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And in other ‘earth shattering’ news …….

(by Ray Dixon)

No great loss?

No great loss?

The above speaks for itself, although I haven’t yet explained exactly the reason behind my decision to close my blog Alpine Opinion that I started way back in 2005 (and moved to WordPress in 2007).

So here’s a fuller explanation:

The decision to close the blog has more to do with our future plans. We’ve sold a few of our holiday units now and we need to get cracking on our next move or project. I need to focus 100% on that and blogging simply occupies too much of my time when I’m trying to organise a building or renovation project.

An incident on a Facebook group page yesterday (which has continued into today) also helped to cement my decision that the time was right to move on. I found myself the subject of a rather nasty and unnecessary attack over a fairly low-level and short ‘ironic’ post I made. Despite removing the post almost immediately and apologising (to people who weren’t even the subject of the post anyway!), they kept it up. This just reminded me of other sh*t I’ve copped from elsewhere and it was enough for me to say, “Right, I don’t need it – that seals it for me”.

The thing is, I’ve noticed in recent years that social media has dumbed-down so much that blogs are playing second fiddle to the simple-stupid platforms like Twitter & Facebook with their rapid dissemination of idiotic (and vitriolic) rubbish, like what happened yesterday.

It also came on the same day my daughter was going in for her 2nd cancer operation in 4 years. Not that anyone knew that but it shows how those platforms remove all consideration of consequence when they get in that pack-mentality. My daughter’s ongoing and serious health issues are another reason I need to get a move on.

I will of course, continue to drop in to Chez Hall, one of the few remaining political/social blogs worth commenting at, despite what people think and say about its owner, Mr Iain.

I might even write the odd post. Very “odd”.



  1. Peter Dippl says:

    Good luck and best wishes to you and your family Ray. Haven’t always agreed ( or disagreed for that matter ) with you but that’s the way it should be.
    Peter Dippl

  2. busby777 says:

    hope to see you around

  3. Iain Hall says:

    Peter is right on the money with his good wishes that I of course share.
    I will look forward to any contribution that you wish to make here at Chez Hall and I am even willing to host a regular thread here should you wish to continue your Footy tipping thing (I can’t imagine you giving up your beloved AFL)

    I do want to suggest however that you just make your blog private and let it sit there for a while before you delete it, you never know you might just want to revisit it at some point in the future

    Of course my heart goes out to your daughter and I really hope that the treatment works and its naturally understandable that compared to such things as helping her through that blogging is a very small hill of beans indeed.

  4. Ray Dixon says:

    Thanks for that, everyone.

    Iain, I tried putting the blog into ‘hiatus’ about 3 years ago but I found having it still alive (but dormant) made it too easy to resume, which I did after about 8 or 9 months. So the only way to ‘drop the habit’ is to kill it off.

  5. Iain Hall says:

    Your call but when you are getting the DT’s you can always vent here 😉

  6. deknarf says:

    May all things turn out as you have hoped!! And in the words of my Uni PhD supervisor: ‘Go well!’

  7. Brian says:

    We have had our differences of opinion Ray but regardless of that I wish you well in your future ventures. And the very best of luck and health to your daughter too.

  8. Craigy says:

    All the best Ray, and thanks for the fun over the years. I wish you, your family and especially your daughter the best possible outcome from the battle ahead. Regards CY.

  9. Richard Ryan says:

    All the best Ray. ” Nothing is permanent except change” Shalom,Richard Ryan.

  10. GD says:

    Ray, sorry to hear about your daughter’s ongoing treatment. All the best to you and your family.

    Re the Facebook incidents, well, you’re better off without scum like that. If that, and a lack of time, means closing your blog for the moment, so be it.

    I hope you continue your footy tips posts here at the Sandpit. While you know I don’t give a rip about sports, these posts always segued nicely into an opinion piece, without becoming the heavy handed rhetorical post that is more my style.

    All the best with your future plans.

  11. Ray Dixon says:

    Thanks, GD, but somehow I don’t think I’ll be transferring the footy tips over here. My tipsters were all rather left-leaning, although there was one who was a dyed-in-the-wool conservative but he gave up half way through last year after falling so far behind. His name was not Abbott.

  12. Iain Hall says:

    (from 730reportland)

    ” the only way to ‘drop the habit’ is to kill it off. “

    Sorry to see you go Ray, take care of your daughter and l hope all goes well for your family and you.

    ” blogs are playing second fiddle to the simple-stupid platforms like Twitter & Facebook with their rapid dissemination of idiotic (and vitriolic) rubbish,”

    l`ve said similar myself, fb in particular is a low-grade content platform.

  13. Ray Dixon says:

    Thanks, 7.30. I just can’t get my head around the attraction of Facebook. It’s a disorganised mess where people say the absolute dumbest of things. eg “Does anyone know if there’s a local chiropractor?” …. look it up in white pages FFS !!!!

