Blogday 2008

A habit that needs indulging only once a year; that, I can just about manage. (What an ugly sentence. Barely even typing.) So I'm still in the Blogday habit. It's very easy, despite what the www has to offer, to keep the horizon narrowed down to show just the bit that frames your intended destination and its accessory short cuts and scenic routes. Blogday encourages us to look more widely:
with the belief that bloggers should have one day dedicated to getting to know other bloggers from other countries and areas of interest. On that day Bloggers will recommend other blogs to their blog visitors. With the goal in mind, on this day every blogger will post a recommendation of 5 new blogs. This way, all blog readers will find themselves leaping around and discovering new, previously unknown blogs.
I did this in 2006 and in 2007. And here we go again; though, necessarily, most of the following are contingent on matters that interest me. I'll leave the recommendation of blogs about golf, for random example, to others. The first one comes from pushing the Next Blog button on a Blogger blog. This has never been a very worthwhile way of doing anything except wasting time, even if the stumbling principle is a good one. But just occasionally it yields up a real road travelled.

So first up, a blog vérité. I liked the recent circus pictures and the music from the gramophone. Diary of a Russian Geisha
Next, a republishing of George Orwell's diary for 1938/9, blogged on the corresponding dates in 2008/9. You can enjoy the diary only, or allow the assiduous crassness of some of the commenters to help you decide whether or not we are all going to a hot place in a handcart or not. (A similar project that seems to have failed to escape its own orbit is at While it still resembles a blog, I'd like to get in a plug for I think the whole country would be a better place if most of us had the option of growing our own fruit and veg. not too far from home: it reinforces communities; it makes cheap, fresh food; it's something whose value is not wholly bound up in the end product (you can fail utterly and still have a great time doing it); it teaches a very broad, deep kind of learning; and it's good exercise with consequences for Health, &c. I could go on.
All things white goods related: From a man who knows.
And a Norvego-Lebanese blog, which found me because of a post I put up about pelargoniums, and which covers many things, not least some good Middle Eastern recipes - so, far from the stated purpose of the Bubble Brothers blog (ie wine):