On Hound Tor

Your author as a mysterious fictional character.

7th March 2017 | Read more »

Thunersee and Brienzersee – Pure Switzerland

Thunersee and Brienzersee – Pure Switzerland

The region I’ve been calling home for sixteen years.

2nd March 2017 | Read more »

WordPress Switzerland

As my working career moves towards being involved with WordPress 100% of the time in future, I’ve started to gradually invest a little more of my time and effort into the WordPress community. My aim is to work with friends and colleagues to coordinate our efforts in Switzerland into…

1st March 2017 | Read more »

A new role at WordPress agency cubetech

After six years with my current employer, the time has come to move into a role which better suits my abilities and which will provide me with new challenges. I'm really excited that I've been asked to join WordPress agency Cubetech in Bern as Head of Development.

27th February 2017 | Read more »

Investment in a proper website concept is usually the least expensive option

Spending money on an informed, experienced website concept document will usually work out cheaper than trying to battle through for days on your own. It will also mean that the end result will be more reliable and more likely to properly present your business online.

22nd February 2017 | Read more »

Melchsee-Frutt, Switzerland

Abrupt sunsets

Sunsets in the mountains are different from those over flatter landscapes.

21st February 2017 | Read more »

The dangers of technical evangelism

Why the software you love may not always be the right one for the project at hand, and how you can recognize and plan for it.

20th February 2017 | Read more »

Iseltwald am Brienzersee

A spring-like day and an afternoon stroll around a little village on the shore of Lake Brienz.  …

20th February 2017 | Read more »

!frappant Desk Memories

The desk at my third employer in Switzerland isn’t in as nice an office as the white-and-red-brick one at Burson-Marsteller, and the view – of a car park and dusty four-storey apartment block common to the Breitenrain district – isn’t a patch on the one I had of…

17th February 2017 | Read more »

WordPress is bigger than you think

In 2016, 27% of all of the websites on the internet were powered by WordPress. That's 8 times more than Joomla, 12 times more than Drupal, and 70 times more than TYPO3.

17th February 2017 | Read more »

Simple CSS specificity rule guide

There are a few ways to apply CSS styling rules to an element. Each one is less or more specific than another. Applying a rule using a class selector when you’ve applied a different rule using an ID selector won’t work. Batificity isn’t the CSS specificity guide you deserve, but…

16th February 2017 | Read more »

Responsive imagemap with interactive highlighting function

A short post to help anyone who is looking to implement a responsive HTML imagemap, which also features an interactive highlighting function.

16th February 2017 | Read more »

St. Ives, Cornwall

The St. Ives light

The fishing village of St. Ives is no longer a village. Its character changed in the second  half of the nineteenth century, when fishing declined and the new railway brought the first artists. These days, the town is mobbed by tourists and most are forced to abandon their car or coach in a…

15th February 2017 | Read more »

St. Michael's Mount, Marazion

St. Michael’s Mount, Marazion

The small tidal island off the coast of southern Cornwall called St. Michael’s Mount has been home to the St. Aubyn family since the middle of the sixteenth century. The island, which is connected to the nearby mainland by a man-made granite causeway at low tide, is a smaller version of…

15th February 2017 | Read more »

Grindelwald by night – a timelapse

Grindelwald by night – a timelapse

A overnight timelapse of the view across the valley from Grindelwald First.

9th February 2017 | Read more »

Gretna Green, Scotland

A place of irregular marriages

The small town of Gretna Green, which lies alongside the M6/A74M on the border between Scotland and England, is one of the most popular wedding destinations in the world.

7th February 2017 | Read more »

One man, one camera, 6,000 miles

One man, one camera, 6,000 miles

The Perimeter is a photography project by Quintin Lake, based on walking 10,000km around the coast of Britain in sections. The journey started on 17th April 2015 at St Paul’s cathedral.

4th February 2017 | Read more »

Schilthorn in winter

Schilthorn in winter

The follow-up to the Schilthorn Cableway’s summer video is now online, showing the mountain-top restaurant and region in winter.

18th January 2017 | Read more »

Christmas lights in London

Christmas lights in London

Another compilation of time-lapse sequences in London by Mattia Bicchi, which (as usual) makes me miss the city and encourage me to try and fit in a weekend there.

16th January 2017 | Read more »

Ullswater, Cumbria

Ullswater, at last

Perfect photographic conditions on the shores of Ullswater in the Cumbrian Lake District last week.

12th January 2017 | Read more »

Not a resolution

We all need people in our lives who raise our standards, remind us of our essential purpose, and challenge us to become the best version of ourselves.

9th January 2017 | Read more »

The (Not So) Secret Powers Of The Mobile Browser

I have a 16Gb iPhone, with comparatively few apps installed. 70% of these 16Gb are filled with data for these apps, although only 6% are music stored for offline listening, and only 2% are photos. From the apps, the main offender is Facebook, which currently needs 571.6Mb to tell me what’s…

22nd December 2016 | Read more »

Using WordPress template parts for my new WordPress theme

The new WordPress theme running this website has been improved by the use of WordPress' get_template_part function.

20th December 2016 | Read more »

The bottomless pit of Swiss health insurance

I’ve been living in Switzerland since early 2001: coming up on sixteen years. Since arriving, I’ve been forced to contribute to the health system by paying monthly premiums to the tune of around Fr. 300 per month. This reflects the bare minimum–the obligatorische Krankenpflegeversicherung–which is a legal requirement. Just like car…

20th December 2016 | Read more »