Thursday, April 29, 2010

Blogging with dinosaurs - Thorpie, Bush and me

I’m meant to be researching a serious article. A work related piece. Niggling at the back of my mind was a feeling that I’d covered some of the same ground on this blog, so off I’ve been on a delightful wild goose chase.

I know it’s seen as bad form to laugh at your own jokes but perhaps a giggle at your own expense is not too bad. The last 30 minutes has reminded me of how much I miss my old blog. I’d forgotten about my wee obsession with Thorpie or sharing the joys of my socks drawer. I’m also left wondering what happened to the Aussie genius who invented a line of scratch and sniff underwear back in 2006? And in a sneaking way miss having Bush and Howard to continually vent about. When it comes down to it, the political demise of those two clowns may have killed political blogging for me, though with an election looming you can bet on me for reminding you of how we got a god-bothering fundamentalist representing Victoria in the senate.

But what I wonder most of all is where are so many of my fellow bloggers from way back then are now? Where are you jaded DJ, Boysenberry, Justine, Muse, Aleks…only the odd stalwart commenters from that time still updates their old blogs.

Blogging about things other than food have become random for me. When I spoke at the food blogging conference recently I suggested the only ‘rule’ to this pursuit is to only do it if you enjoy it. A blog is a labour of love, but just sometimes it makes me giggle which aint a bad thing in my book.

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Sunday, April 25, 2010

cashing in on the day

A random photo from the family archive, seeing today is one of the days you can't avoid pictures of blokes in uniforms.

My paternal grandfather served in the New Zealand Expeditionary Forces in WWI. At some point he acquired a camera and a box of medium format, poorly stored, negatives survive from his time recuperating from his war wound in England. Later images show his life in NZ, wife and children.

Can't tell you anything about the photo above. It could be a trip on the Thames while on leave in London? It could be post-war?

More coherent WWI photos, diary entries and ephemera from the family archives here, here and here.

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