Frequently asked questions

FAQ, cartoon

Here are some frequently asked questions about Dear Kitty. Some blog … well, at least things which readers of this blog might want to know but are afraid to ask 🙂

Like other features in my blog, this page is a work in progress. Probably, I will add more questions and answers.

1. What is your Internet Gravatar?

Red-billed firefinch gravatar photo, Gambia, February 2012

It is a photo of a red-billed firefinch, made in the Gambia. See here.

2. Why do you blog?

See here.

3. Have you ever been interviewed about your blog?

Yes. The interview is here.

4. Why this name of your blog?

For the first, Dear Kitty, part, see here.

My blog is called Dear Kitty. Some blog, as a wordplay on Blogsome, where it was originally.

Blogsome stopped in December 2011, and I had to move to WordPress.

5. Did you blog before going to Blogsome?

Yes, in January 2005 I started blogging at ModBlog. Then, a big corporation took over ModBlog. They let the ModBlog blogs go down the drain.

6. I clicked on a Dear Kitty. Some blog link, and it did not work. Why?

Maybe, a link to my old Blogsome blog which is gone by now. I have many internal links. When my blog moved to WordPress, all these URLs still linked to Blogsome. I am repairing these links. Surely, but rather slowly. They are many thousands of links. I prefer writing new posts to repairing old posts.

Thousands of old links to have to be replaced with new links If you do that replacement in your browser, if you get to a non-working old link, then you will probably land at the correct new link.

7. According to some bloggers, it is very sinful to change old blog posts. What is your view on this?

If I find a link which does not work, then I will replace it with a link which does work. If I discover a typo or wrong spelling, then I will correct it. I am grateful to readers pointing out such things.

There is some sense in the “don’t change old blog posts rule” in preventing bloggers from making themselves look more intelligent or prescient than they really are.

Eg, let us suppose a blogger in 2003 believed all the lies of George W. Bush and Tony Blair for starting the Iraq war.

And that that blogger today, after over a million dead Iraqi civilians, millions of injured or seriously ill Iraqi men, women and children, four million Iraqi refugees, thousands of dead United States and other soldiers, etc. later, has finally realized the Iraq war was and is wrong. And that that blogger would now destroy the evidence of his 2003 credulity; replacing it with 2013 stuff making it look like he already opposed the war in 2003. That would be untruthful. But it would be another issue than with my old blog posts.

8. There are many quotes in your blog. Usually longer quotes in italics, short quotes with : here, with hyperlink in the “here”, after them. Do you agree with all items which you quote?

Not necessarily. If I quote something, it just means that I think that it is interesting. The authors of the quoted stuff are responsible for the contents; not me.

9. Are you on Facebook?

I am not a Facebook user, as there are privacy issues with Facebook.

10. Why is your Internet name petrel41?

Petrel because of the beautiful snow petrel which I was privileged to see near Antarctica. And 41 because of a number in a street where I used to live, but don’t live any more.

11. Why is Dear Kitty. Some blog an anonymous blog?

This blog  is anonymous, because:

A. This blog is not about promoting myself as an individual. It is about things which I see, or read on the Internet, and consider to be interesting.

B. Because nazis threatening lives have easier work if they know personal details about people whom they may want to kill; as I have experienced.

12. Sometimes, you have national flags, figures and other WordPress statistics data in your blog posts. How do you do that?

A. I start Add New Post.

B. I put “Visual” mode on: if you have opened Add New Post, then on the right, under the space for writing the title text, there are two buttons: Visual and Text. You should choose Visual if you want to copy blog statistics items like flags etc. into your new blog post.

C. Then, I open “My Stats” in another tab.

D. I copy the stats from the “My stats” pages which I want to be in my new blog post.

E. I go to the Add New Post tab, to the place where I want the flags, figures etc. from the My Stats page to appear.

F. I paste these stats from the clipboard into my new blog post.

13. How about Related articles links in your blog posts?

There are three links called “Related”, at the end of WordPress blogs, made by WordPress. In my blog posts, there are also links above that, called Related articles.

These were made by Zemanta.

UPDATE November 2018: Unfortunately, Zemanta does not seem to work any more.

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  12. Thank you so much for your very generous nomination for the Liebster Award! Yours is the first nomination I’ve received for anything blog related, and I appreciate it so very much. It may take me a day or so to fulfill the requirements, but I will get there.
    Thank you also for taking time to follow my little Forest Garden blog and for the kind comments you post. It is a work of love, as I can see your blog is as well. I appreciate the illustrations you’ve given above for how you’re handling this one . Best wishes, WG


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  18. @”Eg, let us suppose a blogger in 2003 believed all the lies of George W. Bush and Tony Blair for starting the Iraq war.” – we did NOT believe bushy’s lies and manipulations about saddam’s invisible/inexistent wmd… US freedom and democracy?! NO way, I do understand your point, dear kitty, as I was living in the US between ’98-2003… as French citizens, we had to leave the US after France and 99% of the planet had refused to join the shame coalition and opposed the illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq!!! 😦
    * * *
    my very best, friendly thoughts and good luck in all your endeavours… cheers! Mélanie


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  26. Kitty.

