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Rain, Sweat, Days Out in Liverpool, Linking and France - It Must Be Summer

  • Robin Hamman
  • 25 Jun 07, 01:16 PM

The past days have brought many reminders that summer is now well and truly upon us: the summer solstice, the mud scenes from Glastonbury, the rain delayed start of Wimbledon... oh, and did we forget to mention the rain?

You might think that going on holiday might bring some respite from it. But The Airport Diaries reminds us that travel isn't always as pleasant as it sounds by describing the scenes at Manchester Airport:

"The sweat of a thousand strangers hovers in the air, your own stink mixed in. Sweat pools under your belt, under your arms and under your hair... The more water you take on, the more you sweat. The air is foul and thick with moisture; the walls drip, expanding and pulsing with the density of summer."

Yuck.

IckleWeb, unfazed by the weather nor, apparently, by fears of airport induced sweating, headed to Speke Aerodrome in south Liverpool. Outside he photographed an old DeHavilland DH89 Dragon Rapide.

Speaking of Liverpool, The Marple Leaf says that "The ongoing debate about Liverpool v Manchester takes an intellectual leap forward" with an expertly distilled selection of quotes from a lengthy NewStatesman feature. See, reading blogs can save you the time it would have taken to read entire articles. Which would seem a good idea if it weren't for that rain...

The last time we heard from A Free Man in Preston he wasn't in Preston at all, but was traveling around America tasting wine in Napa Valley (24 May 2007) and later hiring a bike in Yosemite National Park (25 May). Maybe I'm just overlooking something, but I can never figure out how to link directly to posts on AFMIP.

Craig McGinty, who often blogs useful tips on getting the most from your blog, points us towards a useful new feature of typepad - the ability to, with the change of a setting, include links allowing readers to easily add a post to del.icio.us or Digg [what?]. He explains:

"Basically it means site visitors can spread your work across the internet with just a click placing it in front of other people who will already be following the subject you cover, but who may have never crossed your site.

It all comes down to the power of the link and the fact that your article never moves from its spot on the internet, which means people can easily access it from wherever it is featured elsewhere."

Another one of Craig's blogs, This French Life, is also packed full of useful tips - in this instance, about relocating to France which, considering the summer we've had so far is beginning to sound like a pretty good idea...

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Can't wait to get to the airport, especially with two young kids!!!!

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Hi Robin. Thanks as ever for your continued support and patronage.

Your best bet is to look on the Search blog tool provided by Blogger at the top of the page. Try to pick out some phrases that will uniquely identify a post. Such as "Potato Slough." This will give you:

http://afreemaninpreston.blogspot.com/search?q=%22potato+slough%22

Not very elegant, but it's the best I can think of.

I trust life, the BBC and everything else is treating you well.
Tim.

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Come and take a look at my blog sometime! Link to it! I have done a post linking to yours. I'll try to get to Monday's blog in. Mine is mostly politics. Local, national and international. With some art and derive observations.

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The iraqi dinar is a new and evolving currency. It's unstable situation in Iraq now, but we still have a hope.

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