Matchsticking, your word for the day

Another little reminice about the “good old days” at the Port Hedland detention centre.


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JK’s 10 Commandments of Blogging (via Scooter)

Following is one of Ash’s favourite pieces  by reader JK at Andrew Bolt’s blog, helpfully unearthed from the archives for us by fellow Bolt-blogger Scooter.  Ash referred to it often, and I thought it was definitely worth a reprint:

In the pathetic attempt to pay off my brownie point debt to my wife, I spent some time in the garden yesterday. While digging up some weeds I uncovered a rather worn, heavy stone tablet, with what looked like Aramaic engravings on it. After consulting my friend Gel Mibson I have managed to decipher it as follows:


  1. Thou shalt not needlessly quibble about spelling and grammar. It is inevitable that your next post will contain an error and be pounced upon by a pack of hungry pedants.
  2. Thou shalt avoid the endless Hatfield-McCoy feud with other bloggers. If you haven’t changed their mind or sufficiently belittled them in 3-4 posts, you’re not going to manage it in 34 posts either.
  3. Thou shalt not mercilessly hammer those who don’t use their real names. Get over it, they must have their reasons. Mind you, changing names endlessly is also not on.
  4. Thou shalt not over generalise the Left V Right thing.We know they’re mortal enemies but be specific.
  5. Thou shalt not cut and paste swathes. It provides good finger exercise scrolling but little else.
  6. Thou shalt occasionally forgive others so that you too may be forgiven. We all have lousy days and sometimes post something we regret afterwards.
  7. Thou shalt not constantly try to censor others. Leave it to higher powers. Remember universal agreement equals universal boredom.
  8. Thou shalt encourage the odd bit of humour.Let the lead balloons sink naturally without giving them an extra push.
  9. Thou shalt be careful not to put the wrong words in the wrong mouth. An occasional sorry never killed anyone either.
  10. Thou shalt not bite the hand that feeds you. Nibbling Andrew’s hand is OK just don’t maul it. Yes he does stir some of us up at times but if it’s any consolation my guess is his wife and kids get stuck into him about the blog.

So there you are then. Obviously most of us have sinned against the commandments at times, but that’s what confession is for.
Those apostates who wish to modify the commandments are obviously free to do so without the risk of divine retribution.  I’m pretty sure.

J.Kondoulis of dr j’s house
Sun 29 Oct 06 (01:45pm)


UPDATE:  If you have any reminiscences or memories of Ash you would like to share, or would like to leave a message of condolence to her family, you may do so here.

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