The guest

The guest

Unimpressed wild west guest
Depressed in WordPress nest
Confessed it’s true
Stressed more with new
Next best prompts dispossesed

Alan Grace
12 July 2018

P.S. I live in west Auckland, New Zealand.


I recycle 2016 Daily Word Prompts


The Spider and the Fly
“Will you walk into my parlour?” said the Spider to the Fly,
‘Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy;
The way into my parlour is up a winding stair,
And I’ve a many curious things to show when you are there.”“Oh no, no,” said the little Fly, “to ask me is in vain,
For who goes up your winding stair can never come down again.
“I’m sure you must be weary, dear, with soaring up so high;
Will you rest upon my little bed?” said the Spider to the Fly.
“There are pretty curtains drawn around; the sheets are fine and thin,
And if you like to rest awhile, I’ll snugly tuck you in!”

“Oh no, no,” said the little Fly, “for I’ve often heard it said,
They never, never wake again, who sleep upon your bed!

Said the cunning Spider to the Fly, “Dear friend what can I do,
To prove the warm affection I’ve always felt for you?
I have within my pantry, good store of all that’s nice;
I’m sure you’re very welcome — will you please to take a slice?”

“Oh no, no,” said the little Fly, “kind Sir, that cannot be,
I’ve heard what’s in your pantry, and I do not wish to see!”

“Sweet creature!” said the Spider, “you’re witty and you’re wise,
How handsome are your gauzy wings, how brilliant are your eyes!
I’ve a little looking-glass upon my parlour shelf,
If you’ll step in one moment, dear, you shall behold yourself.”

“I thank you, gentle sir,” she said, “for what you’re pleased to say,
And bidding you good morning now, I’ll call another day.”

The Spider turned him round about, and went into his den,
For well he knew the silly Fly would soon come back again:
So he wove a subtle web, in a little corner sly,
And set his table ready, to dine upon the Fly.

Then he came out to his door again, and merrily did sing,
“Come hither, hither, pretty Fly, with the pearl and silver wing;
Your robes are green and purple — there’s a crest upon your head;
Your eyes are like the diamond bright, but mine are dull as lead!”

Alas, alas! how very soon this silly little Fly,
Hearing his wily, flattering words, came slowly flitting by;
With buzzing wings she hung aloft, then near and nearer drew,
Thinking only of her brilliant eyes, and green and purple hue —
Thinking only of her crested head — poor foolish thing!
At last,
Up jumped the cunning Spider, and fiercely held her fast.
He dragged her up his winding stair, into his dismal den,
Within his little parlour — but she ne’er came out again!

And now dear little children, who may this story read,
To idle, silly flattering words, I pray you ne’er give heed:
Unto an evil counsellor, close heart and ear and eye,
And take a lesson from this tale, of the Spider and the Fly.

~By Mary Howitt, 1829


Is WordPress trusted after what happened with the daily prompts?


Where’s the Reblog button? (an Acrostic)

Where’s the Reblog button? (an Acrostic)

Priceless gem back

WordPress is an orb precious and trusted
Dusted with old gems and jewels encrusted
Wor[l]d [wide] webs of solid gold
Now [wise] users young and old
Assay value with Reblog adjusted

Alan Grace
23 February 2018

Daily prompt:

Reblog’s back 🙂
Also see:



Golden orb spider:


Daily prompt: Sky. Is Postaday next to die?

Is Postaday next to die?

As I pray to the sky
I always wonder why
WordPress team stomped
New Daily Prompt
Is Postaday next to die?

Alan Grace
3 June 2018

Daily prompt:  Sky

Please join me in recycling these prompts. Just use these in the normal way for previous Daily Prompts.
Use these prompts yourself so that your followers are aware of them.
Reward for first 5 people who reply to today’s prompt (today):
I will try to find a poem on your blog to Reblog on my blog.
To see all the prompts for this month, look a the first post on my blog (or look at the earliest post of mine on each day’s daily prompt page).

Daily prompts stopped. Prompts for June 2018

WordPress has now stopped creating new Daily Prompts.

Sadly WordPress also now refuses intermittently to allow pingbacks on the Daily Prompt site 🙁

My daily prompt blog is now at
Shared Posts (Pingbacks)

WordPress will stop new daily prompts at the end of May 2018.

Note: I cannot add a new post to the Daily Prompt site this morning (June 5).

I have emailed Ben to see what the problem is with new prompts on the Daily Prompt website, see:

All that’s needed is your publicity and support to make this succeed.



Jun 2016

WordPress stomps daily prompts
WordPress service prosaic
Perplex success archaic
Daily prompt
Stalely chomped
No trick algebraic mosaic
Alan Grace
26 May 2018
Maybe we should recycle prompts from two years ago from June 1?
Anyone interested? My followers will see the (old) daily prompts 🙂Perhaps Reblog this post on your site so that your followers can do this too? See:


If in doubt, prove Pythagoras

If in doubt, prove Pythagoras

WordPress service prosaic
Perplex success archaic
Daily prompt
Stalely chomped
No trick algebraic mosaic

Alan Grace
26 May 2018

Daily prompt: Archaic

WordPress is discontinuing the daily prompts at the end of this month 🙁

Maybe we should recycle prompts from two years ago from June 1?
Anyone interested? My followers will see the (old) daily prompts 🙂

Perhaps Reblog this post on your site so that your followers can do this too?


Oh, what about the Pythagoras proof? See below 🙂
Makes more sense than WP decision.





Marriott find our phone

Marriott smears its brand

Issues up in Cloud disappear
Refused avowed customer care
Not care jot
What brand reputation you smear

Alan Grace
23 May 2018

Daily prompt: Disappear

Except from email sent in the weekend (no reply except automated reply):

Good afternoon

We were on a Sinorama tour of China (3 buses travelling together, over 100 passengers).

A number of issues arose during our stay at the Courtyard Shanghai Jiading .

We stayed at the hotel from 15 May to 17 May (departure).

I have not received a reply from my email below when I reported the theft by staff of a cell phone from a suitcase in our room and the subsequent data theft/use on two days (see email below).

In addition:
1. Staff would not unlock our fridge without authorisation by our guide.
2. Once authorisation was provided, our fridge was still not unlocked until we phoned again.
3. When someone from housekeeping eventually arrived, all the items in the fridge were removed- not a problem for us (we only wanted our water cool) but why was authorisation needed when this happened?
4. When our guide gave authorisation, he was required to give a 500 juan deposit.
5. He requested that all the rooms were checked at 9.00 the next morning so that we could have a speedy checkout.
6. This was not done and in the morning the guide lost the deposit (this was the last day of the tour and passengers had to get to the airport to go home).
7. The lock on the guide’s case was broken while at the hotel. This may have been another attempt by staff to steal contents.

We do not believe the above reflects well on the Marriott brand and hope you can help resolve these issues.

Please reply once you have followed up.