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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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Lumiere – A Festival of Light

by Richard Elen 23 November 2011
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Last weekend I was lucky enough to get up to Durham, in the NE of England, to spend a couple of nights experiencing the latest event from Artichoke, titled Lumiere. And a magnificent event it was too.

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Christmas(ish) At Beamish

by Richard Elen 23 November 2011
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A visit to Beamish – “The Living Museum of the North” – is always an excellent experience, but especially so at Christmas.

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75 Years of BBC Television

by Richard Elen 5 November 2011
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Wednesday 2nd November saw the 75th anniversary of the opening of the BBC Television Service. To commemorate the event, the BBC held a special celebration at Alexandra Palace, where the Service opened. I was lucky enough to get an invitation.

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“Hattie’s Map” Unveiled At Last

by Richard Elen 8 August 2011
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The making of “Hattie’s Map” – a tribute to a local resident, unveiled recently in the heart of the NW Cambridgeshire town of Somersham, in the form of an aerial map of the Parish with historic places of interest – created by yours truly.

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Nuclear Power You Can Trust?

by Richard Elen 21 June 2011
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Current nuclear power technology is probably safe – safer than fossil fuels in both the long and short-term. But can we trust anyone to build and operate nuclear power stations safely? Probably not. Here’s news of a possible alternative.

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Re-learning basic life skills

by Richard Elen 19 June 2011
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Learning to tie your shoelaces – for the third time.

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