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About Me

I am almost an antique – but not quite a silver surfer lol – and I live in the UK,  long time divorced and dad to a wonderful daughter.  I have a disability but that doesn’t stop me from blogging, and I have met some truly wonderful people along the way.

My name is Colin, which I use to sign comments rather than cotojo.   I love to cook, tend to my Bonsai collection, read books – fiction and non-fiction.  Spending time with my daughter is important to both of us and we have good rapport and sometimes deep, long conversations. 

I like to move around in the blogosphere and will always leave a comment after reading a post, just so the author knows that I have been there.

This blog – Life – will cover many things, some humour, some recipes and some factual information which I hope you will enjoy.   At the present time a great deal of it is centred around missing Madeleine McCann, which started as a one post appeal, but from the incoming searches I could see that readers wanted more information, so I try to keep it as up-to-date as possible.

Please do leave comments, ideas, suggestions as they are always welcome.

This is fast overtaking my original blog about PC Security, which you can find here


© 2007 Colin Richards  All rights Reserved

53 Responses to “About Me”

  1. cotojo said

    Joy – OMG!! hahahahaha
    Now I don’t think I’ve had a sex change just yet and I’m not planning one either hahahaha.
    Now that has given me something to laugh about 😆
    Now you know lol.
    Take care my dear friend and have a great weekend,

  2. Joy said

    Oh my God..If I haven’t click your About Me I will never know your’re a man. For alomost a year I thought your’re a woman since I only read post and don’t even dare to read all about you. Whew! Now I know.

  3. Dear Colin..hope your not feeling ill again..I do worry about you my really is spring here, I bought tons of flowers to start planting and hubby is getting his garden together..please get back to me to let me know your look almost exactly like hubbys best friend Tom…he is handsome too…

  4. cotojo said

    rzlee – It’s a pleasure to meet you, and thank you for visiting my humble blog 🙂
    I will pop over as soon as I can and visit your blog.
    Have a great week,
    Take care,

  5. arceli said

    hi Colin!

    I like your blogs. They’re heartwarming, awesome and fun to read. 😀 I hope you dont mind placing your link to my blogpage. 🙂


  6. cotojo said

    Lunatic – Thank you for your visit and most kind comment 🙂
    It is always pleasing to know that visitors have enjoyed browsing around.
    Have a wonderful day,

  7. lunatic11eiza said

    Thanks for sharing the wonderful blogs..It is really inspiring and beautiful..

  8. […] Thank you Colin from the bottom of my heart as I pass these awards to the […]

  9. cotojo said

    Ramon – Hello my friend, I will check you link soon 🙂
    Have a wonderful week,
    God Bless,

  10. pmonchet said

    Hello Colin. Good day! Here is the link.

  11. cotojo said

    Tammy – I knew I shouldn’t have put a picture there hahahaha
    I don’t mind helping in any way, I believe that if people have the knowledge then they should use this to help those that don’t, so that they can improve their skills 😀
    Have a wonderful weekend my friend,

  12. Tammy said

    It’s nice to put a face with the person who has helped me so much!

  13. cotojo said

    Lunes – Thank you so much 🙂
    Yes my daughter reads my blog when she is at home at her mothers, or with her friends LOL.
    Take care and have a wonderful day 😀

  14. Lunes said

    Great to put a photo face to the name! Does your daughter read your blog?

  15. cotojo said

    Rhonda – Thank you so much 🙂
    It’s a pleasure to get to know you too. I am pretty fortunate that I have kept the close relationship with my daughter, and I know what you mean as I wasn’t close to my dad for many years.
    Thank you for taking the time to read and comment 🙂
    Have a wonderful day,

  16. Rhonda said

    So nice to get to know you, sir. I really like it that you are close to your daughter. I was not close to my dad until it was too late. Looking forward to reading more on your blog.

  17. cotojo said

    dogsrulecatsdrool – Thank you for your visit and your most kind comment 🙂
    I will enjoy the conversations with my daughter, and hopefully they will last for many years to come.
    Have a great week,

  18. dogsrulecatsdrool said

    Cool blog Colin, you’re an inspiration to all bloggers. Enjoy the conversations with your daughter while they last.

