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Officers' Mess - War Drawings by Muirhead Bone © IWM (Art.IWM REPRO 000684 5)
Officers’ Mess — War Draw­ings by Muir­head Bone © IWM (Art.IWM REPRO 000684 5)

So, what is this about?

It’s my take or com­ment­ary on unsub­stan­tial mat­ters. The site is a per­son­al learn­ing vehicle and test bed for web design tools and ideas. For instance, the pic­ture above was an exer­cise in using the Imper­i­al War Museum’s pro­to­cols to show an image from their superb col­lec­tion. So the look and style of the site change from time to time, and there may be an unfin­ished qual­ity to it all.

What it’s not about

Before, dur­ing and likely after my time, juni­or officers in the Brit­ish Army were com­manded not to dis­cuss sex, reli­gion or polit­ics in the Mess. Nor were they to men­tion a lady by name in the dis­cus­sion. Such restraint was said to con­trib­ute to a polite and con­vivi­al con­ver­sa­tion. On the whole, it did; just look at the gents’ demean­ours in Muir­head Bone’s excel­lent drawing!

As a res­ult, I dis­like more and more the polar­ising agenda-driv­en nature of so much of the mater­i­al delivered online on these sub­jects. It is unfail­ingly bereft of bal­ance. Nobody I care about can be bothered with it either.

So, in keep­ing with tra­di­tion, no sex, reli­gion or polit­ics here. Dull? Indeed, but there is plenty of it else­where for those that crave it.

Who is it for?

It’s for me, mostly. It’s good at help­ing me keep in touch with friends, col­leagues and fam­ily spread around three con­tin­ents most of whom don’t use Twit­ter, Google+, Skype et al. So I can kill two birds with one stone.

What’s with “the Ye Wee Blogger”?

My Scots Ma called me “a wee blog­ger or sim­il­ar when I did some­thing of which she dis­ap­proved, so that was often. I was well into my thirties before she stopped doing it.

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The con­tent, includ­ing the images, is mine unless oth­er­wise attributed.