365th Blogpost

This is my 365th blogpost.

In March 2017 I set myself the challenge of writing a blogpost every day.

First blog post

In May 2017 I received a cancer diagnosis and said farewell to my blog.

Last blog post

But then in November 2017 I returned to my blog.

Well, here we are again!

And today, I’m writing the 365th blogpost.

I’m still having chemotherapy and a monoclonal antibody treatment called Cetuximab every two weeks. My last CT scan showed that my disease is stable and I can continue with the treatment for as long as it proves to be effective.

So, what to do with 3sixtyfiveblog?

I’ve reached my goal and met my challenge; albeit not quite in the time frame I anticipated when starting the blog.

I’ve had several blogs over the last six years. Some I’ve deleted; others I’ve re-vamped and a couple are just left floating in cyberspace. What to do with this blog?

I enjoy researching and writing 3sixtyfiveblog but I need more time for my Family History researches and blogposts. So, what to do?

Write fewer posts!

But then it wouldn’t really be a 365 blog, would it?

So, I’m going to stop and say goodbye.

Thanks for reading my blog today and all the other days if you’ve been a regular visitor.

According to Blogging.org there are

1,883,637,867

blogs on the Internet in 2018.

I don’t know how you found mine (apart from a few family, friends and Twitter friends) but I hope you’ve enjoyed reading some of my 365 blogposts.

All the best,

Cathy 🙂

August Roundup

In case you missed them, here are links to some of my August blogposts.

Flowers

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Special flower for August

Family History

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London Poverty Maps for #FamilyHistory

Summer of 1976 wedding

Books

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Everybody Lies by Julia Hughes

Make a Joyful Noise by Jenny Worstall

Everybody Lies by Julia Hughes

Boot Camp Bride by Lizzie Lamb

The Heartfelt Series by Adrienne Vaughan

Music

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Brilliant performance of Ravel’s Bolero

Lovely out-of-print piano music collection #JeromeKern

Swinging Sixties

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Crazy furniture from the 1960s

Brilliant 1968 film of the English Riviera

Links to all my August blogposts are here:

https://3sixtyfiveblog.com/2018/08/

Thanks for reading my blog today.

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July Roundup

June Round-Up

Book of the Day

 

 

July Roundup

In case you missed them, here are links to some of my blogposts from July.

First Women

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Who was the first British woman police detective?

Who was the first British woman pharmacist?

Walking in the Wolds

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#WordlessWednesday Walking in the Wolds #Yorkshire

#WordlessWednesday Walking in the Wolds again #Yorkshire

Books

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#ThrowbackThursday #BookReview Kings and Queens by TerryTyler @TerryTyler4

Colourful Characters in a Bleak Landscape

#ThrowbackThursday #BookReview An Englishwoman’s Guide to the Cowboy by June Kearns @june_kearns

Love in the Head: Ford Madox Ford and Parade’s End

Cities

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Prague 1934 #CitySymphonies

3 film clips of York now and then #York #Yorkshire

Can you imagine York Minster made out of flowers? #York #Yorkshire

Cats

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5 Cute Kittens for #Caturday

More cute kittens for #Caturday

Super Cat 1932 #Caturday

Blast from the Past

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1950s dream home

1930s Dream Home

Billingsgate Hats 1949

Music

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My new favourite piano music!

NHS

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Whatever is happening to our NHS? Latest update on #JR4NHS now available

Happy 70th Birthday NHS. Thanks for saving my life! #NHS70

Thanks for visiting my blog today.

I’ve had 212 visitors to my blog in July who’ve looked at 550 posts, liked 155 and commented on 31.

Thanks to all of you and hope to see you again in August.

 

 

 

June Round-Up

In case you missed them, here are some of my blogposts from June.

Roses

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Special flower for June

More Roses

Yorkshire Rose Queen 1931

La Vie en Rose

Cats

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Cat Artist

Cat and Mouse

Literary

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Miniatures with a huge perspective

Novelists or Dentists

Cities

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Gangs of New York

City Home Future

Swinging Sixties

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Top of the Pops January 1964

What was Number One this week in 1964?

Interesting Interview with Twiggy

First Women

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Who was the first woman to drive a London bus?

Who was the first woman to drive a car?

Who was the first British woman gas fitter?

Tea

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Have you time for afternoon tea?

Man lives on tea alone, St. Annes-on-Sea, Lancashire.

Thanks for visiting my blog today.