  19. cotojo said

    Tomas – Thank you so very much for your visit and kind words 🙂
    I do think that having any form of disability changes the way in which we look at life and deal with everyday matters. To be able to meet so many wonderful and caring people in the blogosphere is tremendous and heartwarming in itself, and I have met many others with disabilities and have formed some truly remarkable friendships.
    It’s a pleasure to meet you 🙂
    Have a wonderful week,

  20. Tomas said

    Wow, while reading your blog, I was deeply touched … Your word flows as wind, as a smell of the flowers – refreshes the reader like a sip of a fresh air in our busy world. Thank you.
    I too live on a disability pension – the aditional hardships we are to overcome in life could make the life unbearable, but that’s otherwise in the reality, because of the love we encounter on our road. My disability helped me to uplift my eyes to the heaven, and lots of benefactors were met around – the former passersby became the best friends and thus I have entered the spiritual realms – I even am grateful for my disability now. It have helped me to appreciate better the taste of the life and the responsobility to stay in the gratitude that makes us the giants

  21. cotojo said

    Chronic Chick – Thank you so much for your visit and comment 🙂
    Happy New Year to you, hope it’s a great one,

  22. Awesome blog. Lots of great information. Thanks so much

  23. cotojo said

    Gianfranca – Thank you for your visit and comment 🙂
    Have a wonderful Xmas and New Year,
    Best wishes,

  24. Gianfranca said

    Hello, Colin!
    Thanks for your visit in my blog.
    Also I wish you a very happy Xmas and new year.

  25. cotojo said

    Gina – Thank you so much for dropping by and for your comment.
    It’s a pleasure to see you here 🙂
    I’ll pop over to your blog shortly and have a peep,
    Take care and have a wonderful week,

  26. Gina said

    Love your blog! I too am disabled.

  27. cotojo said

    Hanna – What it is like to be in need of restoration hahahaha
    amore di pace ed un milione baci per Lei

  28. fiha said

    “I am almost an antique – but not quite a silver surfer lol…”

  29. cotojo said

    Hanna – Me an antique? Almost LOL
    I’ll let you restore me then hahahaha

    Kisses a million to you too 🙂
    baci caldi!

  30. fiha said

    You are almost an antique…

    I can restore also you, OK!
    kisses a milion

  31. […] Best Blogging Buddies for Global Communities. This was created by Colin over at Life who said, “Having received many awards I have decided that it was time I created […]

  32. cotojo said

    Hanna – That is an awesome profession, restoring antique furniture 🙂
    That must be so much fun. I like to do many things around the home myself, new shelving and so on, and can do most things that need to be done, plumbing, decorating, carpentry but I have never tried any kind of restoration!
    I was a head chef until I was told I could work no more. It was only this year that I decided to start a blog not knowing what to expect, but I have met so many amazing people, like yourself 🙂

    pace e amore per te!

  33. hanna said

    I after to have read all …..
    my profession is restoration all antique furnitures …

  34. cotojo said

    Claudette – Hello, it’s a pleasure to meet you too 🙂

    Thank you for you kind comment. I’m not so certain about being a great blogger….I just blog and enjoy it. I will pop over and repay your kind visit as it’s always nice to follow through.
    Blogging communities are wonderful things, and I’m pleased that you enjoyed your visit 🙂

    Take care and have a good day,

  35. Claudette said

    Hello Colin,

    Nice to meet u…I really don’t know how i got here, i went in seach of an award i could give to somebody in my blogging community..I am not computer smart enough to design my own. lol, just call me a third grader in computer learning…I was hunting an award for me to give out once a week to the blog that touched my heart, whether it was sad or a happy one…I did enjoy my time here, u are a great blogger….


