Coming soon (part 400)…

Ok, there’s a bunch of new stuff in the pipeline at the moment, so I thought I would lay it out – as much as a reminder to me/Lou as to what we need to do!

  • Add the Leeds photographs from our recent visit for Zoie’s birthday. We were (as I may have mentioned) impressed with the changes in the city, even since I lived there 3 or 4 years ago. Needless to say, Lou was pretty amazed, as she’d last really looked around Leeds closer to 10 or 15 years ago. When its ready, you’ll find photos and other info over here.
  • Moving the Tallinn and Prague photos from their current URIs to the soon-to-exist travel section. I’ll also have to check the past entries in here, to update any links. Moving everything to a separate travel section will make more sense, collect related items and hopefully encourage me to come up with a visual ID for, well, any part of the site really.
  • Finish the Tallinn photos, i.e. move the Stockholm pics into their own section, and split the opening page of each so only 10 thumbnails are loaded per page. This isn’t hard, I’m just lazy.
  • Redesign: I really have to stop fiddling about and come up with a new layout and id. Lou & I have played with some ideas, but not really put a major effort into it. Lou has been working on a new logo which we might implement shortly – its an adaptable sort of idea which we can theme for the different sections. Nice work, Lou.
  • Lou also reminded me of the greetings cards I started work on ages ago. I think I actually wrote most of the code required to send cards to people, and prepared a little db to hold card until whenever…Bluemountain it probably won’t be, but it might include some less cutesy stuff. I’ll more than likely finish this at the weekend, cos it’ll be a)easy, and b)an excuse not to do the hard work, namely the redesign.
  • Last but not least is the eating & drinking section. Last time we talked about it, Lou had compiled the list of places we’d visited, and pulled together all the address and contact information, URIs where available, and started categorising them by type. So, we need to start the review process, which is going to take a while – we have to write the reviews, find/take some photographs and I still have to build that section of the site (the design is, naturally, also not finished…).

Other news: we’ve booked a couple of holidays for the run-up to Christmas. We’ll be visiting Rome for 4 days in October, for a quick look round some of the many attractions, but (hopefully) mostly to relax, drink in the cafes and lounge about on Vespas saying ‘Ciao’ in terrible accents. Then in December we’re off to Paris for a spot of Christmas shopping and some comparitive luxury. Thanks to Lou, we’ve managed a fair deal on Eurostar, and found a pretty nice looking hotel…

J’espere parler en Fran_ais, mais je ne m'[expect] pas…oh crap.

Okey-cokey, pig-in-a-pokey

This isn’t Pauline, your restart officer, but it is a most entertained and satisfied punter. Went up to Leeds last weekend by coach (keeping it cheap having been up recently for the August bank holiday) and it wasn’t National Express’ fault the motorway was closed! Extra time spent winding country lanes or stuck in traffic jams meant extra chortling time listening to the Radio 4 CD of On The Town with the League of Gentlemen – so good, it was almost disappointing to reach our destination. Almost.

Leeds is a fantastic city with brilliant restaurants, bars and clubs. The regeneration and investment of the last 10 years make it unrecognisable to the grey (but great) city I worked in 15 years ago. Stayed at the convenient Manor Hotel in Headingley, where we were met with open northern hospitality … with a French accent, but still, and even had a spin on the rotating dance floor in that cheesiest of establishments – no, that’s enough now.

“Can somebody get me down please?”

Those of you looking for Ben’s stuff…

…won’t find it here yet, cos he hasn’t sent it yet!

I’m sure we’ll be the first to know if he’s had any joy with his camera – and I’ll make sure he gives me some info on the pics. You’ll be able to comment on them, in a similar fashion to the Tallinn pics – so the opportunities for insults will abound.

There’ll also be a new layout (I hope)…

Anniversary 9/11

Its here – a whole year has passed since the Twin Towers disaster. When you’re reflecting, don’t lose sight of the wider consequences. Sure, remember those who died – I don’t think anyone who was around will every forget. But don’t let it be used as a stick to beat our personal privacies and freedoms to death with.

Think carefully about the current crop of legislation, not just in the US – how much of your independence are you willing to trade for “security”? How much security will you get for it? How many of your rights are you really willing to waive?