But when you are writing and managing a blog in your spare time, spam is a real hassle and takes a lot of your attention away from where it should be, so I don't apologise for turning on WV until the tsunami of rubbish abated. I'm a bit of an innocent when it comes to these things, but the spam was increasing over time, and my guess was that the blog was getting on more and more spam lists as the spam comments were visible for a while until I got round to deleting them, and therefore appeared in some Greatest Hits in a database somewhere. My hope is that, now the blog has been silent for a few months, whoever does these things will have assumed the blog is no more and will have moved onto more fertile soil.
So, WV is OFF for the time being. Comment all you like, magnifying glasses not necessary. If the spam returns, I will have another think. It has been suggested that I allow comments from registered users only, which would solve the problem, but might bring others in its wake. We shall see.
If anyone has any bright ideas, let me know - in the comments :)
Here's a poster to make you laugh.