|Whatever happened to Ian Rhodes?|
(Author of "Shooting Parrots")
In my sidebar there are links to other blogs under the heading "Blogorama". Every so often I find that I have to maintain this list. Bloggers come and bloggers go. Recently I deleted "Shooting Parrots" made by Ian Rhodes in Stockport, South Manchester, He hadn't blogged in many months but for a few years his blog was refreshed very regularly and it was one I followed quite slavishly. It became a habit... like "Going Gently", "Kitchen Connection" and "Adrian's Images".
What happened to Ian Rhodes and "Shooting Parrots" I shall probably never know. It even crossed my mind that he might have passed away but I could not confirm that through cunning googling. To replace Ian Rhodes's blog I added "Shadows and Light" by Steve, a US immigrant residing in London where he works in a school library and takes many brilliant quirky photographs but not, I am happy to say, of schoolchildren working in said library! He would probably get the sack and a tortuous police interview for that.
Over in Angola on the outskirts of Luanda lives/lived Captain Tom Gowans, adventurous author of "Hippo on the Lawn". It was a great blog to read - like the diary of Indiana Jones. Of course this lively blog is listed in my sidebar but for how much longer? Tom hasn't blogged since March 18th and I wonder if he will ever blog again.
There was one blog title in my sidebar that I was reluctant to delete until today - "Molly Printemps" by Carol Harrison in East Yorkshire. I know she will never blog again because very sadly she died earlier this year - another victim of breast cancer. Somehow the prospect of deleting that blog title seemed disrespectfully final. I have no idea how long Carol's blog will remain accessible. Possibly her sister and husband will leave it up as an online memorial for years to come.
My compromise is this: to leave the blog address for "Molly Printemps" right here so that though she is gone from the world and from my sidebar, she will not be entirely forgotten in our ever-changing blogosphere:-
As Molly goes, I am going to fill that space with a South Carolinian blog link - Jennifer's "Sparrow Tree Journal" which is always worth a visit. Welcome to "The Side Bar" Jennifer - another pina colada coming right up!