Different class

Supper is a step too far for me too, it was always a bowl of cereal before bedtime.

Bristol Betty

Often it’s the smallest things that catch us off guard, stirring up old memories and reminding us of our former selves. A childhood friend from Manchester – let’s call her Brenda – telephones one evening to arrange a visit. Pleased to hear from her, but reluctant to chat while my food goes cold, I say that I’m about to have dinner and will call her back in half an hour. ‘Speak to you later – enjoy your tea,’ she replies.

Tea?

A moment of bemusement, followed by a flash of recognition. When we were growing up, tea came out of the freezer and was served at six o’clock. Dry, beige and encrusted in breadcrumbs, it was generally followed by a ‘sweet’ of Angel Delight and Del Monte fruit salad sprinkled with hundreds and thousands. Sometimes, on special occasions, there was a ready-made meringue topped with tinned peaches, the casing soggy…

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A Degree in Record Collecting? Could you pass the qualifying paper?

I am married to a vinyl collector and yes we have IKEA Kallax shelving.

Every record tells a story


News reaches Every Record Tells A Story today that Stax University is to offer a three year degree course in Record Collecting. According to their website, the degree will examine pupils understanding of grading the condition of records, why some records are more valuable than others, matrix numbers, stampings, the manufacturing process, mastering of vinyl and the weight bearing ratios of the IKEA Kallax range of shelving.

However, they won’t just take anyone.

Keen to educate the public, yet also keen to exclude novices who might commit cardinal errors (trying to play a CD, banging on about the “warm sound”) Stax University has produced an entry paper, which ERTAS is proud to exclusively reprint below.

Could you pass the entry test for the Record Collectors Degree Qualification? Find out below….

Stax University Degree in Record Collecting, Entrance Exam.

Time allotted 30 mins.

1. If, in November, Adam has told…

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Six things that you can do to increase your website or blog’s SEO (search engine optimisation)

SEO is something I really need to work on more. This is a clear and easy to navigate post, as ever from Liz.

LibroEditing proofreading, editing, transcription, localisation

Graphic showing an increasing numberSEO or Search Engine Optimisation is one of those mysterious areas of knowledge – like setting up a website – that people like to keep to themselves. If you’ve been involved at all with a website or blog, you will know that people tend to almost prey on newbies, offering to increase their SEO if they work with this or that company.

The impetus for this post came from offering some help to a community organisation I’m helping out with. They don’t have the money to spend on expensive consultancy, so I’ve put together this guide for them – and you – to help clarify the myths and provide you with some advice to help you build good SEO.

What is SEO / search engine optimisation?

SEO means making sure that search engines like Google and Bing find your content and present it to people who are searching near the…

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This blog is moving to http://www.travellingcoral.com/

I have finally gone self hosted. My new blog can be found here 

http://www.travellingcoral.com/

All new posts will be on the new site, and, as I have seemed to have succeeded to import all the old posts to their new home, you can read those too.

Thank you to all the people who have supported me on this journey to self hosting. These include Alyson Young, Chief Blogger at World Travel Family, Travel with Bender for their guide to self hosting, Steve from Conscious House who said something that made me believe in myself, and Lisa Cherry Beaumont for being an amazing Life Coach.

You know what to do. Head over to http://www.travellingcoral.com/ and follow, like, subscribe and share if you like what you read.

As with all moves, there is some tidying up to do, some pictures to hang, and maybe a lick of paint. I am however looking forward to filling up the new home for my blog with things that are both beautiful and useful.

 

Susan’s story

So happy to be part of this fantastic project. Who knew when I discussed with the PCT about this happeneing in Sandwell that my mom would benefit from coming to the group. In the last year of her life the group gave her something to look forward to.

California Dreaming – San Francisco

I left my heart in San Francisco.

I left my heart in San Francisco

I left my heart in San Francisco

San Francisco was the first place I visited on the Round the World trip with my husband in 2011. We just fell in love and didn’t want to leave.

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We loved the trams.

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We loved the cars. The San Remo Hotel had its own special car that it sometimes uses to meet people from the airport.

Then there is Lombard Street.

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The quirky San Francisco.

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The darker side of Alcatraz. I would recommend you go as early as possible to avoid the crowds.

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And the food, oh the food.

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The Golden Gate. Yes the weather is that changeable. Hot and sunny one day and cold and misty the next. And they say Melbourne has four seasons in one day.

The food did I mention the food.

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And naan and curry to make us feel at home. San Francisco. I love you.