Real Neat Blog Award, congratulations 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 2015 so far?

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. MumbaiMetroMess

2. avoice4blackamerica

3. The European Amphibian & Reptile Blog

4. Paris & Les Deux-Sèvres en photographies

5. articulateapes

6. And I’ll Remember

7. Blessed with a Star on the Forehead

8. quercuscommunity

9. Daily Inspiration Blog

10. The Lightening and The Fire

Saudi flogging for blogging again tomorrow?


This January 2015 video is called Why Saudi Arabia Is Flogging A Free Speech Activist.

By Joshua Keating in the USA:

June 11 2015 11:39 AM

A Saudi Blogger Will Likely Get 50 More Lashes Tomorrow. His Wife Fears He Won’t Survive Them

The Saudi blogger Raif Badawi may receive a second set of 50 lashes tomorrow as part of his sentence for insulting Islam. The 31-year-old, who was first detained in 2012 and has been designated a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International, was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes last May for writings on the Saudi Liberal Network, a website he co-founded in 2008 as a forum for discussion on religious and political topics. He received the first of 20 sets of 50 lashes in January, but his sentence was then postponed on medical grounds when doctors determined he was unfit to receive more.

This week, Saudi Arabia’s supreme court upheld Badawi’s sentence, meaning that the weekly lashes can resume. According to Human Rights Watch, the lashings, conducted in front of a mosque in the city of Jeddah, are “generally carried out with a light wooden cane, and the blows are distributed across the back and legs.” Badawi’s wife, who has been granted refugee status in Canada, fears he may not be healthy enough to withstand another session.

Badawi’s sentence has been widely condemned by human rights groups and foreign governments, including the United States, but it’s also a reminder of the uncomfortable fact that a government the U.S. considers one of its main allies in the fight against violent religious extremism is itself a leading perpetrator of violent religious extremism. This is only underscored by the fact that one of the kingdom’s preferred methods of execution, beheading, is the same as that of ISIS.

The beheading of two men for drug trafficking earlier this month brought the number of executions carried out in the kingdom so far this year to 94, compared to 87 in all of last year. The religiously-based Saudi justice system is highly unpredictable: Widely varying punishments are handed down for similar crimes and sentences can take years to be issued, carried out, or appealed.

Given the capricious nature of the system, the reasons for the uptick in harsh sentences are unclear. Saudi Arabia got a new king in January, but the increase in executions preceded his ascension. Some suggest that the government is trying to show strength and fortitude, mollify religious hardliners and intimidate liberals at a time when the country’s stability is threatened by both domestic and international extremists. It’s also possible that the appointment of a number of new judges has eased a backlog in the system and that all the beheadings and floggings are simply, as Adam Taylor of the Washington Post puts it, the “grim result of a better functioning bureaucracy.”

Whatever the reason, a writer may be brutally flogged tomorrow for nothing more than expressing mildly critical opinions about his country’s religious establishment.

Raif Badawi: David Cameron to be urged to help free jailed Saudi blogger: here.

Real Neat Blog Award, congratulations!!


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 2015 so far?

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. Freelance Lefty

2. TeaJei

3. When Timber Makes One Still

4. charlottesayshmmm

5. John D Turner

6. Danger Kit

7. Lu MG Photos

8. Haiku By Ku

9. Karls Blog, Feelings from the Heart

10. The Infrequent Atheist

Real Neat Blog Award, my congratulations!


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 2015 so far?

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. Sharmishtha Basu’s poetry

2. Sanasino

3. London Geek

4. Șic și clasic – “Chic & Classic” luxury fine arts, entirely handcrafted, original design

5. Nigeriama

6. Rashid’s Blog

7. Coalition for American Wildbirds

8. A Beautiful Relationship

9. The Applied Ecologist’s blog

10. aristonorganic

Liebster Award, thanks so much Emilia!


Liebster Award

My dear blogging friend Emilia of the blog BookBug’s World… has been so kind to nominate my blog for the Liebster Award.

Thanks so much, Emilia, and best wishes for you and your blog!

Here are the rules of this award:

Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog!
Give your readers 11 random facts about yourself.
Answer the 11 questions from the blogger who nominated you.
Nominate 11 bloggers to receive this award.
Come up with 11 questions for your nominees!

