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Tamed by Alice Roberts - WOW JUST WOW



I was so looking forward to Tamed by Alice Roberts, that I pre-ordered it and got it as soon as it came out. Having read 2 of her previous books, The Celts & The Incredible Human Journey, I knew that I would enjoy reading it and I wasn't disappointed.

Tamed makes you ooh and ahh, and WTF then  okay and back again. None of these things are bad it's just there are so many surprises and things you don't expect that the book makes you really think and open your eyes. Like for example, we all know that Apples are English don't we? As Professor Roberts explains, they're not and they originated from thousands of miles away, but it's not as simple as that either. Yet Alice manages to get you to understand why things aren't as simple as we may believe or have once thought even 5 years ago which leaves you in awe of just how great life really is.

The 10 sections, chapters, are beautiful lectures, by someone who loves to teach. I say loves to teac…

Sexual harresment is ABUSE nothing less



I like most people have been following the stories on so called sexual harressment, waiting for the next story to appear. As with all this type of story once one comes along, there seems to be a flood of them, so many that we forget that behind each one of them is a victim, a victim of abuse.

Let's not cover things up with the nicer word of harresment, let's call it for what it is ABUSE, it the abuse of one person by another. If a person does ask to be touched and is not consentual then it is an invasion of them, hence it is abusing them. There is and can be no excuses for this and let's not be afraid to say it allowed, let's not be afraid of saying that those found guilty of this should be punished the same way any abuser is. Let's not be afraid to say that these people need exposing for what they are, sexual abusers, let's stand with the victims and say IT IS TOTALLY WRONG AND NEVER ACCEPTABLE.

Some may think that I have gone too far about th…

Online forums useful or just for fan boys



When you run into problems or are just interested in something you are often directed to online forums. These are meant to be where people with the same interest gather and share that and also where more experienced people offer help to newbies. Well that is the theory anyway, the reality is often different.

As I am learning a new OS I thought I'd go to a place that might be helpful that is an online forum as others there would be more experienced than I am and they might have the answer to my many questions. I think many of us would assume that people on these forums would be nice, but we are living in the age of the keyboard warrior and I know best and only I am right. In these forums an innocent question can as I found out result in all kinds of answers, from those who want to help and those from the fan boys who think they're superior to you and how dare you ask such a stupid question.

It is also worth noting that many of the forums, well the ones I have v…

Linux a coat of many colours & one will suit you



Rather than the juggernaut of one size fits all, Operating Systems, like for example, Windows or Apple, Linux comes in more than one flavour so to speak. Distrowatch, which complies the list of them must have hundreds of them. A Distro, or Distribution, is what each Linux Based OS is called. To make things even more complicated, there are some Distros which aren't actually OSs and then those that are based on different styles of Linux. All of this can be very complicated and very confusing particularly when you look on the internet. This is why many people are put off trying out Linux because they don't know where to start.

In all honesty things are much simpler, because most of us don't really need to know the back end of a fart, we just know it smells and that is all we need to know. The same with choosing an OS we just want to know is it easy to install, safe and easy to use.  This is where Linux scores highly in my opinion in that most Distros come wit…

Linux Mint 1 month on my experience with it



It is now a whole month since I made the choice to ditch Windows for good and move to Linux. If I had really read the End User Agreement that Microsoft has I would have left much sooner, but let's face  it none of us do and it was only when I was looking at switching that I read it. I would suggest you do so. Just one of the lowlights of it is that they can and do get into your Windows and force things upon you and can do with your data what they hell they want. I had felt this was happening to me and I felt that I wasn't really in control, I couldn't explain it, just felt it which is why I started looking for alternatives. Okay I could rant on about this for ages but I wont (thank god you all say) as this is about Mint not them.

Linux Mint Install
This is so very easy as I have explained before so I won't bother you with it again. Having said that I have since put in a new hard drive, and because I wanted to use UEFI which has many advantages over Lega…

Swan riders - for Marc with love


SWAN RIDERS
WE ARE THE SWAN RIDERS THE CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION WE'VE FOUND OUR SOLUTION WE'VE GIVEN A GLITTER TEAR AND HAVE GIRAFFES IN OUR HAIR AND WE DON'T CARE FOR THE ELECTRIC WARRIOR  HAS TAUGHT US ALL SO WELL THAT LIFE'S A GAS WE'LL KEEP DREAMING THE TEENAGE DREAM COS WE  STILL LOVE TO BOOGIE


for Marc from the swan riders 
(c)merimaat 16 September 2107.

Marc the poet who loved to boogie and me the one who loves to boogie



WORDS FROM A BROKEN HEART WITH LOVE AND GLITTER TEARS

The 16th of September 1977 is a day I will never forget, it was the day my heart completely broke. It was the day that Marc Bolan passed to the millions of years! His doing so was so very painful and I cried for a week afterwards and even now dread the 16th of September coming around. I could try to give logical reasons for my feeling this way, but the truth is I can not and all I can do is say that I loved Marc and still do.

Marc came into my life when I was very much the troubled teen, lost in a world that I hated and didn't understand, that was filled with pain that I was venting in anger. I had nothing and all that I had could be taken from me, to be honest I didn't want to live at all. I have said it many times and will keep saying it Marc saved my life and saved the Kev part of me that survives to this day. This was the part that could be loving, caring, etc, more importantly honest, but that would ta…