I went to WordPress London 20

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I went to meeting number 20 of the WordPress London local group on Thursday 21 February 2013, held at the Google Campus.

Two presentations were made at the meeting:

Salutations to WordPress.com for sponsoring the drinks and pizza.

Afterwards it was beers at the nearby Masque Haunt.

WordPress London meets on a monthly basis – many thanks to Keith for organising the gathering.

If you’re not based in London, see if there’s a WordPress local group near you on the WPUK wiki.

Charles Street, Manchester

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Charles Street, Manchester, at 1552 on 25 May 2012.

I went to WordPress London 19

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I went to meeting number 19 of the WordPress London local group on Thursday 17 January 2013, held at the Google Campus.

Two presentations were made at the meeting:

  • Laura Kalbag gave a talk on designing WordPress admin icons, which included Laura producing a new icon live!
  • John Graham-Cumming gave a presentation on accelerating WordPress sites with CloudFlare (who sponsored the evening through beer and pizza!)

After the meeting it was drinks at the nearby Masque Haunt.

WordPress London meets on a monthly basis – many thanks to Keith for organising the gathering.

If you’re not based in London, see if there’s a WordPress local group near you on the WPUK wiki.

BBC Radio is 90

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Happy birthday, BBC Radio, which was 90 years old on 14 November 2012.

I went to the Wetherspoon Autumn 2012 Real Ale Festival

I attended the annual Wetherspoon 2012 Autumn Real Ale Festival at various JDW establishments across London.

The Festival, which ran 24 October to 11 November 2012, featured 50 real ales and 10 ciders.

I went to the Wetherspoon Autumn 2012 Real Ale and Cider Festival

I attended the Wetherspoon 2012 Autumn Real Ale and Cider Festival which ran 5 to 23 October 2011 and featured 50 real ales and 10 ciders.

I’ve detailed the drinks I sampled at various different JDW pubs during the festival, with marks out of ten.

The festival included ales by international brewers but specially brewed in the UK for the event, shown by [international special], and occasionally brewed beers [occasional].

Here’s the beers I sampled during the festival, along with marks out of ten and a brief comment:

Full details are given in the festival tasting notes [2.9MB PDF].

UK Government Digital Strategy issued

The wide-ranging UK Government Digital Strategy has been issuedTom Loosemore, Deputy Director at UK Government Digital Service, explains how the strategy was written.

An important element of the strategy is the work currently being undertaken to bring together currently disparate government websites into the integrated GOV.UK.

According to Simon Dickson, this isn’t the first time this has been attempted.

UK analogue TV transmission ends

So, that’s it for analogue broadcast television transmission in the United Kingdom.

The switch from PAL 625 line transmission to DVB-T across the UK was completed on 25 October 2012 when the analogue signal was switched off at the Divis transmitting station in County Antrim.

The switchover also saw the closure of all broadcast teletext services, including the BBC’s Ceefax.

So, goodbye analogue TV transmission – it was good whilst it lasted!

March for A Future That Works

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I went on the TUC organised A Future That Works march with the BECTU contingent on 20 October 2012.