Sunday Music – The Going Private Version

Iam under attack from spammers, and receiving over 100 spam comments per hour. Apparently an IP address from the Ukraine has me in their sights and will not leave me alone. Is it because I went all official in my previous post? Did the word ‘crumpet’ lure them to my door? Are they desperate for crumbs? Are they desperate for information regarding the Battle of Hastings and feel cheated when they arrive here to find nothing of the sort? Should I fight them off with Twiglets? I don’t know. I am considering going private to shake them off. If I do, it won’t be for long.

I have also felt under attack from the rain as every time I set foot out of the house I get a good soaking. I AM NOT HAPPY. I mean, isn’t it supposed to be June? I have been lighting the wood burner in the evenings, I know, crazy talk.

News From the Mantelpiece

Bits of paper have been stuck together, there has been gilding, and there has even been a quick flourish of calligraphy…

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Vintage Knocking

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Bear Necessities

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Paying the bills with a flourish…

And here is my offering for Sunday Music:-

Have a safe and happy week! And stay dry!

Sx

43 thoughts on “Sunday Music – The Going Private Version

  1. 63mago

    Tea ! Cardigan ! Hot water bottle !
    I first read the address as “St Giles in the Weed”, sorry. Also sorry about this Ukrainian spam attack – I’ll ask Vlad the Impaler to have a word with them.

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    1. Scarlet Post author

      I’m sure that if St Giles was a British politician then he would be up to his neck in weed, Mr Mags.
      Yes, I would be grateful for any help canning the spam!
      Sx

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      1. LẌ

        UPDATE: The weather took a wild turn Sunday night. The daytime heat generated a massive thunderstorm in the region in the evening with hurricane-strength winds, rain(!), and tremendous forked-lightening strikes. No one injured, but some property damage. It also brought unseasonably cooler weather (82f/28c) for a couple of days.

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      2. Scarlet Post author

        82f – cool??? You would feel the chill if you visited the UK today – I’ve had the heating on.
        Your thunderstorm must have been dramatic to watch?! I don’t mind them, so long as they don’t kill anyone, or take out the electrics for hours on end.
        Sx

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    1. Scarlet Post author

      Lulu – The forecast said light rain, but when I went out there was thunder, lightening and a torrential downpour! I was drenched.
      Yes, I love Mr Kiwanuka too!
      I will see what I can do about the Beast of Bodmin, I will need a large crumpet to tempt him though.
      Sx

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    1. Scarlet Post author

      I blame them all, Jon!
      Yes, I must find something sparkly for next Sunday – it will be sparkly, classic, and yet black and white all over.
      Sx

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  2. batarde

    I suppose if one insists upon setting up house on a sodden fen called Mogwash just to deter casual callers it’s likely to be a little damp on occasion. Never mind: turn up that-pot bellied stove and toast yourself some pikelets over it whilst you watch those chaps from the council emptying your puddles again. Sorry to hear about the deluge of Spam … nobody deserves that.

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    1. Scarlet Post author

      Pikelets, you say, Mr Batarde? I thought they had the whiff of kippers about them, but no! They are skinny pancakes!
      Grrrr….councils, they empty the puddles but not the bins.
      Sx

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  3. Inexplicable DeVice

    Well, there might not be Disco or Glitter, but there is Gilding, so that’s all right. And a very vivid (and beautifully calligraphed) envelope!
    I’m sorry you’re being spammed so relentlessly – it sounds much worse than my Frogbot attack a few years ago, so I don’t blame you for looking into privatisation. Just don’t take advice from the government…

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    1. Scarlet Post author

      Mr Devine – Now we know why advice from the government has been a little giddy – whilst Theresa has been stumbling through fields of wheat the rest of her chums have been snorting all manner of concoctions!
      Sx

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  4. dinahmow

    You’ve got tiny teddies on your mantlepiece! And a picture of Sid.
    I bet that’s why the Ukrainians are gunning for you.
    Sorry to hear about your sogginess.Maybe my rain has gone to Devon?

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    1. Scarlet Post author

      Dinah – Poor Sid, he dislikes rain, wind and thunderstorms. I did manage to get him out in the evening when the weather cleared.
      Yep, those Ukranians are coveting my mantelpiece!
      Sx

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      1. dinahmow

        Ooh! Your mum was clever. I had a much-loved bear as a child (Red Ted) and MY mother turfed him out when carpet beetles got into him.I never forgave her. I should make another one, but can’t figure out a pattern for rigid limbs.Oh, wait! Light Bulb moment – I CAN do it.

