12 July 2010



Nice polite informative e-mail slithered onto the mat the other day.

I'm such a nasty anti-social dog-in-the-manger type that I thought I'd stun everyone by giving it a megawatt blast of publicity ... for free.

Loipon. Le Voici Verbatim.

"Dear friend, Corfu resident, or regular visitor,

Any initiative taken on the isle of Corfu encounters a major challenge in communication.

People may have something really interesting to offer, but how do they let everybody know?

How often do we hear about a very interesting event ~ only after it has ended?

Which services and products can make life on Corfu easier, if only we knew of their existence?

There are websites with useful information but often in Greek only, which makes it less accessible to many of us.

Besides, we would need to search frequently to stay properly informed.

Wouldn't it be nice if we could get such useful information delivered via email?

The above summarises a discussion we (Dick Mulder & Daniel Blom) had when looking for ways to help promote an art exhibition that includes work from our respective spouses, and five other artists.

So we decided to set up a new information service, which will be sending emails from WhatsUp-Corfu@live.com

Our first challenge, of course, is communication! How do we make people aware of the new service? We face the very same communication problem we're trying to address.

In view of this, we would like to ask your permission for WhatsUp-Corfu to send information on events, services, and products, to your email address.

  • No action is required if you agree.
  • If you do not want to receive such information, kindly forward this email to WhatsUp-Corfu@live.com with subject UNSUBSCRIBE.

    Privacy Statement: WhatsUp-Corfu will not provide email addresses or other personal information to any other party.

    Emails from WhatsUp-Corfu@live.com are always sent as blank carbon copy (invisible BCC addressing).

    WhatsUp-Corfu only provides information that is particularly interesting to people that either live on, or regularly visit Corfu.

    There are no costs or obligations for the receiver.

    Commercial advertising is not facilitated, but objective information on services and products from commercial organisations may be included, providing it is directly or indirectly related to living on or visiting Corfu.

    Please contact us if you wish to republish the information we provide.

    Organisations and individuals that want to use WhatsUp-Corfu@live.com to share information, can send this via email to the same address.

    We reserve the right to edit or refuse information provided, and will confirm motives for such decision to the originator.

    Please make other people aware. They can request to receive information from WhatsUp-Corfu@live.com by sending an empty email with the word SUBSCRIBE in the subject box.

    Kind regards,

    The WhatsUp-Corfu Team

    Dick Mulder, Daniel Blom"

  • There you go. Can't get politer than that. And they know about the bcc trick. For that alone they deserve your custom. Blimey, the reams of addresses I've managed to sell to Nigerian widows just by clicking on the 'detail' bouton of local spammers and other animal lovers.

    Give 'em a chance, I say.


    Simon Baddeley said...

    I've linked it

    Busker said...

    good man

    Corfu Bluesman said...

    Why has Corfucius gone quiet?

    I miss my daily dose of wisdom, gossip, wit and 'incorrectness'.

    A potent mix.

    Busker said...

    flattered, to be sure.
    v banal. i was writing too much too often to someone who was getting too special.
    i asked my shrink how to go cold turkey and he went into hypnotist mode and told "the internet has not yet been invented" and then clicked his fingers.
    "what the ...? session over already doc?"
    'ÿep - same time next week and ... no going on the internet'
    "ön the what?"

    Simon Baddeley said...

    Look into my eyes, look into my eyes, the eyes, the eyes, not around the eyes, don't look around the eyes, look into my eyes. You're under! You will immediately recommence blogging on the INTERNET. The internet is GOOD. VERY GOOD. Your shrink is VERY BAD. An evil warped lemon, making your underwear feel tight. When you wake up you will have remembered everything. (Click)

    Busker said...

    hilarious. spot on.

    There's a Badass over yonder, that's where Prof Baddeley stays.
    Democracy Street's over yonder, guv, where Sassy Sinbad plays - lawd have mercy -
    wondering whz i ain't blogged my baby in about ninety nine and one half days,
    'bout time I hit dat keyboard

    Wait a minute, something's wrong.
    The keyboards locked wont alt-ctrl-del
    Wait a minute, something's wrong, baby.
    The keyboards locked, caint ctrlßalt-del.
    i borrowed that feline frauäs keyboard, I got a bad, bad feeling
    my baby don't want me to blog so well

    (take it jimmeh, zeh thats what i call wailinä=)

    goddammit thzese kraut kezboards

    Simon Baddeley said...

    Προσπαθήστε juggling έναν πίνακα ελληνική και Latiniki

    Busker said...

    Is this one erudite blog or whut? one day etudiants de web will be set summer reading of either Lycidas OR 'The Collected Comments of Corfucius' - Bodley Hamilton $75, new introduction by Jimmy 'James' Potts.

    Simon Baddeley said...

    Long ago I was among those who pressed for what some called 'political correctness'. I was also keen on risk assessment. Encouraging people to be polite to people different from them, reducing death and injury seemed good. With civility forced on the Procrustean bed of etiquette, and safety made a contemporary fetish creating a generation of cowards, I follow Corfucius with the bowed head of a penitent beating myself with his nettles...

    Busker said...

    Exemplary exam question!

    'As any fule kno, long ago 'Badass' Baddeley was among those who pressed for what some called 'political correctness' ... yakety blah ... contemporary fetish ... bli blah blu ... penitent nettles grasp clasp aghast. Discuss.'

    low moan from class. `'oh sir, not that one again'

    'shut up baddeley. see me after'

    curses swizz not fair