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Month: September 2007

Incy Wincy

Incy Wincy

Not a great photo (light was fading, and it’s not easy focusing on such a small thing when he’s bobbing about in the wind…) but this guy has made his home across the large window of our conservatory. He’s only about half an inch across, so don’t be too scared :o)

Edit: for those who want to see the picture, click below.  Sorry if I scared you.  Honest 😉

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Spam, spam, bloody spam

Spam, spam, bloody spam

Right… do any other WordPress users out there (I’m looking at you, Mr Covey) know of any good ways to stop those stupid auto-spam-bots creating lots of obviously spamtastic comments on this here blog? At the moment I’m just marking them as spam as they arrive, but that gets quite boring after a while. I’m guessing that letting the ‘online pharmacies’ and ‘payday loans’ companies know that they’re hard-earned marketing dollars are doing nothing but piss me off is going to do no good at all…

Update – Mr Covey did the do, and I’ve now activated WordPress’s out-of-the-box anti-spam device, which should make me a much happier bunny.  Now then, anyone have any ideas on how to get BT to listen to my complaints…? 🙂

Tunisia

Tunisia

I have been particularly slack in posting about our recent(ish) trip to Tunisia. What with moving house, not having a phoneline or broadband, then travelling across the country to see Ant and Cally get hitched, there always seemed to be something more pressing to do.

Tunisia, then, is quite a nice place. Despite being on the same continent as Kenya, it seems a whole world away. People are still poor by our standards, but we didn’t see any of the abject poverty like we did in Mombasa. I understand that this is because we were staying in a tourist area, where just about all of the local population seemed to be involved in entertaining the visitors, but that was true of Kenya too.

We were slightly concerned about the holiday just before leaving. Mrs H had looked at a couple of holiday review sites and seen some less than favourable reports about our hotel. Most of these proved to be unfounded, however, and when you read between the lines it seems the complaints were mostly to do with there being a lack of sausages and bacon for breakfast (something to do with being a Muslim country, perhaps…), and having to travel miles (as in to the next country) to get a McDonalds – oh woe!

I won’t bore you with untold details of our daily doings, but we did have a fantastic time, including:

  • lots of time at the hotel pools (indoor and outdoor, what what)
  • a guided tour of the local market (bull’s head, anyone?)
  • a trip on a (fake) pirate ship (diesel rather than slave-powered :))

We had a really very good time, and despite the over-zealous shopkeepers and street-traders we’d recommend it to a family wanting a bit of sun only a couple of flight hours away. You do need to unlearn a few British habits though – the traders see a polite “No thanks” as an invitation to walk with you down the street trying to persuade you to buy their drum/wooden snake/shell/chicken/camel, but a firm “No” works well.

Here are a couple of photos, and there are more in my PicasaWeb gallery.

Mr & Mrs Hogbin

Mr & Mrs Hogbin

Many congrats to Mr & Mrs Ant & Cally Hogbin who tied the knot on Wednesday in North Wales. As was to be expected, there are somewhere in the region of ten thousand images of the day in various places around the interweb, with a central repository in the pipeline (but let’s let the poor sysadmin guy have his honeymoon first, eh?)

It was a lovely day – well done to all involved 🙂