WordPress Gutenberg: migrating your existing site
Gutenberg is the fifth incarnation of WordPress and presents a major shift for the platform. There’s been much noise and highly polarised views of the changes it represents. Even a rebellion that gave rise to the “Classic WordPress” spin-off. Over the past couple of weeks I’ve had the pleasure of working on some migrations that […]
Most religions confuse me. Christianity is supposed to dislike idolatry, yet its churches and cathedrals are awash with idols. It seems to me an agreement has been reached. The wealthy may have their idols in exchange for a few coins to help the church funds. And the church shall absolve them of the sin of […]
Sailing in Stockholm
As we cruised slowly out of Stockholm sailboats gathered round. They tracked the ship, or just went about their own business. Watching them enjoy the evening sun, dancing on the wind and the waves, it was a beautiful sight. We watched them for over an hour as they cut and turned and swept across the […]
The Stone Church in Helsinki
In Helsinki there’s a stone church. It’s a beautiful construction, a truly impressive piece of architectural design. It’s impossible not to be drawn into this incredibly bright and airy space. Or be overwhelmed by how beautiful it is. There are countless tourist groups that visit, so be ready to steal those moments you can. Like […]
Jeremy Corbyn finally takes action. Sort of.
With the Conservative Government in free fall after the disastrous negotiations with the EU have come to a head, Jeremy Corbyn finally decided to take action. An open goal was there as any hope of a renegotiation of the Withdrawal Agreement was dead and Prime Minister May weakened. He lined up his shot, stepped forward […]
The Great Wave and Hokusai: lessons in reinvention
The Great Wave is one of the most iconic images to emerge from Japan. Produced in the early 19th Century, Hokusai’s block print of a wave crashing over fishing boats with Mount Fuji looking on, has been endlessly reproducedand adapted. It has appeared in arenas as diverse as serene gallery exhibitions, explosive TV adverts andthe […]
Indiana Jones at the V&A
The V&A is the sort of place I think Indiana Jones would approve of. It’s full of artefacts from around the world, some liberated from oppressive regimes, some “rescued” from what might otherwise be destruction or neglect. Many have been gifted. It appears Indy agrees with me. During my most recent visit I chanced across […]
Tumblr has banned adult content. Is it a great business decision?
Much is being made of Tumblr’s decision to ban adult content. There are countless articles and posts lamenting the loss of a huge source of images and videos. The impact on niche groups and communities has been highlighted. Many questions are being raised about freedom of speech. Why Tumblr made this decision has been the subject of debate. Concerns […]
To infinity. From Dundee
A view out across the River Tay. Taken beneath the Tay Road Bridge. It was a beautiful view, the supports spanning out to infinity.
If you go looking for a problem you’ll find one
I was listening to “In Our Time”, my favourite go-to Podcast. On the panel with Melvyn Bragg were a trio of experts: two male, one female. As the discussion progressed I started to think one of the male panelists was quite the misogynist. He was interrupting his female peer, paraphrasing her points and countering her […]
My Brexit letter to Richard Harrington, MP
My local MP is the Conservative Richard Harrington. A “vote remain” supporter in the referendum, he currently has the position of Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. I’ve written the following letter to him to set out my views on the upcoming “EU Withdrawal Agreement”. Dear Mr Harrington, […]