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Gryphon at The Stables

by Richard Elen 3 August 2015
Gryphon at The Stables

A review of the May 13th, 2015 performance by Gryphon at The Stables, Milton Keynes, part of their “None the Wiser” tour.

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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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