Monthly Archives: October 2013

Spam Comments

spamOne thing that you might notice if you run your own blog is that no sooner have you written your first post or two then the “spam” comments come along in a slow trickle which turns into a stream the more popular your blog gets. The webmaster of our blog is in the process of putting in a spam filter and once that kicks in then sadly, no more of these ridiculous comments. In actual fact I think it will be quite a shame.

So until the filter starts doing its thing, I thought I would share with you some of the “comments” we have had here in response to some of our illuminating and enlightening posts. Some of these comments are probably from robots (no, not this kind of loveable robot) but I am sure one or two are from real people, very desperate for a link from our high traffic blog. We have millions of readers so of course it pays to get a link from us.

This first one is from Kenton Mayfield. At first read I was happy that he liked my piece about Bristol’s See No Evil project. This is what Kenton had to say:

“Pretty! This has been an extremely wonderful article. Thanks for supplying this information.”

Hmmm. What do you mean “pretty”?  Kristen Stewart is pretty. “Extremely wonderful”? Don’t overdo it Kenton. I mean, I am extremely wonderful don’t get me wrong and the post is probably the best post out there on the interweb right now but even so. Aha, it all becomes clear when I look at your link, Kenton. It’s a Polish website and I honestly have no idea what it is about. A lot of content though. Good work.


This one’s from Deana. She’s a big fan. She must be, she has lots of nice things to say about this blog:

“My brother suggested I may like this blog. He was totally right. This post actually made my day. You can’t believe simply how a lot time I had spent for this info! Thanks!

Once again, it is a comment in relation to the See No Evil project. All I can say Deana is that your brother is one cool dude. I can just imagine the scene. Let’s call him “Dean”. “Hey, Deana – you must check this site out. I think you will like the blog. It will speak to you”. “Yay thanks Dean, I will take a look at it right away!”

“OMG” says Deana (on reading our fantastic See No Evil blog). “I just can’t believe that anything better is going to happen to me today than reading this. I am so happy right now. And the funny thing was I could not find one single bit of information anywhere else on the whole internet about it”.

I am pleased you like the blog, Deana. And big props to your brother too. What is troubling me is that it made your day. Really? Mind you, if you can get happiness from such small things (hey I am not doing my own blog down but let’s get some perspective here) then you are a happy person all round and that’s a good way to be. I hope you will be just as happy when I say that I am afraid you’re not getting a link to your site. Anyway, what is your site? A Google plus page by Laura Green? Looks interesting, have to say I wasn’t expecting that one. Looks like it might even be by a real person.


Once again, the See No Evil project blog is the talk of the globe. I have made Jaymes Kidmore’s day which makes me so happy. Not as happy as Deana got though. Hey Jaymes, that’s an odd way of spelling “James”, there’s no need at all for that “y” in there. Anyway, Jaymes writes:

“I could truthfully learn about this all day! We hope you’ve got an RSS feed I could possibly sign up for. We have all been checking everywhere over the web just for information related to chicago show tickets london”.

Right, let’s look at this. The third word is “truthfully”. I am not so sure you mean this. Really – truthfully? Then what do you go on to say. “I could learn about this all day”. Wow. Well there isn’t a great deal to take in here and I think if I was to talk to you about the art project all day you might begin to liken it to torture. We could change the subject but you don’t want that do you? Perhaps we can put on Phil Collins in the background on a continuous 24 hour loop. How would you like that Jaymes? Huh?

Now we get to the point I think. You tell me you have been checking everywhere over the web for “chicago show tickets london”. Here’s the thing Jaymes. Try Googling it.

We also got a few comments in cyrillic lettering, presumably Russian. I am sure it all makes perfect sense if you can read it. You guys aren’t getting a link either.

More on here as and when I get them. It will make me so happy to get some more spam. Just wish I could find out some information on it because I have searched the internet all over.





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Ugly Woman Painting – I Feel Sorry for the Woman

"Ugly Woman" PaintingOne of the more amusing news stories over the last few days is the story of an elderly couple in Winchester, Hampshire who received “out of the blue” a framed painting delivered to them by post.  As one of our customers you might expect this if you had ordered one, but Keith and Sue Webb had not ordered a painting so it became a mystery as to why they were sent it.

What makes this an even more interesting story is that the painting in question was an oil painting of what is commonly termed as an “ugly woman”. Don’t quote me here, it’s everywhere already. I am just reporting that bit. Take a look at the picture and judge for yourself. Beauty and ugliness is a subjective thing – we all need to be thankful for that.

If I were to receive this I would be worried. I mean, it is disturbing. Not only are you not expecting to receive anything of this nature, but the subject of the painting turns out to be a beauty like this. Mrs Webb described her as a “horrid old crone” which is a little unkind. Mrs Webb – you don’t even know this woman.

The reports are that the mystery has been solved but actually it hasn’t really. It was something to do with the Webb’s long-distance relations but that’s about it. Nobody knows who sent it or why. It costs a lot to ship art across the world (we should know) so why on earth would somebody undertake to do this and incur the cost. I think the Webbs have got a cheeky relative somewhere.

But aside from all that, spare a thought for the old woman. She did not ask to be pilloried on the internet for being ugly and the only saving grace is that she is unlikely to be alive today to suffer such humiliation. If she commissioned this portrait you have to say she got it wrong. If she commissioned a portrait of her sucking a lemon then she got it right. Poor old woman – you caused a stir but will never know.

On the Modern Canvas Art website we focus on a lot of beautiful women (Kate Moss is one of the favourites) but after long and hard consideration we elected not to put the Ugly Woman painting in our gallery of famous artist paintings to buy. For one reason, we don’t know who painted it and for another, well that’s obvious really!

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