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October 24th, 2012

Blimey!

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Is it really over 3 weeks since I last posted on this blog?

No, I’m not gone. The reports of tumbleweed rolling across this blog are greatly exaggerated. I just thought that after 5 years of posting every single day, I deserved a break.

I must say, it was quite liberating. There were times when maintaining a daily blog was a chore rather than a pleasure. I’ve had between 15 and 30 minutes a day for three weeks extra to myself. And the late night panic before going to bed trying to come up with something to blog about  is now a welcome memory.

So much has happened in the last three weeks. I was pleased to see the funerals of the two GMP police officers receive national attention. I watched both events live on the BBC News channel. Subject to the family’s wishes, of course, I think every funeral of an officer killed on duty should receive such attention. It does seem to be one thing that America do right.

Then there was ‘Pleb Gate’ with that government arsehole who opened his mouth in anger and really revealed what people in his position actually think of the police, and probably a whole range of other working minions. Is it any wonder they have no compunction in shafting us? And we had that sorry playing out of the well rehearsed government-scripted farce where the Prime Minister offers undying love and support for those who have transgressed, realises his mistake, does a good job, needs to get on and run the country, yadda, yadda, yadda, followed by the inevitable ‘resignation’ a few weeks later.

And Jimmy Saville, who’d have thunk it?

Anyway, I’ve managed to go part time so I should have a lot more time for myself, and my family, as I work my way through my fifties and off into old age. As I tell my colleagues at work on a regular basis, keep working and paying those pension contributions, I’ve got a lifestyle to maintain.

I’ll probably post again before three weeks are up this time.

September 12th, 2012

Phew!

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It started with an attempt to write a post every day for a month, this turned into 3 months and then six months. After I’d managed to post every single day for half a year I thought why not go on for a whole year? So I did.

That has turned into a post every single day for five years. I sometimes feel like Forest Gump who took up an idea and just ran with it, and kept on running.

To say this blog has formed a large part of my life is an understatement. Sometimes it’s been fun, interesting, though-provoking, other times it’s been like a millstone around my neck.

When you work a full shift system, have a family and private life and other interests, just finding the time to research, compose and post something is no mean feat. You’ll have noticed when I didn’t have time as that’s when I post up a quick video.

I’m quite proud of the fact that this is, if not the, certainly one of the longest running police blogs in existence, a few weeks over seven years. I’m not quite ready to give up the blog, so I’ll continue to post, but only when I have the time and inclination. I have no idea how frequently that will be, we’ll just have to see.

To all my readers, regular and otherwise, thanks for checking by and thanks for all your support and words of comment and encouragement over the last seven years.

 

September 9th, 2012

What next?

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Another milestone gets reached this week.

Only 3 days to go…

 

July 6th, 2012

Other Police Blogs

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I’ve had a another clearout of the police blog links. It seems more have fallen by the wayside over the last year, so I’ve deleted those which haven’t posted in over a year plus two which are private access only.

Gone are the likes of  the Twining Chronicles, Blue Knight, You’re Nicked, Copper’s Blog etc.

If there are any good ones not on my list, let me know and I’ll add them.

Meanwhile 200 weeks leaves them all behind.

June 5th, 2012

Is there a bigger twat than Melvyn T Gray?

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Apologies for anyone who doesn’t know to whom I refer in the title, longer-term readers of police blogs will understand the question.

Well, after no research at all, save for a helpful signpost from a reader, I am happy to reveal that there is a bigger twat in the blogosphere than the good old ‘doctor’.

Amazingly, he has even named his blog accordingly, step forward one “After Twat“. The self-appointed scourge of police blogging proudly declares today that he has me “on the ropes”, and I didn’t even feel a thing.

If you are bored enough to take a look at his blog, be warned that it will be a couple of minutes of your life you won’t get back.

May 12th, 2012

Thank you

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for your support and comments on my post a few days ago concerning the future of the blog. Of course, you are quite right that the number of comments doesn;t reflect the number of readers, but it is nice to know you’re not a lone voice in the wilderness sometimes.

As discussed, I’m going to continue posting daily until September to get that magical 5 years’ daily posting in after which it will be a good time to reassess the future of the blog.

Thanks for the kind comments, it makes an old, overweight man feel nice and warm inside.

May 8th, 2012

Is the end in sight?

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For this blog, I mean.

Lately I’ve been wondering where this blog is going and whether it has anywhere left to go. It gets that finding something to post about is more a chore these days, and is more difficult.

I’ve been blogging for nearly 7 years, longer than almost any other police blog out there. For nearly 5 of those 7 years I have posted every single day of the year, including Christmas days, holidays, days when I’ve felt like shite or days when I’ve so much real life stuff to attend to that there is hardly a minute in the day to whip up a post.

In all that time I’ve never managed to entice more than 1 to 6 comments, so it’s never been a really popular blog. I find myself wondering whether I have just said all I need to say. I’m not sure there are many more ways to demonstrate that this job is fucked without constantly repeating myself.

I’m getting involved in more things outside work now, which leaves me even less time sitting in front of a computer screen. I’m torn at the moment between giving up all together or just returning to the occasional entry.

I thought it might be nice to make it through to September, just to get the 5 years with a post every day under my belt, so maybe I’ll do that and see how it goes.

March 12th, 2012

Keep on going

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Today marks four and a half years of blogging a post every single day.

Just saying…

February 24th, 2012

Normal service resumed

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Thanks to one of my regular contributors, who pointed out that the link to comments wasn’t working.

I recently tried to paste the WordPress software which stalled half way through. When I tried to sort it out I found the blog was knacked. I then had to delete the lot and re-load it.

