Month: April 2009

New Low Temperature Record Set in Australia for April

As we in the northern hemisphere head into summer time, we often forget that the southern hemisphere is heading into winter. Last night at Charlotte’s pass in the Snowy Mountains, Australia a temperature of minus 13 celcious was recorded. This is the lowest temperature ever to be recorded in the Australian continent during the month of April. What happened to all the chat about global...

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Weather Predictions for Summer 2009

Some people have been asking me what kind of summer its going to be like in 2009. To be honest at the moment I haven’t a clue! Being in the city in the winter and pring means that I miss some of the tell tale signs that nature gives as to what kind of weather is on its way. There hasn’t really been a properly hot summer since 2003? So I reckon its about time we’re due a really hot summer where the temperatures in Scotland get above that 30C mark. I’ll do some research and ask my Dad what he thinks, being a shepherd means he notices nature in more detail than a lot of people so perhaps he could shed some light on nature’s clues and help me to give my summer weather predictions 2009. Update 30th April: The Met Office have released their long range weather forecast for UK Summer 2009, and it matches my guess! Hotter, and drier than previous years with temperatures to top 30C from time to time. [wordbay]weather...

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SwimChat.co.uk Updated

Over the past couple of days I have been busy upgrading the swimchat forum to the latest version of SMF 2.0 RC1 This is a huge update and step forward from what was already probably the best free forum software available on the net. For those of you that don’t know SwimChat.co.uk is one of my first sites that I put together. There have been a few members that signed up and posted a few times, this happened when the main uk swimming forum closed for a period (oh how I wish it never came back! haha). So with a new style, and new backend to the forum, i’m looking to intice these members back, and get many many more to make it a hugely busy forum. I do have a couple of plans up my sleeve which if successful should see a steady membership and acitivity level on the site. Forums are probably the hardest thing to start up, I mean, whos going to sign up to an empty forum!? I do like a challenge, however, and between this blog, my bwav gaming team and the swimming forum i’m hoping to learn and build on what I know and make a success story out of...

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Etihad Cadet Update

It’s been a while since I’ve updated my Etihad Cadet application process, but after the tests in London I was unsuccessful. There are rumours going around that only 9 people out of 600 picked for the tests got a “maybe”, that just shows you how hard the selection is, and quite right, so it should be! Due to the economic turmoil at the moment Etihad Airways announced that they will be unable to conduct further cadet pilot assessments this year. They are therefore postponing the planned selections in New York, Toronto and Singapore until further notice. I was impressed...

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The Value of the Favicon

Its probably of of the most overlooked parts when designing a favicon, its not part of the webpage itself, but if you look at the address bar, your see a wee square that looks like , that is the favicon for this site. I tend to think sites with favicons do better because they appear to be more thought through and complete. Thats why today i’m adding Favicons to a few of my sites, also going to be keeping a track of the bounce rate.Its going to be interesting to see if the bounce rate is at all affected by having such a small addition to the design. In addition to appearing next to the URL in the adress bar, if you bookmark a site which has a favicon, then the favicon appears next to the site in your bookmark list (not sure if this happens in every browser) Heres the list of Favicons I am trying out (will be updated when i make...

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