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What to do when you want weather in the past not the future?

As a Brit, I naturally have an obsession with the weather. As Basil Brush said, “What a lot of weather we’ve been having recently!” This month though I had cause to find out what the weather had been like hour by hour over the previous week. Thanks to a tweet to the Met Office, I [...]

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The irony of trying to connect to telecomms companies when (not) getting connected

Having recently moved house, and needing the home office to be connected, we were keen to arrange ahead of time the visit from the PlusNet engineer. As is often the case, this was not smooth sailing. All the assurances were there that the engineer was set to come in a 5 hour period between 1pm [...]

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Japanese rail timetables

Despite the frequent confusion when travelling in Japan, a country whose language, concepts and culture are so different to the UK, I was really impressed with their rail network on my last visit there. How’s this for an easy to read timetable (as long as you know your 24 hour clock):

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The scary power of google search – good tips and tricks

Google has certainly captured the search market, being the majority of people’s first choice of search engine and for many their default homepage. But I would venture that most people use only the most basic of searches from the search box. Here are some tips that you can use to enhance searching and if you’ve [...]

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Flash, Bang Wallop, What a picture!

On Friday 4th Feb 2011 I was able to indulge in talking about 2 of my passions – old family photographs and information management! I presented a short 10 minute talk to the Taunton 4N networking group entitled ‘Flash, Bang Wallop, What a picture!’ I explained what information you could find within an old Victorian [...]

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Looking for MORE laughs in Auld Reekie!

August 2010: We’re back! Having enjoyed the trip to the Edinburgh Festival last year, we thought we’d give it another try.  And what a difference a year makes in terms of planning the shows.  So what’s different?

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Workshop: Family History Research Online: getting started

Want to use family history websites? Not sure where to start? Feel overwhelmed by ancestry and genesreunited? Join us for this introductory workshop where you’ll learn: about some of the popular family history websites where to start your research what records to look for where to find them search tips to find those relatives who [...]

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Banks lose interest when you close an account

It’s January and time to do my tax return.  Now that I am banking online with e-statements I realised I’m missing the tax certificates which used to get sent out each April/May.  I had a good look online at my e-statements but this information seems to be missing – bank customer service advisors, please take [...]

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Online Information 09

emmersons visited the Online Information Exhibition at Olympia from 1 – 3 December 2009.  It was the first visit to this annual show, and very worthwhile!  As well as browsing the stands and picking up a few stocking filler freebies (well it was that time of year), there was ample opportunity to meet and chat [...]

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To tweet or not to tweet

Just posted a reply to Sathnam Sanghera’s Times Online article about twitter not being right for business:  http://tinyurl.com/yjcr3qs He seems to have totally ignored the small business sector when writing this article!  Strange, as they contribute a significant amount to the country’s economy.  Stats dated May 2008 from the Federation of Small Businesses indicate how [...]

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