New Look


Hi all. I have changed the appearance of the Blog and I think it does look a lot better. The main reason for the change was that the titles of posts had for some reason stopped appearing on the front page. I could find no way to correct the issue and thought a change of theme may work – it has. Having changed the theme, I do think the Blog appears much better overall.

The other small change is the Blog title – I have shortened it a little to just Random Thoughts. So not a great change – the larger title made the appearance of the Blog look just that little bit awful. Now we can’t have that lol.

I hope you find the new look helpful.

Blog Update: Computer Issues & Illness


Hi all (and an especially large hello to regulars), just a bit of an update on the Blog. I haven’t posted much in the last week due to illness and was about to start doing so again when my computer bit the dust – died, gave up the ghost, packed it in… Anyway, I have now a new computer and currently I am in the process of setting it up, moving my files about, installing software, etc. It will still be a few days until I have everything sorted out and I am able to resume normal service. Thankfully I have been able to salvage all my content and data.

I’ll be seeking to bring the Blogs back online over the next few days – hopefully one or even two may be back with fresh posts tonight. Thanks for your patience.

Compass Direct News


Compass Direct News in now owned by Open Doors. Open Doors will be redesigning the website and I expect there will be new URLs and the like. Given that a large number of posts relating to persecution news came from or were linked to the Compass Direct News site, it is unlikely these will continue to work. Given the large number of posts, it will take some time for URLs to be corrected here (if indeed I do it at all). As with sites all over the web, addresses come and go and it is difficult for links to remain correct forever.

Until the changes are brought into being I will not be linking to stories on that site and I apologise for the lack of news coming from that source in the intervening time.

Plinky Prompt: What’s Going to be Different in 2012?


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Last year I only had a car for limited periods of time. Lord-willing, this year I’ll have a car for the entire year. So apart from the obvious point of having a car, I’ll have the ability to get around to many more places more regularly. So a lot should be different this year. All that has to happen now is for all of those differences to materialize.

Note: The car in the image is not mine.

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Plinky Prompt: What Non Profit Organizations Do You Support? Would You Ever Start Your Own?


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I don’t have any non profit organizations that I support on a regular basis. I do support various non profit organizations from time to time, but it tends to be a bit all over the shop.

I have supported such environmental organizations as Bush Heritage Australia and WWF, among others. I have also supported Compassion and other similar organizations from time to time, such as when the appeal went out for assistance during the tsunami crisis on Boxing Day a few years ago.

I do have an interest, should I have access to any money, to start a foundation-type organization for diabetes research and support. The reason for this interest is that a dear friend died a few years ago who suffered badly from diabetes.

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Plinky Prompt: Summarize 2011 with one Sentence for each Month of the Year


2011: A Tiring Year.

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I don’t think I can really answer this quite the way I am supposed to. Reason – can’t remember that far back to provide accurate answers for each month.

What I can do is describe the year 2011 with one word – tiring. I found this year to be extremely tiring. I was never able to feel anything but tired all of the time and I don’t mean as in tired – sleep. I mean tired as in exhausted tired.

I don’t believe it was a Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) tiredness either – which has seriously been a problem for me over many years in the past. There was probably an element of that in it, but I think (hope perhaps) I am largely over that now.

So 2011 – tiring. Or if you prefer, exhausting.

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