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Croydonian moving up in the world

I've just been listed by dmoz.org, which is nice, and am keeping Iain and the Johnsons, père et fils, company.

I've also outed myself as being called William. However, I'm keeping my surname to myself, as it is a comparatively rare one.


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Blogger Rigger Mortice said... 9:26 am

what's the dmoz link say/do,can't open it.

Stay anon Croydonian,the veiled anonymity of the blogosphere has a charm of it's own.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 9:37 am

Dodgy link fixed.....

Yup, there is some fun to be had in silent running....  

Blogger barbara worth said... 12:15 pm

Congrats, W, on the listing.

This anonymity thing is interesting. I think it has got to the point in my case whereby anyone who knew me in "real life" could figure out who I am by reading "barbara's" posts over a three week period -and presumably no-one else cares. I post under another name on non-political blogs, using my real first name and last name initial.

I think the main reason for not using my real name is not wanting people to see my blog posts if they google my name (which is also unusual). If anyone I actually know is reading the same blogs as me and figures it out presumably they won't be too shocked as they already know I'm a headcase.  

Blogger barbara worth said... 12:19 pm

Congratulations on the dmoz listing, W.

The anonymity thing is interesting. I am sure anyone who knows me in real life would be able to figure out who I am after reading a couple of weeks worth of "barbara's" posts. I also post using a different name on non-political blogs.

The main reason I don't use my real name (which is also unusual) is that I don't want all my blog posts to come up on google if a potential client runs my name! If anyone who actually knows me figures it out, I'm not too worried- they all know I'm headcase anyway.  

Blogger barbara worth said... 12:21 pm

Arghh! Blogger has just lost one of my posts, let me retype it and then posted both. B*gger blogger.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 1:02 pm

Barbara - thanks for that.

I'm also wary of the Curse of Google, and have at least one friend who would make an unbelievable nuisance of himself here if he found this place.

I'm also quite active on sundry non-political fora, and think it is helpful to keep a separate identity as with some folk any political identification is going to, at the very least, make waves.  

Blogger Ellee Seymour said... 5:26 pm

Croydonian, congratulations and very well done. How many hits do you get a day?

I am intrigued about Barbara's mysterious identity, I wonder who her clients are and what her real name is. I wonder if we have already met as I do a lot of networking in East Anglia. If our paths ever crossed, she would have the advantage over me.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 5:53 pm

Thanks Ellee - it seems to pushing a lot of extra traffic my way and has overtaken Iain as my leading referrer. I'm getting about 25-30 visits a day, which is nice. It looks as though one can nominate sites to dmoz, and I was thinking of submitting your blog but thought I'd ask first.

As to Barbara, International Woman of Mystery, I'd always assumed that was her real name. Maybe she'll e-mail and tell you....  

Blogger barbara worth said... 8:52 pm

Ellee, William

We have never met, Ellee, but if we do I promise to out myself at once. Or if you prefer I will email you my identity as William suggested. The same would go for anyone I felt seemed trustworthy whom I had met online. I don't want to have the advantage over anyone, just be free to share some personal stuff (as in my confessions on your domestic violence thread) without identifying myself to the whole of blogdom.

William- please do nominate Ellee's blog to dmoz if you feel to- it is so good. As for International Woman of Mystery- well hardly, but East Anglian Woman of Mystery doesn't have the same ring! Barbara Worth is a character in an old movie called "The Wicked Lady." She is a 18th century highwaywoman- hence to jokes about my great age.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 9:08 am

Well, who knows, maybe one of these days we could have a bloggers, erm, convention and we can 'out' ourselves?

I think East Anglian Woman of Mystery has a rather nice ring to it, actually. Still, I'm biased having spent my formulative years in God's Own County.

So, Barbara, do you prefer the Margaret Lockwood version or the Faye Dunaway version?  

Blogger Ellee Seymour said... 10:24 am

Barbara, thanks again for your kind words. And do continue to enjoy your anonymity, I totally understand.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 11:13 am

Meanwhile, more fun with name meanings:

Derived from Greek βαρβαρος (barbaros) meaning "foreign". According to legend Saint Barbara was a young woman killed by her father Dioscorus, who was then killed by a bolt of lightning. She is the patron of architects, geologists, stonemasons and artillerymen.  

Blogger barbara worth said... 3:19 pm

William, Ellee

Thanks to you both.

Yes, a bloggers' convention (aka pub crawl?) sounds like a good idea. Elle will have to get there first as she is pretty much the only one any of us would recognise as she is "out and proud".

