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Archive for June, 2008

And, speaking of infinite cats…

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

I am reliably informed that you can’t have too many cat pictures – and I’ve just added Alan Mann’s account of the cats in his life to his reminiscences of life in Tenerife.

Pictured in the Guardian

Thursday, June 12th, 2008

From the blogThere’s a site out there (The Infinite Cat Project), where the idea is to get a photograph of your cat looking at a monitor with a picture of a cat looking at a monitor looking at …

Well, I’m having an attempt to start my own version. We’re recently designed a site for the No to Age Banding campaign (Jean wrote about it), and this evening I have discovered that the blog has a screen grab. Well, two can play at that game!

Turns on a sixpence

Sunday, June 8th, 2008

Being small can mean you’re more manoeuvrable, too. A week ago, we came home from a Friday afternoon out to find a message on the answering machine from Anne Fine: she and some colleagues were about to launch a campaign against "age banding" of children’s books (Philip Pullman explains here what the campaign is about), and urgently needed – at least – an e-mail address to which people could send messages of support.

A phone call later, Cornwell Internet was on the case: and by Monday, not only were those messages flooding in, the campaign’s policy statement and a list of supporters were available for everyone to read at

We can’t promise this sort of speed every time: not only is NoToAgeBanding built on a very simple design, we were lucky that we had time in hand to deal with it. And some credit for this should go to the Crime Writers’ Association: the shortlists for their Dagger Awards for the year’s best crime writing were announced on Tuesday 3rd June. This could have meant that we’d be tied up for a couple of days beforehand, preparing to upload the information to their site as soon as it was public – but in fact our contacts at the CWA were so efficient that we were ready well in advance, and publishing the pages we had prepared was a small job.

Out Standen

Thursday, June 5th, 2008

We were very sorry to hear at the weekend of the death of Michael Standen, editor of Other Poetry, poet, writer of short stories, translator and collaborator, treasurer of Colpitts Poetry and a congenial presence at their readings. As Jo Colley wrote in her poem for his 70th birthday celebration in 2007, "He’s a dude, he’s a mensch, he’s a real good egg" – and he is going to be very much missed.

P.S. I have here stopped short of the man’s own site, which refers to him as "Michael Frederick George Standen". But I have at least used the name ‘Michael’, rather than ‘Mick’. A quick reference to Google confirms that ‘Mick Standen’ is more widely known than his more formal counterpart: including one, to me at least, unexpected connection.

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