Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Music Challenge (12 June 2020)

NewEpicAuthor said a few days ago that he was having eye surgery this week, so I hope it went well, Jim. Putting the rest of us to shame, I see he still had the foresight to schedule his Mindlovemisery Menagerie Music post for today, which is Bill Withers’ brilliant Just the Two of Us.

I’m kinda going to end up in a familiar place, but here’s how I got back there:

  • First off, two of us started me thinking along the lines of pairs. I thought of Two Hearts but that was a bit obvious, not to mention full of cheese.
  • From pairs, I got to thinking of a couple making a team
  • Then the weird link, to sports teams
  • I started thinking of how I could write about a sports team, including trying to think of music by a sports team. I used to love soccer as a boy – I should write about that one day but I figured I’d probably lose you all!
  • Now, it is widely known the whole world over that every sports team that ever tried making a record produced a dud.

Upshot is, I thought I’d present music again, but pretty much the only sporty music I ever liked. It hails from the soccer World Cup in Argentina in 1978, when I was all of ten years old. It also ties with The Smurf Song as the first 45 I ever bought for myself!

This one was not by any particular team, but was the theme of the whole tournament. Before I managed to dig it out today, I had not heard it in years. So I enjoyed it, even if nobody else does!

Tick Tock (Fandango’s Friday Flashback)

Yay, it is Friday again, and Fandango has just published his Friday Flashback post. The idea is that he picks a post from this day in a previous year, to give newer readers a better insight into what does and doesn’t make him tick.

I have always liked that idea, so shall also post my own reminiscence. As much as anything, it reminds me of where I was, where I am now, and how far I have come. Hopefully, you will find it entertaining along the way.

Just about a year ago, the stroke charity gave me a gold watch for my voluntary efforts. Actually, don’t get excited – it was just a paper certificate. They cut funding to most of the charities a couple of years ago and most of them don’t have a proverbial pot to piss in. I chuckled about it when I found the post; I chuckled about it at the time.

I’ve actually stopped volunteering for the charity now. I won’t bore you with the details but they did something, it pissed me off, and this was only voluntary work, after all. I think they were planning on buttering me up to see if I would change my mind, my county has no other volunteers so it was probably a big deal for them to lose me. But then COVID hit us.

Towards the end, I thought I was out of step in any case. I’d chat to patients about the system’s failings, and would be told by the charity worker “oh no, it’s better than that now”, and I would look around me at the paint peeling off the walls, and marvel at all the other things that had (have) improved in society in that time. Looking back, I picked up on this even when I first started volunteering. They could tell you what *should* happen, but they’d then repeat it as gospel, as though it *did* happen. It was bullshit, every survivor I met could reel off how the system had fallen short for them, and it just grated more as time went by.

I have the weirdest feeling of déjà vu about this flashback, although I’m not quite sure why I would’ve presented it before. If I did flash back to this one previously, I apologise – it must have been tough enough first time around! I’m waiting for the calendar to work for us, so I can start posting flashbacks of my flashbacks! Anyway, my undeserved gold watch:

Mister Bump

Hahaha – you have to take this stuff with a pinch of salt!

The stroke charity gave me a certificate yesteray for 100 hours voluntary work. I did say to the co-ordinator that the number was nonsense, but hey, it was just a bit of paper.

In fairness, this woman has quite diligently recorded the time I’ve spent volunteering – since she joined 9 months ago. Prior to that, her predecessors were a bit more variable. In the early days, I would go up to the hospital on my own, so how could anyone know?

So I will try to hazard a guess myself. I’ve been volunteering every 2 weeks for approximately 2½ years. 25 visits per year, so, about 60 visits. Then it starts getting harder. For each visit, “time away from home” is about 3½ hours per visit. Easy! That works out to about 200 hours.

But, not…

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Fandango’s One Word Challenge (12 June 2020)


On 5th June, 1956, an Alabama court ruled that Montgomery’s bus segregation laws were in violation of the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution.

The 14th Amendment guarantees all citizens equal rights under state and federal laws.

for Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC), alienate.



Old (wp-admin, showing Quick Edit screen)

A couple of times recently I think I have been burned by the old wp-admin interface. Can anybody explain it to me?

If you remember, about a month ago I changed the name of my blog. I noticed that my old posts still referred to the old blog, as opposed to the new one. No worries, I could make the changes myself to bring the old posts up to date. I decided to use the wp-admin console and the clasic editor, just because that was the quickest way to change the old posts.

Now, these posts had been live for years, many of them, but I noticed partway through that wp-admin was sending out new notifications as I edited the posts. As if I just published them.

I didn’t want to bug people with all these fresh notifications about old posts, so I stopped what I was doing.

The last few days, I decided to introduce a couple of new categories, I thought it’d make things clearer if anybody ever looked for posts on a particular theme, rather than lumping them in one place. Yesterday I finally had a bit of free time to do this. Part of the process was re-categorising a few posts. Again, the quickest way I knew of doing this was to use the wp-admin again, this time Quick Editing the posts. I made the chamges, and thought nothing of it.

Last night I found that these changes (I presume it was changing categy) caused a pile of notifications to be sent out again.

Now, I can guess that if I contacted WordPress, they would tell me that the wp-admin page is no longer supported, and that I should use their new console. But does anybody have any idea what their rules are? They seem to be generating a fresh round of notifications just on the least little change, even on already-live posts, which seems dumb.