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About dalecooper57

dalecooper57 may or may not necessarily be my real name, although I couldn't swear to it. An aging hippy living in Devon, I do all this stuff (and I do mean everything - blog, animation, music, photography, the lot) on my lovely smartphone because I started like that, and now I'm too stubborn to get a computer. I don't have a theme, because I don't see why I'd want to talk about the same thing all the time, so why only write about one thing? So if you like eclecticism, humour, nonsense, opinionated ranting, and occasionally educational stuff, you've come to the right place. Any and all feedback is welcome, both positive and negative, on the content, style and overall look of the blog. You keep following me, I'll keep telling you stuff, ok? Cheers, dalecooper57

Diversion: (Welcome new followers)…

Greetings to anyone who has followed this blog in the last couple of weeks or so, it’s good to have you aboard.

The only trouble is, this is no longer an active site and, although I’m delighted that you chose to follow me, you really need to head on over to my lovely new home at Return of the Internet Nobody.

There you’ll find the same mix of regular features and random musings, all in a shiny new layout.

I knew the switchover to my new site, (combined with mapping my old domain name from here to there) would cause some initial confusion, so I’m not surprised a few of you missed the announcement, for which I apologise.

So please go ahead and use the link above to join me at my new location, where normal service has already resumed.

Thanks for you time and I hope to see you all over there soon.

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Posted by on September 1, 2017 in Blogging, Uncategorized


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A gentle reminder…

Hello again.

I have noticed there has been a certain amount of understandable confusion, surrounding the switchover from this blog to my new home, Return of the Internet Nobody, with some readers possibly being directed to the wrong site from e-mail notifications.

So this should clarify matters once and for all:


All you need to do is to CLICK THIS LINK and re-follow me from over there.

I hope that has reduced the possibility of further misunderstandings and I look forward to seeing you all soon on my shiny new site.

Thank you for your attention and I apologise again for any unnecessary confusion.

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Posted by on August 22, 2017 in Blogging


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The last post…

This is it, the time has finally come.

I’m making the Big Leap to a brand new blog, Return of the Internet Nobody, which now resides at the domain this one occupied until earlier today.

Yes, WordPress’ Happiness Engineers have just informed me that all the virtual juggling has been completed and this post is being published at my old address, so I will now be posting everything to my lovingly crafted new site, starting with this week’s SoCS post on Sunday.

I am going to add a static page to the front of this blog, to redirect anyone who comes here to join me over at Return of the Internet Nobody, but I hope you’ll make the switch with me today by quickly following the link and clicking that follow button when you arrive.

I’m massively grateful and hugely flattered that more than 850 of you have already chosen to follow me this deep into the blogosphere and it wouldn’t have been anywhere as much fun, without all the amazing people I’ve met on my five year voyage of discovery, so thank you for your support, you’re all awesome.

See you on the other side.

Love and peace,

(Guy Thair)

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Posted by on August 18, 2017 in Blogging


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Cosmic Photo prompt…

Welcome to what I hope will be the final prompt for K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge in its current location, because I’m almost ready to make the move from Diary of an Internet Nobody and begin the next leg on my blogging journey.

Yes, next week’s prompt will hopefully be coming to you in its regular slot, but from over at Return of the Internet Nobody, which will by then be at the diaryofaninternetnobody domain that this one currently occupies.

I hope I’ve explained that clearly enough, because the lovely Happiness Engineers at WordPress assure me the changeover will be smooth and simple, you’ll just have to re-follow me on that site, I think.

Anyway, on to the business at hand, today’s prompt. I’ve decided to go for something fitting, given that I have a few days off work during an ordinary English summer; Rainy days.

However you choose to interpret that is up to you. It could be a straightforward shot of the rain, or something you do when it’s too horrible to go outside, it’s entirely up to you.

But whatever you pick, show it to us in Monday’s post and give us a wet start to the week.


To get involved with the challenge, post a photo to your blog on Monday, add a pingback to this post (or to K’lee’s) and don’t forget to tag your post #CosPhoChal.

Alternatively, add a link to your blog in the comments of either mine or K’lee’s post and we’ll come and check out your entry.

Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages or whatever other post production techniques you fancy are permitted, (in fact, they’re actively encouraged!) so get creative and turn your photos into artworks for the Cosmic Photo Challenge.



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Right, where was I?

Right, where was I?

It’s here!
My new blogging home is taking shape and I’d love you to go over there and check it out in situ, so you can give me your first impressions of my creative efforts.

It is still in the development stage at the moment, but it will be up and running very soon.

Just click where it says “Return of the Internet Nobody”…


So here we are on a brand new blog, which I’ve decided to call Return of the Internet Nobody, because it didn’t appear to be broken, so I didn’t fix it. Well, I did give myself a definite article, by way of a promotion.

The Internet Nobody sounds a bit more important than just being any old nobody and I have been at this blogging lark for over five years now, so I figured I deserved some recognition, even if it was only from myself.

I’m still in the process of tinkering with the overall layout of this blog, so you’ll notice new pages and widgets being added over the next few weeks, because it’s always fun to play with new toys. In fact, the whole point of this post is so I can see what it looks like when I add new content over the top of my…

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One liner Wednesday: Alternative dictionary…

I know that these alternative definitions aren’t always that clever, but once I get one in my head, I have to use it, otherwise I can’t think of anything else. So I’m aware this is rather obvious, but;

“Handicap” – Convenient headgear.


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Posted by on August 16, 2017 in Blogging, Humour, One liner Wednesday


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K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge…

Another Monday dawns and another edition of K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge arrives, to help you start your week with a warm domestic glow.

K’lee set us the theme of Home is where the heart is on Friday and, since we spend more time in the living/dining room of our small flat than anywhere else, I’d consider that the heart of our home. It’s also the place that reflects the various things that make us all happy.

You’ll see books by favourite authors, pieces of Audrey’s artwork, family photo albums, my personal copy of The Wrong Stuff, Audrey Hepburn memorabilia, my Golden Face Palm Award, CDs, DVDs, a giant “R” for Rhonda and a solar powered Thanksgiving turkey, obviously.

There’s Audrey, sporting the very first of the gorgeous Woolhouse Boys t-shirts, which I had printed for (and posted to) fellow geeks around the world this week, and there she is relaxing, playing Minecraft yesterday afternoon.

And it wouldn’t be the Cosmic Photo Challenge without a bit of digital fiddling, so I’m ending with a pair of googly eyes made from our living room ceiling lights.

You can get an insight into K’lee’s crib, HERE

Why not welcome us into your place first, though…


To get involved with the challenge, post a photo to your blog on Monday, add a pingback to this post (or to K’lee’s) and don’t forget to tag your post #CosPhoChal. Alternatively, add a link to your blog in the comments of either mine or K’lee’s post and we’ll come and check out your entry.

Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages or whatever other post production techniques you fancy are permitted, (in fact, they’re actively encouraged!) so get creative and turn your photos into artworks for the Cosmic Photo Challenge.



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Stream of Consciousness Sunday(s): The Accumulator, part forty one…

Ok, here we go, it’s time for a double dose of SoCS, after I missed the last installment of this story.

I’m using two of Linda G Hill‘s prompts, one from Friday and one from last week, so I shall attempt to include both of these suggestions in today’s episode;

” “high/low.” Use one, use both, bonus points for starting and finishing with one or both…


“guess.” Use it any way you’d like. “

Right, here goes…

The Accumulator, part forty one.

Scene: High above the pub, looking down the steep sided river valley (the director has added the classic “binoculars” effect to the opening shot, to show this is a first person POV); from our elevated vantage point we have a clear view of the small stone bridge and the road crossing it.

A car turns out of the car park and our view of it tightens, blurs for a moment as the watcher zooms in, then jumps back into focus and follows the high end saloon as it pulls away, then accelerates down the road, keeping pace until it vanishes from sight under the trees that line the river.

As the green of the beech canopy fills the screen, the shot cuts to Carlisle, who is standing next to the battered getaway car with Adam. Patrick leans out of the driver’s widow as Carlisle lowers the binoculars and looks expectantly at him.

“Well, has he gone?”

“Yes, he’s gone scurrying back to his nice safe little office in the city, I guess the country air was too rich for him.”


Carlisle lifts the binoculars once again and we see him scan the scene below for a moment.