  14. Ray Dixon says:

    “Damage” deleted – ah, that feels better.

  15. damage says:

    My point exactly.

  16. damage says:

    You are completely without integtity Ray.
    I posted my well wishes and sympathy to you and your family and you don’t have the good grace to accept it.
    I hope your future success reflects the type of human being you have become.

  17. Ray Dixon says:

    This is my post. As such I’ll edit it as I see fit including deletions of trolls. I don’t care for your anonymous “good wishes”. Go away.

  18. Brian says:

    I saw what you posted before “damage”; it deserved to be deleted.
    Passive-aggressives are quite boring. If you don’t have something good to say about someone’s personal circumstance, perhaps best not to say anything.

  19. Ray Dixon says:

    I call it “damage control”, Brian. Thanks for that and for your earlier good wishes.

  20. damage says:

    I have no doubt that you will edit as you see fit. The issue of what you see and don’t see fit has oft been discussed here and at other fora and I might say that the reaction you got in facbook the other day (whick i din’t see) is testament to the regard you have been held in. As discussed before, the reason i remain anonymous is in part because people such as yourself proliferate on the net.
    Now you think you know who i am and you have posted same at other sites (and been spectacularly wrong BTW), but have effected the lives of people who have no interest in you at all. It’s clear that someone has called your bluff and you’ve called it a day at alpine. That shows the depth of your fortitude. I’ll say no more except that Brian (if he isn’t one of your sock puppets) has a lot to learn about your MO.
    Have a nice retirement and remember that karma is transferable.

  21. Ray Dixon says:

    You remain “anonymous” because you’d be too ashamed to post under your real name. If anyone deserves to be outed it’s you, and there wouldn’t be a person you’ve come across on blogs like this that doesn’t agree with that. However, I ‘ve only ever referred to you by the name of ‘Dunell’, once or twice, and only here. I couldn’t care less who you are and if it’s not Dunell then so what? No harm has been done. Now do go away – you’re so boring.

  22. Brian says:

    I’ll say no more except that Brian (if he isn’t one of your sock puppets) has a lot to learn about your MO.

    I’ve only seen you comment here 2 or 3 times, “damage”, and each time you were bagging someone. That says plenty about your MO.
    Find yourself a hobby, mate, if the internet gets you so riled up that you need to pick fights. It’ll be better for your health.

  23. Ray Dixon says:

    I see “damage” has sulked off to join his mates at an anonymously authored hate blog. Birds of a feather …. ?

    It’s quite obvious that the MO of people like “damage” and the others on that blog, is to inflict as much damage and hurt to the lives and reputations of their real life targets – by continually slagging them off just to ensure their slander remains high up in any Google searches of their targets’ names.

    All from the cowardly position of anonymity, of course. If ever a blog should close down it’s that one.

  24. damage says:

    Ray I have not commented on your blog’s demise at any place other than this. I was unaware that there was any other, but hardly surprised there is.
    Clearly you went the bridge too far and your blog needed removing.
    I know you have named people who you believe to be your critics in the past and again you are wrong and should take great care before doing it again in this thread.
    I don’t comment to sockpuppets save to let them know i know they are sockpuppets. Furhter communication to you shall be to Ray.

  25. Ray Dixon says:

    Well someone is using your moniker ‘elsewhere’ then.

    No, I didn’t go ‘the bridge too far’ and my blog did not need ‘removing’ – I simply made a decision to stop running a blog. Not that it’s any business of yours.

    I don’t give a shit what you think or say and, quite frankly, neither does anyone else, even at the worst of blogs. Even at my enemies’ blogs you don’t rate and are often edited/deleted/banned. You have an amazing ability to offend everyone.

    And don’t threaten me – you’re just an empty vessell.

    As for suggesting that “Brian” is my sockpuppet, well mate, you have no idea how ironic that is. No idea at all – not yet. “Brian” is …. well, I’ll leave that for the moment.

  26. damage says:

    Where do I start?
    I don’t know where “elsewhere” is so I can’t say, but I would not put it past you.

    As if after all this time you suddenly “decided” to stop blogging and it just so happened to be the same day you were forced to retract, remove and apologise?
    It’s everyone’s business when you announce it in the town square Ray.

    If you didn’t give a shit you would ignore me and not travel the world’s blogosphere following me (and now pretending to be me it seems) to se how others react to my comments as well as commenting on them yourself. You wouldn’t post what you thought to be my private details if you didn’t give a shit Ray.
    I don’t make threats mate I make commitments. Try me.

    You’re Brian. Nobody accepts your denials of socking any more Ray.


  27. Ray Dixon says:

    That’s truly bizarre.

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