Days: it’s a blog thing

Since August, 2001. Surely it can’t last…

Friday, November 09, 2001 ↓


Recently we've had Muslim fundamentalists flying planes into American buildings, Americans bombing Muslim fundamentalists in Afghanistan, and Israelis and Palestinians stoning, shooting and generally kicking the crap out of each other. Sixty-three years ago tonight, Nazis were fire-bombing and terrorising Jews across Germany. Yes, November 9 was Kristallnacht.

Posted at 1:56 PM


Apparently so. Four days with no posts, not because I was away, not because nothing was happening or that there was nothing to say — just not enough time to say it. And then Firda puts up another quiz, Are You a Blogaholic?, on which I scored 36% compared with an average (at the time) of 48.4%. 970 people scored higher than me, 270 lower, and 93 the same grade. Firda's opinion:

You are a casual weblogger. You only blog when you have nothing better to do, which is not very often. There's nothing wrong with that. But if you'd post a little more often, you'd make your readers very happy.

I'd like to believe the last bit. Actually, I'd like to believe I have readers.

Posted at 1:10 PM

Sunday, November 04, 2001 ↓


It was on this day in 1922 that Howard Carter discovered the first steps of the entrance to Tutankhamun's tomb in the Valley of the Kings:

At about 10am I discovered beneath almost the first hut attacked the first traces of the entrance of the tomb (Tut.ankh.Amen) This comprised the first step of the N.E. corner (of the sunken-staircase). Quite a short time sufficed to show that it was the beginning of a steep excavation cut in the bed rock, about four metres below the entrance of Ramses VI's tomb, and a similar depth below the present level of the valley. And, that it was of the nature of a sunken staircase entrance to a tomb of the type of the XVIIIth Dyn., but further than that nothing could be told until the heavy rubbish above was cleared away.

From Carter's personal diaries.

Posted at 3:00 PM

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