Prices, United Kingdom, 1970-71

Monday 19 May 2014, 8.40pm HKT

9.20am local time, 29°C (84°F), super humid and pissing down

MY old man and I occasionally kept strange records to show where and how our bread and honey went.

While I’m still hacking Part 3 of my Elle Ess Dee story, I thought this might be interesting to some.

old rolodex

The Rolodex: “in which low-tech trumps high-tech”
(via Shane Burnett)

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Elle Ess Dee (Part 2)

Wednesday 14 May 2014, 6.00pm HKT


8.09am local time, 27°C (81°F), rainy days and nights


Life used to be coin-operated.

Nearly everything in the old days was priced, sold, bought and paid for in coins. Then Mammon (Thatcher) came to power. We went full retard and everything began to cost in notes (‘bills’ to our American cousins).

By the way, “bread and honey” is Cockney slang for ‘money.’

‘What’s that in old money?’

decimal coins via UK Metric Association

UK decimal ‘shrapnel’: the 20p came in the 1980s and £1 later still
(via UK Metric Association)

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Elle Ess Dee

Monday 12 May 2014, 8.07am HKT

>> PART 2

10.26pm local time, 24°C (75°F), heavy rain

here he comes imgur

Here he comes again … another nostalgic overdrive…

(via Imgur)

It’s not what you think. I’m not talking about the drug LSD (‘acid’).

Heaven help you people, you know when I’m being nostalgic, it’s TL;DR overdrive.

Recommended background music when reading this:—

Stars on 45: The Charts 1975–1979 on SoundCloud

The length of that medley is EXACTLY the time it takes to read his incredibly longwinded escapade of nostalgia.

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Easter eggs … and a bit more besides

Sunday 20 April 2014, 12.08am HKT

10.07pm local time, 24°C (75°F), warmish

object great easter eggs via Imgur

(Click image for full size)
(via Imgur)

Just for the Easter period, I’m using this image as the temporary background. No particular reason, I just like this picture. Makes a nice change for Easter Sunday.

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Technical difficulties

Tuesday 4 March 2014, 4.51pm HKT

From the Management

THE blog is experiencing some technical difficulties right now.


The issues don’t seem to affect the ability to post (yet!). Observant readers will have noticed several things within the past 24 to 36 hours:—

1. Absent all of the Sharing buttons at the bottom of all published posts

2. Absent the usual Like button at the bottom of all published posts

3. Absent the widget for email subscription at the bottom of the blog

4. Absent the text widget named “Unique Visitors” (via since 2010)

5. Absent the text widget named “Visitor’s Locations” (via since 2010)

All the other functionalities (Nero ratings, notifications, etc) are fine and operational.


This means readers at the moment…

… won’t be able to share my posts

… won’t be able to ‘like’ posts

… won’t be able to follow the blog by email

… and won’t get to see visitor statistics

As if anybody cares.


For my own record, I’ve posted the matter on the Support Forums at this URL:

I’ve searched the forums before posting there — so far, only one thread on this topic but that’s currently hidden until resolved by WordPress staff:—

Otherwise, I’ll just have another glass of vino tinto…

The Naked Listener

UPDATE, 6.58pm

Problem solved!

I’ve accidentally found the cause (and the solution) to the issues. It seems Adblock Plus (currently v2.5.1) is gumming up the WordPress buttons and some widgets.

The solution (only for Firefox browser users) is straightforward:—

  1. In browser menu, View > Toolbars > click Add-on Bar
  2. Click the “ABP” icon > Disable on [the current website]
  3. Fresh page and everything’s back on!

There’s no way to disable Adblock Plus over the entire domain. Just repeat the above steps for every subdomain. Seems like Adblock Plus has been designed like that in the first place.

Use Adblock Edge instead

Another accidental discovery is to give up using Adblock Plus and instead use Adblock Edge extension (a fork of the Plus also for Firefox).

Edge won’t interfere with the WordPress buttons, etc, and doesn’t require the individualised disabling that the Plus requires (being a bit tiresome to do).

This is in no way a recommendation or positive endorsement of Adblock Edge. It’s just a usable suggestion from one user to another that’s worth considering.

All’s well that ends well.

The Naked Listener



© The Naked Listener’s Weblog, 2014. (B14077)

8.15pm local time, 13°C (55°F), cool and overcast

TO HELL with Valentine’s Day — either you got lucky … or back to the Vaseline with your girlfriend whose name ends in .JPG. Massage your pain to the rhythm of our signature tunes.

This is the long-awaited follow-up to the post “Burn your bridges before arriving there” (27 Jan 2014).

By the way, I’m totally sloshed with IKEA Akavit Snaps (Swedish schnapps) so this post isn’t gonna make much sense to anybody…

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