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Explain your avatar

Purely for fun, why have you chosen your Avatar?  I think I can guess our beloved Mods reasons...  unless it is an evil(?) plan to fool us into thinking they are pretty women when in fact they are burly, hairy men?


Mine is a duck I met at CentreParcs who was kind enough to pose for some photos after knocking on my chalet door.  Or perhaps I am a duck IRL... (often bird brained it's true...)

mookgirluk's picture


mookgirluk | | Permalink

My favourite breakfast haunt in New York, Gramercy Park. check it out

ShirleyM's picture

Representative avatar

ShirleyM | | Permalink

I would like to be cute (I'm not!), and I know I ask a lot of questions .... so.... my avatar is cute, with question marks :)

I'm also an animal lover, and all animals are cute, or beautiful .... even big glaring wolves OGA ;)

clegganator's picture

I think at the time I had

clegganator | | Permalink

I think at the time I had rekindled my love for Super Mario Bros. on the nes and it seemed as good as any. Not as interesting as a friendly duck...

I'd like to explain mine

BKD | | Permalink

but I'd get thrown off AW!

Go Flash Go!

Flash Gordon | | Permalink

Love of american football & probably the best film ever! And maybe the desire for good to overcome evil.... even if it will never happen..

Becky Midgley's picture

Me is me I'm afraid

Becky Midgley | | Permalink

Although that picture was taken 3 and a half years ago so I look quite different now! In fact new members of staff hardly recognise me in my avatar. I always thought about updating it, but avatars become quite iconic don't they, I know that's how I find people when I scan some forums - easier on some than others though, and of course not everyone uses one.

I have been amused by some of your avatars over the years. Keep up the good work.

Becky Midgley's picture

Go on...

Becky Midgley | | Permalink

BKD wrote:

but I'd get thrown off AW!

Try me (in private message), I'm more than curious! maybe it's not as bad as you think :)

Old Greying Accountant's picture

I always wonder what would be seen ...

Old Greying Acc... | | Permalink

... if you panned back from Becky's picture! I think the use of the term "Webinatrix" the other day was the tipping point :oO.

My avatar is a picture taken in the wild of a Norwegian alpha male wolf on sentry duty. I contacted the photographer for permission to use it as an avatar and one day will get a big HD version to put on my wall.

As I said to Shirley before, the gaze is not directed at AW users (other than those employed by HMRC) and the image also alludes to my lone wolf soul.

Slightly off topic, had a letter from my account manager at SAGE with her business card. It has her photo on it, and whilst I am sure she is a lovely girl, the "alluring" pose that she has struck makes the kind appear more like the kind you would find pinned up in a public telephone box! To be serious for once, I think this is a very tacky idea, and whilst I suppose they are trying to appear "friendly" I don't really care, as long as they produce the goods.

Democratus's picture

This is what i look like

Democratus | | Permalink

What do you mean avatar?

I thought these were real.


stepurhan's picture

Very boring

stepurhan | | Permalink

Promotional picture originally intended for use on a business website. It was never actually used (though you can find the same picture on my profile on a networking group site)

My off-duty avatar on another forum would take a bit more explaining.

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Old Greying Accountant wrote:

Slightly off topic, had a letter from my account manager at SAGE with her business card. It has her photo on it, and whilst I am sure she is a lovely girl, the "alluring" pose that she has struck makes the kind appear more like the kind you would find pinned up in a public telephone box! To be serious for once, I think this is a very tacky idea, and whilst I suppose they are trying to appear "friendly" I don't really care, as long as they produce the goods.


I, for one, would love to see this picture...

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Daffy Duck | | Permalink

Having seen the duck above I just had to show that I'm a far better looking duck.


You must be quackers

Fidget | | Permalink

real ducks are prettier than fake ducks

Marion Hayes's picture

oops - sorry CC

Marion Hayes | | Permalink

Until you explained about the duck I thought it was a cartoon type pic of Charlie chaplin or Laurel (& Hardy) - - off to Specsavers then!! 

jennyhowell's picture

Mine is the real me too    1 thanks

jennyhowell | | Permalink

Although also a couple of years old. Might have to start updating more regularly to better reflect the developing wrinkles!

Much has been written on 'what your photo/avatar says about you'. I hope the real photo doesn't say 'lack of imagination'. :)

Becky Midgley's picture

My avatar

Becky Midgley | | Permalink

I think as a treat for the members I will change my avatar to more updated photos of myself over my last couple of weeks. 

mwngiol's picture

Mine is the real me also

mwngiol | | Permalink

Well no it isn't actually. It's the artwork from the cover of 'Mwng' which was a Welsh language album by Super Furry Animals. I love the band, I love the album, and I love the artwork.

zarathustra's picture

Goes with my username

zarathustra | | Permalink

The so-called "skull smashing" scene from 2001 a Space Oddessey, soundtrack...Also Sprach Zarathustra, by Richard Strauss.

Becky Midgley's picture

Avatar change #1

Becky Midgley | | Permalink

I've changed my avatar. In an effort to remind myself of a memorable time I have chosen a picture of me taken on the eve of my first sight of the Taj Mahal in January this year. It was a truly breath-taking view, only spoiled by my mug!

thisistibi's picture

Stick man

thisistibi | | Permalink

I preferred my stick man avatar from before, but I'm not sure people took me seriously when I posted answers to queries!!

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ShirleyM | | Permalink

I liked your stick man, too.