Having done that I forgot to change a couple of settings. It should be working Ok, but if you notice anything amiss, please let me know.

February 23rd, 2012

I don’t know if it’s of interest

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I received the below email this week regarding a competition around non-fiction crime blogging. I’m posting it as it might be of interest to someone. I have no idea what’s involved.

This is a quick reminder that the quarterly magazine Creative Nonfiction (www.creativenonfiction.org) is seeking narrative blog posts to reprint in our upcoming True Crime issue. We’re looking to get input from bloggers, like you, who are plugged in to the online true crime writing community, and we hope you’ll send us your suggestions and encourage your readers to nominate submissions.

We’re looking for: Posts that can stand alone, 2000 words max, from 2011. Something from your own blog, from a friend’s blog, from a stranger’s blog.

Please note that the deadline for nominations has been extended to Monday, February 27, 2012.

The complete call is available here:
http://www.creativenonfiction.org/blog_nomination_open.html

January 20th, 2012

Planet Police up for grab

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The website Planet Police is up for sale. Planet Police is an amalgamation site which re-posts selected police blogs. Nothing on the site is original but it does gather together many police blogs and reposts daily entries. To that end I find it very useful; I rarely visit other police blogs but I do visit Planet Police almost daily to check out what’s going down with my fellow police bloggers. It saves visiting them all individually.

Apparently, if it’s not sold it will die off from February. This will be a shame as I think it provides a decent service. I have no idea how popular it is.

I fear that it will die off as I can’t see someone wanting to spend their hard-earned on something which is basically a non-earner.

If you are interested, follow the second link above.

November 30th, 2011

I’m not here

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I’m not posting today as I’m on strike

September 12th, 2011

Happy Birthday to me

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Four years ago, on 13th September, I was wishing myself a happy 2nd birthday. That was the second birthday of the  200 weeks blog.

So today I can wish myself a happy 6th birthday. Six years of blogging about police, life and everything.

Today also marks a period of four solid years of blogging every single day.

So a double Happy Birthday to me!

September 9th, 2011

I know I can, I’m sure I can

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When you post a blog entry every day it becomes part of your life, and like your life it has bits that are OK, bits that are fantastic and bits that are bloody awful.

Sometimes I really look forward to posting something, particularly if I’ve been thinking about it during the day and formulating thoughts for it, I love sitting down and turning those spurious thoughts into something which satisfies me on the screen  and then pressing the ‘Publish’ button.

Other times I dread it. Usually those are the days when I just haven’t got a clue what I’m going to post. I usually write and post late in the evening and it gets posted around midnight.

In a few days’ time I’ll have posted something every single day, wind, rain or shine, Christmas and bank holidays, whether I’m at home or away, during periods of joy and deep sorrow for four years of the six years’ life of this blog. There can’t be many blogs that achieve this, let alone police blogs.

It’s getting more difficult. I probably won’t make 5 years.

September 2nd, 2011

Sort it out

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I tend to get my fill of Police Blogs via the amalgamation thingy that is Planet Police. It’s really handy for an overview of the main UK police blogs.

So how bloody annoying is it that for the last few weeks or maybe even longer, all the blog entries imported from anyone with a blog at blogspot.com are showing all the bloody code behind the article and thus making it extremely difficult to read, all the WordPress-type entries seem to be working OK

Sort it out Planet Police, please!

August 17th, 2011

Anything been happenin’?

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The more astute amongst you may have wondered how come no riot-related stuff.

Well, to let you into a little secret I’ve been somewhere that doesn’t have TV or the internet or even papers, well they probably have all three but I didn’t have access to any from the UK. So the last 10 days’ entries were pre-programmed.

I got the Daily Telegraph this morning on the journey home & saw the 10-o’clock news tonight.

It seems I missed all the fun.

June 5th, 2011

Under the microscope

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From time to time, for some strange reason, people email me via this blog. Surprisingly, most of the emails aren’t insulting or derogatory.

I had one this week from someone at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen. Apparently, a team of three doctors & a research assistant have a new project looking at police blogs. They want to know the how, what, when, where & why on police bloggers, and some generic info on the who.

It’s quite exciting; I’ve never been the topic of academic research before, at least nothing that my doctors have made me aware of.

You can find out what they are doing over at their own blog at policeblogresearch.blogspot.com

May 15th, 2011

Still down

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Server is still down, we haven’t been taken offline. This is being posted from my phone & I’m hoping to be back soon.

Still, makes it easy to come up with an idea for an entry; there isn’t one

April 4th, 2011

New milestone

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This blog has been running for over five & a half years, longer than most blogs, many of which have come & gone.

Last week saw the 1,500th post.

That is all.

January 20th, 2011

‘kin Virgins

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The more astute amongst you might have noticed that yesterday’s post was late.
That is to say it was late to appear on the blog, not written late. I usually post quite late of an evening (when I’m not at work) but Virgin went down last night so I had no Internet connection.
No worries, I thought. I’ll take advantage of the wonders of technology & post from my new mobile phone.
So I download an app, write my piece & press the save button. Voila, chalk another success up to the techno-geek!
Except when I come to check today whether my Internet connection is back (it’s not, despite being woken up off a night shift twice by some bloke with a jackhammer up the road), I notice that yesterday’s post isn’t up.
So I manage to navigate the WordPress app only to find that that when you press save it saves the entry to your phone, not your blog. You have to unchecked the box that says ‘save locally’ for it to upload.
So I’m writing this entry from my mobile again having been assured by some Virgin in India that my Internet connection will be back this evening. Hopefully, I’ll press the right button this time.