The disaster in the Philippines is huge and no-one doubts that money is needed there. And so it was nice to hear that the UK government pledged £30 million to help the country and its people this week.
And in a weird twist of fate that is the same figure that the BBC’s Children in Need appeal raised, i.e. £30 million.
Now, as I understand it the Children in Need appeal funds charities and projects in the UK, so why doesn’t the UK government just fund them anyway, each and every year, seeing as they have a spare £30 million to give to the Philippines? Or is that being silly?
I’m pleased to announce the winners of this year’s competition have been chosen by our judge – Eloise Williams. There were some great entries once again from all over the world.
The 2013 Competition Winners:
1st Prize – Rations by Josie Turner
2nd Prize – Sleep is Mending by David Oprava
3rd Prize – The Moneychanger and his Wife by Gill Learner
All winners and runners up can be viewed on the competition web site – www.welshpoetry.co.uk
Yesterday was my birthday. I was older than the year before. By about a year I think. Anyway, I thought I’d update this blog a bit seeing as it’s still available in cyberspace. Not saying I’m going to start doing more rants just yet, but maybe the odd one when I feel like
Like I said, yesterday was my birthday. Got tea in bed, a few cards (three in total actually) and some pressies: a book I bought myself in a charity shop, cash from mam and possible Peter Gabriel tickets if I’m good…
On Facebook and Twitter I got no ‘Best wishes’ etc. (assume I turned my birthday date off in privacy settings, as you always seem to get loads of people, usually randoms, ‘friends’ you don’t actually know, or people that wouldn’t pass the time of day in the street wishing you ‘Happy Birthday’). Well, guess what?! I had a great birthday. And here’s why…
- Lovely homemade curry
- No fuss
- No randoms writing on my Facebook wall (opps, said that already)
- And no unwanted pressies (especially John Smiths bitter in cans, or crappy US Budweiser. Now if it was the original Czech beer that would be a different thing!)
But there was another reason. Here’s what I did yesterday that made ‘my’ birthday a good one:
- I designed a web site for a local animal charity for free
- I gave a friend a CD
- I gave a friend one of my books
- I gave my mam a book
- I bought a novelty pencil case (pressie) for my daughter
I didn’t say what I was doing on Facebook, didn’t Tweet what colour my cornflakes were, didn’t mention how amazing I am, where I’m going for holidays or how many million books I’ve sold etc. etc. I did stuff for others. And it felt good. Got me thinking too.
Yeh, I know. Doubt it will last
I know, I know… I said I’d finished with this blog, but needs must when the devil farts in your kettle…
Anyway, just to let you know that the sequel to Ctrl-Alt-Delete is now available for download on Amazon kindle, PC, laptop, iPhone, Apple Mac etc. for those that are interested / read the first one.
It’s called Raising Skinny Elephants (which refers to the bringing up of malnourished kids / Linux version of Ctrl-Alt-Delete in case you wondered…)
As Amazon updates its rankings on an hourly basis, any chance you could all buy it between 12pm-1pm on Saturday? Just a thought ;) Apologies to those living in Australia
Anyway, still need to get people to read the first one first so anyone you know whose had a kindle for birthday, Easter, divorce present… etc. please encourage them to download a copy. A gun to the head often helps, opps, sorry, slipped back into character there…
For those that read it, I hope you enjoy it and I’d like to say I really appreciate your support and kind words. Oh yeh, and a nice juicy review on Amazon would be much appreciated too when you get a chance.
Just a quick post to blow my own trumpet I guess ;) Logged on to Amazon yesterday and saw that my Haiku collection had reached #16 in the ‘Haiku’ charts! Well impressed with this so thought I’d see if this blog was still alive and tell the world.
Click here to see the charts and here to buy the book.
Of course, by the time most of you try the above links I will have probably disappeared into the cyber-abyss of the low hundreds but you never know! Maybe one day a Welsh writer will get that prized #1 spot and here’s me hoping it’s me!
After a year of playing with this blog I realise that to do it justice I need to post something at least once a week. To do this would be a full time job. Unfortunately I neither have the time nor the inclination to do this anymore.
A few years ago I started to scale down my online activities. I stopped doing the Ponty rugby web site (although I do have a season ticket), this year I got rid of my photography site (which might allow me time to take more photographs), and I do less and less web design too.
I’m not completely inactive in the online world of course, I do still tweet a few tweets from time to time, and I did manage to post a few articles to this new blog account. I still have the Ponty Town web site and forum and have enjoyed using WordPress to re-design my new writers site. The new poetry competition will enter its 7th year soon and I’m still trying to become a novelist! But more needs to go.
So, whilst it’s fun to moan about this and that, it’s not as if many people ever reads this stuff, and so I ask myself – do I want to devote myself to more hours, tied to my crappy old PC than I have to? Therefore my time as a blogger must come to an end.
Give me a couple more years and hopefully the Facebook account, Twitter and maybe other projects may expire too – after all who wants to further contaminate the digital beach when everyone else is leaving footprints about the place. Far better to be obscure and mysterious I reckon. A bit like Hagar
In the meantime, if any of you are still reading, there is my writing / photography site here.
Thanks for the last year, thanks for the follows, thanks for the comments, Likes or whatever we do these days but as Stephen Fry said in The New Statesman ‘It’s been real’.