I’ve had 165 visitors to my blog in June who’ve looked at 430 posts, liked 124 and commented on 10.

Thanks to all of you and hope to see you again in July.

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250th Blogpost today

I wrote my  100th Blogpost

on December 27th 2017

after starting the blog on March 20th.

My cancer diagnosis caused a bit of a blip between May and November but I’ve managed to post every day since November 3rd.

Admittedly some of my posts have been on the short side but that was always in the plan!

I’ve found some amazing old film clips on Pathe News and You Tube which I hope you’ve enjoyed as much as I have.

I’m still having chemotherapy in two weekly cycles. And I still experience several days of fatigue when my mind is active but I need to sit and rest. So researching and writing my blogposts works well.

I’m pleased to have arrived at Blogpost 250 and am looking forward to getting to 3sixtyfive!

Thanks for reading and hope your day is going well.

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Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off!

I’ve been listening to an old CD called “Red Hot and Blue”

which is a compilation of arrangements of Cole Porter songs. I started looking for a web-site to check out some of the words and found a good one which listed the lyrics for lots of the songs. Some are a bit passé now; some remain hilariously funny; and some are really very poetic and lyrical.

One of my favourite songs is “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” which for decades I thought was a Cole Porter song. I’ve now realised it was written by George and Ira Gershwin for the 1937 film “Shall We Dance”. (The film where Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dance to the song on roller skates.) The famous opening lines of the chorus of “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off”are: “You say eether and I say eyether; you say neether and I say nyther; eether, eyether, neether, nyther; let’s call the whole thing off”. And then the same with tomaytoes and tomaatoes and potaytoes and potaatoes.

This reminds me of an enquiry I was pursuing a while ago about the correct spelling of ebook. I was writing a blogpost and realised I’d used several variants of the word in the same post: ebook, e-book and eBook. I started noticing that all three are widely used along with Ebook and E book and hyphenated e-Book and E-book as well. I wondered if there was a definitive version and if so who’d decreed that it should be so.

I Googled ebook and got iBook (apple store), E-book (Wikipedia), Ebooks (The Guardian), eBooks (WHS) and eBooks (Waterstones).

Wikipedia starts off by using e-book but says it can be written in other ways too. The BBC website goes for e-book but provides links to Project Gutenberg as ebooks. The Gutenberg site itself uses ebooks.

Apparently the definitive Oxford English Dictionary goes for e-book but I’m not a subscriber so can’t check. The spell checker on OpenOffice accepts e-book, e-Book, E-book and E book but highlights as mistaken ebook, eBook and Ebook.

I found an interesting article on the Writing Tips web site which explores this same subject. It ran a poll which asked readers which variant they preferred. Overwhelmingly 50% of respondents preferred e-book with nearly all the rest equally divided between eBook and ebook.

So, is there a correct way to spell ebook?

I suppose technically it’s a compound noun. Such a word can be written as one word: electronicbook; two words electronic book; or hyphenated: electronic-book. In the past it was the fashion to hyphenate compound nouns but this is no longer the case; so e-book might not be the best way as it is such a modern and contemporary phenomena. Electronicbook doesn’t read well so ebook doesn’t seem as though it’s right either. Two separate words look right when written out in full but e book doesn’t hit the spot for me and you probably wouldn’t write electronic Book so that seems to rule out eBook.

I think I’m going to settle for ebook because even though electronicbook doesn’t read well, ebook does and it looks good. Right that’s sorted then but have you noticed that the same conundrum seems to apply to web site or do I mean website or web-site?

Anyway back to my CD.  There’s also a 1949 film titled “Red Hot and Blue” starring Betty Hutton and Victor Mature which has nothing to do with Cole Porter either or eyether. The songs in this film are by Frank Loesser.

According to the trailer for Red, Hot and Blue 1949, “You haven’t lived; you haven’t laughed; you haven’t loved until you’ve stepped out with Betty Hutton and Victor Mature.” The trailer lasts for barely 3 minutes and that’s probably enough!

Thanks for reading my blog today.

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100th Blogpost

I started writing this blog on March 20th 2017.

I challenged myself to write one post each day for one year.

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I missed three days in April but otherwise managed to publish a blogpost every day until May 6th.

Then disaster struck!

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I became ill and received a cancer diagnosis. The situation was serious as the primary cancer had metastasised into my liver.

I commenced chemotherapy on July 4th.

