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I found this absolutely fascinating video on youtube today via facebook…… (hey you gotta love social media). My jaw dropped with amazement as I watched. I wondered at the vast difference between a London Market and a Bangkok Market.

London Market:

London Market Stall....safe on the sidewalk

and a Bangkok Market Stall

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London Eye 31.12.2010 London

Hi folks, thanks so much for dropping by. I trust you don’t mind that I brought you to my blog for a New Year message, but twitter doesn’t have sufficient space that I can convey what I would like to say. ūüôā

Firstly I would like to wish you all a very very happy, successful and wonderful year ahead, I truly hope that it fulfils any dreams, hopes, wishes and aspirations you have for 2011.

Then I would very much want to say a huge thank you for your friendship during 2010. Whether we’ve only just connected, or if you have been my ‘friend’ for a while now, I have enjoyed our brief communiques. You have brightened my days with your messages and brought a smile to my lips with your tweets and mentions, and on many occassions made me LOL and from time to time I have even ROFL!!! – Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves. J M Barrie

Despite outward appearances I live a very secluded and limited life. My job is very isolating at times and the demands placed on me are great so your messages on #followfriday #traveltuesday or #justbecause you are thinking of me have been a lifeline to the real world.

I have gotten to know some folk a little better than others and we have learned a wee bit about each others lives – how fascinating it is to get these little glimpses into another world. I have travelled ‘virtually’ to far-flung corners of the world: Alaska, Australia, Mexico, New Zealand, China, just about all the states of America, France, Italy, South Africa, The Whitsundays,¬†north of Scotland, closer to home in¬†London and many countries, fascinating glimpses¬†into your world, by reading your blogs, clicking on the links you’ve posted and just our general ‘chats’ have opened windows into the world that I may never have had otherwise.

I¬†took to twitter like a duck to water (excuse the not so very good pun) ūüôā twitter has opened up my world in ways I could never have imagined when I first started, and that is thanks to each of you; your tweets and comments, links and @mentions have brought the world to me. Facebook has been fun with messages and comments, status updates and links to photo albums – photos of your travels are most appreciated. I have enjoyed sharing my life in London, posting photos and writing arbitrary posts on my blog about¬†places I have explored and experiences I have had.

And now this year is at an end and we have 2011 to look forward to, so in closing I would once again like to say how very much I appreciate your friendship, your messages and tweets and although we are far apart in miles, we are close to heart in tweets, so in 2011 do stay in touch and lets continue to enjoy our friendships, I wish you all a good night and some marvellous days for the 365 we have of 2011…….and do remember…. according to the Mayans the world is due to end 2012 (????) so make the most of 2011……

hahahaha!! ūüôā have fun folks

True happiness consists not in the multitude of friends, but in their worth and choice. Samuel Johnson

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I was reading a very interesting blog today from Jeff Bullas; 30 Things You Should Not Share on Social Media.

He mentions some seriously idiotic things that people post on facebook and following close behind on twitter.  They tend to forget that their posts are open to public viewing and all it takes is for someone to take offence or perhaps a work colleague to notice a detrimental comment and ooops you could lose your job, or at the least face disciplinary action.  I was aghast at some of the stuff people write about and call me naive or ignorant, but I did not think that people actually post pictures of themselves inebriated or comments on their bodily functions!

One of the replies on the blog from a reader commented that because of the apparently virtual anonimous space of our computers, the barriers of propriety are breaking down and things you would not dream of saying to someone’s face, are shared via the virtual world.¬†¬† Stories have a way of spreading and going viral as it is known today.¬†¬†¬†¬† I was thinking about the various items that Jeff mentioned on his blog and the power of social media for spreading the word so to speak.¬†¬† But what of the age old methods from the past: gossip.¬†¬† Gossip passed on becomes rumour, and no less damaging albeit on a smaller scale.¬†¬† Imagine my suprise then¬†when I opened my email box today to find this article from my sister:

“Once upon a time an old man spread rumours that his neighbour was a thief.¬†¬†¬† ¬†As a result, the young man was arrested.¬†¬†¬† ¬†Days later the young man was proven innocent.¬†¬†¬†¬† After being released he sued the old man for wrongly accusing him.

In court the old man told the Judge:¬†¬† ¬†“They were just comments, didn’t harm anyone.”¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† The judge, before passing sentence on the case, told the old man: “Write all the things you said about him in a piece of paper.¬†¬†¬† ¬†Cut them up and on the way home, throw the pieces of paper out. Tomorrow, come back to hear your sentence.”¬†

Next day, the judge told the old man: “Before receiving the sentence, you will have to go out and gather all the pieces of paper that you threw out yesterday.¬†¬†¬†¬† ” The old man said: “I can’t do that!¬†¬† ¬†The wind spread them and I won’t know where to find them.”

The judge then replied: “In the same way, simple comments may destroy the honour of a man to such an extent that one is not able to fix it. If you can’t speak well of someone, rather don’t say anything‚ÄĚ.”

Which brings me to the article from Jeff and the list; beware of what you say on public forums; if you can’t speak well of yourself or someone else, rather don’t say anything at all.

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What a lovely day today. I have so enjoyed connecting and chatting to friends around the world. I am so addicted to twitter and facebook and surfing the internet. I could do this all day.¬†¬† It never ceases to amaze me how much information is out there, I learn something new every day.¬† I love following the links that people post on their updates, and find out things I never knew.¬† It is great to have a virtual ‘chat’ with a friend who lives in the USA and to say goodnight to someone in Sweden, reply to posts on travel forums about places I’ve been and retweet inspiring quotes.

