Archive for April, 2006

Dear Frankie

Thursday, April 27th, 2006

Man and boy running across a Scottish beach

I finally got to see Dear Frankie last night:

Nine year-old Frankie and his single mum Lizzie have been on the move ever since Frankie can remember, most recently arriving in a seaside Scottish town. Wanting to protect her deaf son from the truth that they’ve run away from his father, Lizzie has invented a story that he is away at sea on the HMS Accra. Every few weeks, Lizzie writes to Frankie a make-believe letter from his father, telling of his adventures in exotic lands.

As Frankie tracks the ship’s progress around the globe, he discovers that it is due to dock in his hometown. With the real HMS Accra arriving in only a fortnight, Lizzie must choose between telling Frankie the truth or finding the perfect stranger to play Frankie’s father for just one day.

A cracking story, wonderful acting and a first class script. I’m on a mission now to try and see screenwriter Andrea Gibb’s other films.

Tellybox and wireless archives

There’s much excitement over the BBC has opening up its fully searchable experimental programme catalogue – “details of 946,614 BBC radio & TV programmes, dating back 75 years”. There’s a great introduction to the site by Tom Loosemore but best of all, Murky Murdoch is well pissed off about it.

First task: what was on television the day I was born? Harold Wilson (then Prime Minister), a documentary about Japan and another heartbreaking episode of Steptoe and Son.

I love that you can search for your favourite programmes – how about Nice Town? I’m thinking of starting a campaign to get the beeb (or anyone!) to broadcast it again.

Oh and the Woman’s Hour dramatisation of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca with Harriet Walter and Michael Rosen. I still get goosebumps thinking about it.

There’s plenty to explore but first thought is that the radio icon could be improved – I spent the first 10 minutes thinking it was a clapperboard therefore a movie icon. Or maybe I should go find my spectacles.


Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

Hundreds of toy model Godzillas wearing white bridal veils

There’s an interesting thread about wedding favors on Ask Metafilter – here’s what one couple did.

Ten top ways to tell if Martha Stewart is stalking your dog

Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

Martha Stewart

Ten top ways to tell if Martha Stewart is stalking your dog (via Squoogy).


Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

I am a dormimos!
Twelve simple questions to reveal a couple’s ideal sleeping position – Find your own pose!

Gets my vote for most unusual quiz questions…

p.s. We don’t really sleep like that. Honest.

I dig Mandarin!

Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

I Dig Mandarin

Hairy and scary

Monday, April 24th, 2006

If you visited earlier you might have seen a screen blank with an error message. I took the plunge and upgrade WordPress from 1.5 to 2.0.2. Fingers (and toes) crossed, it all seems to be working well.

I can’t recommend the following tutorials highly enough, I followed them step by step and apart from a few hair-raising moments (mea culpa, I missed a paragraph), it all went swimmingly.

The main page: Tamba 2 WordPress Guides
Upgrade to WordPress 2.x
How to backup
Where is phpmyadmin ? (yes, I needed to check this, ’twas my first time tinkering with my databases).

One small problem and I’ve scratched my head but can’t figure it out yet – why the background image (middle.gif) doesn’t display since the upgrade.

Here’s the css:

#page {
background: transparent url(images/middle.gif) repeat-y top center;
margin: 0 auto;
padding: 0;
text-align: left;
width: 864px;

Any ideas oh wise ones?


Before I got the chance to put that excellent advice from Gordon and Lyle into practice, I found that just saving the .css file and uploading it over the “old” (but identical) file was enough to solve the problem.

So if you’ve upgraded to WordPress 2.0.2 and find that some of your css styling isn’t working any more, it’s worth trying that before giving yourself more grey hairs fixing a (possibly) unfixable problem.

Blogaday map

Monday, April 24th, 2006

Thank you for adding your details to the Frappr Blogaday map, there’s room for plenty more, hint, hint. Award for coolest avatar* goes to Graeme, award for actually adding the date of your birthday goes to very few of you. Are you shy? You don’t have to put the year, honest, just the date.

But I think Andew’s right, Frappr’s not perfect for this, we need an ajaxy programming guru to step forward and identify her/himself. Think of the fame! The fortune! Well, maybe not the fortune, us bloggers expect everything to be free but don’t you think it’s a great project that would be hugely popular? Me too.

* Talking of avatars, I’ve been slaving over a hot computer to produce my own – what do you think?

WordPress 2.0.2

In other news, my brother’s here visiting, was due to go back home today but has developed a nasty bout of stomach flu so I’m donning a nurse’s cap to apply cold flannels to his fevered brow. Or not. But I’ve set him up with a domain name, hosting and WordPress 2.0.2 and he has joined the ranks of the shirker blogger community. Now you’d think I’d be linking to him post haste, no? Hmm, until he gets the whole anonymity concept I’m afraid that’s a big fat No. Sorry bruv.

I started the upgrade process to WP 2.0.2 for here but the Fantastico section with my hosting is temporarily borked so I’ll try and find time to do a manual update this week. I’m not sure I like the new Intelligent text formatting and found myself switching to the html popup window to edit links and such.

Flickr virgin

Saturday, April 22nd, 2006


Despite having signed up with Flickr in ye olde dayes, I’ve not really used it much (the result of a crap camera and always having hosting space elsewhere) but I’m finally “getting” the community aspect of it all – bear with me while I find you all and add you as contacts and gasp in admiration at the wonderful pictures you’ve been taking.

Birthdays and Anniversaries

I’ve missed at least two birthdays recently (Pam and Graeme) but in a recent conversation with Andrew I rashly promised to look at something that would make it easy for our little corner of the world (virtually speaking) to make it easy to find a fellow blogger’s birthday.

I’ve had a look at Google Calendar, Kiko and 30 Boxes calendars but don’t you think it would be nice to have the option to list birthdays along with a url and a picture (avatar, gravatar, etc.)? So I’ve set up a Frappr map here at Blogaday:

World map showing location pin for Daisy

Your pins are welcomed. But is there a more suitable tool out there? One that makes it easy to view birthdays in a particular month? Oh and how about an rss feed that will display a list of that week’s birthdays/anniversaries? Ideas, people!

Stating the obvious

Catching sight of a pretty woman really is enough to throw a man’s decision-making skills into disarray, a study suggests.

File under “Why on earth did you spend money confirming that?”, researchers at the University of Leuven* now say that sex cues ruin men’s decisiveness.

* Disclaimer: Many moons ago I dated a medical student and the halls of residence at Leuven will always bring a twinkle to these old eyes.

Happiness is… (part 26 or thereabouts)

Tuesday, April 18th, 2006

Step 1: Decide to switch the computer off (oh the horror!) and have a mamouth clear out over Easter weekend.
Step 2: Find a box of clothes with this label.
Step 3: Open the box, try on once favourite black jeans.
Step 4: Zip ’em up to find that they’re too big. Waaaay too big.
Step 5: Go eat a banana and half a Kit-Kat to celebrate.

Friday, April 14th, 2006

From the BBC:

Windsurfer’s accidental crossing

A windsurfer who sailed across the Bristol Channel claims he did not intend to make the three-hour crossing.

Adam Cowles, 24, set out from Swansea Bay and realised he had gone further than planned only when he rounded a cargo ship.

Mr Cowles said he decided to press on in the direction of England after realising his starting point had all but disappeared from view.

“I then went past a cargo ship. I turned around and realised that I had gone too far.

Mr Cowles said that one of the most frightening parts of the day was having to call his wife and ask her for a lift home.

It might be time for Mr Cowles to buy one of these.

Computer mouse in the shape of a lady's bottom

Or stick to a safer sort of surfing .

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