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Traffic HumanoidMarch 3, 2019: Traffic Huma-
noid is one of the relatively few traffic exchanges that offer a 1-1 surfing ratio. In other words, for every website you visit, you get one visit to your site in return. For this reason alone, I recommend it. Click here for more information, and to get some traffic for your website.


MadonnaNovember 12, 2018: My collection of Japanese representations of the Madonna and Child (see the page here) is from a series of Christmas cards sent to me by Father Peter Milward, SJ, during the late 1970s. I had known him in Tokyo during the 1960s-1970s, at a time I was flirting with Catholicism.


Palestine coinDecember 23, 2017: The coinage of Palestine is just another reminder of a country destroyed by the United Nations partition plan of 1947, which effectively gave the whole country to "Israel". (The Jewish colonists took two bites at the cake – in 1948 and 1967 – and finally swallowed the lot.) A glimpse of the lost civilization of the Palestinians can be found in my Palestine Gallery.


Spine of bookNovember 12, 2017: At left is a detail from the spine of Volume I of Cassell's Illustrated History of India (1876), which is in my collection of antiquarian books. For more information on this work, plus a gallery of pictures of India in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, click here.


Wakanaka logoOctober 26, 2017: Canny Click is pleased to have an association with Wakanaka: Jewellery for the Elite Africans, a Zimbabwe maker and exhibitor of a wide range of "original Afro-centric jewellery" that uses natural African items and materials. Contact details, including telephone number, are on their website.


Spider and flyOctober 19, 2017: Life is often frustrating, isn't it? That tasty morsel is so close, yet impossible to reach. When I created my first website, in early 2000, I expected it to make a fair amount of money, if not a fortune. And I did, in fact, rake in close to $1000, mainly through an affiliate scheme. But the pot of gold, if it existed, eluded me. So these days, my priority is promotion – raising my profile through such programs as FollowLike and SEOClerks – and not worrying too much about finding an additional source of income.


100% mobile friendlyOctober 8, 2017: This website is largely dedicated to Victorian history and culture, but also includes features on more recent events. I am among the relatively few people who remember, albeit vaguely, how the Victorians lived — not because I was alive at that time, but because, in 1945, I saw the interior of a house that had remained virtually unchanged since Victorian times. (See "102 Dorridge Road" below). As a logo for this blog entry, I have chosen a Victorian stencil design, depicting peony flowers and leaves, in the popular Japanese style.


100% mobile friendlySeptember 18, 2017: This is far from being my most ambitious website. I have just had a look at the remnants of a site I created a few years ago, and been impressed by its appearance. So why did I abandon it, and drop its associated domain name? The short answer is that it took up too much of my time, and kept me from more important work. Recently, I have also become aware of the need to ensure that all one's sites are mobile friendly — to cater to the needs of the 90% who access the net from hand-held devices. — Basil Throckmorton, Palmerston North, New Zealand

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