Blog Day 2006

Yes, it’s that time of year again, when we all get together and link to five new blogs from around the world.  I’m not quite sure why – probably to celebrate the diversity of the blogosphere or something – but I’m going to take part anyway.  So, here goes – in honour of Blog Day 2006, I’ve selected five blogs, all of which are new to me over the past month or so, and which I’ve enjoyed reading.

  1. The magnificently named qwghlm.co.uk.  Not picked for name alone though, oh no.  It’s got quality writing too.  And, perhaps most importantly, it’s home to the Daily Mail Headline Generator, which I’m told has been used to train countless generations of right wing journalists. Will the French lead Cliff Richard astray is indeed the question of the hour.
  2. Not a lot of people know that I wrote both my undergraduate and my postgraduate dissertations on Central Asian politics.  So I was, of course, thrilled to see the arrival onto the blog scene of The Roberts Report on Central Asia, written by Sean… um… Roberts, who seems to know his way around Central Asia pretty damn well.  He looks to be setting his stall out to become one of the definitive Central Asia blogs.  Well, he’s got a ways to go before he matches the mighty registan.net, but he’s made an impressive start. 
  3. Our Word is Our Weapon.  Everything you need to know about development (of the international variety), plus a whole lot more.  I only found this today, so not too much to say about it yet, except that I’ve probably learnt more about development than I did at university.  Top of the blog today is the rather alarming statistic that there are more than 47,000 HIV+ patients per HIV clinic in Sudan.  In India there are 5,000 patients to a clinic.  In the United States and the United Kingdom, there are less than 100 patients to a clinic.
  4. I couldn’t let this list go without a Russian blog.  I’m a bit of a Russophile myself, as you might have guessed, but I couldn’t resist being a bit contrary today.  La Russophobe is written by the indefatigable Kim Zigfeld who is certainly passionate about Russia.  I don’t agree with the tone of the blog one bit – as you might imagine, it’s relentlessly negative.  Russia has its problems to be sure – major problems.  But there is plenty of good in Russia too – it is truly a beautiful country, with people just as nice as you’ll find anywhere else in the world (no better, no worse).  And if ever a country needs to be given a break now and then, it’s Russia.     
  5. OK, one last blog to go.  Taking the spirit of finding new blogs, I’ve just popped over to Technorati, typed “random blog” into the search box, picked a random page of results (page six, as it happens), and picked a random blog from that page.  And, the winner is… Tiffany in Kimchiland.  According to her sidebar, Tiffany lives in Singapore.  More impressively, according to her latest post, she’s an expert on Korean Drama, and has posted her list of 50 things you can learn from a Korean Drama.  My favourite was number sixteen –
      If you have a nosebleed, you most definately have cancer. And you have no money to pay for the surgery that will save your life. And your liver is missing. We’re not sure where it went, but it’s making your cancer progress faster”

    Number one caught my eye as well –

      Hot, rich, younger men love fat, older vulgar women”. 

OK.  That’s all the blog day 2006 goodness for this year.  The instructions say that I have to go email all the people I’ve linked to, so I’m off to try and dig out their email addresses.