Blogday at Charity Shop Tourism

I’ve just noticed that Charity Shop Tourism is celebrating its first blogday this week. To celebrate, I’ve posted a top ten of the best charity shops I’ve visited this year, and tomorrow I’ll do a top ten of the best towns I’ve been to: that covers the Charity Shop and the Tourism bit, then. Do read, stop by and say hello, add your own recommendations and the like.

Charity Shop Tourism: Top Ten Charity Shops Of The Year



I’ve vented my spleen at a different location today – I’ve had a whinge about the ‘get Jeff Buckley to number one campaign’ at No Ripcord. I think I’m getting old – I’m losing my black-and-white view of the world and starting to see some sort of multi-hued version. Maybe I’m just evolving into a postmodernist nightmare, who can tell.

Anyway, instead of posting anything substantial today, I’ve had a fiddle with the site template, and you’re now looking at my new, three-column-based site. On your left is me around the web, so we’ve got me on Tumblr, Twitter, Flickr, Delicious, and my Google Library, then on your right there’s the blogroll and some internal links. Just so as you know.

That’s all!


The weekend has been a charity shop themed one: as they often are. It’s really the funnest way of spending time that you can have with your clothes on. On Saturday, my good buddy and I went around as many as we could (thirteen – we think we can breach fifty in a day if pushed – it might be a future challenge…) in Loughton, Waltham Cross and Epping, cheaping it up Essex style. What it does mean is that I’ve got a new (another!) coffee machine; more books, DVDs, records, CDs to go with my framed maps and clothes at home. I has a happy! and to celebrate, Charity Shop Tourism and Used Adventures In Hi-Fi are both updated.

Today, on the other hand, I’m suffering the fallout of a busy morning modelling (yes really…) and a weekend with no voice – I’m not ill (I’m really not!) but I am getting tired from all the heavy-duty whispering, so I’m considering getting off a bit early and flopping out at home with a lemon and honey. See you tomorrow, then!

How many blogs would a weblog blog if a weblog could blog blogs?

from dullhunks photostream

from dullhunk's photostream


I’ve been writing this blog now for several years, and was doing a different one before that, and for reasons previously discussed, have retained that mild dose of social misanthropy when it comes to internet correspondence. For that reason, I rarely comment on others’ blogs, and I rarely cross-link in the same way that others do. For this reason, my visitors average out at about 50 random guests each day – I tend not to try and work out repeat offenders: I know of two or three at most that read COUTTH regularly, and that’s probably about accurate.

But I wonder if going down this self-imposed isolationist route is causing me to miss part of the joy of the Web 2.0 experience? I certainly read lots of blogs (currently 147 subscriptions on my Google Reader) but I always feel a bit silly talking to random interweb people. I went through a years-long phase of visiting music-based forums and I think I’ve got that out of my system now, but my own experience is that people from the internet are actually quite nice. 

So to link to some articles/posts I have enjoyed recently: 

I’m also adding: Unmitigated England; Ornamental Passions; Ben Goldacre’s Bad Science; and Ghost Signs to the blogroll.


I’ve been chuntering through my WordPress statistics, and far and away my biggest draw is a post a while back about the Dropkick Murphys. Typical isn’t it, a band I haven’t listened to for several years, who I made one nostalgic post about in January. Ah well. Why no love for my rambling essays on the joys of Radiohead and Hesse, or the Isle of Sheppey, or, or…

I’ll never understand you people.

Anyway, to broaden my appeal, I’m resurrecting another blog I started and didn’t get very far with: Travels With My Pedometer. It’s about walking around, mostly in London.

Charity shop tourism

Generally speaking, if i fin something interesting my automatic response is to start a new blog about it. Music? I’m interested. I got a pedometer: I’m interested. Everything else? I’m interested. And so it is today.

My new best hobby is charity shop tourism, and if you want to know what I did over the weekend (although why you would…), you could do much worse than to relive Leamington Spa in the rain with me at my new blog, Charity Shop Tourism. Say hi!

Web’d feet

I’ve been creating a website (in incredibly basic fashion) and have thus been researching and boning up on things like Google page rank, and the like. It’s all a bit complicated, so I’m linking here and we’ll see what happens.

I made the website in WordPress, and you know what, it’s not bad. Hosting for a proper domain name comes to $15, and if I want to edit the CSS beyond the standard (already fine) WordPress templates then it’s just another $15, and that’ll give you a basic, but fairly pleasant-looking site. I can do everything I need to do here, including incorporating RSS/blog stuff so I can do updates. It’s all pretty cool, and much less complicated than building a standard website from scratch. I look at that sort of thing and gawp.

So PageRank me now, Google!