Al-Salam, Oxford

October 12th, 2005

Perhaps they were over-stretched

It was a Saturday night and all of our first choice restaurants were fully booked with up to an hour’s wait for a table. Al-Salam was to be our saviour and they found my boyfriend and me a romantic table for two in a quiet spot at the back of the restaurant. Except that it wasn’t quiet and not in the slightest bit romantic. Read the rest of this entry »

New Camera & Photographs

October 4th, 2005

My old camera died the way most fiddly-electronics seem to with one of its buttons becoming permanently stuck down, meaning it wouldn’t even switch on. It would have cost £60 to fix and so they recommended I just go for a new one. So after a few days eBaying I won an Olympus C-60 Zoom. It isn’t a new model, but it was cheap, has 6.1 megapixels and a lot of preset functions which is good for me as I’m not the world’s greatest photographer.

The results of a night out with my new camera can be found at my Flickr account, which was created only so that I could add comments to the @media pictures.

Leaves on the Line

October 3rd, 2005

Last week we were left a note on the whiteboard of our tiny local train station saying that from 1st October all trains to London, Waterloo would be leaving 3 minutes earlier. This seemed like a good idea and I was quite glad of being able to arrive in work at 9am rather than just past the hour. Read the rest of this entry »

Opera Removes Ad Banner

September 20th, 2005

At last I no longer have to feel cheap and stubborn by not shelling out to Opera so that I can have the privilege of an ad free browser. The adverts didn’t visually annoy me, but I clicked accidentally once too often on a text advert when I was reaching for a tab underneath them.

Opera removes the ad banner

My site’s layout has much to be desired when viewed in Opera. I will get round to fixing it eventually.

The Speakers – @media2005

June 12th, 2005

I have already given my account of the conference as a whole and thought I would write a bit more on some of the speakers and what I learnt from them. Read the rest of this entry »

My First Conference – @media2005

June 12th, 2005

I had mixed emotions as the days got nearer to @media. I knew that I would enjoy each of the presentations and that I would come away knowing more than before, but because I am not much of a mingler I was worried that I would be sat on my own for the coffee breaks and that there would be empty seats around me during the presentations. How wrong could I be? Read the rest of this entry »

London Calling

June 6th, 2005

There were many reasons why I thought I didn’t want to work in London. I think it was mainly fear of the unknown, yes I’d been shopping in London but I’d always had someone who knew how to get places and knew how The Underground worked. I thought that working in London would mean 1 and a half hours of commuting misery where I’d get lost and probably mugged. Read the rest of this entry »

The Musical Baton Drops

May 19th, 2005

After seeing this chain post spreading around the blog community, I feel quite privileged to have it passed my way by paul. Read the rest of this entry »

@media 2005

April 14th, 2005

Web Standards & Accessibility: June 9th-10th

The company I work for finally granted me permission to go to my first ever conference, with about 6 hours to spare for their ‘early-bird’ discount, and I really can’t wait.

It will be a chance to see the celebrities, of their genre, in the flesh instead of reading their words on a website. Everything that I’ve learnt about web standards, accessibility and css has been from reading various tutorials, web logs and reference pages from the web. I’ve longed to have some actual face-to-face education rather than the painstaking trial and error of learning from online examples. I realise it won’t be the class setting I want, but it’s a start. Read the rest of this entry »

26 Years Old, Tomorrow

March 18th, 2005

I’m getting old, tipping over the edge on the slippery slope to 30. Luckily I haven’t noticed any wrinkles yet and I don’t physically feel old, but when I say the number out loud it just sounds like a lot of years! Just think how parents must feel when they realise they have children who are 26 – sorry mum.

So, at what point in your life did you start to feel old?

Complimentary Compliments

March 15th, 2005

Compliments can sometimes be hard to accept, even more so when men get their feet jammed sideways in their mouths. I know they’re trying to make us feel good about ourselves, but somehow they don’t get it quite right. Read the rest of this entry »

Pizza, French Fries

March 9th, 2005

*Fast* food

I can french fry the whole way down! We started off pizza-ing our way down very very slowly, then built up to pizza – french fries – pizza – french fries, and ended the week french fries everywhere. Read the rest of this entry »

Google Epic

February 18th, 2005

An amazing look into the future of the web, mainly the domination of search engines to ‘feed’ us our news.

EPIC 2014