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5.45 AM Sunday Morning and What Does One Do? Check Out Blog Stats Of Course.

We are up at 5am this Sunday morning due to having to pick up a friend from the States from Wellington Airport. So of course while having breakfast I decide to randomly nosy at my blog stats.

Some cool things I have found are.

The top all time blog posts:

Chocolate Brownies 2,820
Naked Girls Reading 2,396
Sausage And Bean Breakfast Pie: So Bad It Must Be Good 1,877
The Case Of The Antique Binoculars 1,251
The Doom Of Cakes – Where Have All The Liquorice Straps Gone? 485
Puftaloons 417
Baking: A Sponge Cake With A Marshmallow Filling 367
The Art of Manliness and How to Give Flowers Like a Victorian Gentleman 269
Gemini No Longer 244

Also look at the world map. There are some interesting places folks have read my little blog from.


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Words On The Wind: A Reading as Part of New Zealand Book Month

As part of New Zealand Book Month I, along with other authors who are members of Speculative Fiction Writers of New Zealand, will be doing a reading.

Date: Wednesday 20th of March

Time: 6.00pm – 7.30pm

Words On The Wind
Words On The Wind


Tim Jones

Sally McLennan

Matt Cowans

Paul Mannering

Anna Caro

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Running in The Heat, Technology and Tea


Monday: I awake to bright sunlight as birds are singing at 5 in the morning. Does Queensland have daylight savings? I will need to check. I went for a run a 6am. Brisbane has a lovely running/cycling track and at that time of the morning it was filled with equal parts beautiful people and people aspiring to be beautiful people. It was very hot and I am sure I sweated even more calories.

I have to say that Brisbane is rather lovely first thing in the morning, although there were a large number of homeless people sleeping under the bridges and along the sides of the running track.

After breakfast I headed down to the venue to hope onto Educause so I could do some posting from the laptop. Alas technology wasn’t for me as it wouldn’t connect. Neither would the phone. At lunch I went back to the hotel and got the iPad and that worked, and thus I was connected. I SO miss the Internet when I can’t access it.

The sessions at the CAIRSS Community Days (the work thing I am at) have been very informative and I think I have a lot to take back to work already. After the very convivial drinkies myself and most of the Kiwi contingent went and found a restaurant for tea. I had a lovely bit of steak 🙂 It was a good day.

I will be chairing a session this morning (Tuesday) and I feel quite positive that it will be a good day again.

It’s looking a little windier out today but I am sure we will hit the high 20’s low 30’s (celsius) again temperature wise.

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Top Searches Finding Us…

I don’t know whether to be amused or horrified at the top searches that have brought people to this blog….

Search Views
naked girls 211
antique binoculars 46
naked girls reading 36
alison holst chocolate brownie 22
marque iris de paris binoculars 16
alison holst chocolate brownie recipe 16
random naked girls 15
ww1 binoculars 14
alison holst brownie recipe 14
michelle l’amour 12
alison holst microwave brownie recipe 8
puftaloons 7
naked girld 7
no longer a gemini 6
naked girls in library 5
wwi binoculars 5
chocolate brownie recipe alison holst 5
michelle lamour 5
alison holst chocolate brownies 5
naked library 5
nathan lowell 5
ponderings ruminations 5
nakedgirel 4
spiral tattoo 4


2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 4,800 times in 2010. That’s about 12 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 217 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 260 posts. There were 212 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 91mb. That’s about 4 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was February 8th with 114 views. The most popular post that day was Thunderbirds Are Go!.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for naked girls, antique binoculars, naked girls reading, alison holst chocolate brownie recipe, and ww1 binoculars.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Thunderbirds Are Go! February 2010


Naked Girls Reading July 2010


The Case Of The Antique Binoculars July 2010


Welcome and Who We Are! November 2009


The Spiral Tattoo April 2010



On the happy news for me, is active again. I have discovered that despite not having as many options from being actually hosted by a web services company, I can use WordPress to host it. I can even use Google to create emails! So I can still have a email address!

