I've tidied up the blogroll, removing some blogs which I rarely visit and which never visit here. (If you come by here and I've removed your blog and you're not happy, do get in touch and I'll restore it forthwith. In fact, anyone who calls by occassionally and would like a link, do tell).
In the dialect of North East England, hacky is an adjective meaning very dirty. I found out from one of my Iranian students this morning that it means exactly the same thing in Farsi. How come? What's the link between Geordieland and Iran?