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    I know what Gordon Brown’s been doing…

     Posted in Thoughts on Things... at 4:29 on Sunday, October 12th, 2008 by Mr. Rant
    Staring Blankly into the distance

    Staring Blankly into the distance

    No, of course its not fiddling the Economy! I hope…

    BBC News and The Telegraph have broken a story regarding Gord’s eyesight, it would seem that poor old Browny’s eyesight is on its way out, he’s having trouble reading anything these days! I think Gordon’s been buying a few to many illicit magazines!

    Hope it gets better soon mate!


    Update Status: Modified at: 15:32, on November 13th, 2008.

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    It’s all just a little bit of history repeating… (well not repeating)

     Posted in Thoughts on Things... at 2:53 on Tuesday, September 30th, 2008 by Mr. Rant

    In all honesty its just history, I for one profess to be the kind of person who is amazed by our history as a race. It’s incredibly interesting to me to see the past which we have left behind, that we’ve lost and that we should preserve, a perfect example of this is in Cheltenham Spa.

    Around the area of Cheltenham there always was an intrigue into what a line of green was doing there snaking it’s way through the town centre, and until now I’ve been perplexed as to what it was, but after some research the evidence presents itself to say that the line of green was just that; The Honeybourne Line.

    Opened in the eighteen hundreds as a through rail line towards Stratford-Upon-Avon and linking to Birmingham Snow Hill, the line carried both freight and passengers, into Birmingham, now a cycle and walking path the area of the line is steeped in an incredible industrious past, but why make such a big deal over an ex-train line?

    It’s not just about this ex-train line, its the whole preservation agenda, its something that we should be doing, by changing the use of The Honeybourne Line, Cheltenham Borough Council has ensured its future, changing the agenda of it’s use from industrial to pleasure, something which doesn’t happen enough pleasure I mean not regeneration in my eyes regeneration of old building into flats doesn’t fit the pleasure section. Being of a keen demeanor regarding the preservation of things it’s exciting to see old buildings that have been granted a new lease of live, except when they’re remodeled into trendy flats, being a city boy the look and feel of these building never fails to ruin my day.

    On the outside; in a word stunning, but when you see the inevitable sign “Flat to Let or Buy” it makes your heart sink, and thats truly disgusting. Yes we need to find a purpose fit for use in these old building but flats aren’t always the answer, infact they very rarely are.

    So people of Britain its time we did something about this, I feel a campaign coming on….


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    Coming soon to a town near you…

     Posted in Thoughts on Things... at 0:19 on Saturday, September 27th, 2008 by Mr. Rant

    In a city, in the midlands
    comes the Conservative conference 2008
    Labour chose Manchester
    The Conservatives chose Birmingham


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    Interesting how…

     Posted in Thoughts on Things... at 18:46 on Saturday, September 20th, 2008 by Mr. Rant

    Its not often that I’m overly critical regarding other peoples work especially when you can use it for free, but one the websites which I am known to frequent is in need of an overhaul, much like what happened here.

    During the design period of creating a website its always beneficial to consider what people will think of the design and how accessible it will be, W3C are the kings of making sure that a website meets this brief.

    Blindly adding content in columns is fine and I understand that you want a quick loading website, but when you use add in Java or php which loads at a really slow pace something really needs to be looked at.  You only use basic html, develop it, use php or asp it will work much better.


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    The Library of Birmingham.. Again…

     Posted in Thoughts on Things... at 0:13 on Sunday, September 7th, 2008 by Mr. Rant

    Frankly it’s getting to the point now that I’m bored of this subject being bounded around in various online guises.  We all know that the current library is unfit for purpose; it leaks, damages priceless collections and is too small, in short we need a new one.

    The earmarked land between Baskerville House and The Rep has been just that for several years and now that the architects have been appointed (Mecanoo) and the contracts signed it would seem that the all is go for lift off and the beginning of a new era for literacy.

    What puzzles me still however is that people are actually lobbying to keep the old building! Why?  Just answer me that….


    Update Status: Modified at: 21:24, on November 12th, 2008.

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    Depression Awarness Month

     Posted in Thoughts on Things... at 1:38 on Monday, September 1st, 2008 by Mr. Rant

    As you can see the banner and some other things have changed to make way for our latest event. I think depression is something that needs to be out in the open, its something that affects a huge percentage of the population and seldom is talked of.

    The purpose of this event is to outline what its about, what it does and why its a problem.

    Over the next few days we’ll have a full mini site which will have my story and some facts on it.


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