A ‘greatest hits’ compilation

Because it’s never too soon to have a self-indulgent retrospective.

From the WordPress statistics page.  Hits per article, from most-read, to mostly ignored…

About _____________________________________112
Coffee Safari ________________________________77
Inglourious Basterds – a review ____________________72
Mt Hotham – a book review _______________________62
Travel Disasters – the rat. _________________________62 **
In which your correspondent is horrified ______________55
Fairtrade _____________________________________52
Accents eh, bro? ________________________________51
Travel disasters ________________________________50
Costco – A review _______________________________49
Keeping a lid on it? _____________________________47
Intelligent delivery? ____________________________45
Something-something and over it _________________44
Garbledy-gook _______________________________41
Are we dense? ________________________________38
The Best of all Time ___________________________37
America’s guns _______________________________35
A new multi-part series _________________________35
Berkeley – A good place to cycle ___________________33
Regrets, I’ve had a few _________________________32
lolcats: threat or menace? _______________________31 ^
Snowclones _________________________________30
Hello, Aliens! ________________________________30
Unsafe is Safe? _______________________________30
Lost in Translation ____________________________30
Pareidolia on toast ____________________________29
Dumbocracy ________________________________27
This train is about to depart… ____________________26
Godwin Grech and political spin __________________24
Because Food Miles Don’t Go Far Enough. ___________23
A New Kind of Humility ________________________21
Do copulating puppets shock? ____________________21
With great power comes great responsibility__________21
How about this weather, eh! _____________________20
Slumdog Millionaire: A Review Overview ____________19
Verbing weirds language. ________________ ______18
On Naivety _________________________________17
Don’t like the law? Leave._______________________17
Futurology __________________________________17
Vigilantes __________________________________14
Out for the count______________________________14
Twitter! Huh! What is it good for? _________________10
More Micronations! ___________________________8#
Fancy food __________________________________7
The RACV and the Aston Martin___________________7*
bikesnobnyc _________________________________2

** nb. Some readers may not have read the full 1900 words.

^ Most overrated  – this one inspired a phone call from an unnamed reader who advised me ‘Be less…average!’

# Unfairly ignored in my humble opinion.

* Removed due to overwhelming popular demand!

Accents eh, bro?

Why are some accents funny?

The Australians find the Irish accent hilarious.  Half of Ireland holds down steady jobs doing comedy here. But I bet the Scots don’t laugh at them. I’m told the Americans cack themselves at the Canadians. ‘Aboot aboot!’ Similarly, I fear the amusement is not mutual.

I just spent a couple of weeks spinning comedy gold out of the most minor differences in pronunciation, in New Zealand.


Continue reading Accents eh, bro?

A new multi-part series

Hello readers, during the next few weeks, whilst my co-blogger takes a well-earned break from trice daily postings, I will take the reins of the good ship Thomas the Think Engine.

With that, I am announcing a new multi-part series called ‘What’s wacky about the USA’. Hallmarks of this new series will include: mixed metaphors, lots of commas, lots of hyphens, lots of spelling mistakes, fewer posts and veiled criticisms of the greatest country on earth. I hope you enjoy the reading…

Thus, the first topic is Incompetence: Continue reading A new multi-part series