Pornbots – because you’re worth it!

Today was CommsCamp and sad to say I couldn’t make it. Not only that, I was so busy that I only had one chance during the day to check out #commscamp13 to see what people were saying. At that point the hashtag was beginning to trend – unfortunately this was down to it being hijacked by spammers. Intervention by Twitter later on stopped this but it seems to be a sign of the times – you know you’ve made it in the Twittersphere when someone creates an account parodying yours and your event hashtag is swamped by pornbots.

At lunch time I made a quick dash over the border to North Lanarkshire to visit my hairdresser. He’s been cutting my hair since I was 7 and has rescued me from many a dodgy colour or cut done by some well-meaning hairdresser when I lived in Glasgow, Dundee and Aberdeen. I usually take him a photo, which he hates. He then adapts the cut and does what he wants. I’m sometimes not that keen then I wash and dry it and it miraculously looks better than the photo I took him. I have no idea how he does this but it amazes me every six weeks. What’s more I pay him in bottles of red wine – that’s my kind of exchange!

I dashed back to the office for a meeting I wasn’t even sure was about. It had been rearranged a few times and I’d never met the people coming to see me – all I knew was it was two of the homelessness team coming for a chat about a website. We had the chat and this project is something I can get excited about. They’ve done their homework and know exactly the profiles of their customers. Not only that, the customers are going to be involved in the design and the content. It’s looking like it’ll be a Facebook page backed up by a more conventional website later on but we’re planning some workshops with staff and service users to capture the language we need to be using, the ideas everyone has and the hopes and aspirations of the groups involved. I’m looking forward to getting stuck in.

I gave camera club a miss tonight because I have an early start tomorrow to get to Dunoon to present to Argyll & Bute Council’s CMT about how social media is changing the world. I also decided that I would make little chocolate brownies to take to LGComms on Thursday night for my friend David”s birthday. Tomorrow night I’ll be making frosted rhubarb cupcakes to take to the same event for my other friend Leah’s birthday. There really is no rest for the wicked.


Today I have learned:

  • not to be afraid of service reviews – they are an opportunity for change
  • the average homeless person in South Lanarkshire is aged 18-30
  • people who sofa surf or kip on friend’s floors often don’t realise they’re homeless

Today’s recipe

Sweet potato and chilli soup


Tonight I bought a packet of Tyrrells Habas Fritas for the first time – who knew braod beans could be so tasty. They recommend serving them as a nibble with beer but I threw some in my soup instead of croutons and I have to say – it’s genius!


a large knob of butter

1 onion, chopped

1 tsp Lazy Red Chillies

1 tsp ground coriander

2 garlic cloves, chopped finely

750g sweet potato, peeled and chopped into chunks

500mls veg stock

Method: Melt the butter in a pan and cook the onion, chilli, coriander and garlic for about 5 minutes until soft. Add the sweet potato and cook for a few more minutes. Add the stock, bring to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes until the potato is soft. Whizz will smooth then reheat.

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