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An Electric Car (at least part of the time…)

by Richard Elen 26 April 2015
An Electric Car (at least part of the time…)

How we took the plunge and pur­chased a hybrid elec­tric vehi­cle – and why we made the choice we made. And some ini­tial run­ning experiences.

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Solar panels — a year on

by Richard Elen 25 April 2015
Solar panels — a year on

About the instal­la­tion of our solar pan­els in June 2014 — rather late writ­ing about it, but there you go!

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Compliments of the season!

by Richard Elen 18 December 2014

Our Christ­mas e-card this year. We wish you a great hol­i­day sea­son and a peace­ful and happy 2015!

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The Traveller’s Guide to Sacred Scotland

by Richard Elen 4 November 2014
The Traveller’s Guide to Sacred Scotland

We’re pleased to be able to tell you about the new book from our friend Mar­i­anna Lines. An author­ity on ancient sites, espe­cially in Scot­land where she lives, Mar­i­anna is also a tal­ented artist. Her book is avail­able now from all the usual places, includ­ing your local book­store and those online peo­ple who don’t pay […]

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Poetry at Relay for Life

by Richard Elen 1 August 2013
Poetry at Relay for Life

A piece of Shake­speare I recorded for the Relay for Life of Sec­ond Life Lumi­naria Cer­e­mony cov­er­age for inclu­sion in a series of read­ings with music. I laid one of my two read­ings to music as a sep­a­rate entity, and here it is.

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What is authenticity?

by Richard Elen 1 February 2013
What is authenticity?

What do we mean by “authen­tic” when it comes to recorded sound? When we make a record­ing, what kind of expe­ri­ence should we be try­ing to give the lis­tener? The orig­i­nal sound in the concert-hall (if there was one)? Or what was heard in the con­trol room when they played back the mas­ter and signed it off? What is the “clos­est approach to the orig­i­nal sound”? Indeed, what do we mean by “The orig­i­nal sound”?

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Changes at the top of the page

by Richard Elen 19 October 2012
Changes at the top of the page

It was time to revise the look of these pages a lit­tle: instead of the pre­vi­ous randomly-selected header image, I wanted a slideshow of slowly-crossfading header images. But I wanted a nice sim­ple one with­out too many bells and whis­tles. Here’s what I did.

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A belated movie discovery

by Richard Elen 21 September 2012
A belated movie discovery

I won­der if any read­ers watched the fas­ci­nat­ing BBC series The Secret His­tory Of Our Streets a few months ago, which traced 150 years of social his­tory of sev­eral Lon­don locations.

In the intro there was a view of a fas­ci­nat­ing “dark Satanic mills” kind of city, pre­sented in a con­text in which you would imag­ine it was rep­re­sent­ing Vic­to­rian Lon­don. But if you look for a moment at the image, you’ll see at once that there was never a Lon­don quite like that.

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Pitfalls of Facebook Page Tabs

by Richard Elen 15 June 2012
Pitfalls of Facebook Page Tabs

I recently had occa­sion to cre­ate a cou­ple of Face­book Apps for a client, to be accessed from tabs under the main time­line image on a busi­ness page. There are plenty of tuto­ri­als around on how to do this, but I found a cou­ple of pit­falls that don’t seem to be men­tioned in the write­ups I’ve seen — so here’s a dis­cus­sion of what I found out.

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Last Riot at Valle dei Templi

by Richard Elen 20 April 2012
Last Riot at Valle dei Templi

The Valle dei Tem­pli near Agri­gento, Sicily, is not sim­ply a col­lec­tion of ancient sites: it’s also a loca­tion for mod­ern art which is dis­trib­uted among the ruins and else­where, such as in the Villa Aurea. While vis­it­ing there recently, I ran across this amaz­ing sculpture.

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