I joined a new travel site tonight and when I was filling in the names of the places I have travelled to in the last 9 years as well as the info on areas I have lived in and travelled to in SA, I am reminded of how many places I have been to!  How lucky I am to have had the opportunity to live in the UK.  From here it is so easy to go places in Europe and the USA, and as travelling is my passion of course the more the better.  I was pleasantly surprised to note just how many places I have been to, and frankly I cant even remember many of them (will have to check back on my diaries).   Filling in the destinations was great fun, and I enjoyed the memories of each trip as I noted them down.

It also served to remind me how lucky I am to have been introduced to World Ventures and how with the opportunities it provides, I will now be able to travel even more and get to visit all the places still on my wish list.  Of course my wish list is incredibly long and I would have to live another whole lifetime just to get to them all, but with this company at least I can be sure of visiting the most of them.

I started out writing this blog this morning, but got diverted and distracted as I usually do when I get onto twitter, and so the day has gone by.¬† So in the interest of time….. I will simply post the following as it was when I wrote it:

“as i write I am sitting overlooking the verandah, a perfect position to watch all the activity going on.¬† a¬†squirrel is nicking the bird seed (as usual), the blue tits are flitting back & forth and¬†I noticed just now that the great tits are nest building; how exciting!¬† The weather is mucky and we’ve had rain off and on since the early hours.¬†¬†¬†¬†I also noticed that the fox did’nt eat much of the food I left out¬†last night,¬†ignored my macaroni cheese and left it on the plate!!! how rude ūüôā¬†¬†¬† oooo a chaffinch has just landed; ahh they are so pretty and I don’t often see them in the mornings.¬† The magpie with it’s glorious shimmering blue & pink tail¬†feathers has been.¬†¬†¬†They always make me nervous they do, staring at me with one eye and head cocked.¬†¬† This verandah is a constant source of entertainment and I am so lucky to be able to watch the birds as they go about their business, although I have noticed that there are not as many birds as usual¬†in the garden this year.¬† With the warmer weather¬†there do appear to be a few more pairs flitting about in the trees in front of the house.¬† Noticeable because the trees are still bare, although I have to say that there are not as many birds this spring as usual.¬†¬†¬† I have seen a pair of robins, occassionally a third.¬† I have seen four blue tits, 2 great tits, 1/2 chaffinch, 2 sparrows, a number of magpies and of course plenty of pigeons (which I dislike intensely).¬†¬† We have had as many as 5 squirrels at a time on the verandah and they are incredibly greedy and great fun to watch. although I was absolutely dismayed to see one steal a chick from the magpie’s nest high in the tree.¬†¬†¬† The trees are starting to bud now and I noticed today¬†that the bush at the bottom of the garden is a blaze of yellow flowers.¬† Of course the whole world is a blaze of yellow with the fabulous daffodils that are blooming everywhere.¬†¬†They are quite my favourite flowers and brighten even the dullest¬†of days.¬† A sure sign of spring, they are lovely to behold.”¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†

I was surfing the UK news tonight and noticed this article  which of course immediately caught my eye, most particularly because I had remarked earlier on that I had not seen many birds in the garden this year.

and now since it is actually tomorrow, I had better go to bed before the sun comes up ūüôā

Enjoy your day guys, wishing you a good one.

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mmm, so here I am back online!  and what is so special about that? well I have been without a computer for the last 5 days. Nothing major, just upgrading from one package to another, sending one back and ordering another.

No big deal, except I had to live for a whole week without a computer!¬† After a day I was beginning to suffer from withdrawal symptoms and became real edgy with the¬†frustration of being unable to communicate.¬†¬† This gave me pause for thought and with¬†time for reflection¬†I had¬†to ponder on the absurdity of life where in order to remain connected to the wider world we need (and I use the word ‘need’¬†quite seriously) a computer or some such similar device.

I had time to think about the fact that before I ever had a computer, I had a life.¬† I used to read books a lot, I used to play games with my daughter (ok well she’s married now and lives in another house, so that’s a moot point), I used to build jigsaw puzzles and knit a lot and go for long walks.¬† My life now consists of yahoo, twitter, facebook, youtube, google, hootsuite, and so on and so forth.¬† I never move more than 2 feet without my phone, which has twitter, facebook, skype and yahoo.¬† If at any time I am unable to connect I get stressed and annoyed.

Have I become a technology junkie?

Having said that, I love the internet, I love being able to connect with the wider world and I love that I am able to find out just about anything I want at virtually the stroke of the keys!¬† I enjoy blogging, posting photos to the internet, reading other people’s thoughts and posts on twitter, finding out what’s happening thousands of miles away, sometimes before it’s even on the news. I love that I am able to email folks back home and friends in countries far far away.¬† I love being able to chat to friends and family via skype, for as long as like and at no cost. I love reading other people’s blogs and have learnt so much more about the world than before.

I would not want to go back for anything. ūüôā

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I was browing around facebook this evening after posting some photos from a recent trip to Cambridge when I saw this advert.

It looks really cool and if you are a cycling enthusiast then this may be something you would enjoy.  check it out.

p.s. why not connect with me on facebook!

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