Such cooling rain. A big change from the humid heat. Gave me a chance to catch up and read some of the other Lib Dem blogs - it's always food for thought what others write about.
Noticed Martin Young's posting Liberal spice
A step along the way seems to be the labeling of types of LibDems, or factions maybe, depending on how aggressive the writer is feeling.
I'm just wondering in which category he puts my blog? Have to agree some of the writers are aggressive and out for a fight - they need to take a chill pill. The styles of writing vary from the fighters, the formal, the politically correct, the artistic, story teller, happy go lucky, the downright funny and sadly some I just don't understand.
I received an email about mine which made me laugh.
I've been dipping in and out of your blog from time to time (the entertainment value is always high...).
Back to other blogs - Chris Ward posting Cowabunga! is a continuation of what seems to be a long-standing war of words with Dennis Paul. Apart from Dennis Paul being a Conservative I'm curious as to what started the war.
Mary Reid posting about video blogs. I couldn't access it from her link and after listening to it from the website thought it was worth posting again (it's a bit long). Councillors video blog created by the Local e-Democracy National Project. Might encourage a few more elected members and public figures to start their own blogs.
I always enjoy reading Peter Black's blog - He takes the serious approach but I like his style of writing - it has a natural flow but is clear and straight to the point - very interesting if you want to keep up with what's going on in Wales. His report from Dublin and his visit to Kilmainham Jail (held the ringleaders of the Easter 1916 uprising) is interesting. The before (Kilmainham Jail) and after pictures (St. Stephen's Shopping Centre in Dublin) are for lovers of history absolutely fascinating.
Dave Smithson seems to have more of a pictorial blog. The best picture of the summer has to be his wonderful photo from Best ever Flower Show?
Sandra Gidley's tribute to Mo Mowlam I have to whole-heartedly agree with.
Call it the common touch, call her a people's politician - call it what you will but the bottom line is that she was one of those rare people who are able to engage with others on a number of other levels.
I have never spoken to Mo and only met her briefly on the way to party HQ. I was so shocked by her loss of her hair. A woman's crowning glory.
My respect for her during her illness was to read in some newspapers that she'd signed a Living Will. I've told my doctor, all my family and friends the same thing, should anything happen to me, let nature take it's course. I appreciate how upsetting death is for everybody but I can't imagine living a life where there's no hope. Leaving aside the natural sentiment, signing a Living Will takes away the moral obligation from others.
Stephen Glenn's blog I enjoy reading. Have to agree with his posting - Quick off the block I was wondering myself where the Guardian got the info from. At the time the notice to approved candidates hadn't gone out. Realized they must have read the party website and found the page - Charles Dundas
I suppose there was a presumption in the reporter's mind because he was the PPC for Livingston during the GE and a tribute to Robin Cook was added almost immediately after his death under Charles's biog which must have added fuel to the fire.
Will Howells's blog No geek is an island does my head in with all his cut-outs and overlaps - it affects my eyes. Seems very popular from the write-ups I've seen so must be a generational thing. (I do read it from time to time). His posting kissing-cousins is however very interesting.
In many countries it's not so uncommon. It brought back memories of one Lebanese family I knew - the Rhoda's. They all married their cousins so they all had the same (only two) great grandparent and grandparents. Two of the brothers were expecting their own children would marry their cousins. I used to think about it a lot. Not the marriage issue but genetically. They were all a good looking family and quite brainy. There didn't seem anything wrong with them all but I often wondered how far down the line they could go before something strange happened.
I have to admit I do tend to read LibDem Blogs - Aggregated postings because of the page news feeds. Noticed the Independant news feed link still doesn't work after all these weeks. Keep forgetting the web back-link doesn't work with error pages. It's so annoying and such a hassle to start over. Ryan when are you going to fix it?
Very occasionally I check out the other blogs listed - accessible via the LibDem button - seems such a shame they can't somehow be tied up.
The blogs I definitely don't read are those that have a black background. They're just a nono. Not good for the eyes.