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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 I have copied all of my old SU reviews (the ones containing images) here, except for some not-so-good and outdated bits.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-Sep | Oct-Nov 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.

Sir Terry Pratchett OBE: The BBC Richard Dimbleby Lecture 2010




Sir Terry died on March 12th, 2015, leaving a wonderful legacy of wisdom and humour behind him in his many books, and also in his landmark speech about what is still an almost-taboo subject.

The video is an unmissable opportunity to hear his full 46 minute speech. Sir Terry starts it off, and then hands over to his good friend Sir Tony Robinson (whom many will know as Baldrick in Blackadder) to provide what Sir Terry jokingly calls his “stunt voice”.

If you like Terry Pratchett (or have never heard of him)...

Click the first word panel above for some of Sir Terry's best quotes, click the second word panel for more about his books, and go here if you would like to see all of my own posts about the great man.




North Bay's Timothy Joseph Elzinga snapped this amazing lightshow in the Northern Ontario sky on January 6th, using his cellphone camera.

It isn't the Northern Lights, but a phenomenon known as Light Pillars.

Light pillars appear when either natural or artificial light bounces off ice crystals floating close to the ground.

In this case, the air was so cold (-18°C or about 0°F) that ice crystals were forming in the air, reflecting the city's street and business lights.

"It looked like someone from Star Trek was trying to beam people up," Elzinga said.

"It was very bright in person, like nothing I've ever seen. It almost seemed supernatural."

Timothy also made a video of his experience, which you can see here.



“Last 2016 sunrise”

“Moonrise over Mt Baker

Some great photography by Rakan Alduaij (worth seeing full size, as is his other work)


The Two Ronnies - In Memoriam


Ronnie Corbett CBE (who died last year) and Ronnie Barker OBE (who died in 2005), two of Britain's national treasures, in their classic “Four Candles” sketch. If by some chance you haven't seen it, click the image to play!

(If the image link breaks, as sometimes happens, try here.)



Self-portrait by Ekaterina Romakina, a beautiful photographer who takes beautiful pictures of beautiful women



Untitled portrait by Ekaterina Romakina (found, as so many other nice things, on the fine pages of Jerry)



“Exotic Shorthair Cat Breed”, photo by © by Bryant Wong

This image appeared in The Ultimate Cat Breeds List



Wishing everyone a very happy Christmas, and as bright a future as possible in 2017!

(Artistic credit: my spouse)

P.S. Did you click the picture?


If you're interested in environment issues, you may like to know that I have just released a major update to the Environment & Technology section of my web site, which tries to provide useful information and links about a wide variety of environmental solutions and issues.

Although the section is quite large, you will hopefully find that it is easy to navigate. I have tried to make it rich in high quality links (many of which have also been updated), so that what you see on the pages are just the tips of many interesting icebergs, so to speak.

If you visit it and really like it, then please share it anywhere you think it would help the environment - thank you!

I am sure that the section could be further improved. Any suggestions would be really welcome.

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year, wherever you are on the planet!



Trees on the Bibemus Plateau, in the countryside of Paul Cézanne, October 2010

(From a new page on my web site)



“Crows and Gargoyles” by Brian Slawson

Another grateful snaffle from the fine pages of Jerry.



HD wallpaper available from here

This picture pretty much sums up how I feel right now - trying to see the bright side in the darkness. I have been lucky enough to enjoy many things in 2016 (including these), but this has also been the year of Brexit and Donald Trump.

Many people must be celebrating either or both of those, but many more probably are not.

If you are in the “not” camp, then you might like my long blog post that you will find here on my web site.


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