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It’s true, I got an email this morning telling me I’d made it to Giant Squid on Squidoo.

I’ve done 63 lenses on all kinds of different subjects: recipes, English cities, towns and environmentally important places, books and authors, London, antiques and collectibles, designers and Christmas.

What do I get as a Giant Squid? A special template that mades it quicker to make a lens, enhanced ranking and a gold star on my best lenses and a badge on all my lenses. It also gave me a goal to aim at, which I guess is the real object because it encourages people to build lots of pages.

I have to say that I like Squidoo because it encourages a sense of community rather than competition and other lensmasters are mostly supportive.


Although they are moving out of the East End of London, Cockneys can still be found in and around the capital in a wide range of occupations. Some still eat jellied eels and pie and mash. There are even still pearly kings and queens.

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I’ve always been a very private person and not given to making friends easily. That doesn’t mean I don’t have friends, I just take time to get to know people. I’m a very outgoing person so this reserve isn’t immediately obvious.

Even though I’ve been an internet addict for more than 10 years, I’ve only made a few friends online just the way I have in my ‘real’ life. Now, though, that’s changing. I’ve joined Facebook and and a new social bookmarking site that’s still in beta testing. It’s all happened since I joined Squidoo. There I’ve enjoyed visiting other people’s lenses and leaving comments, giving stars and adding lenses to my favourites. I’ve got to know other lensmasters, especially as I visit the forum regularly – like at least once a day.

On Facebook I’ve got into ‘conversations’ with other lensmasters because there are Squidoo groups on FB. I find I’m ‘friends’ with the same people on mixx and the new beta site.

I’m surprised to find that I’m really enjoying it. Perhaps it’s because, as I’m virtually retired, I have more time now for other people. I’ve also got over a deep-rooted shyness that I’ve hidden well behind an outgoing facade.

It’s really interesting interacting with people from all over the world. Although there are differences, we aren’t really all that different.

A typical full English breakfast with eggs, sausage, black pudding, tomato, baked beans.

A typical full English breakfast with eggs, sausage, black pudding, baked beans.

Yesterday I finished two new lenses. They started off as just one called Meet the English but the section on food got so long that I decided to put it in a lens of its own called English Food Explained.

In the second lens, I show pictures of traditional food like a ‘full English breakfast’, shepherd’s pie, toad in the hole and steamed treacle pudding with a bit of explanation. I also cover how we English eat now, particularly how we’ve taken to foreign food like ducks to water. I hope it’s interesting.

I thought Meet the English would be quite lighthearted but it didn’t work out like that. I start off lightly enough with ‘English Humour’ and even patriotism wasn’t too serious. When I got to English Passions Run High, I wrote about rioting and the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. Religion was so-so, but ‘The English and Alcohol’ got very serious with all the binge drinking that goes on here. I managed to end on a lighter note, though, with Sport.

It’s not as much fun as London Cockneys, that’s for sure.

I added pictures to the lens on Torquay and some quotations, pictures and a list of major characters to the one on Bleak House. I’ve done more work on the latest lens – St Paul’s Cathedral, London.

I’ve found some good You Tube videos for the St Paul’s lens. I haven’t used either of the two below but they are interesting too. The first one is obviously a propaganda film made during World War II but it does give a good impression of what it must have been like to suffer under those air raids.

London Can Take It! – One Night During the Blitz of World War II

Amazing Grace Sung by Christine Collister in St Paul’s Cathedral, London

Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Charles Rennie Mackintosh

I didn’t think I’d want to start a group but I class some of my Squidoo lenses as Art and Design and I just couldn’t find the right group for them. The ones I’ve done on Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Susie Cooper, William Morris and Art Deco fit right into Art and Design better than anywhere else. I have some more lenses of this kind in mind as well.

I don’t want this to be my own exclusive group so I spent the afternoon searching for other suitable lenses and sent invitations to the good ones that have information, not just links.

William Morris Red House

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This new lens is on William Morris founder of the Arts & Crafts Movement. The Red House, pictured here, was the home he moved into after he married his wife, Jane.

His friends, like the artist Edward Burne-Jones, helped him design the interior.


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