The Four-Year Flight

 City Jackdaw has now been flying for four years. 

Despite just having to use the smelling salts, his wings aren’t showing signs of tiring just yet 🙂

To all you great people who visit me here in my cyber-roost, be it regular or occasional:


Except my anniversary was yesterday.

 So make that +1. 

I used to be a postman. Always late.

A Flock Of 7,000

I typed into Google search: there are 7000.  These were amongst the first results:

*There are 7000 people whose blood is blue

*There are 7000 undergraduate students at Stanford

*There are just 7000 web users in North Korea

*There are approximately 7000 diseases

*There are 7000 descendents of Schindler’s Jews

*There are 7000 chemicals in cigarettes
I didn’t click on any of these links, so I can’t vouch for their veracity.

But one thing that I can tell you is that City Jackdaw has just hit 7,000 followers.

I have to spell it to help it sink in: SEVEN THOUSAND! !

Holy blog posts!!

That number is unbelievable. When I first started flying on WordPress, about three years ago, I thought I may attract a handful of followers, probably all off my Facebook friends list, just to be nice. Hand on heart: maybe a few hundred. But the numbers have grown exponentially, helped at one point by a Jackdaw post being selected by one of the WordPress ‘ghosts in the machine’ to be Freshly Pressed. That opened up my blog to a wider audience.

To mark this moment, I will repost that post tomorrow night.

In the meanwhile, I’d like to thank all of you for travelling with me: you likers, you commenters, you sharers, and you silent, wonderful voyeurs. To the loyal bunch who have flown with City Jackdaw right from the very beginning, to the new sojourners that have just joined the flock:

I appreciate you all.

Now, let’s see where we go next. I’ve got a few ideas…

My Crazy Kids’ Song

These are two of my children, filmed a couple of years ago doing an improvised ‘Exterminate’ song. (Yes, they are Whovians like their father.)

This is the only video that they have posted onto Youtube, and go crazy every time they get a like or a share over there. If any of you guys can do that, take pleasure in picturing me here in Manchester reaching for the paracetamol!

You may want to turn the volume down a touch. See you on YouTube.

 

 

Adieu to my Viking sister…

I read this post in shock last night. Poppy, whose blog I follow, posted about the death (and alleged murder) of another, lovely blogger that I followed (and she followed me). It was strange how the death of someone so far away affected me. The words we write, the words you write, matter. Technology allows us to make connections with people we would otherwise never meet. It can bring both joy and sorrow. R.I.P Caroline. Thanks for all of your encouraging words and sentiment.

A Viking Saga: Choose love and live your truth.

We never know…

This world is beautiful, messy and bloody with no way of avoiding what is coming. We have so little time to take it by the horns and live it with dignity, courage and humour.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Caroline Van Ewijk, my friend, my viking sister and an example of just how well life can be lived.

My viking sister, Caroline Van Ewijk was one of those who did, before her life was cruelly taken in the Dutch port of Hoorn, two days ago.

Carro, you welcomed me into your life in that freezing cold Amsterdam winter, where I had no refuge on my old boat with her limited heating. With Swedish hospitality ‘Happy Six’ became almost a second home and you taught me about the Baltic and connected me with your uncle Micke at Borka up in the north of Sweden.  How many bitterly cold winter evenings did you ply me with hot tea…

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Claws For The Weekend: Killing

There was shock locally, today, with the news that a pillar of the community had been murdered.

Police said that they were following several leads, but at the moment have nothing concrete to go on.

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Have a great weekend. Avoid the guy with the corny jokes.

See you on the flip side.

My Spring-Cleaned Blog

It’s all about timing.

Spring is (more or less) upon us, and, in this time of new beginnings, it coincides with the three year anniversary of City Jackdaw. It has been a fleeting three years-this jackdaw flies fast, and in all that time my blog has remained the same, appearance wise.

So I’ve decided on a little overhaul. The large, feathered friend who for the last thirty six months has faithfully headed my blog has gone, replaced by many other members of his flock in flight.

I have added a new ‘About’ page, and added a ‘My Writing’ page (ooh get me!). I’ve also added the ‘Featured on Freshly Pressed’ widget that I had been given, two years after the fact.

Things may need a little fine tuning, but that can wait until morning.

My posts will remain the same varied mishmash of things.

Hope that’s a positive.