I have watched a lot of videos over the years, many YouTube but others too, and I have read and do read blogs and postings on social networks.

Never ever have I posted a comment for any of them that was rude about the person who made it, or the content, or other commentors. Very occasionally, maybe once a year, I post a comment answering some question that has been asked, or correcting some factual thing that was said, and I have a bit of a thing about spelling, but that’s about it.

If I see a video which is not what I expected from the title etc, something which I know is wrong or whatever, I may possibly give it a thumbs down. More likely I will just go elsewhere.

I do give thumbs up to videos which are informative, accurate, to the point, entertaining or whatever. I do appreciate the effort that some people take to make interesting videos. Someone like Burkard Polster, who does the Mathologer videos, will always hold my attention.

The increasingly intrusive advertising before and during YouTube clips is putting me off watching so many clips. Things I had subscribed to I now don’t because the latest clips are just unbearable – the person is talking and, in the middle of a sentence, there’s an advert for flea powder, or sanitary towels.

Social networking is an increasingly unhappy place, in my opinion. Anonymity does not mean you can be nasty. If you were picked upon, you wouldn’t like it. I know it’s the culture these days, set by Trump and Johnson, but don’t lower yourself to it.


I do at times watch YouTube videos. I know there is a lot of rubbish, but there are clips that are entertaining or educational. I don’t create any myself, and that’s just laziness on my part, so you may say I should not complain, but I’m going to.

There are some things that bug me about YouTube, increasingly bug me.

I hate advertising in all cases, whether it’s posters on a bus, product placement on a film, interruptions to tv shows (I record the shows and skip the ads), spam e-mail, whatever it is. I don’t want your product, whether it’s female sanitary products or vpn services or web building wizards, or anything.

And to be honest, if I did, I’d avoid those companies who advertise incessantly, out of principle.

I left Facebook because the advertising was annoying. I stopped using Messenger – reporting the ads took too much time.


He is something I think is very unfair.

In the days when we were allowed to travel, I went to the USA a lot. A convenient thing to get was an annual travel insurance policy. For more than two trips, especially to the USA, it was easy and good value.

But, I have an existing medical condition, as, I suppose, do many older people. It is not something that might cause me issues on a trip, but I do take medication. I go to the doctor’s once a year for the usual tests, to see how it is going.So I declare it.

Immediately, most companies won”t even contemplate selling me a policy. Some do, at inflated costs. But you have no real choice.

And yet, others who don’t go to the docs and yet may well have an existing condition can get insurance very easily. To me it should be the other way round. If you have a condition and get medical advice for it, your insurance should be less, because you are aware of it and doing things to keep it under control. Just because you don’t know you have it, doesn’t mean you don’t have it. People who don’t keep a track of their health should not get preferential treatment by these insurance companies.

Speak proper

There is something that annoys me.

This is a router:

It is a woodworking tool. The name is supposed to rhyme with ‘sprout’, the ‘out’ bit being pronounced as if you were not in.

This is a router:

It’s a device used on networks in computing. It is pronounced to rhyme with ‘boot’.