Spam Spam Spam

If anyone has tried and been unable to post a comment in the past day or so – I’m sure there are hundreds of you! – that function has been disabled by my ISP until I deal with spam attacks going through that door. I may have to use a Captcha for comments in future.

Bloody Vikings

I was having some technical issues last week which is why there wasn’t the usual Friday post and the comments function wasn’t working. Comments were being flooded by Spambots which sucked up my allowed server space so my ISP disabled my ability to publish new posts or comments.

To get back up I’ve had to block a load of dodgy IP addresses (hello China and Ukraine!) and add more aggressive spam filtering. Hopefully that will zap the bastards and I won’t have to use a Captcha on the comments page to stop them. Hate those bloody things.

Download: Hey! (Rise of The Robots) – The Stranglers (mp3)

While I’m here does anyone think I should make the blog more mobile-friendly? I haven’t bothered yet because I think it’s pretty easy to just scale up the main column and read on a phone.

Fish and Chip paper

What did I tell you? Oh fickle, fickle internet.

Download: Alone Again (Naturally) – Gilbert O’Sullivan (mp3)

Mr. Popularity

This little blog of mine usually potters along with about 200-300 visitors a day, but last week an old post about Roxy Music album covers got mentioned on another blog from where it was picked up by BoingBoing, then tweeted about by the radio station WMFU, and re-tweeted by several people including Danny Baker. The result of this chain reaction was that on Friday my small nook of the web had nearly 20,000 visitors. Good job I made extra sandwiches that day.

It felt like old times in a way. When I started doing this lark a decade ago, mp3 blogs were the hot, new thing and my old site The Number One Songs In Heaven got mentions in The Guardian, USA Today, and The Boston Globe which often caused a surge in traffic that used up all my bandwidth and took the site down for the rest of the month. But now that the kidz are all Twittering, Tumblring, and whatever-ing (I think Facebook is considered for old people now) the “buzz” train has moved elsewhere leaving me with the feeling that blogging had become the vinyl records of the internet — a quaint medium for old farts that like to read more than 140 characters about things no one under 30 cares about anymore. Least that how it looks from where I’m sitting.

But that doesn’t bother me and I rarely look at my site stats, I wouldn’t have even known about the sudden flood of visitors if Davy hadn’t given me a heads up about being on Twitter. I know that the internet is a fickle mistress and today’s hot link is tomorrow’s fish and chip paper (or whatever the correct metaphor is) and I’ll soon bore all the new visitors away.

But if you are new here, welcome, and I hope you stick around. Things aren’t always that interesting these days because I’ve been at this a long time, but wait until you see my upcoming gallery of outtakes from Mrs. Mills album covers.

Download: Move The Crowd – Eric B & Rakim (mp3)

Blog Off

Got a few too many things on my plate at the moment — kids to look after, work to do, men to see about dogs etc. — so I’ll be taking a blogging break for a week or so.

In the meantime enjoy some stomping Northern Soul.

Download: Have More Time – Marvin Smith (mp3)

Hulk Not Blog

Hulk write nothing, want to listen to reggae instead.

Download: Sock It To Me – Derrek Harriott (mp3)

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The sentimental musings of an ageing expat in words, music, and pictures. Mp3 files are up for a limited time so drink them while they're hot. Contact me: lee at londonlee dot com





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