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General stuff.

a simple website is a happy website


As you might have noticed, I'm in the process of re-jigging this website. The new look has been chosen largely just to keep things simple, as I don't really have the time to maintain my own modules and theme code any more! So, expect a new, improved, yet stripped-down service from now on!


well played, sir


Well, we all got the American president that they deserve. It's good to hear about all the goodwill and hope in the air.

Obama is known as an eloquent orator, but as far as I can tell his victory speech has not been aired in full on the news here in the UK. However, it is on the BBC website and is worth a watch: Obama's victory speech in full.


~980 double decker buses


For those of you who have trouble imaging how long 980 double decker buses would be, try imagining 1/38440th of the distance between the Earth and the Moon. Alternatively, it's ~10km. By pure coincidence, this just happens to be the distance that Eilidh ran last Sunday (Photo finish here) raising money for Yorkshire Cancer Centre.


six months of weblogs missing in tragic data loss


The Prime Minister just appeared on television to apologise for the loss of the web log entries that should have been posted here. The blogs were eventually found on a roundabout in Exeter, but have since been lost in the post while being posted back to the place they were originally posted from.

So, to make up for the dearth of updates utterly failing to make an impression on this corner of the web, a new plan has been conjured up. The administrative load of looking after this site was burning up all of the time that should have been spent writing stuff, so we've cut things right back and made them much simpler. We've also resolved to try and post more frequent, if brief, entries, as we know quite a lot of our friends keep in touch with our movements through this site. If you do, you might like to look at our new news page.



comet mcnaught


The southern hemisphere is a great place to view Comet McNaught as it moves away from the Sun. It can be seen clearly from Wellington, as long as you get high enough to see over the hills. Here are our slightly blurry (no tripod) photos taken from Mt Victoria.




Eilidh had her viva on Tuesday, and it went very well. After a small number of corrections are made and various administrative meetings are held, it'll all be official. Somewhat surprisingly, on the very same day, Eilidh also realised that she was not 28 but was in fact 27.