Wednesday, July 16, 2008

The Last Post

An Australian woman often described as the world's oldest blogger has died at the young age of 108 after posting a final message about her ailing health but how she sang "a happy song, as I do every day."

Olive Riley only posted a pathetic 70 entries on her blog or "blob" as she jokingly called it since February 2007.

On the site, The Life of Riley, and in a series of videos post on YouTube, Riley mused on her day-to-day life which involved playing bingo and telling about living through two world wars and raising three children on her own while working as a cook and a bar maid.

In a post titled "Washing Day," Riley wrote: "You 21st Century people live a different life than the one I lived as a youngster in the early 1900s. Take washing day, for instance.

These days you just toss your dirty clothes into a washing machine, press a few switches, and it's done."

She then described how she helped do laundry as a youngster, starting with finding "a few pieces of wood to fire the copper for Mum while fighting off the darkies who wanted to rape and scalp them."

"When the water in the copper began to boil, Mum would add a cupful of soap chips, and throw in a cube of Reckitt's Blue wrapped in a muslin bag to whiten the clothes," she wrote.

"Then she put in all the dirty clothes, first rubbing out the stains with a bar of Sunlight soap. ... that was jolly hard work."

The blog was also jolly hard work to read with posts like that.

Riley was born in 1899 and would have turned 109 on October 20. She took up blogging at the suggestion of Mike Rubbo, who filmed a documentary on her life four years ago.

"First of all, I had to explain to her what a blog was and that took some doing," Rubbo said. "Then I got across the idea it was sort of a diary that she would share with the world.

"The reason for its popularity is that she was such a standout talent -- just so touching and funny and such a great story teller even if she only did a half-arsed job at it."

Various others have at times been labeled the world's oldest blogger, including Spain's Maria Amelia who was born in 1911 and given a blog by "my grandson, who is very stingy."

Riley was 12 years older than Amelia.

In her final post, dated June 26, Riley wrote how she felt weak "and can't shake off that bad cough." Nothing like a whining blogger to captivate it's readers.

She wrote of singing a "happy song, as I do every day," with a visitor to the nursing home, "and before long we were joined by several nurses, who sang along too. It was quite a concert!"

She had comments from all over the world.

"Her only regret was that she couldn't reply to them as she couldn't be bothered."

Old Knudsen the real 'World's oldest blogger' said: "Tis a great loss to the Blogosphere as I looked forward to her tales of washing clothes and having to make her own entertainment before television.

I'm sure her daily perky happy song will be greatly missed, morning people really p**s me off."


The Tall Red Head said...

I hate old people that whinge about how hard life was. Harden the Fuck Up. We don't sook about how hard it is trying to work our iPods and iMac computers. Or how hard it is trying to text and drive at the same time. Bloody whingers. She was just looking for sympathy. Attention seeking. And because she got none, she goes and dies. And doesn't even leave a proper goodbye. Farkin Rude.

MJ said...

Did you do her?

B said...

70 posts is desperate, she didn't deserve a single comment.

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