I'm in a rush, getting ready for a busy day.
I need to pay a bill online sharpish though.
Will some one tell Lloyds to reset their clocks, (and perhaps even their attitude), when they get chance please?
As you cab see from my computer clock it's actually 6.44 in the morning. But Lloyds think it's still sometime between 12:00 am and 4:00 am.
"Hello, Lloyds, is anybody there?"
If you get the impression that I'm less than impressed by my bank Lloyds, you'd be right.
(And I'm not the only one.)
Time to move on methinks.
A travelling week.
Fly to Newquay in Cornwall today.
Stay with pals Tim, Amanda and their son; 'Man of Steel' tonight in St Tudy.
Then onward to Paddington for Friday meeting with Charlie, Chrissy & Paul of the very wonderful; Red Spider.
Back down to Cornwall for weekend R&R, then return to Edinburgh Monday.
Marvellous 18th birthday barbie for Joe, our hosts son.
Long-overdue catch-ups with old pals.
Sensational meals at Rick Stein's Seafood Restaurant and St Petroc's.
Clumped in with terrific coastal path walks, good weather, (eventually), patchy internet/mobile phone access, (hurrah!), and truly magnificent Sharps locally brewed beer.
Perfect, perfect, perfect.
Wearing obligatory Red Dresses, and fuelled by copious amounts of Red Bull, many a runner looked forward to chalking up a personal best, were it not for an obligatory beer stop one mile from the finish.
See the flickr set here.
Well it sure beats watching paint dry.
What I thought was brilliant was that this centuries old tradition was using present day marketing to great effect. (A 5 minute slot on the Today programme all about the brand? That'll do nicely.)
If they hadn't put a web cam up, if they didn't have a myspace page, (which I hasten to add they do, with hundreds of cheesy friends,) then this would have been a non-story.
The presenters of Today even gave out the url and invited listeners to go and look at the webcam.
As your humble reporter, I diligently did so, it was wonderfully low-fi and ever so slightly Monty Pythonish, but I noticed that 500,000 other visits to the site had already been racked up.
Yep. HALF A MILLION. To a Shepton Mallett cheese producer's web site.
My guess is that the figures will go even more stratospheric after the Today airing. (Not to mention the long tail benefits and indeed Google ranking effect, thanks to the BBC's links.)
But they might want to revisit their allocation of server capacity, in order to meet demand. After giving out the url on air today, the servers crashed.
Marvellous, name making stuff, and only possible methinks via Web 2.0 enthusiasms.
ps. On visiting the cheese site, I couldn't help but notice a striking resemblance to the TV set graphic the company my Missus works for, whitespace. I wonder if they could be related?
(Whitespace home page.)
UPDATE: I'm told by the Whitespacers that the image was sourced from iStockPhoto, which explains the co-incidental useage.
pps. The cheesecam reminded me affectionately of the Cambridge Coffee Cam many years ago.(But you're probably to young to remember that.)
I really like Typepad as my blogging platform du jour, but there are some things I prefer in Wordpress.
(And some things I hate, like not opening a new tab or window to view a post as I write, forcing me instead to do the 'back button samba'.)
Recently I have been working on a blog for a client using Wordpress, last night, well up against a deadline, there was a server problem at Wordpress and things went a bit weird.
Not the time for the site to go down.
However with a 404 error message like this, you can't keep a smile from your face for long: