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Monday, July 24, 2006

Road Trip - Aberystwyth, Aberaeron And Borth

One of the reasons I need to get the house finished is we desperately want to move out of Cardiff down west. It's complicated, as well as sorting my own side business I need to get a new job.

Thursday I had an interview at the National Library Of Wales for a position in the National Screen And Sound Archive in Aberystwyth.

We drove up Thursday morning, I had the interview, then we had a little explore on the way back on Friday. I've never been to Aberystwyth before now, so it was as much a chance to see if the area was what we'd like as well as too interview for what sounded like a great job, helping to restore films for the archive. I don't think I got the post, as I would have heard Friday and didn't, unless I get a call today which I think is unlikely.

No worries though, if it wasn't to be, it wasn't to be. Whilst we were up that way, we did a whole tour of the coast from Aberystwyth to Borth, then down to Aberaeron. It was a whole stretch I've never seen before, and I have to say I was well impressed with the area.

Firstly Borth was quite strange, a long street with hotels and shops, the whole village seems to be laid out straight. Some lovely views and at low tide you get to see a petrified forest. Here's a few snaps, we didn't really explore far at all.

Borth seafront, opposite the tourist information office

Borth seafront, looking south

Borth seafront, looking north

Borth sea front, entrance to the beach

From there we visited Tal-Y-Bont and Bow Street, both nice little villages. Maybe just a bit to far north for my liking though. So, we circled back to Aberystwyth then went down the Cardigan Bay coast and stopped at Aberaeron, a place I've seen on TV many times but never visited. It was nice - just the sort of place I'd like to end up but could never afford. A few snaps from the harbour and town here for you.

Aberaeron harbour, looking towards the town

Aberaeron harbour, looking out to Cardigan Bay

Chapel in Aberaeron

I didn't actually take a lot of pictures in Aberystwyth, by the time the camera came out it was grey and overcast. I took a few on the promenade, this one of the Jazz Swingtet (sniggers) in full flow was my favourite.

Jazz Swingtet perform on the Bandstand on Aberystwyth promenade

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Sunday, July 23, 2006

Some Photos From The Last Few Weeks

Well, been a hectic few weeks since finishing, the race to get the house shipshape to sell goes on, and is taking up much of my time. Scurrying around I found a couple of photos I've yet to share. First up, a last shot of my old work desk and the circle I've worn in the carpet on my chair.

My old desk and the circle I left...

A reminder for me that I've been stuck in one place for too long, and incentive to get the next chapter of my life in gear. I have to get the house done, more on that later. Otherwise, the weather is roasting still. I'm a northern soul, I like dark, cold and damp. This weather is killing me. A while back we went for a walk around Sophia Gardens with Elis, which is where these two images come.

Elis crossing the Taff bridge in Sophia Gardens

View up the River Taff to the Millennium Stadium

I think I can break the back of the decorating this week, which should give me some time to try and develop my business a bit. It's still going on, but it's very slow at the moment. Fun times...

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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Weird Wales V2.0

So far been busy juggling my new freedom with a lot of decorating and housework catch-up. I got my first major project near enough finished, a complete redoing of my Weird Wales site. The old version was table heavy, and a bit cluttered looking.

I decided it needed a bit of an overhaul, and I also had a good few new articles to add that had been sent me but I'd put off adding as it was a chore. I started it a few weeks back but got sidelined until now.

Once again I've tried to simplify my workload for the site, so there's new automated includes and a new Weird News From Wales section which is powered by Blogger. Once again it's clean CSS, and not laid out with tables. I'm starting to wish I'd learned CSS a lot earlier in my career. Hopefully now there's some more articles added, it will encourage people to send in more to add to the site. This is very much a long tail project (buzzword bingo fans mark you card), like all the sites I've built in the last 18 months.

I'm not expecting any of them to really pick up for a good couple of years - but hopefully they will do so, even if it's slowly. Now that's done, where to turn to next. This site needs a lot of work, as does Cheesy-Movies and other recent works. On top - I also have a couple of neat new ideas that I want to set up and start pumping out pages for. So much to do, so little time.

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