Month: January 2017

On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, António Guterres, the new UN Secretary-General, gave the following speech about Anti-Semitism

On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, António Guterres, the new UN Secretary-General, gave the following speech about Anti-Semitism. Today is a day to remember, reflect and look forward. We are here to honour the victims of the Holocaust, an unparalleled crime against humanity. We are together to mourn the loss of so many and of so much. The world has a duty to remember that the Holocaust was a systematic attempt to eliminate the Jewish people and so many others. I am humbled by the presence here today of Holocaust survivors. Thank you for bearing witness across seven decades so that others may live in dignity. There is no better education for the future than the guarantee that we will always be able to remember the past and to honour the victims of the tragedies of that past. I would like to pay tribute to one survivor in particular, Elie Wiesel, who passed away last year. He became one of the world’s most passionate voices for mutual respect and acceptance, and the United Nations was proud …

Overweight Dogs

  The photo here has nothing to do with what follows. I just wanted to put something here to break up the text. When my wife Tamara and I discuss breeds of dogs that appeal to us, one dog that I have said I am not so keen on are Labradors. There is nothing wrong with them, I want to make that clear. I don’t have the right to say there is anything wrong with them. But they don’t appeal to me, and the reason is that often they are – at least to my eyes – fat. There is nothing wrong with a fat dog. Well perhaps there is if it affects the dog’s health but that’s a different story. But from my point of view there is nothing ‘wrong’ with a fat dog, they just don’t appeal to me. I love watching spaniels run. Their bodies are so full of movement. Nothing rigid, nothing tied down – they move like fluid energy unbounded. Which is not to say I am fixated on spaniels. …

Monetise Your Jetpack-Enabled, Self-Hosted WordPress Site

I bought a small job lot of old inkwells a few years ago. I stuck feathers in them and photographed them. I may get some more feathers and try again. Do You Jetpack? Did you get an email from Jetpack? You probably will have done if you have any self-hosted WordPress sites with Jetpack installed. Jetpack is a plugin made by Automattic (the commercial arm of WordPress). It’s for self-hosted WordPress sites and it gives you: Site stats & analytics Automatic social network sharing Related posts to keep visitors on your site longer Enhanced distribution on WordPress.com Protection from brute force attacks 24/7 Uptime monitoring Single sign-on Automatic plugin updates Centralized, cross-platform dashboard Bulk installation & management of plugins Automatic plugin updates Streamlined content editor High-speed content delivery network for images Easy CSS editing Contact forms Custom image galleries I have self-hosted sites with Jetpack installed and the main reason is for the nice Contact form and the social media sharing buttons built into the plugin. The section in the email that interested me, was …