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January 18, 2007

Blogjammed and boxed in

This site has now moved to Salut!

Forgive me for being unable to involve myself in any of today's fascinating banter across recent postings.

Photograph: Daniel W..

Apart from being surrounded by an ever-growing blogjam, if that is an appropriate word to coin, I am chin deep in cartons.

All those boxes of belongings arrived today from Paris, mostly - but with infuriating exceptions - in the unbroken state in which they left.

Normal service may be resumed soon.

But intriguing as I have found the Toby Harnden blog wars - and Bill Taylor's sparring partner Colin Berry deserves credit for getting stuck in where we might have expected a few thoughts from Roy Greenslade - I am resisting an inclination to enter that particular fray.

May I humbly suggest, however, that Colin B takes the sound advice implied by Sarah Hague's comment to him about his own blogging skirmishes?

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At January 18, 2007 7:35 PM, Blogger Bill Taylor said...

Welcome home, Colin. Once you've got all the boxes unpacked and the breakages tallied and made good, you can really feel that it is.
Meanwhile, I read in the Guardian Weekly that the custody fight over Misbah Rana could be over. She's the 12-year-old girl who ran away from her mother's home in Stornoway to live with her father in Pakistan. It seems her mother has offered no longer to seek full custody (the girl had vowed to run away again) as long as she has regular access to her daughter. Sounds like an equitable solution.

At January 18, 2007 8:27 PM, Blogger ColinB said...

Yeah, but we've already tried that strategy Colin, of turning a blind eye, walking away (from your blog that is, which was a real wrench).

Yet when I log on, from afar, what do I find ? That your pal Bill Taylor (Toronto Star) is invoking my name in the most unflattering terms whenever an Anonymous pops up.

Things have reached a sorry pass when I can't read Salut! without finding myself fingered as a manipulative egotist, trying to pressure you into rearranging your links into alphabetical order (to put Another Colin at the top), and then having my protestations of innocence dismissed, thus branding me as a liar. And you may recall the spirited response from my daughter before Christmas when she suddenly discovered the kind of treatment her old dad was getting at the hands of your two resident rottweilers. But we now have Bill Taylor (Toronto Star) suggesting she's an invention, by referring to her as "daughter" in quotation marks, and being "invoked", a further attempt to portray me as a liar or fantasist. All the events of the past 48 hours have happened to someone who has spent the last few days trying to defend one of your profession from the wild men of the blogosphere, as I also did last August for Melissa Whitworth. Is this all the thanks I get, to be stabbed in the back by one of your fellow journalists, and a friend of yours to boot, distracting me from the task in hand ?

Turn the other cheek, you say. Just to get slapped on that side as well ? Constructive suggestions are invited, even at this eleventh hour.

At January 18, 2007 8:37 PM, Blogger richard of orléans said...

Ignore yourself, you'll go away.

At January 18, 2007 8:43 PM, Blogger anne gilbert said...

Here is the construct.

The Links have to go alphabetical with Logo first,then blognames second.

As you know the Logo which has the family crest so to speak is Hippo.
Hippo's picture at the top of the Link and all else follows.

May we have this attended to?
Would Colin Randall's premises benefit by the help of Hippo shifting cartons to designated locations.
He's still on the trail from Richard's pond and arrival is imminent.

At January 18, 2007 8:48 PM, Blogger ColinB said...

That was Rottweiler 1 reporting in. I think he meant to say "Ignore YOURSELF, hopefully you'll then go away" but mental clarity, or precision of self-expression, were never his strong points.

At January 18, 2007 9:02 PM, Blogger richard of orléans said...

Some catch on fast, some need a detailed picture. I cater to the first category.

At January 18, 2007 9:08 PM, Blogger anne gilbert said...

Barking is one matter,being a Rottweiler is not the name.

Richard has been taking care of Hippo,has packed his knapsack,with map and gotten Hippo off in the direction of Le Lavandou.
Soon there'll be a grunt in the garden down there and work will begin after light refreshment(Lemonade with a floating pickle).

Rotts of fun.

At January 18, 2007 9:10 PM, Blogger Bill Taylor said...

