Daily archives: May 31, 2005

Manchester Whit Walks

The Whit Walks started in 1800 when the Sunday Schools gathered once a year to parade around town. Over time, the parades became associated with Whit Sunday, the seventh Sunday after Easter. They continued into the 1950s and have recently been resurrected. More information on this page.

I happened upon this year’s Whit Walk entirely by accident when I cycled into town yesterday. I didn’t even catch it all, but it took a good half hour to pass my position. I’ve uploaded pictures to Flickr and you can see all the photos tagged “whit walk” here.


Spinneyworld is up and running. The index page remains the same, but click on the world map now and you go to the blog. I’m still working on the manifesto for Spinneyworld, but the tag line comes close- local news from around the world.

A number of changes remain to be implemented. I’m going to change the css a little so that whilst the blog retains the look of the rest of the family it also has some aspects that differentiate it. There’ll be a headline reader on the front page and I’ll get a picture for the top of the sidebar.

Oh, and I’m going to try and recruit some bloggers. I’m looking for a blogger in every time zone if possible. Britain’s covered, as it has Damian and me, and we may be able to get a Greek contingent. Which just leaves the rest of the world. If you’re interested, get in touch. There’s a link to the e-mail on the sidebar.

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Now also appearing nightly at…..

From the end of the week (though I got all eager and posted something today) I shall be guest blogging on the UAV Blog, which does exactly what it says on the tin. I don’t know a lot about UAVs, but I’m hardly ignorant either and I fancy learning more about the state of the art so I can extrapolate when I start writing more Sounds of Soldiers.

This came about because Darren at Problogger is off for a month long holiday and asked for caretakers to look after his, quite profitable, stable of niche blogs. As well as myself there are a few other, probably more distiunguished, bloggers helping him out whilst he’s away. Far too many of them are being added to my list of RSS feed subscriptions.

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Big Green

Some of Britain’s leading industrialists are calling on the Government to give their industries concrete targets for reducing CO2 emmissions.

The letter has been arranged through the Prince of Wales Business and Environment programme. The business leaders say they are very concerned about the prospect of dangerous climate change and support the government’s target of reducing CO2 emissions by 60% by 2050.

They regret that industry and government are currently caught in a Catch 22. Governments are nervous of clamping down on climate change emissions for fear of a backlash from business.

via treehugger

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