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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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