I'm not sure East Anglia is ready for a Woman of Mystery. I will have to sart calling myself Vanessa Hunstanton or something. Thanks for the history of Barbara. I have to confess I've only ever seen the Margaret Lockwood version of "The Wicked Lady"- I knew there was a later version but I've never caught it.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 4:04 pm

Bizarre, I could have sworn blind I'd posted convention / pub crawl, but I think it all went wrong when it wouldn't accept the html for a crossed out word.

Apparently the latter version is quite bad (well it was directed by Michael Winner), and achieved notoriety some way down the line as a then unknown actress was involved in a rather salacious scene involving whips. When she went on to be a character in one of the new Star Treks, screen grabs etc were flying around the net with the claim she'd been in an S&M flick.....  

Blogger barbara worth said... 8:48 pm

Yes, well, I suppose the subject matter (highwaymen etc) lends itself somewhat to S & m overtones and I can't imagine M Winner restraining himself on the grounds of good taste.

Apparently the 1940s version was considered pretty racy at the time and most of the footage of La Lockwood had to be reshot for the US market with a lot less heaving decolletage on display ...  

Blogger Croydonian said... 9:22 pm

Ah, the dreaded Hays code. Even now, the US networks are far more sensitive about language and so forth than the British broadcasters, and cut films to ribbons. The use of nonsense phrases to cover up profanity can be priceless - motorscooter, mutualfunder etc being used for the oedipal term. I watched 'Bridget Jones' in a hotel in NY last year, and was dumbstruck at what they cut, but also that they left in the oblique reference to one of the more edgy sexual activities. I read the other day that one of the network versions of 'Big Lebowski' cuts all the scenes with John Turturro, who plays this unbelievably over the top gay man.

As a sidetrack to a sidetrack, I've found that Americans swear a lot less than their peers on this side of the pond.  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 5:06 am

Yes, the Brits are pretty big on swearing. I laughed like a drain at a comment in one of the newspapers that many middle class parents are completely unpeturbed if their children say "f*ck" but go ape if they "toilet". My ex is just like that and if I'm honest, I'm pretty much the same.

I know exactly the scene you mean in BJ- mainly because it was the cause of one of those "and what does that mean then, Mummy?" moments which every parent dreads. At least we weren't in a cinema. "The Big Lebowski" is one of my favourite films- I'm a bit of a Jeff Bridges fan on the quiet, though I'm sure that isn't very cool.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 8:33 am

Anon at 5.06 - yes, I fear that is just about right. There's a whole discussion to be had about the way the new 'swear' words are racial and disbility based rather than good old anglo-saxon, quite apart from the class indicator business. I'm afraid 'pardon' as a self-contained sentence sets my teeth on edge.....

You have my sympathies for having to deal with that line of questioning. I'm struggling to think how on earth I would have answered it. And Jeff Bridges is deeply cool, so nothing wrong with being a fan. After all, the Dude abides.  

Blogger barbara worth said... 4:28 pm

In fact that was me, I don't know how I managed to log on as anon. Yes, the Dude certainly abides. "The fabulous Baker boys" is also a tremendous film.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 9:52 pm

In which case I offer up thethe which Big Lebowski character are you? test

Thankfully I'm The Dude.  

Blogger barbara worth said... 4:17 pm

That's a hoot! Rather disturbingly I was also the Dude. I hope that's a reflection of my eye for interior design rather than my fashion sense ...  

Blogger Croydonian said... 6:19 am

There are all sorts of silly tests like that lurking out there, which can throw out all sorts of disturbing results - on a 'which Futurama character are you?' I came out as Amy, and depending on the answer to one question in a Simpsons test I'm either Barney or Mr Burns. Oh dear....

And apparently most of the clothes sported by the Dude were Jeff Bridges' own.  

Blogger barbara worth said... 9:48 am

I've never seen "Futurama". Is it any good? (Sometimes I think I should be over on imdb).

I'd heard the story about Jeff Bridges wearing his own clothes as The Dude and found it rather endearing. I also admire Bill Murray for his apparent lack of physical vanity.

As for the Simpsons, I feel as though I start every day trying to be Marge, then gradually degenerate into Mr Burns (or on a particularly bad day, Sideshow Bob).  

Blogger Croydonian said... 11:14 am

Futurama is fabulous, and should appeal to anyone who likes 'The Simpsons'. If you have a free to air digibox, it is shown on Sky 3, AKA Sky Travel.  

Blogger barbara worth said... 5:34 pm

Thanks, I'll check it out.  

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