I am sure people will take a stick man just as seriously as they do a penguin, a wolf, a duck, a ??? (not sure what mwngiol's avatar is!), or a chimp beating h*ll out of some bones ;)

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mwngiol | | Permalink

My avatar is a bearded animal skull smoking a pipe (at least I think that's what it is!). Although not sure what kind of animal, and not sure what's in the pipe!

Loving the new avatar btw Becky!

Becky Midgley's picture


Becky Midgley | | Permalink

I'm going to try and get more recent and more relaxed with them as my final days pass.

mwngiol's picture

Recent and relaxed?

mwngiol | | Permalink

So the last one will be of you sleeping the night before you finish? :P

Old Greying Accountant's picture

That's not looking likely Becky...    1 thanks

Old Greying Acc... | | Permalink

... you've a long way to go to get here:



BTW, mwng means "mane" apparently!

thisistibi's picture


thisistibi | | Permalink

Thanks - you're right, back to stick-man me.

thisistibi's picture


thisistibi | | Permalink

Your avatar has shrunk since the AWeb redesign, which is a shame.... perhaps if you re-uploaded it after changing the dimensions, it would come out larger like before :(

Becky Midgley's picture


Becky Midgley | | Permalink

That photo is lush! I just 'awww'ed out loud!

ShirleyM's picture

Welcome back to thisistibi's avatar :)    1 thanks

ShirleyM | | Permalink

I like the 'fun' avatars best of all :)

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mwngiol | | Permalink

'Mwng' does indeed mean 'mane'. I thought I'd said that in my initial explanation but it seems I forgot!

There is an alternative picture of the album cover (I think it's either a later edition or was used on foreign releases) which looks less skull-like but I still can't identify the animal!

thisistibi - had a fiddle with the dimensions and seems to have worked! Thanks for the tip :)

Old Greying Accountant's picture

This is when she's not sleeping ...

Old Greying Acc... | | Permalink

... and what we've been doing this afternoon/evening (sorry, not good with the sizing yet!)

ShirleyM's picture

That's a good action photo OGA

ShirleyM | | Permalink

I like to see dogs working, and particularly enjoy seeing them leap into the water as they do it with such enthusiasm :)

Old Greying Accountant's picture

Like this you mean ...

Old Greying Acc... | | Permalink

(unfortunately I can take no credit for either picture)


Worked out the sizing now though :o)

ShirleyM's picture


ShirleyM | | Permalink

That's great :)

 ....unless you are stood too close. But then, if your dog is like my dog, it will stand right next to you before it shakes all the water off!

Old Greying Accountant's picture

That is down to training (or lack of!) ...

Old Greying Acc... | | Permalink

... my dog will bring the dummy back, then wait whilst I retire a safe distance and then shake on command, but then she will only enter water when sent!

Being a responsible dog owner my dog is under control at all times in public as I understand there are many poor derranged souls who fail to appreciate the charms of a shower of stagnant pond water being shaken over their picnic lunch!

(showing off now, but she is Daddy's little princess - lol)


Flash Gordon | | Permalink

So cute.....

How do you post piccies on? I was going to add one of my little girl but alas the technology doesn't allow cut & paste....

stepurhan's picture

Image button

stepurhan | | Permalink

There is an image button about halfway along the toolbar (a square with what looks like a child's painting of sun shining on a tree in it). Click that and you'll come up with options for adding a picture to your post. Looks like it has to be online somewhere though (so you can't just upload from your PC). Try www.photobucket.com for free online picture hosting if you need it.

Test example. My helpful cat, in a helpful position. Sadly, passed away suddenly two and a half weeks ago.

@ Stepurhan

Flash Gordon | | Permalink

Cheers for that, I'll give it a whirl. Really sorry to hear about your cat - she's just like my youngest (except he looks smaller) :(

Old Greying Accountant's picture


Old Greying Acc... | | Permalink

... as Steprhuran says, click the add image button.

This opens a box "Image Properties"

Click "Browse Server"

Click on "Upload" - top left

Click "Browse" and find picture in the "explorer" box, highlight and click open, then click upload.

Then click "Insert File" - top left

I have found an image size of arond 500 Width is best, I resize proportionally in MS Office Picture Manager

Hope that helps

I think what you are doing is uploading onto the AW server, and then selecting to insert in your post! - not quite the cut and paste we were expecting :o(

I think it is a house not a tree though (sad b*****d that I am I wopped up to max zoom!)



stepurhan's picture

My other avatar

stepurhan | | Permalink

Since we now know how to post pictures. This is the other avatar I was talking about.

This is me, in a hideously brightly coloured shirt at a meeting of the virtual Poohsticks bridge (now sadly defunct, though there is a group on Facebook of old members)

I still own the shirt, and some others of similar mixed colours. None worn in my professional capacity.

Locutus's picture

I've always been a bit of a trekkie

Locutus | | Permalink

My favourite series of the the Star Trek franchise was The Next Generation and one of my favourite episodes was when Captain Picard gets kidnapped by The Borg (a race of evil cyborgs that operate under a forced collective conciousness). For non-trekkies my avatar is Locutus of Borg (Captain Picard after he has been kidnapped and assimilated by the Borg).

I think I got given a login to accountingweb many years ago through my ACCA membership.  I couldn't change the login number to something different.

Borg are generally given numbers rather than names.  Since I was a number rather than a name, it felt appropriate to use a photo of a Borg!

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paulgrca.net | | Permalink

Black, bearded, aggressive and dumb all the things i'm not!

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