One year ago this week, I began chemotherapy, following an operation for breast cancer that I alluded to here. I managed to keep my blog going for another month or so, but eventually it was just too hard, and I gave it up in early December 2012. After I finished radiotherapy in April, I started blogging again here in May this year. That means that there is a gap of nearly 5 months during which I wrote no posts, which made it awkward to start adding a ‘This time last year’ link to the bottom of posts, as I had done in 2012.
So I’ve been meaning for some time to put together links to all my blog posts in a single file. You can now find any of my posts through the ‘All Posts’ link above the header, which takes you to a drop down menu by year.
It has been interesting going through the whole run of posts. I’ve found a few broken links, which I have/will fix, but please alert me to any others you may find. I realise I have a terrible enthusiasm for puns in my titles, which seem hilarious at the time, but now just mean that readers will have no idea what the theme of the post was. Can I recommend Her Dedication and Our Sedentary Ways as examples of this?
Some of the posts are dated – who cares about Sarah Palin any more? Others made depressingly accurate predictions about the decline of the Australian Labor Party or the rise of the military in Egypt. In general, I don’t make any claim for the predictive power of history, though I stand by the quote on my header:
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
My doctors, on the other hand, have been able to give a much less depressing prediction for my own future. I had various scans a fortnight ago and things are going well.
A fellow blogger, Mirabelle Flint at Thrill Seeking Behavior, has nominated me for a ‘Most Versatile Blogger’ award.
The conditions for accepting this award are as follows:
1. Display the award logo on your blog.
2. Thank and link back to the person who nominated you.
3. State 7 things about yourself.
4. Nominate 15 other bloggers for this award.
5. Notify these bloggers of the nominations by linking back to one of their specific blog posts so they get notified back.
As Mirabelle points out, the whole thing is a bit like a chain letter – if 15 people nominate 15 people who nominate 15 people…. eventually the whole internet will be awash with nominations. But the blogosphere operates largely on word of mouth, and there are too many good blogs that deserve a wider audience, so I’m very happy to accept my nomination, and obey the instructions.
So thank you, Mirabelle – and here’s the logo.
Now, 7 things about me that don’t already appear on my About Me page, in no particular order:
I began this blog a year ago today.
26 January is a significant date in Australian history. According to your perspective, it is Australia Day, the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet at Botany Bay, or Invasion Day, the date that began the dispossession of Australia’s Aboriginal people.
I didn’t choose 26 January for either of these reasons. 26 January is also the anniversary of the 1974 Australia Day flood, when Brisbane was flooded. After that, we built a new dam and people said ‘it could never happen again’ – until last January, when it did.
I planned to start writing a blog when I retired, but last year’s flood provoked me into writing my first post – about the Brisbane floods of 1869, 1890, 1893, and 1931.
People forget. I decided last January that my theme would be telling stories to entertain people who enjoy history, but also to remind people that – usually – things have happened in the past, and are likely to happen again. Possibly quite soon. Continue reading