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Holiday Lego building

As is often the case in the Christmas period, the kids get bought lots of Lego which is great fun.

This Christmas I spent a lot of time with the boys building various types of vehicle from a replica of a Red Arrow to more simply cars and vans.

Below are some of the photos of the finished products as well as a short timelapse video on a build.

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A New Years day stroll in Southport

We woke in 2019 to a glorious day weather wise. Clear blue skies, sunny and cold and crisp. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to get out into the fresh air and go for a walk to bring in the new year.

We headed to Southport for a walk around Hesketh Park and then onto the Marina Lake to feed to ducks and play on the play park.

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2018 in review

2018 has been another good year, both on a professional work front and a personal front. Here I am going to look back at some of the achievements and failures, starting with goals I set at the end of last year.

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Days Out

Christmas Eve walk around Worden Park

This morning was a lovely morning, one of those crisp, cold mornings with clear blue skies.

We decided to head out for a walk, and with little bellyaching from the boys, we went to Worden Park

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Erecting the Christmas dinner table

A short time lapse video of me and the boy’s constructing the Christmas dinner table.

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Business

WordPress London Meetup November 2018

I was speaking about how we, at Highrise Digital transitioned to a block-based editor in WordPress before the new, soon to be released Gutenberg editor was a thing in WordPress.

The day started with some heavy storms (I think it was called store Dianne – although I may be wrong on that one!) and it meant some slight delays in lots of trains around the UK.

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Spiderman jigsaw

My youngest really enjoy doing jigsaws and we set about trying to complete the 100 piece Spiderman challenge.

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Business

A simple, quick and cheap setup for filming WordCamp videos

I have been attending WordCamps for a long time now. My first was back in 2009 for WordCamp UK in Cardiff, my most recent WordCamp Manchester 2018. More recently there has been the trend of filming the talks and these are then placed on the WordPress.tv website.

Filming talks is a great idea and allows attendees to see videos from the alternative tracks available as well as allowing people who could not attend the event to view the talks. However recently it seems to be taking a long time to get things onto WordPress.tv. With that in mind, I set about trying to find a quicker solution that still produced a good quality video and did not cost the earth in terms of hardware and post-production time.

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Business

WordCamp Edinburgh 2018

The weekend started with a train journey up to the Scottish capital. I managed to get some first-class tickets for a reasonable price. I must admit there is something about first-class that is a bit better. I light lunch, larger seats, free WiFi and a beer make all the difference, for the right price of course.

Arriving just before tea time I chilled out in my room for while watching some TV and catching up on some emails. My room, at a city centre Travelodge, was clean and tidy but extremely small with the only window point directly at a brick wall of the building opposite. Still, it served its purpose as I was not going to be spending much time there at all.

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Business

Marketing Workshop in Gloucester

Today was a first for me, a marketing workshop with the team at Really Helpful Marketing in order to try and help us (Highrise Digital) to improve our positioning and the marketing of our products and services.

I have always been slightly sceptical about this sort of thing, but I must say that I have been converted and really enjoyed the day.