Monthly Archives: January 2014

What’s new on HTV?


I thought I would just make a quick post outlining some of the changes you have noticed on this site.  Some of these are still ongoing.

Given that it is now a New Year, 2014, I thought it’s about time to refresh this site a little bit. The first thing I did was to alter the colour scheme a little bit and your feedback on the new colour scheme with the maroon and grey of my college replacing the earlier background and tab colours respectively, and the header amber colour matching the colour of the stars which I hope you give five of everytime I write something more…

I repurchased the upgrade for customising fonts, which had lapsed, and chose a new font for the whole site.  I hope you are enjoying that and there are no problems in reading it.

In addition I purchased for the first time a new upgrade, namely the no ads upgrade.  I don’t know if any of you were seeing much third-party advertising on this site before — the site owner doesn’t actually see it — but if you were you won’t be seeing it from now on.

I’ve also started to add in some of the more recent header photographs – the ones which self select at random at the top whenever you choose a new page or refresh an existing page.  I added in 13 new ones and I will start to add in probably another several hundred, I don’t even know where the limitation is as to how many will be allowed.  The new photography being added to the headers is all my work and made with my new Canon camera which I purchased in the third-quarter 2013.  So far there weren’t any of the Canon photographs included in this blog although some of you will have seen them on Facebook and on You Tube. I also wanted to put into practice some quite interesting hence I had about composition and cropping from a book on photography which I had purchased halfway through last year and only now reading.

Content-wise I haven’t really done anything, bar this update.  I’ve tried to catch up with people’s questions.  I’ve added into the box file on the right-hand side of the files about the Goldlist method which people have been asking me for.  For those of you who are Polish taxpayers and who don’t already have your favourite charity to give your 1% to under the 1% scheme, the Flyers for my dear wife and children are also in that box file.  They contain instructions for how to assign a value of 1% of your Polish tax to my wife’s multiple sclerosis needs and my children’s autism needs without there being any costs to yourselves.  Taxpayers from other parts of the European Union can under EU law also donate to Polish registered charities like these ones tax effectively, unlike the Polish scheme that would involve you in actually paying your money, and to be honest I prefer to ask people to do things which help me but don’t cost anything more for them.  The use of my Amazon store which is also linked on the right-hand side is another example.  In this case your purchases cost you know more than they would do if you went directly to Amazon, but I am on 4%.  If you don’t feel like enabling either of these forms of support for my family, that is fine.  All my language courses and other materials on YouTube as well as the Goldlist method are free and will remain so unconditionally.

I added a few more widgets, especially the ones at the bottom you will see, tidied up some others, and did a little bit of editing and some of the old articles. I hope you get some pleasure from the new look.

New content is on its way and also the project of uploading all of my YouTube videos but properly classified – that will move the head quite quickly once I catch up with my backlog in producing and playing out films.  At the moment I have a backlog of just over a year.

You’ll probably notice that some of the style of earlier posts with the enriched content is now gone – that’s been taken away by the programme at WordPress. The earlier articles with enriched content like relevant articles below, pingbacks, links and images suggested by the system – this all disappeared and I can’t find any explanation as to why it did. Nothing unusual there, then. This seems to be par for the course on the internet, unfortunately. It’s not really a big deal though. Blogs are supposed to be about the content made by the blog owner and the rest is icing on the cake. I get that.

That’s all for now, and I hope you remained subscribed and hope to see you regularly.

Reaction to reports of low imprisonment from convictions in the UK.


With only one in four convicted criminals actually seeing the inside of a prison taking into account the lesser offences, and then with most prison sentences being shortened anyway from what they are in name, it would appear that we have something like 10% of a proper justice system. Not only does the system need a complete overhaul but also the people who are presiding over the current mess and who have got themselves in many cases into irredeemably bad habits and low expectations of themselves will have to be changed out if we are every to see things done properly. But where are we going to get the new generation from? Who’s to train them, to be their role model? It seems that we are staring into the realms of the impossible.

Only one Person can sort this mess out. He will rule not only our nation, but also all others, with a rod of iron. Of course, there will be a Usurper first, but this reign will not last long.

2013 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 41,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 15 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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