Monday, July 14, 2014

I've moved!

I've brought my blog under the umbrella of my website, where you'll find historic - and new - posts for your delight and edification.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

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.htm
2. 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="" height="600" width="500" frameborder="0"></iframe>

4. And Robert is truly your mother's brother.

Sunday, June 01, 2014

A Siddington bike ride

I think you might be interested in this track: 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 5:04pm

Monday, May 26, 2014

Liam goes bowling

Friday, May 23, 2014


A rare clear day on top of one of the UK's highest mountains.

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Kong Kong

Just watched Peter Jackson's version of King Kong. Truely appalling on so many levels. Summed up by the quote "I have a map of an uncharted island..."

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Remarketing overload?

It's a little tiresome to be remarketed to badly. I see ads for service I use and am signed-up for. So why remarket to me?

Fortunately, you can opt out of remarketing. Go to  and scroll down to 'Opt-out settings' for both types of Google ads.

On a related subject, we know that signing-out of Google stops tracking our search history, but even then, you need to opt-out of Google's web history tracking by going to when you're signed out.