Cunning Plan Thwarted…


I had planned to get on with my new (new-ish, as in I’ve had it for a while but done next to nothing with it) blog tonight. The plan was to add lots of links from old blogs, deleting a few and adding some more. However, I quickly realised…that is a lot of links to copy and sort out. I spent a fair while trying to import the links and export them out, but despite following the on-screen instructions, nothing seemed to work easily or quickly.

Then the proverbial penny dropped. I should stay with my AngloNoelNatter blog. I could repeat what I said in my still-born attempt at Blogging Year Zero, in the form of ‘Or Just Another Country’, about what has happened and where I plan to go blogging-wise, but it would be a lot easier for you to just click on the link. There’s not that much to read! Suffice to say, in the dog days of summer I will start trying to blog again. I just need a good holiday and recharge my batteries then begin once more.

So I now face a (relatively) easy evening of sorting my links out. If you think I have the sort of blog you want to be associated with, and you can’t see your blog/website up there, please get in touch and if there is some sort of mutual admiration/appreciation, you’ll be up there on my lists!

Remember, despite the odd rant, I don’t bite, unless that is your thing…

Published in: on June 22, 2013 at 7:45 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Blog is Dead, Long Live…

In the last few months I’ve been on holiday, received some worrying personal news (which is slowly getting resolved, touch wood), followed the Olympics and now Autumn is setting in. I still intend to get down to writing/blog seriously again (perhaps more seriously than I ever have) once the clocks have gone back. However, I think if I am going to return to blogging again I need to make a fresh start of some sort. So this is going to be my last post under the AngloNoel banner, which considering I started blogging under that name back in late 2004 with Blogger, is an event of sorts!

A lot of my internet time in the last 5 years or so has been taken up by Facebook and in the last year or two by Twitter, although FB is stil my main Social Media platform. I also have accounts with LinkedIn and Goodreads, neither of which I have done much with thus far, although I need to attack Goodreads before not too long. To be honest, it is much easier to post a link or make a quick comment/bon mot on Facebook or Twitter than it is to write a fresh blogpost. I think I need to give my blogging the sharpness that I bring to Facebook and Twitter posts, without being scared of giving my readership (reader?!) a few long, heavy articles (with the text broken up a few times by pithy/informative/funny pictures) every now and then!

There is also the issue of what I am blogging for. The last couple of years I have lost a lot of my raison d’etre to blog and write and it is a process of bloody difficult toil if you are just going through the motions. Like most things in life, if it is not done for love and/or money, you eventually drown in existential angst…or ‘what is it all for?’

Anyway, I am starting a new blog. I don’t want to give much away at this stage, as in my mind’s eye I am still:

However, I hope to get it up and running around the time the clocks go back, it will be on WordPress and its name will be ‘Or Just Another Country.’ If you get the reference, you might get some idea of what it will be like in terms of content and execution!

Update: my new blog will be at Or Just Another Country

Published in: on September 30, 2012 at 10:09 pm  Leave a Comment  

Why My Blog Has Gone To Pot…

An Artist's Impression

I’ve been reading a hell of a lot of books in recent months. In alphabetical author order:

Chris Aguirre & Mo Klonksy (1988) As soon as this pub closes…The British Left Explained

Heather Brooke (2007) Your Right to Know: A Citizens Guide to the Freedom of Information Act

Heather Brooke (2011) The Revolution Will Be Digitised: Dispatches from the Information War

Margaret Canovan (1977) GK Chesterton: Radical Populist

Kevin A. Carson (2010) The Homebrew Industrial Revolution: A Low Overhead Manifesto

Gary Chartier & Charles W. Johnson, eds, (2011) Markets Not Capitalism: Individualist anarchism against bosses, inequality, corporate power and structural poverty

Jeffrey D. Clements (2012) Corporations Are Not People

Nigel Copsey (2008) Contemporary British Fascism: The British National Party and the Quest for Legitimacy

Timothy Evans (1996) Conservative Radicalism: A Sociology of Conservative Party Youth Structures and Libertarianism 1970-1992

Belen Fernandez (2011) The Imperial Messenger: Thomas Friedman at Work

Thomas Frank (1997) The Conquest of Cool: Business Culture, Counterculture and the rise of Hip Consumerism

Thomas Frank (2012) Pity the Billionaire: The Hard-Times Swindle and the Unlikely Comeback of the Right

Glenn Greenwald (2011) With Liberty And Justice For Some: How the Law is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful

David Goodway (2012) Anarchist Seeds beneath the snow: Left-Libertarian Thought and British Writers from William Morris to Colin Ward

Richard Griffiths (1983) Fellow Travellers of the Right: British Enthusiasts for Nazi Germany 1933-39

Christopher Harvie (1995) Fool’s Gold: The Story of North Sea Oil

Tom Hodgkinson (2007) How To Be Free

Richard Ingrams (2005) The Life and Adventures of William Cobbett

Greg Muttitt (2011) Fuel on the Fire: Oil and Politics in Occupied Iraq

Loretta Napoleoni (2008) Rogue Economics: Capitalism’s New Reality

Loretta Napoleoni (2010) Terrorism and the Economy: How the war on Terror is Bankrupting the World

Loretta Napoleoni (2011) Maonomics: Why Chinese Communists Make Better Capitalists Than We Do

Stephen L. Newman (1984) Liberalism at Wits’ End: The Libertarian Revolt against the Modern State

Carl Oglesby (1977) The Yankee and Cowboy War: Conspiracies From Dallas To Watergate

