I receive feedback

I gave my friend Carolyn a call on Tuesday to see how she was doing. It's the sort of thing friends do.

"I was looking at your website the other night," she blurted. "It's not as good as it used to be."

With friends like that, who needs enemas?

I pointed out that, if Carolyn had anything constructive to say about a particular Gruts item, she could always add a comment on the website itself. "How do I do that?" she asked. Good grief! You click the comments link underneath the item in question, I explained. Sorry to make it so complicated.

For the record, Gruts has never been any good. Indeed, that's pretty much the whole point. But I got where Carolyn was coming from: too many YouTube videos and Flickr photos recently, not enough original, insightful, inciteful comment. What can I say? I've been busy.

I've been toying with the idea of making a few tweaks to the design of Gruts. Don't worry: nothing as utterly disastrous as the new-look BBC News website; just a bit of tidying up and stuff. This will no doubt encourage me to get back into the general swing of things. Longer term, I'm considering migrating the site to a proper database-based platform—but that sounds a bit too much like hard work to me (I did it for part of my Darwin site, and swore never again). A project for the long, winter nights, perhaps. Assuming I don't have some drying paint which needs watching.

Needless to say, if you have any comments (constructive or otherwise) to make on this subject, there is a rather prominent link for doing so immediately below.

Richard Carter

A fat, bearded chap with a Charles Darwin fixation.


  1. I'm loathe to say it, but now that Carolyn has made that comment I agree with her. I most enjoy the posts where we get to see inside the 'worm-riddled' brain of our favourite blogger.

  2. How come the system recognises me and uses my icon but still calls me anonymous?

  3. 'Double Bubble'!

    I visited my local used vinyl emporium & picked up a Marble Arch 10 track mono copy of Safe as Milk. I had only ever seen one previously & thet was the one I bought in 1969 which started off the infatuation with the Cap. I sold it when they reissued the 12 track stereo one.

    Even more......behind it was an original Liberty label copy of The Bonzos album Gorilla for the same price of £12. Even more already....He took £20 for the pair. Now read on dot dot dot

  4. I am envious both of your good fortune in finding them - and your commercial acumen in getting them at a discount! What lottery numbers do you recommend?

  5. Any six between one & fortynine!

    and remember....nevercarry more than you are prepared to eat. No, that was cannabis...sorry...never gamble more than you are prepared to lose!

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