991 I guess, when Soviet supermarkets were rather different.

So, there we have it, the perfect Guardian column. Free markets and capitalism might provide chips but they also lead to mass murder. No shoot ups in ration shops after all, are there? We have made the wrong choice as a society etc QED, bring back Beria.

Of course, I’d have to be careful. Wouldn’t want to go overboard and insist that Dachau reminds me of where I’d be under fascism…..

Quora questions I’ll not try to answer

Why is it that Nigeria is so successful in creating inflation (see link) but the supposedly smarter economists at federal reserve, with all their Harvard Phds, cannot achieve in spite of printing a shitton of money? Are black economists are smarter?

That could be just good trolling of course but still…..


For some of the tens of millions of fans of the hit period drama Bridgerton, admiring the Doric columns and Regency architecture is not enough — they want to own a piece of it as well.

The popularity of Netflix’s Regency show, which has been watched by more than 82 million households worldwide, is inspiring wealthy international buyers to snap up period properties in the UK, according to estate agents.

Set in England in 1813, the drama is based on historical romance novels by the American author Julia Quinn. While Bridgerton is set almost entirely in 1800s London, some of England’s finest houses, palaces and castles were used as filming locations for the series.

Much was shot in Bath, including the Holburne Museum, featured as Lady Danbury’s estate, and the exteriors of No 1 Royal Crescent, a museum in Bath, which was used to bring the Featheringtons’ home to life.

For one Australian couple, £665,000 was a small price to pay for a piece of Bridgerton. They bought a property on the Royal Crescent through Sotheby’s after a virtual viewing. “They exchanged in late December — all our communications at that point referenced Bridgerton and the family members now call the wife ‘the duchess’,” said Christine Penny, of Sotheby’s Bath office.

My own flat in Bath is also featured – well, feature is possibly a little too grand a word – in Bridgerton. Anyone who wants to buy that bit of history is welcome to make an offer – say, £664,995.95?

5 pence off because Alfred Street isn’t quite, not wholly and exactly, the same as the Royal Crescent.

Had to happen really

Portugal recorded its worst daily coronavirus death toll on Sunday, with more than 85,000 infections and almost 1,500 deaths reported in the past week.

That is the highest rate worldwide in proportion to its population of more than 10 million, according to an AFP tally based on government figures.

So, here I am, sitting here, in the worst affected country in the middle of a pandemic respiratory virus.

I get a cold.

Yes, a damn cold. It’s not a ‘flu, not a covid, a cold. Given that I’ve not been anywhere nor met anyone quite how is a mystery. But there we are…..