    I shared your link re rohingya today in my Twitter @yasminisyasmin.

    Please go look.

    Thank you for that comprehensive post.

    And please get in touch or share work I am doing to change how world see and experiences ‘Third World’.

    Yasmin xxxx


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  28. Hi, I have trying to use zemanta on but couldnt find where to turn it on in settings. It seems it has vanished! So your FAQ is very useful, I’ll download zemanta then 🙂


  29. Hi, you have mentioned me in an article which states:

    “From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
    Monday 21st April 2014
    NUT Conference: Delegates hear of harsh treatment handed out to black visitors
    Two black teachers told yesterday how they were harassed by Israeli security officers who singled them out because of their skin colour.
    Bodrul Amin of Luton and Seema McArdle from Brighton were in Tel Aviv as part of an official NUT delegation to Palestine when they were separated from colleagues and held for more than two hours by soldiers.”
    I have just contacted Morning Star & am now contacted you to tell you that I was not detained at Tel Aviv airport, so please can you remove this article from your website? Bodril Amin & Caroline Ezzat were in fact detained and went straight through security.
    Thanks a lot.


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  31. Today we must be fully aware of certain people not liking a multicultural world. We seriously must be aware of a growing amount of groups adhering nazi ideas. Neo-Nazis alt-Right and groups against believers in the One and Only One True God threatening lives have easier work if they know personal details about people whom they may want to kill; as you and many others have experienced, and therefore we need to have a more non-personal blog-name, because for sure we have come in a time we need strongly to react against at what is going wrong again in this society, to avoid what happened to our parents and family members. Though we may not be silent and should take care that we cannot be silenced, making sure our messages can spread around.

    Wishing you success with bringing a message of peace.


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      • Yes the blog you have linked to above is crucially important to the events described in the Grenfell Action group blog I drew your attention to. I reposted your blog on GAG site and immediately came under attack from the solicitors who were representing GAG until recently. They have declared war it seems on Matt Wrack, of the FBU whom you quoted in that blog. I got caught in the croossfire asa result of reposting your blog.Please read the GAG blog and it will hopefully make a lot of this skullduggery clear to you.
        Kind regards,
        Author/editor Grenfell Action group


        • Hi Francis, thanks for the comment!

          I did not do anything but quote News Line, a daily usually on the side of Grenfell survivors; who in turn quoted the FBU.

          All the best to you and to all Grenfell survivors!


            • I think (i) because they are supporting a centre-right compromise favoured by the industry and therfore the british government and they didn’t want to draw a lot of attention to that and (ii) because they were gifted an opportunity to successfully attack and punish me severely for refusing to play along with them. (iii) The relationship between Ed Daffarn and me was founded on our co-authorship of the GAG blog which was always very left wing. Ed abandoned GAG and co-founded Grenfell United, an exclusive and secretive club solely for survivors and the bereaved of Grenfell Tower. His relationship with me was first casualty of that move. I’ve had to publish the GAG blog alone ever since, despite poor health. Also because GU embrace and cherish their victim status no one dares to criticise them and they have become the de-facto representatives and leaders of ‘the community’. They use the power of their victim status to attract royal and celebrity patronage and cultivate a cosy relationship with government – but at what political price? Ed used to brandish his red flag proudly and spit on local centre-left Labour councillors. Now he is drunk on power and celebrity and I see no sign of the left-wing firebrand he once pretended to be. He was never a ‘working class hero’ anyway and comes from middle class roots.


              • Dear Kitty,

                One more thing. Fuel Poverty Action invited Grenfell United to attend the demo last week at Whitehall and delivery of their letter to the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government. GU declined to attend. – they said “for political reasons” but didn’t specify what those reasons were. The demo was , however supported by the FBU. I fear GU may have made that decision on legal advice and I think the G4 group of legal firms are seeking to scapegoat the fire service (and the FBU) for failure to deal effectively with the Grenfell disaster despite the fact they were not trained for such a catastrophic inferno and were poorly equipped (eg obsolete coms, breathing apparatus etc) due to years of neglect and government cuts.I have serious misgivings about this whole Grenfell Inquiry and am hoping the Police Investigation will eventually identify and prosecute the real culprits


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