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      2. Scarlet Post author

        Yes, mum was very good with her hands! Knitting, sewing and making me soft toys! I still have most of the soft toys, but they are in a box in the loft – I couldn’t part with them.
        Sx

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  5. MyPower24/7

    Spammers attacking you because you are not happy. That’s why. Fighting them is to creating resistance in you even more. Relax, read good mindset books, stay in Now moment and everything will sort out. 😊

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      1. lisleman

        Ha Ha – spammers wanting new content from you. From my readings about spammers I doubt the spammer has ever read your blog. It’s all automated and thus essentially free to run. Maybe the spammer paid a tiny amount of money for your blog comment address. Once they program your info along many others they turn on the program (bot) and go off to enjoy some vodka with other scum.

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  6. nick

    A hundred spam comments an hour – that’s crazy. You need a better firewall or something. My BT and Outlook firewalls keep out spam very effectively, I seldom get any. I hope they’ve permanently cleared off now!

    “An unfortunate chapter of accidents”? Isn’t that what they all say. “I didn’t mean to push him over the cliff, your honour. It was an unfortunate chapter of accidents”.

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    1. Scarlet Post author

      It’s not as bad as it sounds, Nick, as on WordPress comments such as these go straight to the spam box, but even so, apparently if you get too many they can slow up your site – don’t know if this is true, just something I read. I was deleting them in bulk, but they kept coming! I wondered what had attracted them.
      I’m not even sure that the incident described adds up to a chapter, more like a sentence of slap-dash errors.
      Sx

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    1. Scarlet Post author

      Monsieur Pain – Ha Ha!!! But you don’t publish your spam!!
      I was just thinking about you and wondering if you were going to post? How is Instagram going?
      Sx

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      1. Scarlet Post author

        Monsieur Pain – I think you are being modest regarding your blog! If you write people will read you – I mean, you even got on Freshly Pressed. Blogging is about being consistent – sigh, something I’m not good at!
        Sx

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    2. dinahmow

      Brilliant! This past week I’ve had a deluge of email spam telling me thousands of Euros have been paid by Bitcoin into my “Euroaccount” Any day now I expect to hear from that Royal Personage in Nigeria….

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  7. Mitzi

    Etsy do a nice range of Ukrainian clothing.

    Have you tried those delicious M&S mandarin orange pancakes as an alternative to crumpets?

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    1. Scarlet Post author

      Mitzi – You have reminded me of the peasant skirt I loved and wore in the late 70’s, somehow I don’t think I’d get away with the same look now.
      Meanwhile, I looked up the pancakes and found THIS! Yes, a blog dedicated to reviewing M&S food – what a good idea! Sadly, the author stopped writing a year ago, the reason for this is unclear, but from the reviews my guess is diabetes.
      Sx

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      1. Mitzi

        2016-2017 were her years of feast, 2018 – She didn’t want to sign the prenuptial agreement but he had made her, it was a bitter divorce, she lost everything and moved back in with her mother, above a fish and chip shop in Scunthorpe, now she lives hand to mouth, never knowing where or when her next Tarte au Citron is coming from. I’ll tell you where love, the food banks.

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      2. Scarlet Post author

        Mitzi – When you think about it, is living above a chip shop such a bad result? But true, she is more suited to living above a bakery. I hope she didn’t have to suck on too many lemon soaked digestive biscuits to get a fix.
        Sx

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  8. loobykovich

    I’m not sure that it’s the crumpet’s fault. I can’t see your average hacker hunched over a coal field in Dniepropetovsk having that good knowledge of English slang. Otherise, imagine the spam I’d get when I keep mentioning where I live — Bristol.

    I love your little teddies. I’ve got a couple of small knitted creatures propped up on my shelf too, that look like they should be your teddies’ cousins.

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    1. Scarlet Post author

      Looby – I have just noticed your email address! Very good!! I don’t usually check that often, but because of the spam I’ve been looking a little harder. I’m very impressed by your attention to detail.
      Sx

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  9. Scarlet Post author

    Looby – Weird, I’ve always [feels like always] known what ‘bristols’ meant, but I couldn’t remember the complete rhyme, so I looked it up. Bristols is perfect for cities.
    What is is with tiny soft toys?! They are just so cute and collectible. I’m going to try to make some.
    Sx

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  10. lisleman

    First off I forgot to check my blogroll and almost missed your post.
    The answer to your question about the reason for the spam can found on your art/craft work.
    They just want the pleasure of knocking the mirrors off your lorry.

    I might not know of a bad practice that some delinquents do to entertain themselves over here. They knock over mailboxes with a baseball bat while driving down rural roads. The practice has been shown in a movie but I can’t recall which one.
    Good to read that WordPress sorts out the spam for you. I wonder if the spammers think you are actually going to read their spam or let it go through.
    Keep calm and blog on.

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