And it’s all a lot cheaper… In that apart from one bit it’s free! 🙂


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Naked Girls Reading

Michelle L'amour, creator of Naked Girls Reading

And no that doesn’t mean this post has pictures of the E.I.C. naked and reading…

While searching for material to post to the library blog, I came across the following article.

Naked girls reading? Burlesque turns a page [from the Globe and Mail]

It has to be the most provocative literary series in the world with a title like “Naked Girls Reading,” but it’s exactly as advertised. Burlesque divas remove the pasties and G-strings – those time-honoured barriers to complete nudity – and grab a book.

And it’s an all-star international lineup of naked readers who kick off the five-day, third-annual Toronto Burlesque Festival at the Gladstone Hotel Wednesday night. NGR, in fact, is the newest phenomenon of the phenomenal burlesque revival.

The concept came out of a chance remark by Chicago photographer/writer Franky Vivid. He walked into a room and found his naked wife, burlesque superstar Michelle L’amour, in repose, reading a book, which prompted him to remark, “I like the image.”

And so the couple began thinking about NGR as a form of entertainment. They considered, then rejected a pay-per-view website as being too prurient. They then hit upon the idea of a tasteful, old-style salon. They also discovered that naked girls reading has been a favourite subject of painters and photographers throughout the centuries.

Says L’amour: “We hold the series every month at my studio. Each evening has a theme, and each girl selects her own material which can come from fiction, non-fiction, song lyrics or poetry. For example, for the “Independent Women” show, readings included Dorothy Parker, Mae West and Coco Chanel. We publish the reading lists on our website.”

NGR came to Toronto this past March when the strip divas of Skin Tight Outta Sight Rebel Burlesque held their first salon. Co-producers L’amour and Vivid licence out the trademarked name after carefully screening the quality of the applicants. The format is generally four or five readers who take 10-minute turns, ending with a group read from a common book. The readers usually perch demurely on a chaise.

Skin Tight NGR themes have included bedtime stories, Mother’s Day, and queer lit. The theme of the 2010 festival is MeTOPolis: The Future of Burlesque, and so the readings are science fiction. In fact, San Francisco’s Lady Monster knows Leonard Nimoy/Mr. Spock personally and consulted him about her reading selections.Skin Tight’s Sauci Calla Horra is the executive producer of the burlesque festival, and has performed in NGR salons. “It’s all about glamour and presentation,” she says. “You wouldn’t think something naked would require so many clothes, but you have to decide on the proper jewellery, shoes, perhaps stockings and special accessories to fit the theme.”

Continue reading here.

What an idea. I decided though it was too risqué to post to the library blog, but I had to share it somewhere. Actually the E.I.C. suggested I post it. I could see this being very popular, but not coming to a small country town like ours any time soon. It has it’s own website too..

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The Art of Manliness and How to Give Flowers Like a Victorian Gentleman

A great new book came through the library the other day, which I have brought home. It’s called The Art of Manliness by Brett and Kate McKay. With a title like that how can you go past it 🙂

It’s got lots of neat little bits and pieces of advice on how to be a manly man. There is even more info at their website.

One of the bits I really liked was their guide to giving flowers like a Victorian gentleman.

I really like this idea, with the coded messages that people can have in their bouquet of flowers. We will need a list each for when flowers are exchanged and for when choosing plants to go in our new gardens at Enfarm.

Here are some of my favourites

  • Arbutus – Thee Only Do I Love
  • Camellia (Red) – You’re a Flame in My Heart
  • Carnation (Red) – My Heart Aches For You, Admiration
  • Chrysanthemum (General) – You’re a Wonderful Friend, Cheerfulness and Rest.
  • Daffodil – Regard, Unrequited Love, You’re the Only One, The Sun is Always Shining when I’m with You
  • Forget-Me-Not – True Love, Memories
  • Ivy – Wedded Love, Fidelity, Friendship, Affection
  • Lily Of The Valley – Sweetness, Tears of the Virgin Mary, Return to Happiness, Humility, You’ve Made My Life Complete
  • Rose (Red) – Love, I Love You
  • Tulip (General) – Perfect Lover, Frame, Flower Emblem of Holland 

I also wonder if there is similar meanings for our native flowers…

If you want to know meanings for flowers this site has a list. I am sure their are others out there 🙂