I thought I’d invented a new word…

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A bolivious gesture? Velezuelan President Hugo Chavez presents Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas with yet another replica of Simone Bolivar's sword

The Comely Banking Crisis was at some point in the last day or two attempting to tell someone that he was ‘oblivious’, but through some confusion of the mind or speech impediment, this came out as ‘bolivious’.  Subsequent research into the use of this non-word on Urban Dictionary, corroborated by Cha Cha, has led me to the following definition:

“Believing that you are mindful or aware of something.  But you’re not.  But you SHOULD be.”

I must say I found this definition quite disappointing, to say the least.  This is because I wanted a little bit for this new word to be my own creation, therefore granting me the authorial right to its definition (a little naïve there, I’ll admit).  But mainly I was disappointed because I thought a much better definition would be:

“Believing that you are the great American Liberator Simone de Bolivar.  But you’re not.  But you SHOULD be.” 

(And I mean ‘American’ in the proper sense here.)  I would have preferred this one. 

Can you think of any bolivious world leaders?

192 years ago this very day, Simon de Bolivar was passing baggage across a ravine in Venezuela and narrowly escaped a Spanish attack.  Unfortunately, he lost the baggage.  

Honestly, where would we be without the internet?  Without useful knowledge like this!

To Blog or not to Blog, to Save the Planet and Other Such Clichés

There’s been a lot of talk recently about diaries.  The BBC gave us a whole season on the subject, with illuminating programming which revisited the diary of Anne Frank, Roger Casement’s terrifically scandalous ‘Black Diaries’ and the undeniably fascinating journals of Kenneth Williams (pictured), among many others. 

Whether the concern is historical, such as with The Diaries of Tennessee Williams on Radio 4, or espousing the merits of writing one’s own and tips for so doing, exemplified in the Dear Diary series, the message is pretty clear: we like diaries and we should all write one.

And then there are blogs – the public, showy-offy version.  To say that blogs are de rigueur these days is so obviously an understatement that I needn’t even bother listing off recent examples; there are too many anyway.   I’ll take it that you’re convinced. 

But aside from settling on what’s worth reading, we quickly reach a problem when confronted by the plethora of blogs now online – a neurotic and especially modern problem.  What value is there in setting up yet another one, taking up that little bit more space, making the internet one blog more cluttered than it was before?  Surely one could adequately fulfil one’s sacred duty to the improvement of the internet simply by abstaining from the whole business, just as one might help the environment by laying off the beef or staying at home more (in the cold with the lights off, of course)?  Simply put, is the best kind of blog these days one that is never started?

Well, aside from the obvious ‘just make it a good blog’ solution to this conundrum, I’m going by the principle given to me by the Beeb at the license fee-payers’ expense: that it’s good to write a diary, and by that I understand blogs too. 

Anyone (read: me) who’s concerned that blogging has become clichéd and that we are overexposed to the habit should wonder whether all of those ladies and gentlemen of yore who gave us all the great diaries spent a lot of time worrying about such issues when they were writing.  I suggest that they didn’t.  Nor should we.  And besides, those yore-folk were too busy worrying about wars, God, untreatable diseases and the illegality of homosexuality. 

And as a final word in this little ode to the blog, I correct myself:  blogs might well be public and ‘showy-offy’, but there is no reason to suppose that diaries are any less so.  I grew up reading other people’s widely published diaries, for God’s sake.  So, thanks Leither Magazine for setting up this timely blogging service which I now benefit from.

And so I begin yet another one, but this one doesn’t waste paper; instead, they have a big engine in California or somewhere that powers hundreds of computers.  Oh Hell, we can’t win!  At least they’re more efficient with home heating over there!

Good Call!

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Congratulations!  What a great idea it was for you to have a look at this blog – the site of many semi-relevant, sort-of witty observations to come. 

Thanks for your interest, but apparently I have a good deal of writing to get on with. 

If this little introductory ramble is leaving you feeling less than satisfied, then check out some of the links over to the right – these people have worked harder than me to date, but they’d better get scared  – plenty more to come here!

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