AirToob Lightning
I like looking on the bright side. I relate very much to the Mediterranean extended-family, take-it-slow, money-isn't-everything outlook on life. I'm not a great cook but I like cooking, especially Mediterranean food (my recipe page is here). I'm interested in environmental issues. My main hobby is flying (on a PC simulator).

The people I admire most are those who see no end to pain, illness, grief or disability and who still retain a sense of humour, people who spend time making life better for others in any way, and people with toxic parents who have "broken the chain" in bringing up their own children.

If you like my pages you will probably also enjoy my web site - do visit! You can get a quick flavour of it here.

PS: I'm a refugee from StumbleUpon. I have copied all of my old SU reviews (the ones containing images) here, except for some not-so-good and outdated bits.



As Michelle in 'Allo, 'Allo might say, please read the following very carefully - I shall write it only once!

I'm a great believer in tags. SU restricted you to 5 tags per post (and then only for site-review posts), but here you can have as many tags per post as will fit into about 200 characters, so I have tried to take full advantage.

For example, you can select from this blog (if you want to) only posts to do with arts, science, entertainment, books, movies, music, environment and so on.

If you're feeling down (or even if you aren't), try this selection of things to enjoy in life, which is pretty much what these pages are all about.

You will find a larger selection of my favourite tags here (or click the White Rabbit below).

The main thing is: if you like something about one of my posts, try clicking the corresponding tag at the top of the post. If you keep doing this, you may find yourself navigating down some nice paths through this blog (for example, this one or this one).

Among these tags you will find the name of a Categorian or Stumbler if their work features in that post, so if you click one of those names (e.g. expressioniste or johnshaven) then you will get (hopefully) a nice selection of that particular person's work as it appears on my blog.

You can find my posts that introduce other Categorians if you click the Cat... then if you like one of the posts that you find, click that Categorian's tag on that post to see everything that I have snaffled from that person! (And you can do the same for ex-Stumblers if you click the image to the right.)

There are plenty more tags to choose from. Enjoy your visit!



WHITE RABBITS - If you're pressed for time, and you would like a quick sample of what I think are the best of these pages, or help in finding quickly what you need, then go here or click the White Rabbit!



Click the cat to chat!




OK, so you're in a hurry and missed the White Rabbit... Just to point out that there's a lot of (hopefully) good stuff hidden in the back pages that most people don't see. If you want a fast sample that jumps you in at different points, try clicking the Coyote!

Once you're there, you can follow a sequence by clicking the chevrons >> at the end of a post, or try clicking a tag you like at the top of a post.

Have fun!



Brian's miscellaneous rambles...

... with words (thoughts on Life, the Universe and Everything) - click the image to the left

... with pictures (my photos and photoblogs) - click the image to the right!




HELP!

For essential Categorian help, just click Help at the top of your screen - and don't forget to make Help your "friend", that way you can easily see when new help information has been added.

It can really, really help to know something about HTML and web pages, if you don't already.
Try here for pointers to some good stuff (even for complete beginners), and also the web design utilities that Matt lists here - and don't miss Karenak's Guide for Categorian Beginners and Borderline's Categorian Help.

When you look at someone's awesome web page and wonder "How do they do that?" then (if you know at least a little HTML) try looking at the source text ("Page Source") for that page. You can do this from the "View" menu of browsers (or Ctrl+U on Firefox or Chrome) - some later versions of browsers hide it under "Web Developer" or similar.

My own Categorian Help posts will be found here, and my Computer Help posts will be found here.



Do you want your reviews to be noticed by other users?

Do you want to find other users who share the same interests as you?

Do you want to be notified of new site reviews for topics that you like?


The Categorian Library is your key to all these things... if you need some help with it, you might find some useful stuff here (or click the image).



HERE BE TREASURE - or my archive pages, anyway:

1 (Oct 2007) | 2 (Jan 2008) | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 (Jan 2009) | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 (Jan 2010)| 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 24 | 25 | 26 | 27 | 28 (Jan 2011) | 29 | 30 | 31 | 32 | 33 | 34 | 35 (Oct 2011) | Nov | Dec 2011 | Jan 2012 | Feb | Apr | May | Jun-Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov | Dec 2012 | Jan 2013 | Feb | Mar-May | July | Aug | Sep-Nov | Nov-Dec 2013 | Jan-Feb 2014 | Jun-Jul | Aug-Sep | Oct-Dec 2014 | Jan 2015 | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | July | Aug-Sep | Sep-Oct | Dec 2015 | Jan 2016 | Feb-May | Jun 2016 |

Archive pages 1 to 34, and part of 35, come from my StumbleUpon blog. Dates in brackets refer to original post dates on SU. Because I transferred the blog manually, dates in my Categorian blog prior to October 10th 2011 (unless marked as original dates) are the date of the transfer.

Archive pages present posts in increasing-date order (oldest first). This is the opposite direction to the "normal" blog pages which are in decreasing-date order (newest first). One effect of this is that the contents of a given archive page (page 5, say) always remain the same, unless you delete something, whereas the contents of a given page on the "normal" blog keep changing as you add stuff to the front.


“Cannon Beach Ecola Point” © by William Browning, whose other work is well worth checking out

Thanks yet again, Jerry!


America's Finest

From The Good News Network - click the image for the full story


Let There be Light...

