About Mark Howells-Mead
Photography and programming since 1983. CMS developer since 2001. WordPress since 2003, TYPO3 since 2011 and agency partner since 2019.
I’m a British photographer, designer and web developer and I live in Switzerland. Permanent Tourist is my personal website. I came up with the name because I try to live like an interested visitor, whether at home or elsewhere.
I speak English and Bernese (Swiss) German fluently, German relatively well, and French passably but with a little hesitation. Through my work on multilingual websites, I also have an understanding of written Italian, and my abilities in German allow me a basic understanding of Dutch.
I spend much of my spare time in the mountains near where I live on the shores of Lake Thun: hiking and taking photographs. I’ve been here since 2001; before that, I lived in Hampshire, England and (as a child) in London.
Long before all this was a twinkle in my eye, I studied to A-level at Salesian College in Farnborough, Hampshire.
Curriculum vitæ (Lebenslauf)
I’m a full-stack developer, WordPress specialist, designer and partner at Say Hello GmbH: a web agency in central Switzerland with a focus on WordPress and Progressive Web App development.
My daily work involves project management, concept work, cross-media solutions and workshop leadership, front-end, back-end and API development, media production, client consultancy, design and sales.
Previously, I’ve been a development manager, team leader, digital developer, media producer, content management system developer and customer services advisor for small, large and international companies based in the U.K. and Switzerland since the 1990s.
You can see my complete c.v. here.
I write long-form entries in alphabetical order about my life from time to time. The first was published here in 2013. The current entries are here.
Unbeknown to me, during one of my many visits to Switzerland, one of my fellow tourists somehow fell to the temptation of throwing away his return ticket and remain longer than is usually accepted for trippers. He describes himself, quite accurately I think, as the Permanent Tourist.
He now lives in a spacious flat, forever condemned to waking every morning to the sight of the majestic snow-capped alps and turquoise lakes, travel to his cushy lakeside job on the best, most efficient rail system in the world, and spend his weekends amidst scenery that most of us weep at for the sheer spectacle of beauty. To top it all, he does this in the accompaniment of a particularly gorgeous female.
As if this is not enough, he is able to encapsulate all this wonder in which he dwells through his lens with the efficiency of a keen-eyed sniper. Just look yourself, and you’ll see visions that are both stunning, clever and at times amusing. If he went professional, we may as well all throw away our cameras, for we are not worthy.Graham McKenzie-Smith, 2006
- The beautiful cinematography of The Sound of Music, which I watched for the first time this year.
- The hike from Wengen to Kleine Scheidegg, high above the Lauterbrunnen Valley in Switzerland, is beautiful. But parts of the route are an absolute killer.
- Using command-line scripts to synchronise your live website with your local website.
- Finally photographing a long-awaited evening view across Lausanne, thanks to getting the right angle with my drone.
- Hiking in the wild, remote and dramatic landscape of the north-west of Scotland last autumn.
- Time-lapse sequence of the cable car ride from the valley station to the mountain station.
- Using register_block_pattern in WordPress can be a pain, as you need to manipulate the HTML in your code. Here’s a much less tiresome solution.
- Almost every year, prevailing winds bring fine dust and sand from the Sahara desert to southern Europe.