“Dorn is still there, but we should get down there now, in case we miss him leaving, we don’t want to lose him now.”

Patrick starts the engine, the other two men climb in and the scene ends as the car drives off into the distance.


Flashback sequence: We now see a brief montage; Carlisle talking to an unidentified man in a dimly lit room full of electronic equipment, handing over cash and shaking hands; Adam giving an envelope to the bike courier; DCI Paddick in his office, typing an email which says “We have to meet”; Paddick leaving his office and driving out of the city; Carlisle, Patrick and Adam tailing him in the nondescript hatchback; Carlisle sitting in the back of the car, wearing headphones, listening intently; and a close up of the envelope on Dorn’s table, in which the ends of tiny wires can be seen protruding from the torn edge.


Scene: A table on the pub terrace.

The man DCI Paddick knows as “Dorn” has just finished a call and he slips the phone into his pocket as he looks around for a waiter. Seeing no staff in attendance, Dorn takes out his wallet and lays a couple of notes on his plate next to the cigar butts, weighing them down with his cup.

He stands up and strolls away from the terrace, then stops and returns to his table to pick up the empty envelope. We follow him as he takes the long route through the garden by the river, round the outside of the building and into the car park. Always cautious, he looks around him as he walks, automatically checking other vehicles for suspicious activity before climbing into the back of a black Jaguar. His driver waits for the door to close, pulls smoothly out away and heads for the exit.

Dorn’s car turns left along a road that follows the river, down a tunnel of tall beech trees which filter sunlight into constantly changing, dappled patterns in the shady woodlands on either side.

A few seconds later, we see a rather tatty, dented hatchback come over the bridge and pass the pub, heading after the Jaguar at a discreet distance.

Scene: Inside the hatchback.

Patrick is driving, Adam is in the passenger seat and Carlisle is in the back, looking down at something in his hand.

Dorn’s car, following a bend in the road up ahead, goes out of sight for a moment and Adam looks sharply across at Patrick.

“Don’t get too far behind, we’ll lose him.”

“It’s ok, our wannabe James Bond back there can track him with his fancy gadgets, can’t you, agent Carlisle?”

“You can take the piss if you like, but if it wasn’t for…wait..shit!”

“What’s the problem?”

“I…the signal…there’s something wrong with…”


Adam looks back at Carlisle, who stares at him with a grim expression just as the car reaches the apex of the curve, revealing a stretch of empty road and a crossroads ahead of them.

Patrick slows as they approach the junction and turns to Carlisle, who holds up a black box with a stubby aerial on top, the small screen showing only four words;



To be continued using next (week’s prompt {which can now be found HERE})…


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Cosmic Photo prompt…

Yes, I’m late again for the prompt, but K’lee did post a little late yesterday and I’ve been to pick an American visitor up from the airport this morning.

But now I’m here, let’s see what K’lee has left us, to inspire next week’s edition of K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge.

I will let him explain in his own words:

Home is where the heart is. My thinking is, we all have a place in our homes where our heart truly resides. It could be the kitchen, it could be the that cool Victorian claw-foot tub in the bathroom (not mine, YOURS!). Could be the porch or deck outside where you relax in the morning or evening… The thing is, it can be anywhere YOU say it is, and with this week’s prompt, we want you to consider where yours is and possibly join us on Monday to add your creative voice to our mix!”

So there you have it, share some domestic bliss with us on Monday and start the week with a smile.


To get involved with the challenge, post a photo to your blog on Monday, add a pingback to this post (or to K’lee’s) and don’t forget to tag your post #CosPhoChal. Alternatively, add a link to your blog in the comments of either mine or K’lee’s post and we’ll come and check out your entry. Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages or whatever other post production techniques you fancy are permitted, (in fact, they’re actively encouraged!) so get creative and turn your photos into artworks for the Cosmic Photo Challenge. #CosPhoChal


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One liner Wednesday: Alternative dictionary…

I know a lot of these alternative definitions require a certain amount of flexible thinking on your part, especially with some of the spellings, so you’ll have to forgive me for;

“Alkaline” – The queue at an off licence*.

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(* a liquor store)


Posted by on August 9, 2017 in Blogging, Humour, One liner Wednesday


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