#writing #fantasy Killing spam with a sledge hammer.

I sat here this morning pondering all the wonderful things people have been commenting on in my blog. And it suddenly occurred to me that there are a lot of people out there using their employers’ websites to surf the net. My thoughts inevitably led to the unsavoury truth that it was impossible for all these people to like me. Spam. Such a small word for the biggest pest on the internet. So I went at my list with a heavy sledge hammer trashing all those posted by companies. If there are people making genuine comments on their employers’ time then please forgive me – you’ve disappeared from my blog. Of course, what remains are comments purportedly from individuals stating the truth of what they feel. Some of these are bound to be spam. How I weed these out I do not yet know – but in time I will.

For all those who are genuine, among them is Carrie Rubin http://carrierubin.com/ I thank sincerely for keeping the faith.

On another matter — and I promise this is not spam, but I do have to mention it — my second novel, “Plague, Book Two of The Search”, is now finally at the printers. I should receive the revised edition within three weeks. And I have just received the first batch of business-size cards advertising both books. I am fortunate, I work for a multi-national company and am in close contact with lorry drivers that travel, not only all over the United Kingdom, but also on the continent of Europe. They will all distribute these cards for me. Mind you, every last one of them has applied for the job of being my chauffeur when Warner Bros. decide to get off their backside and purchase the rights.

That’s the mundane over and done with let’s have a look at the trivia for today on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/23_April

In 1635 the first public school in the United States, Boston Latin School, is founded in Boston, Massachusetts and in 1927  Turkey becomes the first country to celebrate Children’s Day as a national holiday.

In 1621 on this day is born William Penn, English admiral (d. 1670) and in 1894 so is – Cow Cow Davenport, American pianist (d. 1955) – now that really is a name to conjure with!

On this day in 1915 we see the death of Rupert Brooke, English poet (b. 1887) and in 1983 Buster Crabbe, American swimmer and actor (b. 1908).

To the lighter side of life we once again visit http://www.squidoo.com/welsh-jokes

The Daily Joke – Wise Blind Elephants

Six wise, blind elephants were discussing what humans were like.
Failing to agree in any way, they decided to determine what humans were like by direct experience.
So, the elephants went out and found a human, tending to his crops on the outskirts of a village.
The first wise, blind elephant felt the human, and declared, “Humans are flat.”
The other wise, blind elephants, after similarly feeling the human, agreed.
Ain’t life strange!