Blogroll Me! How This Old Brit Sees It ...: PHEW!!

09 April 2005


It's been all go for the last couple of days, eh? Well, it would have been if I'd been one of the rich and famous and/or great & good.

Yesterday, I'd have been bored half to death for hours, in Rome. At the already dead, Pope's funeral. Amongst a right motely crew of mourners, too. Did you ever see so many phoneys all together in one place at the same time?

This morning I'd have flown home, fast, to England. Then, whizzed straight down to Windsor, for that wedding. Loyally, singing out loud: "Get me to the church on time". Or castle, or town hall. Or, wherever else had finally been burdened with them .

Imagine the pressure. Chinless Charlie and his whacky what's-her-name woman would never have forgiven me if I hadn't shown. You can bet your life I'd have soon been added to HRH's famous "bloody people" list. If not actually thrown bodily into the Bloody Tower.

Waving ta-ta to Windsor, I'd then have winged my way, at warp speed, up to Liverpool's Aintree racecourse . There, quite comfortably, casualy mingling 'mongst the country & county crew. Whether I needed a Grand National fix again, this year, or not.

Phew! It's tough at the top. And amid all this
, a certain established blogger asks me to fit in an interview for her. Right in the middle of everything else already on one's overflowing plate. Oh, well. Seeing as she's the daughter of a famous, retired American scientist........ such is 'the culture of life,' I suppose. ( Heh. Can you spot the hidden blog-clue? )

Next, looming large on my horizon, would be the sunny [though sometimes slightly sweaty] shores of the South of France. You know -- The marvelous Mediterranean. Magnificent Monaco. And, the recently deceased Prince Ranier. The latest, in an ever growing line of late lamenteds -- and another flaming funeral!
© 2005 Richard Morrison

*** N.B. I'm just learning the technical side of this personal blog/ web publishing lark. This first effort is what you might call a test flight. Lightweight, I know, but that may just help it get off the ground. If it does fly, expect to see some weight, increasingly added. Especially, in the politics dept. Particularly, re: Blair & Bush. Always allowing some space for a smile, or two. I hope.

It won't always be pretty. It won't always be P.C. It will always be :
"How THIS Old Brit Sees It."


Blogger Elaine Supkis said...

Richard, first step here: did you go to blogger's main page. Log on and go to "Dashboard". Click on your file. Click on the second tab, "Settings". It takes you to various options.

On page one, click "yes" on every option.

Next, there is a bar with "Basic, publishing, formatting, comment...etc" Click on Comments. Make certain you have "anyone" for comments or some people will be locked out. Also click "yes" for "show profile images on comments"

2:59 pm  
Blogger Elaine Supkis said...

Also, VERY important for ease of use:

click "yes" on "Show comments in a popup window".

3:00 pm  
Blogger Elaine Supkis said...

The reason you need the seperate window option for comments is, it doesn't interfer with the home page, ie, one can read the home page AND the comments at the same time, very important. Visit my blog and click on any of the comments and see how much easier it is!

3:06 pm  
Blogger Elaine Supkis said...

Next, not to be bossy, but...I can't read your site. The template is difficult to read. Sorry.

Frankly, I can't stand most people's blog choices. Why? The colors interfer and annoy my eyes. All of mine are in "minima" (by Doughlas Bowman). Just plain white minima. We will doll up your site with photos in a few hours. So what you must do is very simple: go to Dashboard, click on "change settings" icon which is the gear shape, click on the third tab, "Template" and on the page that comes up, go to the second row of examples and click on the first one on the left. Automatically, all your data will show up in the new format. Trust me, this is all for the best. You want to play with the colors, I will walk you through that later. That involves a lesson in coding.

3:13 pm  
Blogger Elaine Supkis said...

Richard, when you finish with this, post a comment here on the comment section.

Like 'done! Next!"

I will prowl back here in half an hour, OK?

3:16 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

Thanks, Elaine. I've now done most of what you said. I'm up & down stairs right now, as my granddaughter's visiting. I'll keep coming back & do a bit more each time. I really appreciate you help but hope you don't loose patience as today I can't guarantee exactly when I'll be able to get back on here.

3:31 pm  
Blogger Elaine Supkis said...

It's OK!

You see, now I can leave instructions. You can do it at your liesure. If you have problems, post them here. I will come by, read it and respond! See? Can happen any time, any way. Now I can read it and go back and forth, easily. OK?

Next item is pictures: this is rather complicated but you can do this. The best practice is to go to any news story or online site that has pictures, preferably news stories for now, and you literally click and drag it over to your text window where you write your posting.

Like this:

Note how, when I clicked on this ap news photo, it shows up here at a http url, not a picture. This is because I haven't coded it to appear. To do this, you have to type in some stuff at the beginning and the end of the url.

4:04 pm  
Blogger Elaine Supkis said...

help with picture coding

Don't worry about the stuff before step 3. Just click and drag a news photo over to your page, I went to AP today and picked one of pandas having fun, and drag it over to the open page where you "edit posting", that is, drop it directly into the empty box. It will immediately cease to look like a photo and become text. Then follow step 3 and put the opening and closing code around it. Hope you can work it out. Click on "Preview" at the bottom when you put in the picture and it will show you how it will look, if the code worked. Then click off of "Preview" when you want to go back to the text box and do some more pictures and posting.

4:14 pm  
Blogger Elaine Supkis said...

Richard the Lionhearted

Here is your icon we will code into your personal information side box if you want. I thought it was cute, it is from Britain, it suits you, I think. Heh. I used a tarot card for my site picture...

Just click and drag on the picture and you can see the code if you drop it into your text box. I will then show you how to access your code and program it in. You will be doing computer programming! bwahahaha!

4:28 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

Gawd, I'm rubbish at this tech side. I finally got the pic to sho on my profile. Was unable to drag it thouhgh. Couldn't edit - copy or cut & paste either. Maybe that's my isp, aol not allowing me. Eventually, I manually wrote down the full url, then manually copied it in. Thanks for you patience & everything, Elaine.

5:08 pm  
Blogger Denis Wright said...

Woo hoo, this is fun!

5:17 pm  
Blogger Elaine Supkis said...

Heh. Love the lion!

Told everyone to come here to read the lessons. Sorry you couldn't click and drag. I am spoiled, I have a very high class Apple computer that works wonders!

I am sooooo spoiled. Everything here is easy on my Apple.

Richard, I have a lesson about coding at TAPA. Check it out. It will facilitate our cross posting and cross travel. TAPA is HEADQUARTERS now. Next, we will talk about how to take good stuff from TAPA and make it content at your own blog.

5:48 pm  
Anonymous harper said...

Wow! Richard! Way to go!

5:59 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

Heh. Thanks, Harper. I'll get the hang of this thing in the end, with Elaine's help, if it kills me.

6:58 pm  
Blogger Elaine Supkis said...

Oh no! Now I am responsible for your continuing good health!

7:14 pm  
Blogger Elaine Supkis said...

Richard, you are our Brit and sit on yon throne. I suggest you use your blog to give click on a Brit news url, slide it over to your site here, put the a href tags around it--simple to do: When you click on a page, the url shows up at top. You click on the url (I USE APPLE) you should be able to drag the entire url over to your text and drop it there.

If this doesn't work, it is harder. I don't use microsoft stuff, obviously. Pain in the arse.

Anyway, you have some exciting news like Prince Charles is riding a fox hi ho! and then make your comments, funny or wot, and we read and comment here with you.

Family stuff, same trip. We loved hearing about your brother, I used it in a posting, comparing the after hospital housing compared to here: out in the streets with patients!

You have a really interesting story, I will plug it at my site.

7:20 pm  

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