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Caveat Scriptor

 

pen-and-paper It is humbling and to be frank a little frightening to acknowledge today that CabbieBlog, the web log that seeks to celebrate and criticise London in equal measure, has passed a quarter of a million hits, in fact a ‘click’ for every word in the English language.

The Second Edition of the Oxford English Dictionary contains full entries for 171,476 words in current use, and 47,156 obsolete words, to this may be added around 9,500 derivative words included as subentries. Over half of these words are nouns, about a quarter adjectives, and about a seventh verbs, added together this suggests that there are, at the very least, a quarter of a million distinct English words.

[T]he title of this post translates to Let the Writer Beware for when writing in the world’s first language it’s all too easy to commit to electronic ink the equivalent of a written faux pas and by allowing comments my shortcomings are all too visible.

So apart from reasonably legible English, what is the reason CabbieBlog’s hit rate has reached this milestone? First is the high tech equipment used to write its posts, as illustrated here, but its principle reason is your curiosity, comment and contact via e-mails and contribution to its comment section.

For this I thank you one and all, and also my profound thanks to those among you who have allowed me to plagiarise their work. And for what’s it worth, an anagram for this post is vicar spectator, silly I know.

In just 18 months your humble scribe has been amazed by the number of hits this site has received from you all out there in Cyber Space. Total hits to date wordpress com stats

This list is by way of a thank you to everybody who has commented on my posts, in praise or otherwise, and those linking their site to CabbieBlog. Just think of it as a spot of mutual back scratching.

The Cabbies Capital; Silver Tiger for his many comments; The Londonist; Crafty People; I Am London; Cabbie Blog; Diamond Geezer; Evening Standard; Channel 4; Europe a la carte; House Price Crash; London Leben; Warm Tea and Sympathy; London Bobby; The Robinsons Music; Jazamatazz; Shenelles Blog; Mellor; Rachel-Catherine; Patrick Hamilton; Dave; Lucey Rigatti; Glen; John; Melissa Buron; Bugbugs; Sam Lombard; Homeland Tour; George; Jock McKay; David Backhouse; Kent today and yesterday; Electric Gate; Jason Standing; Greg Watts; Ophelia Bottom; Michelle Y; Alistair Gleave; The Accidental Londoner; Nathan; Bob Smith; the london cabbie;  I’m going outside now; and a special thank you to Kieran Meeke for allowing me to copy more than I should from his excellent site Secret London.

If I have omitted any of you out there and you want including please post your site address on the comment button above. Or maybe you’d like to click on a few of these links to see what you’re missing.

CabbieBlog’s Milestone

taxi post  big ben In February of this year I started CabbieBlog, a bi-weekly compilation of thoughts and observations from a London cabbie. Along the way I have touched on subjects as diverse as Gordon Brown to Human Lavatories (maybe there is a link to be made here).

Little did I realise at the time that before the year was out over 100,000 people would visit my site, and with satisfying number taking the trouble to leave a constructive comment on over 100 posts.

[L]ooking back on the posts the first on 23rd February is all about roadworks, well after last weeks’ debacle when the Blackwall Tunnel was closed with the result that East London was still gridlocked long after midnight, it would appear that London is now worse than when I first started writing.

So it looks as though I will just have to keep on whinging, but thank you all for helping me let off steam.

My wife has recently put up a fridge magnet which reads:

Everyone is entitled to my opinion

Should I now make this the strapline to CabbieBlog?

Electric Ink

Sitting in my garret chewing the end of my proverbial pencil composing this post for your erudition, it occurred to me that electric ink has empowered all us wannabee authors. With the passing of the brilliant columnist and author Keith Waterhouse recently, he who rejected all electronic devices to write and used a trusty manual typewriter, it’s time to look at the digital revolution which has enabled amateurs to publish their work.

[A] blog (a contraction of the term ‘weblog’) is credited as being started by Bruce Ableson who launched Open Diary in October 1998, which soon grew to thousands of online diaries. Open Diary was innovative, inventing the first blog community where readers could add comments to other writers’ blog entries.

Why blog? As a London cab driver I spend an unhealthy amount of time on my own, in a space smaller than a telephone box. The mental exercise of writing posts keeps me sane and I also enjoy the creativity of designing a website. In my cab I have ample time to ruminate on London’s shortcomings and virtues, which I hope to share with you, dear reader.

I’ve started reading Claire Tomalin’s Samuel Pepys The Unequalled Self a biography of the great diarist who wrote with astounding candour and perceptiveness in the 10 years from 1660 at a time when England was undergoing momentous changes.

Do you fancy yourself as a 21st century Samuel Pepys and want to start writing or are you happy to be one of the 98 per cent of web surfers who are just voyeurs and not publishers?

If you want to join the Band of Bloggers I recommend Matthew Stibbe’s Bad Language to get you started with some sound advice and Neil Patel, Quick Sprout who’s so prolific a writer on all things blogging I wonder if he ever sleeps.

A quotation attributed to Robert Louis Stevenson author of Treasure Island sums up the desire to blog perfectly: ‘I don’t enjoy writing, I enjoy having written.’

Oh! And thanks for taking the time to read CabbieBlog.

Blogger Bonding

quill This blog is six months old today and your humble scribe has been amazed by the number of hits this site has received from you all out there in Cyber Space. Total hits to date wordpress com stats

This list is by way of a thank you to everybody who has commented on my posts, in praise or otherwise, and those linking their site to CabbieBlog. Just think of it as a spot of mutual back scratching.

The Cabbies Capital; Silver Tiger; The Londonist; Crafty People; I Am London; Cabbie Blog; Diamond Geezer; Evening Standard; Channel 4; Europe a la carte; House Price Crash; London Leben; Warm Tea and Sympathy; London Bobby; The Robinsons Music; Jazamatazz; Shenelles Blog; Mellor; Rachel-Catherine; Patrick Hamilton; Dave

If I have omitted any of you out there and you want including please post your site address on the comment button above. Or maybe you’d like to click on a few of these links to see what you’re missing.