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January 2, 2011


The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow which means healthy blog we think you did great!

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,800 times in 2010. That’s about 4 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 25 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 92 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 35mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was April 13th with 59 views. The most popular post that day was Warrior Goddess ready to do battle.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for spider web, spider’s web, spiders web, giant spider web, and erecthion.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Warrior Goddess ready to do battle April 2010


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April 12, 2010

Adonis at Bronte

Filed under: Athena's musings — athenapallas @ 4:50 am
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I  left my spear, robe and aegis(shield) on the seat above the pool at Bronte this morning and then realised that I’d forgotten to wear a swimsuit.

No matter, Aphrodite had made me invisible until I assumed my mortal form wearing a very boring black speedo, less boring pink cap, and very useful googles with lenses that enable me to see really well both above and below the water.

I dived in and started my swim. After a few laps avoiding the bobbers I hung on the side of the pool watching the surf and looking out towards the horizon. And then as I turned I saw him.

Adonis was at Bronte 11.32 am Monday 12 April 2010! 

His face was a sculpture, his nose long and straight, his skin a perfect golden brown and his limbs lithe but strong.

I couldn’t see his eyes behind his mask but I could tell they were the bluest of blue.

In case you don’t know it Adonis was not only the most beautiful boy ever to live on earth or in heaven 

but  he also has an unusual family background at least you may think so. 

He was the product of an incestuous relationship between the King of Assyria and his daughter Smyrna.

The gods in their wisdom transformed Smyrna into a tree to save her from her father

and it was from the trunk of this tree that Adonis was born.

Now I’m not saying that our Bronte Adonis has such a family history but I could tell he was no ordinary mortal when he rose slowly from the concrete surround and hovered while I gasped at the full picture of his gorgousness.

No one else at Bronte this morning saw him do this or if they did they showed no reaction. Maybe all the Adoni of Bronte can do this and it a  commonplace occurence.

I was so moved by his presence I had to dive deep into the pool to cool my passion.

 You know of course that I’ve been a virgin for  over 2500 years so I should not have any difficulty withstanding the charms of the Bronte Adonis. However lately I’ve been noticing a few chinks in my aegis and so I needed to escape quickly.

I could see lots of seaweed on the bottum of the pool and it was then that I remembered how Persophone and Aphrodite fought over Adonis and how  my father, the Boss God, ruled that Adonis had to live with Persophone in the underworld for a third of  each year.

I was pleased about this because Aphrodite and I go way back.

She cheated me in a beauty contest.

I should have beaten her.

Of course Helen of Troy won and we all know what a disaster that was 10 years of  War until….

I surfaced eventually in the pool and noticed a few people looking at me strangely.

I had been down there rather a long time ,

so long in fact that Adonis had gone as well as my helmet, robe and shield.

No doubt adorning the Surf club by now along with the trophies and surfboards.

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