Photos of Cairn Gorm & Aviemore Ski Centre

Last week I made the trek up Cairn Gorm and the Aviemore Ski Centre. Given the fresh fall of snow and the fact my trip coincided with the half-term holiday (or extended weekend break in the Highlands) I found it bursting at the seams with all manner of sledgers, snowballers, skiers, ramblers and half-pipers. In…

Death of Umberto Eco: Never Leaving, Always Arriving

He provided signposts in a world of infinite junctions, a road map in a world of infinite signs. Discovering Umberto Eco at University was a bit like discovering sex. During the long bleak months of winter 1990 I’d read his novel, The Name of The Rose back to back with Travels in Hyperreality — a witty…

Black Goddess Rising: Beyonce Gets Political at the Super Bowl

Here’s another side to the Super Bowl half-time anarchy-show put on by Beyonce and her beret-wearing, fist-waving, pin-up Panther chorus-line. Two members of the New Black Panther Party, Brandon Baldwin and Olajuwon Davis were each awarded seven year sentences last year for their part in a plot to bomb Police. The attack itself was planned…

We are stars: the death of David Bowie

So there we have it: the death of David Bowie, trending in its now customary fashion along the volatile cardiac graphs that characterise Social Media. It’ll probably reach a peak over the next few days when the waves on the Cultural ECG monitor practically shoot off the screens. It’s been a long time coming. 69…

Je Suis Charlie Manson – Isis Reboot Helter Skelter

When I get to the bottom I go back to the top of the slide Where I stop and I turn and I go for a ride Till I get to the bottom and I see you again Yeah yeah yeah hey Anonymous, the loose collective of anarchists and hacktivists who declared ‘war on terrorism’…

Room4u hotel directory 15 years old

Happy to announce that the Room4U website has been live now for a staggering 15 years. Designed and built originally to showcase a range of development skills to clients, the 6000+ page website has maintained its search dominance since the early noughties. It might not generate the 250 thousand visitors per month it did at…

Aberdeen Alarms

Published a new site for Aberdeen (Aysec) Alarms this week. It was an interesting job as I’d never been approached by this industry before and home security wasn’t something I spent an awful lot of time of thinking about prior to building the site, so it was a massive surprise to learn that home security…

Widespread Search for the Tomintoul Fugitive – Monocled Mutineer

Aberdeen Journal Aberdeenshire, Scotland, June 4th 1920 Growing Belief He is Toplis. Aberdeenshire Minister’s Strange Story of a Lift No arrest has yet been made in connection with the Tomintoul shooting outrage, but the hue and cry has widely been circulated and the Police of Banffshire and Aberdeeshire are keeping a close watch on all…

Percy Toplis Hunt – Tomintoul Outrage

Aberdeen Daily Journal Saturday June 5th 1920 WILLIAMISON OR TOPLIS? PASSES THROUGH ABERDEEN The police are confident that the net is closing round the fugitive “Williamson”, “Toplis” or whatever his name may be. Public interest in the chase is keen, judging from the number and promptitude of the reports coming into the authorities. It has…

Toplis’ Life In the Highlands

Dundee Courier Angus, Scotland, 8th June 1920 How he deluded hotel guests The mother of Percy Toplis yesterday travelled from her home at Alfreton, Derbyshire, in the company of two Officers from Penrith Constabulary in order to identify the body of the man shot on Sunday night. She was much distressed.  It would appear that…

The Booze Alliance

Today saw the launch of a new website for The Booze Alliance. It’s a mobile-friendly ‘responsive’ design and features a simple Paypal shop and news blog. The site is supported by a bespoke content management system, built around an MS SQL Database and hosted for under £100.00 a year. http://www.boozealliance.co.uk