I went to WordCamp Sheffield 2014

Picture of WordCamp Sheffield 2014 main hall closing session

I attended WordCamp Sheffield 2014 in the imposing University of Sheffield Mappin Building on Saturday 26 April 2014.

Here’s some of the sessions I attended from the twin track running order:

  • Theme development workflow from start to finish – Jonny Allbut gave practical advice on developing bespoke themes for clients.
  • The challenges of running a multi-author blog – Samantha Deakin outlined running the University of Sheffield Enterprise blog from the content editors point of view.
  • How do I know if my WordPress website is accessible? Graham Armfield showed 16 tests to ascertain the accessibility of sites.
  • Tips for front-end performance in WordPress – Ian Parr gave an entertaining session on improving front-end site efficiency.
  • Social media law – Peter Wright detailed the many legal implications of posting online.
  • Keynote – Mike Little summarised his journey from being WordPress co-founder to the present day running zed1.com; this was followed by an interview with Kimb “Paxman” Jones.

Many thanks to Kimb for organising an excellent conference.

Help decide the venue for WPUK Unconference 2014

You can take part in the ballot to select the venue for WPUK Unconference 2014 (working title).

The event, to be held on the weekend of 12-13 July 2014, is the follow up to WordCamp Lancaster UK 2013.

As for previous events in the series, participants can vote to select the venue – the year the choice is Birmingham or Bournemouth.

Find out how to vote on WPUK Discuss.

St Paul’s at night

Picture of St Paul's at night

St Paul’s Cathedral from the junction of King Edward’s Street and Little Britain London EC1, at 0045 on 2 March 2014.

I went to the Green Man Hwyl 2014

Picture of Hwyl 2014 wristband

On Saturday 1 March 2014 I went to the Green Man Hwyl 2014.

Christina, Des and myself have been to the Green Man Festival every year since 2011, and it was therefore logical we attended the Hwyl, held to celebrate Saint David’s Day, at the Cecil Sharp House in Camden Town.

Picture of BBC Radiophonic Workshop

The event started at 1400, and we spent a disproportionate amount of time in the basement ‘refectory’ near the bar (!), but also visited the outside (very) miniature recreation of the Green Man Festival.

The main hall accommodated the bands – headlined by the most excellent BBC Radiophonic Workshop (pictured), consisting of members of the former BBC department that was Kraftwerk before Kraftwerk existed.

Ubuntu is ten years old

Graphic of Ubuntu timeline

Ubuntu is ten years old in 2014.

Graphic from OMG! Ubuntu!

Carrbrook Bowling Green

Picture of Carrbrook Bowling Green

Carrbrook Bowling Green, at 1539 on 11 January 2014.

Buckton Castle

Picture of Buckton Castle

Buckton Castle near Carrbrook, at 1523 on 11 January 2014.

My primary school

Picture of my old school

The former Saint James Buckton Vale Primary School buidling (now a private house), my old alma mata, in Carrbrook, at 1521 on 11 January 2014.