Blog Tour Award, thank you Random Bytes From Life!


Blog Tour Award

I have been nominated for the Blog Tour Award (a new award for me!) by another blogger, Random Bytes From Life, and was supposed to post this on Monday, 30th March … so here it is :)

RULES

Pass the award on to four other bloggers. Tell them the rules and a specific Monday to post. Answer four questions about your creative process which lets other bloggers and visitors know what inspires you to do what you do. Compose a one-time post on a specific Monday (date given by your nominator).

1. What I’m working on at the moment?

At the moment, I work at various subjects, like usually at Dear Kitty. Some blog. Recently, I have been posting especially entries on birds, and photographing these birds, in Finland.

2. How does my work differ from others in my genre?

Many other bloggers write on one special subject. I have 40 categories, varying widely, which I blog about. So, if I on one day don’t feel like posting about subject A once again, then I can always post on subject B, or C :)

3. Why do I write and create what I do?

See here. And here.

4. How does my writing and creative process work?

Sometimes, I see a beautiful animal, or a work of art, inspiring me to write. I also have many RSS and Twitter subscriptions, bringing me subjects to post about.

Now, I would like to nominate the following four fellow bloggers. If you like doing it and it is possible, you may post on this on Monday 6 April (there is a Schedule for a certain day option in WordPress):

1. It Is What It Is

2. Առլեն Շահվերդյան. հեղինակային բլոգ-կայք

3. idealisticrebel

4. Debbie

Real Neat Blog Award, congratulations to you all!


Real Neat Blog Award

Late in 2014, I made this new award: the Real Neat Blog Award. There are so many bloggers whose blogs deserve more attention. So, I will try to do something about that :)

It is the first award that I ever made. I did some computer graphics years ago, before I started blogging; but my computer drawing had become rusty :)

The ‘rules’ of the Real Neat Blog Award are: (feel free not to act upon them if you don’t have time; or don’t accept awards; etc.):

1. Put the award logo on your blog.

2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

3. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.

4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.

5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.)

My seven questions are:

1. Where do most visits to your blog come from?

2. What is your favourite sport?

3. What has been a special moment for you in 2014?

4. What is your favourite quote?

5. What was your favourite class when still at school?

6. Anything you had wished to have learned earlier?

7. What musical instrument have you tried to play?

My nominees are:

1. Ioan Marc Jones

2. Forward Soul Foundation

3. RHYMES&REASONS

4. chubbychupz

5. A. J. Sefton

6. Melting Ice Towers

7. Ivana De Domenico

8. BRB, Off backpacking

9. Tropical Affair

10. darly – lifestyle blog

11. that emily

12. pickoftheflix

13. A Place Called Love

14. The Girl in the Little Black Dress

15. photographyofmorocco

Real Neat Blog Award, congratulations to all its nominees!


Real Neat Blog Award

Late in 2014, I made this new award: the Real Neat Blog Award. There are so many bloggers whose blogs deserve more attention. So, I will try to do something about that :)

It is the first award that I ever made. I did some computer graphics years ago, before I started blogging; but my computer drawing had become rusty :)

The ‘rules’ of the Real Neat Blog Award are: (feel free not to act upon them if you don’t have time; or don’t accept awards; etc.):

1. Put the award logo on your blog.

2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

3. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.

4. Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.

5. Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog etc.)

My seven questions are:

1. Where do most visits to your blog come from?

2. What is your favourite sport?

3. What has been a special moment for you in 2014?

4. What is your favourite quote?

5. What was your favourite class when still at school?

6. Anything you had wished to have learned earlier?

7. What musical instrument have you tried to play?

My nominees are:

1. Travelling the World Solo

2. quirkyjen

3. Lauren says it all

4. Scientia Plus Conscientia

5. Connie’s World

6. Seabird wildlife sightings

7. Robbie Wild Hudson

8. juniorstopdiscriminationtodaymayema

9. Food Fellowship and Wine

10. AyzhanChikeyeva

11. peopleworldandpolitics

12. Ramblings of a cinephile

13. Remember Mary Barbour

14. Klarinet

15. Chef Frankie’s Crazy Adventures

Less posts on this blog, temporarily


This video is about blogging on WordPress.

