Tag Archives: Themes

On Lies And Looking Good

3 Dec
"it's a small world holiday"

“it’s a small world holiday” (Photo credit: andy castro)

I’m going to tell you a lie now:

Sorry for messing you about with my blog look.

I’m just being polite: I’m not sorry at all.

In a comment the other day, I admired the look of his blog over at Wellheregoes. Tom (aka Aquatom; though I don’t know why, because he’s not at all wet) changes his look frequently, always custom-made.  I like that.  I said so.

The wonderful Tom – in fact, let me give him a capital W: the Wonderful Tom – surprised me a couple of hours later with an email containing my very own customised look.

Even better – it means I get to keep my Bueno theme, which I know so well and which gives me most of what I need in my blog.  The Christmas Vermilion theme I used for two days was nice, but everything was squashed up and in the wrong place, rather like this house every December.  I was prepared to tolerate the inconvenience for the Christmas period but now, thanks to Tom, I don’t have to.

I am sorry I couldn’t get the garland in at the bottom of the header, but Bueno insisted I crop to fit.  Here it is in full:


I would also have had the background stars going all the way down but it made the blog a little difficult to read.  Instead, I opted for a red background and green highlights.  ‘Tis the season to be colourful.

Thank you, Tom!  I love my Christmas makeover.

Yes You Should; No You Shouldn’t

17 Feb

Image via Wikipedia

The results are in!  And in no particular order, the winner of the theme poll (as opposed to a bean pole, which I don’t think is even a real thing, is it?  How many poles have you seen with beans stuck to them?  Or even made of beans?  And it begs the question: which is the best bean for the job?  Do you use one particular type – green/baked/runner etc [I put in the ‘etc.’ because that’s all the beans I know.  And I’d better get to the point soon because I’m running out of punctuation marks.  Though I must just say this: I’m not racist; or beanist; or even wordist: I didn’t forget this one: a person {not sexist, either} asks a naturalized citizen, ‘What nationality are you?’  Not an everyday question, I grant you; but the person is nosy and probably training for the forthcoming census.  The naturalised citizen replies (in perfect English because they have a much better education system than we do), ‘Well, I’ve been Pole…’]?)

Still with me, people?  Good.  Tell me again what we were discussing…?  Oh, yes!  My blog’s theme.  So, in no particular order, the winner of the theme poll (I stole that in no particular order, the winner is, by the way.  Dermot O’Weary said it when announcing the winner of the X Factor one year.  Spud and I say it during every results show of every talent show we watch; we never get tired of it.  Though I did get bored watching American Idol and America’s Got Talent.  It doesn’t feel the same when you know you’re watching it a couple of weeks behind.  I had to avoid the internet like the play* so I didn’t know if Crystal Bowersox or Lee DeWize won.  I can’t see Dermot getting the American X Factor gig; can you?  Simon can’t rest his arm on Dermot’s chair – because he doesn’t have one – like he can with Cheryl.)  Where was I?

So I was saying, in no particular order, the winner of the theme poll was…undecided.  You lot are hopeless.  ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ received five votes each.  There were two ‘maybes’; one who relished the opportunity to make fun of me (you know who you are; I don’t.  We’ll leave it at that); and – rather worryingly – five people who forgot the question.  Actually, I don’t know why I say ‘worryingly’: we are clearly all kindred spirits.  I’ve never yet offered to make my family a brew without first having to come back into the lounge to re-count the yeas and nays – all two or three or sometimes one of them.  And if you’ve read this far, I’m sure you don’t doubt it.

So, anyway, umm, weeeeell…what to do?

In this case, the editor’s decision has to be final.  I’m the editor.  I’ll, um, I think, err….  Okay, here it is.  The thing is.  Here’s the thing.  This is the thing.***

Okay.  I love change; I really do.  Except in shops’ changing rooms.  The space is always too small; there are never enough hooks; and at my age (earlier post refers) I need a stool – and preferably an armchair; or, given the state of my Malteser bum, a couch.  I love change; I really do.  It’s okay; I know to stop there.  I love change; I really do.  But I hate this new theme.  It was okay for the first hour but now it looks all spare and clinical and clean.  Not my thing at all.  I’m sorry, people: I’m throwing the Duster out.*****


*Macbeth; it must be: what other plays are routinely avoided?  Apart from anything by Tennessee Williams; but that’s just the Hub’s bias**

**Or ‘hatred’, to give the word its true meaning (as interpreted by the Hub)

***I’ve been watching ‘Friends’.  Whaaat?  Great writers steal from other writers.  So do plagiarists and bad writers, of course, but acknowledge the source; acknowledge the source is my motto; drummed into me by the Open University.  Consider The thing is.  Here’s the thing.  This is the thing. italicized, inverted commarised**** and all-round big fat acknowledged.

****I know there’s no ‘r’ in ‘comma’ but I had to add one or the word just doesn’t make sense.  I’m right, aren’t I?

*****I bet that would have been way more dramatic if I hadn’t already changed back before posting this, wouldn’t it?

Should I Stay Or Should I Go?

16 Feb

Having floundered in a sea of techneptitude yesterday from which Tory Boy forgot to rescue me, I thought I might as well complete the drowning by trying to add a poll.  I have wanted to do one for a while but I haven’t had a suitable topic for you.  That changed this morning: WordPress has a new theme.  I rather like it for two reasons: its look, of course; and its name: Duster.  I love the irony of a housewife who doesn’t dust’s blog being called by such a name.

However, as you know, I am a great believer in democracy, so I am inviting you to vote on it:

Should this theme stay?

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