11 facts about me are:

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

Country Views
United States FlagUnited States 69
New Zealand FlagNew Zealand 5
Australia FlagAustralia 5
United Kingdom FlagUnited Kingdom 4
China FlagChina 4
Netherlands FlagNetherlands 4
Canada FlagCanada 4
France FlagFrance 2
Malaysia FlagMalaysia 2
Japan FlagJapan 2
South Korea FlagSouth Korea 2
Philippines FlagPhilippines 1
Hungary FlagHungary 1

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

Top Views by Country for 30 days ending 2015-05-28 (Summarized)

Country Views
United States FlagUnited States 6,710
United Kingdom FlagUnited Kingdom 1,761
Jamaica FlagJamaica 701
Netherlands FlagNetherlands 544
Canada FlagCanada 375
Australia FlagAustralia 339
Germany FlagGermany 283
France FlagFrance 272
India FlagIndia 174
Romania FlagRomania 157
Belgium FlagBelgium 126
New Zealand FlagNew Zealand 114
Norway FlagNorway 113

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

Title Views
Home page / Archives 7
Most hated animals top 50 3
Edward Snowden ‘is a hero’, Apple founder says 3
Bahraini king’s sexual harassment of Lebanese singer 3
Very Inspiring Blogger Award, thank you Vijay! 2
Will innocent Guantanamo prisoner be free at last? 2
Abused Peruvian ex-circus bear’s rehabilitation 2
Obama lizard became extinct with dinosaurs 2
PJ Harvey song about Guantanamo prisoner 2
Spanish republicans organize referendum on monarchy 2

4. Which blog posts and pages attracted most visits yesterday?

Title Views
Home page / Archives 28
‘British politician abused children’ 21
Stop wasting food, petition in Britain 19
Buddhist clerical sexual abuse in the Netherlands 12
NSA spying and Germany 6
Helen Keller photo rediscovered after 120 years 6
Poisonous caterpillars infest Spurn Point in England 6
Rubens, Rembrandt, differences in what they painted 6
Most hated animals top 50 6
New ‘apeman’ species discovery in Ethiopia 6

5. Which blog posts and pages attracted most visits to my blog this month?

2015-04-28 to Today

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

Search Terms for 30 days ending 2015-05-28 (Summarized)

Search Views
helen keller 8
nigel farage wife 6
poisonous caterpillars 5
egyptian sarcophagus 5
the oldest tortoise in kenya 4
sexism in yemen 4
will the whales be migratingoff of camano island?? 2015 4
jim murphy and blairism 4
ruach ministries scandal 4
slave market jakarta 3
crow gives little girl gifts 3

7. Which search terms brought most visits to my blog ever since it moved to WordPress in December 2011?

All Time

Search Views
iguana 433
watergate scandal 386
prostitution in bahrain 366
egyptian sarcophagus 324
poisonous caterpillars 303
atsinganosaurus velauciensis 257
napalm girl 249
iraq war 208
long tailed tit 200
cercopithecus lomamiensis 189

8. On which links did visitors to my blog click most this year?

Clicks for 365 days ending 2015-05-28 (Summarized)

URL Clicks
en.wikipedia.org 1,137
WordPress.com Media 412
rspb.org.uk 93
nos.nl 85
morningstaronline.co.uk 78
theguardian.com 70
snopes.com 67
independent.co.uk 63
wsws.org 63
allytimberwolfblog.wordpress.com/2014/01/26/butterfly/ 62

9. Which referrers referred most to my blog this week?

2015-05-21 to Today

10. Which referrers referred most to my blog ever since it moved to WordPress in December 2011?

All Time

Referrer Views
Search Engines 301,485
WordPress.com Reader 13,754
Facebook 6,828
WordPress Dashboard 5,352
Twitter 3,628
mail.yahoo.com 3,046
topix.com 1,761
en.gravatar.com/petrel41 1,279

11. Which search engines referred most to my blog ever since it moved to WordPress in December 2011?

All Time

Referrer Views
Search Engines 301,486
Google Search 215,583
Google Image Search 56,272
Bing 13,948
Yahoo Search 8,208
AOL 1,293
Google Mobile 838
Ask.com 818
Yahoo Image Search 699
duckduckgo.com 550

My answers to Emilia’s questions are:

1. Mountains or sea? One can find beauty in both.
2. Walk or bike? Walk.
3. Sweet or salty? Salty.
4. Hot&humid or warm&breezy? Warm & breezy.
5. Beer or wine? Pineapple juice.
6. Airplane or car? Bus.
7. City or farm? City.
8. Ice cream or sherbet? Ice cream.
9. Mystery or Romance? Both.
10. Sunbathing or hiking? Hiking.
11. Hardcover or paperback? Depends on the contents.

My eleven questions are:

1. Which country have you never visited yet, but would you like to?

2. Who is your favourite musician?

3. Which politician, anywhere in the world, should resign?

4. Who is your favourite sports person?

5. Who is your favourite author?

6. Who is your favourite visual artist?

7. Which is your favourite quote?

8. Which is your favourite food?

9. Which is your favourite blog?

10. Which is your favourite news site?

11. Where would you blog if your present blog host would stop?

My eleven nominees are:

1. ON VA TOUS MOURIR

2. The Hairy Housewife

3. CIGUDEG pleis bilong tu mi

4. Be Like a Lady

5. Chista Note

6. This Labyrinth I Roam

7. tsuyopinn blog

8. mysuccessisyoursuccess

9. Cindy Knoke

10. Kaligrafi Nusantara

11. Talains Photography Blog