If you have an Android phone, there's a fun way to turn the torch on and off. Try tapping the microphone and saying the magic words. Hermione Granger would of course sternly admonish you to “enunciate clearly”. (It works for me if I'm really clear about the “o” in “Lumos”.)

Thanks to Google for this nice Easter Egg, and to my nephew Chris for telling me about it!


The Shadow in the West

"Daybreak at Rain Forest Lagoon" © by Christoph Wiemann


Please share this, if you will (but click the date/time FIRST in order to get a permalink - thanks!)

If you like this, you might also like...

[A friendly letter to America]
[My thoughts on science and religion, and why this stuff matters]


Supermoon, November 14th 2016

Last night's supermoon where we are. the largest since 1948, through light cloud.

I still couldn't make it look what the eye sees (there was lots of detail on the real thing) - but it was definitely big and bright!

Click my photo if you would like to see many better ones from around the world.


Remembrance Day

The Polish Airman's grave in our community meadow, with fresh flowers and cross (someone always remembers).

We remember all veterans of our forces and those of our allies, and everyone who gave their lives or is suffering in mind or body from defending their own country.

And so do many others.


Nice and Beaulieu-sur-Mer, Côte d'Azur, France, September/October 2016

We returned again this year to one of our favourite cities. We were anxious to see how the people of Nice were faring after the horrific events of 14th July (short version: very well, they are carrying on with life as normal although the event will never be forgotten).


Out and about in Nice (click the picture to see more)


We had a nice day at nearby Beaulieu-sur-Mer, mainly to see the Villa Kérylos (click the picture to see more)


We also visited the National Marc Chagall Museum in Nice, on one of the few cloudy days (click the picture to see more)


If you are interested, these are also the direct links to my photoblogs:

[Out and About in Nice]
[Beaulieu-sur-Mer and the Villa Kérylos]
[National Marc Chagall Museum]

[Our first visit to Nice in 2015 (many pictures)]


If you would like to skip the photoblog, then (as usual) click the chevrons (>>) below to move on to my next “normal” post


Out and About in Nice, Côte d'Azur, France, September/October 2016

If you want to know why we like Nice (map link) so much, you will find lots of photos of our first visit to Nice here.

On this occasion we didn't take many pictures of places we had been before, but once again we had a very pleasant visit, and were exceptionally lucky with the weather.


Just a nice plaque on the wall of our apartment's small courtyard garden


View of the Promenade des Anglais and the Old Town from the Colline du Chateau - spectacular weather


Two hilarious locals on the Colline, passing many comments and something of a tourist attracion


A rare dull-weather evening on the Promenade des Anglais - but people still out and about as usual.


Promenade du Paillon - the fountains temporarily quiescent and lulling new visitors into a false sense of security...


...although nobody minds getting a little wet in this weather!


A beautiful sunset on the Promenade du Paillon...


...and people still out and about enjoying themselves

[Nice and Beaulieu-sur-Mer visit continues in Part 2]

Beaulieu-sur-Mer and Villa Kérylos, Côte d'Azur, France, September/October 2016

[Nice and Beaulieu-sur-Mer visit continued from Part 1]

Villa Kérylos in nearby Beaulieu-sur-Mer is a Greek-style property built in the early 1900s by French archaeologist Théodore Reinach [a very interesting guy], and his wife Fanny Kann, a daughter of Maximilien Kann and Betty Ephrussi, of the Ephrussi family. Madame Fanny Reinach was a cousin of Maurice Ephrussi, who was married to Béatrice de Rothschild. Inspired by the beauty of the Reinach's Villa Kerylos and the area they built the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild at nearby Cap Ferrat.”  —Wikipedia article


Beaulieu-sur-Mer (map link) is a well-named place only a 6-minute train ride from Nice Riquier station. Walking beneath the railway line at Beaulieu-sur-Mer brings you quickly down to the waterside via a pleasant short walk.


Looking towards Cap Ferrat, on the other side of which is Villefranche-sur-Mer, even closer to Nice


Looking towards Villa Kérylos


On the villa's terrace









There was a very arts and crafts movement feel about this place




[Nice and Beaulieu-sur-Mer visit continues in Part 3]

National Marc Chagall Museum, Nice, Côte d'Azur, France, September/October 2016

[Nice and Beaulieu-sur-Mer visit continued from Part 2]

The National Marc Chagall Museum, about a 15 minute walk uphill from central Nice, is the only museum dedicated to a famous artist that was opened by the artist himself (so far as I know). Many great artists, unfortunately, were not fully appreciated in their own life time. Marc Chagall is one of our favourite artists.

The images below are my own photos (photography without flash is permitted in this museum), processed to correct perspective etc.














Stained glass windows in the auditorium



If you like this, you might like...

[All of my art posts]
[My stained-glass posts]

[Index of all my photoblogs]



“Moonlight Cruise”

“Moonlight Cruise 2”

“Sunset over the Atlantic”

Some great aviation photography © by JPC Van Heijst, a professional photographer and pilot who currently flies as a Senior First Officer on Boeing 747-8 and -400 freighters. His other work is well worth checking out.

Found on the very fine pages of blacksock - thanks!.



A very nice image by Vyacheslav Palacheva - it's a little like this in the UK, right now

Thanks mairem (and Jerry)!


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