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Thursday 2 April 2009

Conditional server side includes and cookies

I can’t write PHP or Javascript. I could learn, but I don’t have much interest. Most of my websites are good old-fashioned static HTML and I use server-side-includes a lot.

I thought I would write, in simple terms, about some of ways I’ve used them. (more…)


Filed under: Net & technology — GS @ 12:24 am
Tuesday 11 November 2008

Ill with stress

We hear lots about stress in the workplace. When you’re effectively ‘trapped’ in a job and can’t escape the cause of the stress, it’s a terrible thing. But recently I’ve discovered that stress can creep up on you slowly and unexpectedly.

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Filed under: Health,Personal — GS @ 3:40 am
Wednesday 20 June 2007

St. Peter’s Square, Manchester

Men demolishing the spire of St. Peter's Church, St. Peter's Square, Manchester, 1907
Workmen demolishing the spire of St. Peter’s Church, St. Peter’s Square, Manchester, 1907

Looking through the pictures in the Manchester Local Image Collection, I came across this wonderful photograph.

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Filed under: History,Manchester — GS @ 3:11 pm
Monday 21 May 2007

Strange grey blur and circles on photographs

These are three photographs that I took on 11 February 2004 at about 6pm. At the time I thought they were rather odd and sent them to a few friends. Now it seems that other people have experienced strange circles and ‘orbs’ on digital images, so I thought I would publish them with some information.

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Filed under: Photography,Strange — GS @ 12:29 pm
Saturday 19 May 2007

Manchester’s Odeon cinema subjected to a damaging ‘systematic and methodical’ assault to prevent preservation

The former Odeon Cinema, Oxford Street, Manchester

Manchester’s former Odeon cinema, on Oxford Street, has been subjected to a ‘systematic and methodical’ assault to prevent it being preserved, according to the man who tried to save it.

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Filed under: Buildings,Crime,Environment,Manchester,Politics — GS @ 4:18 pm
Wednesday 16 May 2007

Photographer loses image library in fire — how safe is your audio and visual data?

As a photographer myself, I broke out into a cold sweat reading how this poor man lost most of his image library in the Lever Street fire. Equipment can be replaced but unique transparencies, negatives and digital images can’t be.

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Filed under: History,Manchester,Photography,TV & film,Video-making — GS @ 9:59 am
Sunday 13 May 2007

Help needed after the fire in Lever Street, Manchester on 30 April

On 30 April, just four days after I wrote about the Basement Social Centre in Manchester city centre and said what a unique and absolutely spiffing place it was, a huge fire ripped through a building to the rear of it. (more…)


Filed under: Buildings,Documentary,Manchester — GS @ 11:14 am
 
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