The WordPress technology behind my new photo galleries

Publishing photos to WordPress directly via FTP using Adobe Lightroom.

23rd September 2016 | Read more »

Managing WordPress Theme plugin requirements

I’m in the closing stages of development for a new WordPress site for a client. (A private one, so I can’t go into details.) As the development phase has progressed, the management of the required plugins in the Multisite installation has become ever more complex. Some sites are running an older Theme, which…

16th September 2016 | Read more »

Oeschinenalp to Blüemlisalp glacier via Heuberg and Oberbärgli

Hiking along a panoramic path above the lake at Oeschinensee and then over-doing it on a much steeper, rockier path on the way to the Blümlisalphütte.

15th September 2016 | Read more »

Star Trek Beyond

Star Trek Beyond

Today is the 50th anniversary of the first non-pilot episode of Star Trek. We saw Star Trek Beyond at the cinema yesterday and it was touching when we saw subtle tributes in the film and in the credits. The film makers wove Leonard Nimoy’s passing into the story…

8th September 2016 | Read more »

An easy introduction to WordPress plugins with PHP classes

There are many copy-and-paste examples of how to write your own functions and apply them through WordPress’ hooks and actions. But with a little simple knowledge of PHP’s namespace syntax, developers who regularly work on WordPress projects can make their lives a lot easier, whilst making their code much more robust, portable and…

7th September 2016 | Read more »

More photos than you can shake a stick at

That’s the long-term plan, anyway. As promised in a previous blog post, I’ve completed the new Photos section of the site, to celebrate the tenth anniversary of permanenttourist.ch. Nothing is ever truly finished around here, so there will be improvements and tweaks as time goes on. It’s better to…

6th September 2016 | Read more »

Happy birthday, Permanent Tourist!

I wrote and posted my first blog post in this version of my website ten years ago today. To celebrate, I'm reviving the “Photos” section of the site, which will contain my best and my favourite photos.

20th August 2016 | Read more »

New sales film from the Schilthorn

New sales film from the Schilthorn

The Schilthorn Cableway has released a new short advertising film today, and as usual, it makes me want to head for Mürren straight away.

15th August 2016 | Read more »

Smugglers’ Island

Burgh Island, off the coast of Devon, was re-christened by Agatha Christie in 1941 for her famous Hercule Poirot novel “Evil Under The Sun”.

13th August 2016 | Read more »

Website: Gemeinde Interlaken

Eleven years later, and Interlaken Town Council are still using the website I built for them. It may not be programmed for optimal use on mobile devices, pre-dating the iPhone by three years, but it still works flawlessly.

12th August 2016 | Read more »

Frauenbad am Stadthausquai

Bathing in public was forbidden to the women of Zurich until 1837. Once the ban had been lifted, the city constructed a bathing house on the river Limmat, alongside the Stadthausquai next to the city hall.

11th August 2016 | Read more »

Zurich scenes

A small set of photographs from Switzerland's largest city, taken in a classically traditional square landscape format.

10th August 2016 | Read more »

Photographing the Milky Way

I’m certainly no stranger to long-exposure photography. But during the few years that we’ve lived in a flat with a balcony and an unobstructed view of the night sky, I’ve come to realize that I’d never photographed the Milky Way properly. The first time that I can even remember…

6th August 2016 | Read more »

Lizard Point, Cornwall

Lizard Point, Cornwall

As time goes on, we’re getting to see more and more new parts of the U.K. One goal we’ve set ourselves is to visit all of the most remote corners of the British “mainland”, as well as more remote spots on outlying islands when we can. We’ve already visited…

3rd August 2016 | Read more »

Chüematte to Gemmenalphorn

Whilst many travel up to the top of the Niederhorn ridge by cable car – one of the most expensive ones by distance in the whole region – there’s a much better alternative for the fitter visitor. There’s a private, tolled road leading up from Waldegg, at Beatenberg, to farm buildings…

30th July 2016 | Read more »

Yves’ observations

If you like observational photography – also known inaccurately as “street photography” – then Yves’ blog is worth following. It certainly makes me want to get out and spend time watching and waiting myself. Here are a few of my own efforts, from my Flickr set.

29th July 2016 | Read more »

Tintagel, Cornwall

Tintagel Not-Castle

I was a little disappointed that the “castle” at Tintagel was little more than a few bits of wall at the coast. (I suppose I have been spoiled by the castle ruins at Dunnotar and Tantallon.) Our walk along the coast path, doing battle with the wind, was…

14th July 2016 | Read more »

Trebarwith Strand, Cornwall

Trebarwith Strand

We recently spent a lovely couple of weeks on holiday, touring the south of England and spending a full week in Cornwall. On arrival at the self-catering cottage we’d booked, we chose to make things easy for ourselves and head to the Port William Inn for a pub dinner in one of…

13th July 2016 | Read more »

Brienzergrat, Switzerland

Lombachalp–Augstmatthorn–Suggiture

A testing and rewarding hike from the peat moorland of Lombachalp to two summits on the vertiginous Brienzergrat ridge.

16th June 2016 | Read more »

The Audi oil consumption odyssey

My Audi A4 suffers from a known problem with oil consumption, so I've had a stressful few weeks coming to an agreement with Audi Switzerland and the local dealership.

9th June 2016 | Read more »

H is for Hiking

The long, long progression from being a teenager with a stitch to being a forty-something with a passion for walking.

8th June 2016 | Read more »

Technical case study: SBB RCS

The latest project we've launched at !frappant is for SBB (Swiss Railways): a microsite for the Rail Control System team, which promotes their work controlling the flow of rail traffic throughout the national network.

18th May 2016 | Read more »

Nature.Urban.Lights

Nature.Urban.Lights

It’s always nice to enjoy a time lapse sequence filmed in Swiss locations. Even more so to enjoy one filmed in places across the region I call home – Canton Bern.

12th May 2016 | Read more »

Arco Felice

A two-thousand-year old Happy Arch.

23rd April 2016 | Read more »