A sister site for Green Path

Green Path now has a sibling, companion, doppelganger or whatever you like to call it, which is the home for my non-environmental interests – primarily books and photography, so I have called it ‘words & images’. It’s a blog very like this one and I have been setting it up during the last couple of weeks.

It already has twenty-odd posts, mostly older book reviews republished from elsewhere; the first new post on it is an introduction to Discworld for those unfortunate enough to have missed that very special fantasy series.

Normal service on Green Path can now resume.

Townsvilleans or Townsvillians?

Green Path often needs to refer to residents of Townsville but I have always been ambivalent about both of the obvious terms, Townsvilleans or Townsvillians. The former preserves the silent “e” and is perfectly readable but the -eans ending looks vaguely wrong, while the latter is just that little bit harder to read, especially in a sans-serif font like Arial, because of the -illi- combination.

A little bit of not-too-serious research was in order, so I asked on facebook (my personal page, not the blog’s page). Names have been suppressed to protect my informants’ privacy.

Other candidates

People in Italy are Italians, people in Chile are Chileans, but in both cases the final vowel is sounded so they are not exact parallels. On the other hand, people of the Seychelles are Seychellois and Townsvillois is attractively exotic. Sadly, 99% of the Townsvillois who see the word will automatically rhyme it with boys, ruining it completely for the minority. 

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More comments, fewer posts

As the blog has matured, I have gradually adopted the practice of adding new information on a topic as a comment on an older post rather than as a new post on the same topic. It keeps everything together and should help everyone (including myself!) find things more quickly.

When the comments on a single post become difficult to navigate, I will sometimes combine half a dozen of them in a new post.

These are trivial problems, of course, and in fact I’m pleased that the blog has lasted long enough for them to arise. I had no idea, ten years ago, how long the project might continue – 840 posts so far according to the site software.

Resuming Green Path

The last six months have been full of house renovations and a move – still in Mundingburra, still between Ross River Road and the river, but the garden is quite different and I foresee a number of blog posts about the difference the vegetation makes to the small wildlife.

Other than that, it will be business as usual for the blog although there may be more emphasis on climate change because the outlook has been going from bad to worse, even as the technology to ameliorate the situation has been improving. All is not lost, but time is running out.

My first post after the interregnum, Townsville’s 2019 floods, connects with many environmental issues and I expect to take them up in more detail during the next few months, but I also have a backlog of wildlife and wilderness stories to share.

 

Changes to Comments policy

This site has been receiving so much spam that I have, reluctantly, had to disable visitor comments and the email form on the Contact page. If you have something to add to one of my posts, please email me as per the instructions on the Contact page (yes, there is a workaround) and I will add your email as a Comment on the appropriate post (unless you ask me not to, of course).

There must be better ways of dealing with the problem and when I find time, I will install one. Until then, please accept my apologies.