I love your comments in Chandler’s Ford Today. They add value to the posts, form discussions, challenge and debate, expand a topic, and enlighten the readers.
Today I’ll feature some blasts from the past. In our great debate over the spelling of Chandler’s Ford over Chandlers Ford, we had over 30 comments. People argued passionately about the use of the apostrophe, showing their love of our community and their stance on the English grammar.
On Chandler’s Ford Today, all trackbacks (linked from other posts) are also included in the blog comments. Both comments and trackbacks help us develop meaningful conversations.
Former Councillor John L Caldwell confirmed the official spelling of Chandler’s Ford in his comment:
“The spelling of Chandler’s Ford has been officially confirmed by Eastleigh Borough Council as being with the apostrophe.
The greatest authority on this is local historian Barbara Hillier who always uses the apostrophe herself. The first chapter of her book “The Story of Chandler’s Ford” is titled “What’s in a Name”. Although probably out of print currently, today I see that there are some copies available on Ebay.
She also co-authored with Gerald Ponting, another well known local author, the book “The Chandler’s Ford Story”.
What is good enough for Barbara and Gerald is good enough for me and I too have always used the apostrophe and would encourage everyone to use it too!!”
By John L Caldwell on the spelling of Chandler’s Ford
From free WiFi to Data Protection Act
Recently I compared free WiFi in Chandler’s Ford at Costa Coffee, Bay Leaves Larder and Peter Green in this post, and received 18 comments. Ruby argued from the point of view of Data Protection Act, backed with evidence. Ray Turner was positive about The Cloud network. I like his advice on the danger of using Mother’s Maiden Name.
These ideas from your comments inspire and educate us. A simple post about coffee with WiFi is now glowing with information and has expanded our understanding and enhanced the value of my post.
Beautiful storytelling in comments
There are great gems in the comments. I wrote about my passport renewal at the Malaysian Embassy in London, and was delighted to find Mike and Nick’s comments while I was travelling in Wales.
“Why do European back-packers neglect personal hygiene? Why do some people look cross all the time while others are always smiling?”
From Mike’s comment on travelling in Sri Lanka.
In another comment, Mike also dived into the past to let us glimpse at his childhood through stamp collection:
“…I remember buying the Stamp Album from an educational shop in 1948. We were lucky to get it as it was a time of shortages. Such poor quality paper, now brown round the edges and very fragile.
A bonus of this exercise was to find a photograph of my father in the album which I took, developed and enlarged. Photography was the next hobby after stamp collecting from 1952-53.”
From Mike’s comment on stamp collection.
These comments are absolute treasures. I’d love to read more and hope that these stories in the comments will soon be transformed into a series of stories.
Revealing lifestyle choice
Comments also reveal our values, lifestyle, and even our personal weight problem! In the Fryern Arcade: Butchers And Post Office post, Hazel looked forward to the arrival of new butchers in the Fryern Arcade, and she also revealed her weight loss success.
Occasionally, some people got carried away and hijacked a post and developed new conversations. Mike’s post was an ode to the beauty of April in Chandler’s Ford, however a new conversation about the numbering of Doctor Who took over.
Sometimes a slight deviation is fine.
Sometimes you never know where a post or a comment will lead to.
Such is the power of your comments, through brainstorming, inspiration, storytelling and great humour. Our blog posts have been blossomed beautifully with your comments. I hope you continue to inspire, challenge, and even seduce us in your comments in this website.
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