On July 10th I wrote my final post for this blog and signed off.

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I was writing an occasional piece for my Cabbage and Semolina Blog and thought that was all I could manage.

But as I became accustomed to the chemotherapy regime I found myself with a lot of time where I was physically exhausted but mentally alert.

So I turned again to the challenge of my daily blog.

On November 3rd I started writing 3sixtyfiveblog again.

And I’ve published a post each day since then.

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I’ve extended the topic areas to include posts about our NHS and learning to live with cancer.

I find that devising and researching my blogposts is good therapy when the side effects of the treatment are proving difficult.

And thankyou for reading my posts.

According to WordPress statistics there are 523 of you.

Mainly from the UK but also USA.

And you average 3.4 page views on each visit.

Of course, you could be fifteen readers who’ve read every page. In which case, wow!

And the comments are an added bonus. Thankyou 🙂

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I’m having 12 cycles of chemotherapy. If all goes to plan the treatment should be finished towards the end of February 2018.

So, plenty of time still available for writing a daily blog.

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Thanks for reading my blog today.

You might also like to read Don’t Leave It Too Late! on Cabbage and Semolina Blog.

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Chirpy, Chirpy, Cheep, Cheep!

I’ve just been looking at Twitter Usage Statistics.

Every second, on average, around 6,000 tweets are tweeted on Twitter.

That’s over 350,000 tweets sent per minute,

500 million tweets per day

and around 200 billion tweets per year.

So how in that great crowd can you get your tweets noticed?

In a very interesting article on the Meet Edgar website we’re told:

Basically, every time you tweet, you’re throwing a dart at a board, blindfolded.

But, if you read down to the end of the article there’s some useful advice to help get your tweets noticed.

The 3 key points are to do with

Timing

Scheduling

and Repetition.

To help with Timing use your Twitter Analytics. (On your home page, if you’re lucky, it’s the little box on the right hand side titled Your Tweet Activity. Just keep an eye on this for a few days and plot the times when your tweets get most engagement.)

Once you’ve got some idea of your best tweeting times use a scheduler to make sure you post your tweets at the times they’re most likely to get seen. I use Tweetdeck which is free and easy to use.

If you’ve read Meet Edgar’s article you’ll have some idea of how few users are going to see your tweets. So, use your scheduler to post your tweet a few times. The likelihood of the same person seeing your repeated tweet isn’t great, is it?

Have fun!

Chirpy, Chirpy, Cheep, Cheep!

Thanks for reading my blog today.

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Everything you always wanted to know about cauliflowers!

5 Facts Everyone Needs to Know about Buying Cauliflowers

Cauliflowers should be dense and heavy.

The leaves should look fresh and green.

The florets should be tight and compact.

There should be no dark spots or mildew.

The stem should be satiny white with no dark patches.

Why Cauliflowers are the 51st Shade of Grey

On the Gransnet website a reader posted her thoughts on her new grey hair colour.

I went to a theatre matinee yesterday and from the back it was like looking at a field of cauliflower – all shades of white/grey. I have worn my hair grey for about 4 years now after colouring it blonde for most of my adult life. My hairdresser and family assured me that it was a lovely shade of grey and suited me. Seeing so many grey heads made me feel absorbed into a grey ‘blob’. I am now thinking of having some warm high/low lights. Trouble is that I now have a wardrobe of clothes suited to grey hair. I got rid of all the lovely camel, cream and warm shades when I decided to let my grey grow in.

8 Ways Cauliflower Can Make You More Healthy

Contains Many Nutrients

HIgh in Fibre

Good source of Antioxidants

May Aid in Weight Loss

Good Source of Choline

Rich in Sulphoraphane

Low Carb Alternative to Grains and Legumes

Easy To Add To Your Diet

Read more details here.

How Cauliflower Saved the World

The Oddest Place To Find A Cauliflower

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If You Only Read One Article About Cauliflowers Read this One

7 Facts You Didn’t Know About Cauliflower

Why Kittens are Cuter Than Cauliflowers

The Simplest Ways to Make the Best of Cauliflowers

are explored in this article by Katie Serbinski on the Mom to Mom Nutrition Website.

14 Simple Cauliflower Recipes

Confession Time

I entered the random word cauliflower into Portent’s Content Idea Generator to see what headlines it would throw up and couldn’t resist using the headlines to write a blogpost.

As Mark Twain said,

Cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education!

Thanks for reading my blog today.

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