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Blogger Recognition Award

I received a pleasant surprise when I opened up my emails this morning. My good friend Carol had nominated my blog ExpatinBacolod.com for a “Blogger Recognition Award.” It must be said now that I have read and understood the rules that it strikes me as being a blogger version of the chain letter. Having said that, I do appreciate there is value in linking to other blogs and so I corrected my ‘attitude’ and thought why not? And I can’t be anti-social all my life! I regard Carol as a good friend although I have only known her for a short time. We have never met in person, maybe one day 🙂 Our paths crossed during the WordPress Blogging 201 Course. I really enjoy the…

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“Barrister Speak”: A Guide

I shamelessly reproduce this post on a blog from a barrister finding his way through the criminal justice system in England. I thank my London lawyer friend who posted the dialog on Facebook. It deserves as wide an audience as possible. It is so “on the button” and so true. Sometimes the barrister jargon backfires on the speaker. It happened to me once in front of a senior judge at Inner London Crown Court. Whatever I said to him, and of course in “barrister speak” but I forget exactly what I said, was not fully understood by the learned judge. I was in one of those awkward spots when the client was being extremely difficult if not impossible, and I had to convey to the judge…

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Social Media

Why do I blog? That is a very good question. I recently wrote that in my post Why Blog? Blogging 201. As I wrote in that post primarily I enjoy writing. A pleasant side effect is that it brings in some extra money to supplement my retirement income. Let me make that clear – this blog does not earn me one cent. My paid writing is commissioned for someone else’s web site and for reasons of confidentiality I am unable to reveal which site or even what genre it covers. Suffice to say it combines my writing skills with my investigative skills gained in a ‘previous life’. If that intrigues you then read my bio. I also mentioned I blog to try and drive  internet traffic towards…

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Why Blog? Blogging 201

Blogging 201 – Day 1 – Task: Set 3 Goals Why do I blog? That is a very good question. It wasn’t  until I found Blogging 201 in WordPress somewhere that I even began to formulate my thoughts on the answer – never mind the question!  Well here goes – In my retirement I needed something to do. I didn’t just want to sit on the beautiful Philippines beaches  all day and every day and vegetate! Or drink too much cold beer! I have lead a varied, and dare I say, interesting life. You must have experienced people saying to you, ” write it down, it’ll make a good book”. Well I did hear it and I heard it many times. So the first step…

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WordPress: All I wanna do is write ……

All I wanna do is write ….. to paraphrase the words of a Sheryl Crow song. WordPress (WP) is the platform I use, along with millions of others, to post my blogs here on this site. I require it to work when I need it to so I can concentrate on my writing. Not too much to ask is it? I have a new friend here in Bacolod. We met for the first time only yesterday and ‘clicked’. He is a fellow ‘Northerner’ and ‘computer savvy’. Most of today and part of yesterday was an experience in frustration at not being able to post on my WordPress blog.. When I clicked  ‘+New’  ‘Post’, I was taken to a page that was junk. It was not…

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