Greg Palast (2012) Vultures Picnic: A Tale of Oil, High Finance and Investigative Reporting

Brian Pedroche (2011) Do Not Alight Here: Walking London’s Lost Underground and Railway Stations

Ann Pettifor (2006) The Coming First World Debt Crisis

Sonia Purnell (2012) Just Boris: A Tale of Blonde Ambition

David Sirota (2011) Back to Our Future: How the 1980s Explain the World We Live in Now- Our Culture, Our Politics, Our Everything

Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha (2011) Sex at Dawn: Why We Mate, Why We Stray and What It Means for Modern Relationships

Matt Taibbi (2011) Griftopia: A Story of Bankers, Politicians, and the Most Audacious Power Grab in American History

Paul Talling (2011) London’s Lost Rivers

Paul Willetts (2005) Fear & Loathing in Fitzrovia: The Bizarre Life of Writer, Actor, Soho Raconteur Julian Maclaren-Ross

A.W. Wright (1979) GDH Cole and Socialist Democracy

…And I still have Guy Debord’s Society of the Spectacle and Herbert Marcuse’s One Dimensional Man to tackle!

Reading all this (plus the good stuff on the internet, and the occasional magazine/newspaper article) in recent months has not so much changed my outlook on the world as clarified a few matters and even brought me a bit closer to ‘grand synthesis’ in some areas. I hope to finish off Guy and Herbert in the next couple of weeks before I go off on holiday to Vancouver (again!) for a few weeks. After coming back I want to do some planning about what I’m going to write about next…then I want to seriously knuckle down on the writing front over the winter (which, if the last 12 months has been any guide, will last from early October 2012 through to late May 2013!). Then I will see where I am at…

Will normal service ever return?

Good question! I am reading lots of books at the moment and drowning is existential angst? It is also easier for me to post stuff on Facebook and Twitter than it is posting stuff up here.

I hope to come for air on here in a month or so. I have more books to read.

PS ‘If you would be a writer [blogger], first be a reader. Only through the assimilation of ideas can one begin to focus on his own ideas.’ -Allan Eckert

PPS ‘If you don’t have the time to read, you don’t have the time and the tools to write [blog].’ -Stephen King.

Published in: on April 1, 2012 at 10:55 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Road Map Check Time

Stopping as I’ve got a few potential events in the next couple of months I want to get into order. Also I want to have a book buying splurge, Also how best I can get what I want to say is nagging away.  However, I hope to get back in WordPress land in just over a week.

Published in: on February 20, 2012 at 1:00 am  Leave a Comment  

Warmongers agogo!

Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad  & Israel’s Binyamin Netanyahu aka The Dangerous Brothers

Has anyone suggested that this pair get into a boxing ring and go hell for leather at each other? It would be lot more fun and a hell of a lot more safer than lobbing missiles in each other’s directions across the Middle East.

Two things I never  understand about the whole situation (i) Iran has loads of oil-why does it need nuclear power? and (ii) it is the biggest open secret in international politics that Israel has 200+ nuclear weapons. If that lot  cannot deter an Iranian nuclear attack what will?



Published in: on February 18, 2012 at 2:47 pm  Comments (1)  
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Media Musings

So it looks like we are going to get The News of the World back   The Sun On Sunday.  There has been talk of it going live on April 29th, but we shall see. As the above graphic hints at (courtesy of Glenn Beck), I think The Sun, if it is sold, will end up being bought by some of Mr. Murdoch’s Chinese Communist Party cronies (quite possibly they will  give it a strapline of ‘The People’s Daily’).

Meanwhile two predictions, one new, the other an oldie. The oldie is that The Guardian and The New York Times will merge in the next few years, making one big North Atlantic Anglosphere Liberal behemoth. The other is that The Observer will become part of  Alexander and Evgeny Lebedev’s Indie/Evening Standard stable, quite possibly at the same time as  the The New York Guardian Times appears. If The Observer’s late great Music, Sport and Women’s Monthly magazines (there is only the Food Monthly left, and that is only really for  people who cannot get enough of celebrity chefs)  were to be brought back, that would be good news indeed…

The Prodigal Returns…

Back blogging. Apols for taking so long to get back ot it. There have been various noises off, but the main reason has been a general lack of inspriation in recent times.

So here goes….

Published in: on February 18, 2012 at 1:31 pm  Leave a Comment  

Work in progress…

…the ideas are all there, but knocking it into some sort of blog-friendly shape is another matter.

I now have a new computer (not a Dinky Toy Chromebook but a proper fast PC). I am hoping to start knocking stuff out out again w/c Feb 13th.

Published in: on February 5, 2012 at 7:26 pm  Leave a Comment  

Happy Christmas & a quick announcement!


My lust for the Precious drew me to Mordor and all I got was this lousy hat!

2012 I will get back into blogging. I should be getting a new (and hopefully better) computer in the second half of Jan. The one I have now came into a world before Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, BBC iPlayer etc really existed. The new one that I am getting will have a memory that can cope with the age we are in. In the meantime I will decide what I want to do with my blog. Blogging-wise I lost my way a fair bit in 2011 (and in hindsight it started to go awry in the summer of 2010) but that was largely as I didn’t really know where I was going. I now have some time to recuperate and decide the direction I want to go. I might even find a back on an envelope to scribble a ‘social media strategy’ on!

Anyway, enough from me for the moment. Have a great Festive Saeaon, best wishes for 2012 and see you again soonish!


Published in: on December 25, 2011 at 9:22 pm  Comments (1)