Strawberry Hills Pub « Floating Life: what’s in the archives here

25 Jun

Strawberry Hills Pub « Floating Life I have blogged with Blog This on Firefox/Windows Live Writer for no reason other than this is the point I have now reached in the archives as I go back editing and checking and occasionally deleting as I Sitemeter the individual posts. I have to confess this activity is giving a spurious boost to my Sitemeter stats too, but perhaps not more than the losses caused by unsitemetered posts not being registered over the past week.

The post also tugs at the heart a little, and 2006 — 2006! — seems distant indeed.

However, let me explain the archive here, as it is rather odd, being a blend of posts from several sources: two ventures on Blogspot — one of which is still there though on hold.

1. This blog began in December 2007

Here is the first post, as at first it was intended to be just a Christmas blog! Why, as some will remember, it even had a Christmas template, and then snow! You did notice the address is ninglundecember, didn’t you?

2. Then it changed!

I decided to close down my then main blog in December 2007; it is now just an archive: Lines from a Floating Life: Apr 06 to Nov 07. However, I then decided to import entries from two Blogspot blogs, both no longer around: Ninglun on Blogspot (Mark I) and Ninglun’s Books and Ideas. These entries form the archive from May 2005 to October 2006. If you look at the drop-down by month menu on the Home Page here you will see there is a considerable gap from April 2006 to one entry in October 2006, with the sequence resuming in September 2007.

That is where it gets complicated.

The first wave of entries to be sent over here came not from Blogspot but from the WordPress blog which has ninglunbooks in its address: that is now Ninglun’s Specials, but originally was Ninglun’s Politics, though it was first designed as a possible equivalent to the old Blogspot Books and Ideas. As the 2007 election hotted up it became  Ninglun’s Politics, so there are a lot of entries from that phase between September 2007 and November 2007.

Meanwhile I resurrected Blogspot as a site for education posts: Occasional Ramblings of a Retired Teacher, or some similar title. In due course the entries from that came here; they run from September 2007, beginning with We need to get back to thoughts like these (September 23, 2007) and continuing for around three months, My English Teachers 5: Bill Maidment (revisited) (November 16, 2007) coming towards the end of that series. They are still also on Blogspot, and some are on English/ESL!

The next thing to happen was another resurrection of Ninglun on Blogspot (Mark II) — the one that still exists — which was to focus on religion and spirituality mainly. That ran until the end of March 2008. Its posts have also been sucked into the archive here, but blend with the original content so smoothly it is hard to pick.

So there you have it. Now you know why a blog that started on 1 December 2007 has an archive going back to 2005! Or hadn’t you noticed?

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2 responses to “Strawberry Hills Pub « Floating Life: what’s in the archives here

  1. Kevin

    June 27, 2008 at 5:22 am

    Ooh, I’m going to search for Ninglun on Blogspot Mark II. Other people’s understandings of religion and spirituality are fascinating.

  2. ninglun

    June 27, 2008 at 9:05 am

    I see you did find it, and trust you were uplifted by the experience, Brother Kevin. 😉 I noted your endorsement there of Margaret Thatcher. She did have one rare item in her record: being one of the few leading politicians who was actually a scientist — a chemist, in her case. Hence in 1990 — well ahead of the pack:

    …the threat to our world comes not only from tyrants and their tanks. It can be more insidious though less visible. The danger of global warming is as yet unseen, but real enough for us to make changes and sacrifices, so that we do not live at the expense of future generations.

    Our ability to come together to stop or limit damage to the world’s environment will be perhaps the greatest test of how far we can act as a world community. No-one should under-estimate the imagination that will be required, nor the scientific effort, nor the unprecedented co-operation we shall have to show. We shall need statesmanship of a rare order…

    In recent years, we have been playing with the conditions of the life we know on the surface of our planet. We have cared too little for our seas, our forests and our land. We have treated the air and the oceans like a dustbin. We have come to realise that man’s activities and numbers threaten to upset the biological balance which we have taken for granted and on which human life depends.

    We must remember our duty to Nature before it is too late. That duty is constant. It is never completed. It lives on as we breathe. It endures as we eat and sleep, work and rest, as we are born and as we pass away. The duty to Nature will remain long after our own endeavours have brought peace to the Middle East. It will weigh on our shoulders for as long as we wish to dwell on a living and thriving planet, and hand it on to our children and theirs…

    Yes, that was Margaret. Good for her. Thought I’d mention it. See this post.

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