I thought Colin Berry HAD gone away. That's what he said a couple of hours ago: "This is me now signing off. Further insults here will be ignored..." And he is, of course, a truthful man. So someone must be posing as him. C'mon, own up.

At January 18, 2007 9:30 PM, Blogger ColinB said...

You're just point scoring again, Bill Taylor (Toronto Star) with the customary bit of wind-up that you freely admit is your raison d'être for blogging. And a grown man/professional journalist as well.

Look, it may have escaped your attention, but Colin Randall has put up a new post - this one- in which I am mentioned by name, with all the trimmings (links, tags etc).

Do you really think I would stay away, just to avoid your dreary and inevitable taunts about coming back, yet again, when I had previously resolved to stay away ?

Maybe it's escaped your attention as to why I'm back - because you have continued to make false accusations against me long after you forced me to abandon this blog.

Do you not understand the spectacle you are making of yourself, one that will soon be common knowledge in your professional circles, probably within a few days, thanks to the power of those links and labels.

You will shortly experience what I believe is called professional approbium , and it will be richly deserved, Bill Taylor (Toronto Star). You are the unacceptable face of blogging.

At January 18, 2007 9:46 PM, Blogger richard of orléans said...

Make my day
Go away

At January 18, 2007 9:52 PM, Blogger anne gilbert said...

Richard,you gave me a good day today.

At January 18, 2007 10:06 PM, Blogger Bill Taylor said...

The word Colin Berry is looking for is "opprobrium." What was that about mental clarity and precision of self-expression?

At January 18, 2007 10:10 PM, Blogger richard of orléans said...

He seems to have undestood my two liner. I'm expressing myself better.

At January 18, 2007 10:13 PM, Blogger Bill Taylor said...

Brevity, as always, is the soul of wit, Richard.

At January 18, 2007 10:42 PM, Anonymous Toby Harnden said...

Thanks for not weighing in, Colin. Though I know that you would have at least tried to find out the facts about the whole debacle if you had done so.

At January 18, 2007 11:06 PM, Blogger Robert Marchenoir said...

Grown men. Kindergarden stuff.

At January 18, 2007 11:29 PM, Anonymous Simon H. said...

Bill Taylor: I agree with Mr Marchenoir. It's time now to stop. Mr Berry seems to have some problems. It's not fair to taunt him. You would lose my respect.

At January 18, 2007 11:32 PM, Blogger anne gilbert said...

Marvellous.Have been wondering where Robert Marchenoir is.
And he's appeared.
A good day today.

At January 18, 2007 11:42 PM, Blogger anne gilbert said...

Simon H.Are you the SH that didn't care for my verse? Just asking.

At January 19, 2007 12:17 AM, Anonymous Simon H. said...

Anne Gilbert: I've been asked this before. No. We share the same initials but that's all. I believe SH lives in Scotland. I live not far outside Paris.

At January 19, 2007 12:46 AM, Blogger anne gilbert said...

Simon H: a pleasure to meet your acquaintance. You posted a timely comment,hope you will visit here often.

At January 19, 2007 2:37 AM, Blogger Bill Taylor said...

You could be right, Simon.
How's the camera?

At January 19, 2007 12:40 PM, Blogger richard of orléans said...

Bill You just got a yellow card. If you persist it's Ségo's boot camp with M. Marchenoir as le capitaine, képi and all.

At January 19, 2007 3:12 PM, Blogger anne gilbert said...

Richard. FYI there is a very yellow card sitting directly beside the name richard of orleans in today's post.
Very yellow,with diamants sparkling at it's edges.

One does not fool with the name Marchenoir.

At January 19, 2007 8:25 PM, Blogger richard of orléans said...

Hi Anne I've had a great day. Made some new friends, met lots of people.
About the yellow card, well I'm pragmatique. I'll take the diamonds and bin the card.
Life is a breeze, enjoy it, we don't all have to act serious.If I'm juvenile so be it, I like kids anyway.

At January 19, 2007 9:21 PM, Blogger anne gilbert said...

Richard.I'm a purist.
The card and the diamonds go together.
A keepsake for you.

At January 19, 2007 9:30 PM, Anonymous Simon H. said...

Bill Taylor: The camera is good. Thank you. I have the Canon 200mm zoom lens instead of the Tamron. I like it very much.


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