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Spook – A Much Admired Acquaintance…

My purpose on this blog is to wax lyrically on issues which I have an interest – there’s no formula, no specific subject, no plan, no direction. I write in the main about the Philippines, travel, culture, conservation and politics.

Since I began it, and because I have a rating system at the end of each post, I am open to criticism.

I don’t mind negative comments, but those which are anonymous will generally be given short thrift. I have received some rather cutting ones from Chinese folk, but that’s mainly because of my stance on the Summer Palace artifact auctions.

I don’t know how Bardiness will grow – I am slowly developing a world-wide readership (the map below is indicative). Whether I write from the Philippines or the UK, I know that I have a conduit to express myself.

And so I am taking time out to acknowledge a special reader. His name is Kevin and uses the moniker “Spook”. Kevin responds to my posts quite often and I greatly appreciate his contribution.

He was one of those unfortunate victims of Mad Bob Mugabe’s Zimbabwe – who forced him out of his country (Rhodesia), stole his land and had to watch helplessly as his country turned from the bread basket of Africa into the basket case it is today.

He now lives in Ireland, and suffers from a hearing problem. His blog post One Night and it is gone is a wonderfully articulate account of his experience. It’s beautifully written, and stands out as a work of true distinction.

Whilst his disability is profound, he has not allowed it to impair his judgement, and he is passionate about the world around him.

He was a very popular lensmaster on Squidoo, but that platform no longer exists. He is now on WordPress, where he continues to write exceptional, meaningful, thought provoking and entertaining articles.

I am proud to use my blog Bardiness to acknowledge a true man of measure. I value him and say thank you!

May 22, 2009 - Posted by | General


  1. What can I say except I’m humbled and thanks so much.


    Comment by spook | May 27, 2009 | Reply

  2. How nice to see this glowing tribute to Kevin!


    Comment by JaguarJulie | June 23, 2009 | Reply

  3. I’m humbled and thank you kindly. Off to have a quick blub.


    Comment by spookmoor | October 28, 2014 | Reply

  4. I call him a friend across the sea…..:)

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by Tess Bold | October 29, 2014 | Reply

    • Which of course I am and proud to be a friend.


      Comment by spookmoor | October 29, 2014 | Reply

  5. glad to be your friend Spookmoor , what a character you are always make me smile

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by Maria Downes | October 29, 2014 | Reply

    • Delighted to be able to make you smile.


      Comment by spookmoor | July 11, 2015 | Reply

  6. Very nice article about a very nice guy.

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by Leslie-Ann Cutter | October 29, 2014 | Reply

  7. Spook I’m proud to be your friend! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by Nancy Murphy | October 29, 2014 | Reply

  8. A lovely tribute to Kevin ‘Spook’ … a special man with strong morals which makes him a friend … not the ships passing in the night kind of friend, but one which will stand the test of time …. one i am proud of calling, MY friend … !

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by Gomer Pyle | November 2, 2014 | Reply

    • That is a lovely thing to say and thanks.


      Comment by spookmoor | July 11, 2015 | Reply

  9. I got to know Spook on FB, and started popping in to read, but quilty as charged in that I do not often put a response. A beautiful tribute to a man who comes across as kindhearted, sensitive, beautiful spoken and maybe just that little bit larger than life. Thank you Spook.

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by Maggi | July 11, 2015 | Reply

    • I only wish I was, but what a lovely thing to say and thanks.


      Comment by spookmoor | July 11, 2015 | Reply

  10. Thank you matey and what can I say especially at this time?


    Comment by spookmoor | March 18, 2016 | Reply

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