Walk of the week: Coombes Valley

Walk of the week: Coombes Valley

  A wonderful RSPB bird reserve between Leek and Ashbourne, you don’t have to be a twitcher to appreciate it. The trail meanders along hillside and down and across the river (a tributary of the River Churnet) a couple of times. And there’s a lovely bench when you can take a break and eat a...

Using TripAdvisor review widgets in WordPress

TripAdvisor reviews are the life-blood of any hotel, but if your website is run on WordPress, you’ll be hard pushed to add their widgets to your site (WordPress doesn’t like the <script> side of the widget). For a while, the workaround was to use the TripAdvisor RSS feed for your property, until TA stopped even that a few days ago. The solution is fiendishly devious: pull the code from a simple html page on your server using an IFRAME in your post or page. Specifically: 1. Get your review widget code, and save to a file called say ta_review.htm2. FTP the ta_review.htm page to your web server.3. Insert an IFRAME in your post/page (don’t forget to switch to HTML view). Something like this: <iframe src=”http://www.yourwebsite.com/ta/ta_review.htm” height=”600″ width=”500″ frameborder=”0″></iframe>4. And Robert is truly your mother’s...

The Four Horsemen of the PowerPoint Apocalypse

Having delivered a few presentations in my time, here are the four key areas you should address: Conquest – the aim isn’t subjugation, it’s engagement. Find a friendly face and direct your charm to them War – you may have a extensive fighting machine you want impress upon your audience… but make love to them, not war Famine – make sure there are breaks, ideally with snacks 😉 Death – if you see you’re losing your audience, perk it up. Skip a slide or two if...
Walk of the week: Around Capethorne Hall

Walk of the week: Around Capethorne Hall

  This week’s walk took us through rain and more rain around Capesthorne… and beyond. Starting at Redesmere, we skirted the lake, crossed the main A34, then went around Capesthorne Hall. Turn south of you want to do a short walk, turn right  and you’ll end up near Monk’s Heath and have to walk down the busy main road and back to...

A Siddington bike ride

I think you might be interested in this track: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BxYrDP0zuKceajdsbk14eGpWa3M/edit?usp=drivesdk Created by Google My Tracks on Android Name: Siddington Activity type: biking Description: – Total distance: 20.33 km (12.6 mi) Total time: 1:20:49 Moving time: 1:19:21 Average speed: 15.09 km/h (9.4 mi/h) Average moving speed: 15.37 km/h (9.5 mi/h) Max speed: 41.26 km/h (25.6 mi/h) Average pace: 3:59 min/km (6:24 min/mi) Average moving pace: 3:54 min/km (6:17 min/mi) Fastest pace: 1:27 min/km (2:20 min/mi) Max elevation: 227 m (744 ft) Min elevation: 141 m (463 ft) Elevation gain: 501 m (1644 ft) Max grade: 572 % Min grade: -25 % Recorded: 01/06/2014...