The Ayrshire blog has had a quiet spell recently. This was in part due to dear old Google who for some reason decided that this was a spam blog. Now anyone who has actually read a spam blog will know one when they see one. Typically they are mostly ads and the little content they contain is frequently copied from elsewhere. So it was a bit of surprise to find this blog tagged by Google as a Spam blog.
So there was little choice but to just sit back and wait until Google reviewed this blog and decided that it was indeed kosha and not spam. So there you are. Back to having to feed the old blog monster with words.
Two things caught my attention recently. One was an item on a radio program from a journalist who at one point used to write an opinion column for the Glasgow Herald. Apparently there is a well know syndrome for new columnists who hit "the wall" after about three months of writing a column. It seems that most people have about three months worth of opinion in them. After that? Well they kind of dry up or end up repeating themselves.
It got me thinking - this blog is certainly more than three months old so maybe I have avoided "the wall" - but there's always the possibility that I just end up endlessly repeating myself.
Another interesting comment in that program was that the act of writing an opinion column meant that the journalist always had to have an opinion or a strong view on events and issues. They felt this carried over into their private lives and they found themselves taking stances on things that they wouldn't normally have taken a strong opinion on.
Is this a problem for me? Well not really - I have always been an opinionated bugger.
Talking about strong opinions I have just read a piece in The Times that suggests that the British Army will abandon Iraqi interpreters when it pulls out of Basra. This of course will for many of them amount to a death sentence.
I was speechless when I read this and find it difficult to express how angry this makes me. These men risked life and limb helping our soldiers and we propose to abandon them? This is so utterly despicable and morally indefensible that its hard to know where to begin in criticising it. If this is indeed what happens then we will carry the shame of such an act for many many years.