During the next few days, there will be temporarily less posts on this blog than usually.

However, I think these days with less entries posts will provide inspiration for good blog posts.

So, stay tuned!

Death penalty for Saudi Arabian blogger?


This video says about itself:

Bring Raif Badawi home to his family

13 November 2014

10 year old Doudi writes to his dad Raif Badawi in prison in Saudi Arabia.

Raif Badawi was jailed for 10 years and sentenced to 1,000 lashes after starting an online forum for social and political debate in Saudi Arabia. Demand his immediate release – write to the King of Saudi Arabia today.

From daily The Independent in Britain:

Raif Badawi, the Saudi Arabian blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes, may now face the death penalty

Chris Green

Sunday 01 March 2015

Raif Badawi, the Saudi Arabian blogger whose punishment of 1,000 lashes has prompted international condemnation, may now face the death penalty.

Mr Badawi’s wife, Ensaf Haidar, told The Independent in a series of messages that judges in Saudi Arabia’s criminal court want him to undergo a re-trial for apostasy. If found guilty, he would face a death sentence.

She said the “dangerous information” had come from “official sources” inside the conservative kingdom, where Mr Badawi has already been sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes – administered at a rate of 50 per week – for criticising the country’s clerics through his liberal blog.

In 2013, a judge threw out the charge of apostasy against the 31-year-old blogger after he assured the court that he was a Muslim. The evidence against him had included the fact that he pressed the “Like” button on a Facebook page for Arab Christians.

The news that the charge may now be re-examined will come as a bitter blow to Mr Badawi’s family and supporters, who had hoped that the international pressure over his case would prompt Saudi Arabia to reduce his sentence.

Although he remains in prison, he has only been flogged once since his sentence was passed, with subsequent punishments being repeatedly postponed.

More follows…

Versatile Blogger Award, thanks reasonably liberal!


Versatile Blogger Award

Reasonably liberal of the blog OK, Fine has been so generous to nominate Dear Kitty. Some blog for the Versatile Blogger Award.

Thank you so much, my dear blogger friend!

The rules of this award are:

1. Thank and link back to the person who awarded you.

2. Nominate up to 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award and include a link to their site (and tell them that you have nominated them).

3. State 7 things about yourself.

SEVEN THINGS ABOUT ME:

1. Where did most visits to my blog come from today so far?

Country Views
United States FlagU.S. 215
Jamaica FlagJamaica 53
United Kingdom FlagU.K. 7
Netherlands FlagNetherlands 5
Japan FlagJapan 3
Germany FlagGermany 3
Australia FlagAustralia 2
Canada FlagCanada 2
Philippines FlagPhilippines 2
Singapore FlagSingapore 2
Sweden FlagSweden 2
India FlagIndia 2
Sri Lanka FlagSri Lanka 1

2. Where did most visits to my blog come from this month?

Country Views
United States FlagU.S. 18,969
United Kingdom FlagU.K. 2,230
Jamaica FlagJamaica 655
Netherlands FlagNetherlands 522
Canada FlagCanada 449
Germany FlagGermany 415
Australia FlagAustralia 393
France FlagFrance 347
India FlagIndia 263
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Italy FlagItaly 140
Turkey FlagTurkey 137
Norway FlagNorway 121
Belgium FlagBelgium 116
Spain FlagSpain 113
New Zealand FlagNew Zealand 111
Ireland FlagIreland 111
Finland FlagFinland 101

3. Which blog posts attracted most visits today so far?

Title Views
Home page / Archives 56
Crows give gifts to little girl in Seattle, USA 7
Film Selma on Dr Martin Luther King, review 6
Harbour porpoises studied in England 6
United States politician’s suicide because of Republican colleague’s anti-Semitism 5
Madonna warns against French neo-fascism 5
Hillary Clinton’s money from dictatorships 5
British ISIS terrorist ‘Jihadi John’ and MI5 intelligence service 4
Red squirrel in tawny owls’ nestbox, video 4
Unique bowhead whale swims near Cornwall 4

