Friday, June 30, 2006

I'll be back... but in the meantime...

OK, that's me away for a fortnight, so there'll be no new posts until the middle of July.

The back catalogue of writings is over there on the sidebar, but if you haven't visited them already, there are a few blogs I'd like to mention that are well worth the time to explore.

Excellently observed blogs about the daily absurdity of family life are to be found with Cheaper Than Therapy and Rhonda's Ruminations, while if you wonder what your life might have been like if you hadn't had the kids, then Fatmammycat will keep you returning for more.

If you like reading long entries and serials, then SafeTinspector's Closure series is a must (21 episodes so far and no sign of concluding yet) and The Wonderful World of Dr Joseph McCrumble - Celebrity Parasitologist has hours of enjoyable material to get lost in.

Had I been doing this recommendation a few months ago, then Vaporise Barney and El Barbudo would have been absolute musts. Although they have both all but stopped posting now, their back-catalogues are worth the visit, if you don't mind the language. The natural inheritor to these giants in terms of experimental blogging - you can never be sure what you're going to get next - is the Fishwhacker Swindle. And of course, for foul-mouthed cartoonery there's always Blunt Cogs.

I'm can't make up my mind as to whether to point to you to Cape to Rio or not. Dr Maroon is truly one of the greatest bloggers on the net when he is posting. Unfortunately he has been distracted of late and entries have been sporadic at best. However, once you get sucked into his world you find that you live in a state of constant anxiety, waiting for his next post. As an example of what I mean, you only have to read his tale, "Gothic". Using characters based on the bloggers who frequent his site to drive his tale, his writing is sheer genius, especially if you know the bloggers involved. You find that every day you visit the site, desperate for the next installment, only for it to not appear. Cape to Rio is an addiction - the highs are so high, and the lows are so low that I can only say you cultivate this man at your own risk.

For straightforward comedy, then Joke Mail does a daily, while The Japing Ape and El Guapo are two of the cleverest blogs on the net.

But for all round entertainment - from the hysterically funny to the heart wrenchingly moving - I can't recommend higher than Used Kitty Litter

My apologies to anyone who feels that I really should have given them a mention - I'm in a bit of a last minute rush to get going, so please feel free to give yourself a sales pitch in the comments section and I'll remove any spam when I get back.

Bonnes vacances!

17 comments:

34quinn said...

See you when you return! Have a wonderfull time!

Kate said...

Have a nice time :-)

fatmammycat said...

Have a great trip!

Foot Eater said...

Enjoy yourselves, Kim and family: that's an order.

Three to one odds that you end up ducking into an internet cafe while you're there.

fancy-face said...

just when I come and visit your leaving for a couple of weeks...oh well, have a great time and be careful..see you in a couple of weeks...

Monstee said...

We will feed you virtual pet... or we will virtually feed you pet... or, whatever... you figure it out.

Have fun, relax and enjoy.

Nikki said...

Have a good trip Kim. Hope you get great blogging fodder.

SafeTinspector said...

Crap, and I just sent you an email. Well, I'm patient. I can wait.
Have a safe and enjoyable holiday, and thanks for the mention!

Stella said...

Happy Holidays Kim

Belly said...

Have a FANTASTIC trip! Many apologies for my infrequent randomness as of late. Life is odd like that. And it seems just as I lazily saunter back into the land of the living you are off for a couple of weeks ;) Hope all is well with you and your family, Take care.

Sam, Problem-Child-Bride said...

Have a great holiday, Kim!

happykat said...

I'm starting to get really jealous of your holiday, Kim.

I hope you're having fun.

Gyrobo said...

Every day is a holiday when you're eating a SIM Sandwich™!

SafeTinspector said...

Kim, I came back just because I keep forgetting you're on holiday, and the ad at the top of your blog says, I shit you not,
"Know Somebody Pregnant? Watch 3 Minute Cord Blood Movie &
Share the Miracle."

NO! NO! NO!

Dr Maroon said...

Kim, since you been gone, since you been gone, i'm outa ma head can't take it..
sorry, the tunes keep coming.

Since you been gone, our corner has gone right to pot. I think you better sort it out, I really do.
Hope you had a good holiday.
btw, don't show us the snaps.
Here's one of a little eatery we went to mos nights, oh there's manuel our waiter, oh, see there? just behind that sign? the beach was over there here's one of me wearing a beret! what a laugh we had that night by the way you should taste their bread really wonderful and the wine! i don't think we ever paid wore than 2 euros i was sick on the ferry you should have seen the grass when we got back a JUNGLE everything's so green here.........

St Jude said...

Aren't you home yet? Hello, hello...

Kim Ayres said...

Quinn, Kate and Fatmammycat - thank you, I had a great time :)

Foot Eater - looks like you owe me 15 Euros - I didn't get near an internet cafe in the end

Fancy-face - hope you had a good couple of weeks without me ;)

Monstee - I don't have a virtual pet, unless you include Blunt Cogs, which I see you've been feeding well

Nikki - I carried on writing on my laptop while I was away so I'll be posting them over the next week or so.

SafeTinspector - I'll look for your email in the morning. It appears I have hundreds of the buggers waiting for me and plenty of spam sifting to do.

Stella and Sam p-c-b - thank you, I did :)

Belly - really good to see you with a bit of energy again - welcome back!

HappyKat - hope you had a good one yourself!

Gyrobo - you fill the gaps where my life is lacking

SafeTinspector - that is just a bit too scary. I'll get a knew blog up in a moment

Dr Maroon - but... but... I took the digital camera with me... we have over 2,000 slightly out of focus, not quite aligned shots of the kids looking cute in berets, smoking gauloises... I was going to be posting holiday snaps for weeks!

However, you can enjoy my latest avatar where you can get an idea of how cold the sea was.

St Jude - yes I am, by just a few hours - bonjour, bonjour...