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Is it time to breathe some life back into this blog?

I thought I’d run out of things to say, but my attention has been diverted to my job, to my wife’s growing business and to the new kids on the social media block.

After too many months (years) of inactivity here, you’d be forgiven if you thought I’d run out of ideas. Nothing could be further from the truth.

I have a new idea brewing that will see DAILY updates to this blog.

Stick around and see what is coming in this space.

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2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 5,600 times in 2010. That’s about 13 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 59 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 198 posts. There were 18 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 2mb. That’s about 2 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was June 6th with 67 views. The most popular post that day was My Favourite Picture of Sue.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were en.wordpress.com, facebook.com, rtfitch.wordpress.com, twitter.com, and s1.zetaboards.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for heritage softail, softail heritage, sherwood chapter, harley davidson heritage softail, and wedding menu.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

My Favourite Picture of Sue May 2009

2

Our Bikes – Part 2 – Heritage Softail April 2008
4 comments

3

Why I Resigned From Sherwood Chapter Committee December 2008
2 comments

4

Gareth and Emma’s Wedding August 2009

5

Railway Walks – Cornwall – The Birth Of Steam October 2008
1 comment

I’m posting every week in 2011!

Over the past few ,months, this blog has been rather neglected. So  I’ve decided I want to blog more. Rather than just thinking about doing it, I’m starting right now.  I will be posting on this blog at least once a week for all of 2011.

I know it won’t be easy, but it might be fun, inspiring, awesome and wonderful. Therefore I’m promising to make use of The DailyPost, and the community of other bloggers with similiar goals, to help me along the way, including asking for help when I need it and encouraging others when I can.

If you already read my blog, I hope you’ll encourage me with comments and likes, and good will along the way.

I know that there will be thousands of bloggers who are similarly hit by an attack of new year enthusiasm, let’s try to support each other to keep this resolution.

Many regards
Dave (Chuffinghog)

Day 43 – April Fool

I would guess that many of us watched the news or read the papers this morning looking out for the spoof stories. Others of us have to watch out for our families, friends and work colleagues trying to score an April Fool over us. I’m disappointed that I wasn’t the victim of any of these pranks today, but maybe that’s my own fault for having the day off work.

I did briefly manage to get both Chris at work and Sue (my wife) fooled by my own line that there had been a announcement that a great new initiative was being launched today to reduce unemployment by classifying all volunteers as being employed. Chris was fooled for about 20 seconds, but I had to check that Sue knew what the date was.

I also like the Twitter stunt pulled by Nottingham cafe, the Hungry Pumpkin on Twitter this morning. The claimed to have created a new cup cake using Belgian chocolate with only 50 calories it was called a preelfewl cake.

But perhaps the high spot of today is on the BBC’s website. They have put up a list of 10 news stories that, they tell us, are both weird and true.

1.Coastguards in Falmouth, Cornwall, picked up a distress signal call from a ship named the MV Titanic in the Caribbean. Three people were on the ship which was taking on water and suffering from electrical failure.

2. Chilli grower Woody Woods, from Grantham, Lincolnshire, is laying claim to the world’s hottest variety of pepper. Tests carried out by Warwick University rate the Infinity chilli at 1,067,286 on the Scoville Scale, which is used to measure the heat of peppers – hotter than the Bhut Jolokia variety which is used for crowd control by the Indian Army.  

3. Tucking into a fried breakfast of sausages, eggs, bacon, beans, mushrooms, black pudding and tomatoes is a healthier way to start the day than a bowl of cereal, according to a study in the International Journal of Obesity.  

4. The UK’s first sustainable cat food will go on sale later this year, allowing owners to feed felines their favourite fish with a clear conscience. People are becoming increasingly concerned about sustainability and the provenance of the fish they feed their pets, says Mars Petcare, manufacturers of the new food.

5. A couple from Devon staged a Flintstone-themed wedding that saw the groom dressed as Fred Flintsone, the bride as Wilma, the best man as Barney Rubble and… you can guess the rest. They sealed their vows with the promise “Yabba dabba, I do”.

6. A British van driver who hit two ducks while driving home through Belgium discovered one of them alive, wedged under the bonnet, when he stopped to inspect the damage at a motorway service station on the M1. He took the duck to a rescue centre which said it had a broken wing, but should make a good recovery.

7. A 300-page book of Gordon Brown’s best speeches, called The Change We Choose; Speeches 2007-2009, has been published by “popular demand”.

8. Cabin crew who say they are owed up to nine months’ wages by a Spanish airline have posed nude for a calendar to highlight their plight.

9. Etiquette arbiter Debretts is publishing a guide to polite motoring which includes tips such as avoid spraying perfume while in a car and keep conversation light in order to avoid in-car arguments.

10. Rumours – and so, perhaps, April Fools jokes – spread as rapidly as flu, thanks to a test carried out on the internet. Researchers from Rome’s La Sapienza University posted a message on Twitter only to see it appear in a newspaper 17 hours later.

I’m not convinced that these stories are true. The whole BBC article could be an April Fool hoax.

I am sure of only one thing about news today. If I had some quirky news to reveal to the world, I’d keep it until tomorrow if I wanted anyone to believe a word of it.

Ride Safe
Dave

No Biscuits – Day 2

Unusually for a Thursday, I have spent today at home where there have been exactly zero oportunities to consume cakes, biscuits, sweets or chocolate. However, I am a little fed up with TV adverts – especially one for mini Magnum ice creams.    

Last night I produced a spoof poster and emailed to my work colleagues. I fully expected a response in my email inbox today, but nothing.  How would you react to this? 

No Biscuits

or see the PDF poster here

Ride safe
Dave

Advertising on BBC Television News

Am I alone in noticing that BBC News is running more and more stories that feature the achievements of commercial organisations?

I’m not talking about the business news which reports sales increases, share price rises or profits and losses for the last quarter, although I bet that the supermarkets and other companies mentioned don’t object to exposure in peak time. No, it’s the blatant plugs for companies and products that have become a regular feature of BBC television news, and in particular, of BBC East Midlands, our local region.

However, national news doesn’t escape.

I would love to be able to write a letter like this:

Dear editor of BBC News,

I have just invented a device that reads digital files. I know that the BBC does not accept paid-for advertising, so please will you give me the same level of free uncritical coverage on all your TV and radio channels that you have given to Apple over the past week or so since the launch of their i-pad.

I feel sure that I would be ignored, but then, so will this blog post be ignored.

Merry Christmas

It’s Christmas Day and the Chuffing Hog family send best wishes to you and yours for today and for 2010.

Ride Safe
Dave