4. Which blog posts attracted most visits this month?

2015-01-30 to Today

5. Which search terms brought most visits to my blog this month?

2015-01-30 to Today

Search Views
egyptian sarcophagus 7
william blake poems about war 6
couple bathing 6
gender inequality statistics 5
twitter grass snake basilisk 5
shell oil spill in nigeria in january 2015 4
anne frank’s sister 4
dutch war crime in indonesia 4
poverty in dortmund 4
hsbc blogger 2014 4
unliked animals 4
tarxien temples 4
how come we can’t fix child poverty but we can spend billions replacing trident 4
graham macklin oswald mosley 4
the most hated animals 4
evolution finds in tanzania 3
russell brand and hsbc scandal 3
egyptian workers in arab countries 3
is brigitte bardot anti-semitic 3

6. Which referrers referred most to my blog this month?

2015-01-30 to Today

7. Most popular topics Dear Kitty. Some blog has written about

Topic Views
Human rights 678
Economic, social, trade union, etc. 554
Environment 500
Crime 358
Peace and war 346
Birds 295
UK 256
Biology 243
history 222

If you tag your posts effectively, this panel will show you which topics get the most traffic. Snapshot generated from your top posts over the past week.

My fifteen nominees are:

1. Hellbilly Mama Blog

2. channon1981

3. Luc Dewaele, dagboek

4. PO8’S

5. Brussels is Love

6. Australia-Greece Solidarity Campaign

7. RebeccaArnoldi’s Blog

8. Mark Deeble

9. kamakawida

10. The Philosophical Wanderer

11. Rising Continent

12. freddie photography

13. MowryJournal.com

14. The Professionally Depressed Professional

15. Scrubs and Stuff

Egyptian pro-democracy blogger jailed


This 21 April 2014 video from the USA says about itself:

Exclusive Egyptian Activist Alaa Abdel Fattah on Prison, Regime’s War on a Whole Generation 1/3.

And these videos are the sequels.

When the Egyptian military dictatorship are not busy killing women for laying flowers in commemoration of anti-Mubarak dictatorship people killed in 2011; and are not busy killing civilians in Libya; and are not busy being friends with Tony Blair; then they do other things.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Outspoken activist jailed for five years

Tuesday 24th February 2015

WELL-KNOWN Egyptian activist and outspoken blogger Alaa Abdel-Fattah was sentenced to five years in prison in a retrial yesterday, reducing his earlier 15-year tariff.

Mr Abdel-Fattah, who came to prominence during the 2011 national uprising against the Mubarak dictatorship, had been charged with organising an unauthorised protest and assaulting a police officer.

The verdict was condemned by defence lawyers and supporters who said that he should have been set free.

The retrial began in October and involved 25 defendants, five of whom are fugitives. Besides Mr Abdel-Fattah, only one other defendant, Ahmed Adel-Rahman, received a five-year prison sentence. The rest were sentenced to three years.

Judge Hassan Farid also ruled that all the defendants be placed under surveillance for a period similar to their prison terms after their release, requiring them to report daily to the police.

The courtroom erupted after the verdict, with relatives and friends in the gallery shouting: “Down with oppression!”

Police ultimately ordered everyone to clear the courtroom.

Defence lawyer Mohammed Abdel-Aziz decried the verdict as “harsh and oppressive,” saying that the court “didn’t take into consideration any of the evidence that showed the defendants’ innocence.”

Human-rights lawyer Taher Abou el-Nasr commented: “Regrettably, the verdict was expected. We no longer expect acquittals.”

Defence lawyers said that they will take an appeal to the Court of Cassation, the country’s highest appeals court.

In a brief address before he delivered the verdict, Judge Farid insisted that the ruling was “free of any interference or caprices.”