  36. cotojo said

    Belinda – Good evening to you and thank you so much for your comment and visit.
    Blogging can be time consuming, but in the case of missing Maddie it’s a perspective that does not act as judge and jury, as so many others have done, particularly the media!
    It started as a one post plea to help in the search and I soon realised that readers, many of whom are not bloggers, wanted more information so I continued to research new information as and when it became available, and still do.

    As I state, I always reply to comments made by readers no matter where they are from as all comments are of importance 🙂

    Best regards,

  37. Belinda said

    good eve to you colin
    I connected to your blog via google to find the latest on the missing maddie and was surprised to see a civilian keeping an up to date record of events. I usually do not use the net and find blogging so time consuming, but was challenged by your comment that you always leave a reply to show you were ther, so ot of courtesy, so do I my friend…adious and thanks for the up date
    Belinda…south africa

  38. cotojo said

    Ann – Thank you so much for your kind comment and for visiting my humble blog.

    Now don’t believe most of what you have heard about me…it’s not true hahahaha.
    I will come and visit your blog, as I am having a quiet few minutes to myself 🙂

    Take care and best wishes,


  39. Hello Colin, I’ve heard and read a lot about you in the blogosphere, and after reading this post I can see why. My name is Ann and I’m the author of A Nice Place In The Sun; a little blog with humorous posts about life and memories, in addition to children’s picture book reviews. I just wanted to introduce myself and let you know I loved your “about me” post.

    Best wishes,


  40. cotojo said

    Hawk – Thanks for dropping by 🙂

    Another Bonsai fan…wicked, I spend many hours tending mine and find it very therapeutic and relaxing, great hobby that others should take up 🙂

    Have a great weekend


  41. Hawk said

    Colon, finally had some time. Enjoyed the bio. Bonsai, very kewl! One of my past times too. We’ll have to chat some about our mutual interest.


  42. cotojo said

    Chris – Thank you so much for your kind comments 🙂

    Maybe one day I’ll add a post about bonsai’s, successes and failures lol.

    This has far exceeded my expectations as it started as my secondary blog just for a bit of fun, but it has become increasingly popular and has overtaken my main blog 🙂 I don’t mind though as it adds the human element which also helps 🙂

    Have a great week, and I’ll be over to check out Hairless Harry 🙂


  43. Chris said

    You do indeed have a wonderful blog Colin. And I think the reason it is so popular is that it is all about life as your title says-that’s what people can really relate to. Keep it up. So you have a bonsai collection- I love plants and have always wanted to try my hand at it-very interesting. Maybe some day…
    p.s. Hairless Harry is being featured all week on my blog.

  44. cotojo said

    Lynda – Thank you so much for dropping by and your very kind comments 🙂

    It has certainly taken me by surprise in the way it has ‘taken off’, as my main blog is much more serious and this one was started to show that I have a human side too 🙂

    God Bless


  45. lynda said

    This is a fine site full of ‘real’ personality and compelling thoughtfulness. We have much in common,much! I will be back to read more of your wonderful self… take care and blessings always… have a wonderful day/night…

  46. cotojo said

    Christina – I’ve been growing Bonsai’s for about 25 years now lol, and still get the odd few that don’t quite make it. It’s great therapy for thinking time and unwinding 🙂


  47. Colin!
    why didnt you tell me you had a Bonsai collection you could have helped mewoth mine before it died (they’re replacing it)
    Carry on!

  48. cotojo said

    Diane – Welcome and thank you for visiting and for your most kind comment 🙂


  49. Diane said

    Came to you via Kim’s Laketree blog and I will be back regularly – it’s a fun blog!

  50. cotojo said

    Jess – You are so right, spending time with our kids is important and there are many that can’t due to circumstances.

    Thanks for your comment my friend.


  51. Jess Ba-ad said

    Hi Colin,

    Spending time with our kids are indeed important. I know some people who can’t spend those precious moments with their kids because they’re too busy.

  52. cotojo said

    Lisa – Thank you for your kind words, all I have to do now is carry on blogging lol :o)

  53. Sophiagurl said

    Congratulations Colin! this is trully a blog full of LIFE =)

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