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28 days later...

28 days laterTonight, I went to see 28 days later at the cinema with a few of my friends from work.

Based on the book of the same name, it is a horror film about a deadly virus unleashed unwittingly by animal rights protestors in Cambridge. 28 days later, Jim, the main character, awakes in a hospital to find it empty, as with the rest of the capital - bar a few of the infected...

I thought the film was truly excellent, and well worth going to see. Set in London, I think it must be one of the best British films - if not the best - I've ever seen. Quite scary to think though, that in theory it could so easily happen in real life, especially as I'm living in the city it was filmed in.

It was good to see movie locations I've come to know quite well. In fact it kind of took me back to the days when I used to keep ManxFilms up to date with all the latest goings on in the Manx film industry. Not living on the Island now though, it's quite difficult for me to stay ahead of the game with what is going on over there, which is the main reason I haven't been posting any updates to the ManxFilms site.

Anyway, when the film had finished, I realised it had already turned 11.30pm, so we had to run through Angel underground station to make sure we caught the last tube home. What fun! Only trouble now that I'm home though, I don't feel tired. The combination of 28 days later and Godzilla before must have frightened my poor little mind. Hehe :)

Content updating

I have finally sat down and updated some of the content in my site, some of which has been a little stale for a while. I've only really made slight changes but important ones none the less - to ensure it is up to date.

The website design section is one I want to improve next. I plan to expand this part of my site with more information about what I actually do in the arena of web development. I will also detail more of the services I have provided for people in the past and can offer to others in the future.

Obligatory 'there and then' photos

Closeup of my screenBy the end of today, my new camera had arrived (after what felt like an eternity of waiting - it was actually only two days). It turned up on my desk at the end of the day so I spent a little time setting it up and experimenting with it.

Of course part of that process is taking the obligatory pictures of your desk, your phone and any other truly 'inspiring' things you can get your hands on at the time (note, please add in own sarcasm :)). I've put together a small gallery of some of the pictures I've taken so far, just 'playing' with it. I will hopefully get a chance to start using it properly very soon...

Doing some updates (no camera yet)

In the absence of my new camera (it didn't arrive at work today, as I was hoping it would) I've spent some time tonight updating a few pages on both my site and on a site I designed for someone else almost two years ago.

Manxfarmhols.com - Smeale Holiday CottageManxfarmhols.com is a small website designed to promote Smeale Farm Cottage in Andreas, in the north of the Isle of Man. They offer out their cottage to Island visitors (especially families) looking for a self-catering holiday and the opportunity to stay on a working farm in the midst of the beautiful Manx countryside.

The site was set up to allow the proprietors to change the pricing and availability on the site whenever they required, and for that information to be dynamically displayed on the site.

New camera on its way

Fuji S602 ZoomAfter getting home last night and searching Amazon for Christmas presents for people, I thought to myself, maybe now is the right time to treat myself to the digital camera I've been after for a while.

Before I turned back and left it sitting there on the site, I ordered myself a Fuji S602 Zoom camera with extra memory. Anxious as I was to receive it, I spent most of today checking and checking the Amazon site to see if it had been dispatched... in the end it had been, so I should have it by tomorrow :). I can't wait to start taking photos with it!

One of the good things about Amazon at the moment is that they're offering free postage for all orders over £39, which of course means it's free for digital cameras and the like, but also means it's free if I can find enough of my Christmas presents for other people on there too... yay! That's a lot of my christmas shopping sorted then!

Revolution

RevolutionAfter a week at work there is nothing better than relaxing with a drink in your hand - which is what a number of us from work did last night.

Revolution vodka bar in London's Soho district serves up some of the nicest vodkas around, from shots to pitchers. Their selection of drinks is amazing, so one thing you've really got to do in there is try something new every time. Last night we tried the Glacier Mint shots and absolutely loved them - before getting back to our Razzputin pitcher. Mmmmmm.

Later on, after having had two pitchers each, I decided I probably shouldn't stay any longer... who knows how many I would have polished off. The drinks go down far too easily, especially the fruity ones. :)

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Chamber of SecretsI've just got back in from watching Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets at the local cinema.

I was a little sceptical of what the second movie would be like but after around half an hour I had really started to get into it, but it was great. Now I can't wait for the third one...

Before I went out to the cinema I started to work on a search page for my site, which I welcome anyones views on. Do remember it's still in development so don't expect too much from it at the moment :). At the moment it just searches the photos and news items, but it will hopefully do more soon. There is also a Google link at the bottom which will perform your current search on Google.

Updates to the site

11th design of this website (updated 13 Nov)After putting live my new design I have tweaked it slightly, adding features such as a sitemap (currently being worked on), a 'home' link at the top of every page and a random photo on the right hand side of the front page. Each time you visit or refresh the page, it will display a different photo for you, chosen from my galleries.

On a completely different note, I found out about our work Christmas Party today, which should be fun... I think I'm going to like this time of year in the office :)

Actually, maybe I will redesign it...

11th design of this websiteAfter saying the other day that I really should go back to my NYC design and apply it to the site, I thought... ahhh, I want to design a new one. So that's what I've done, and this is the result. This is the 11th design I've used to date; the rest are archived in my web design section.

I've kept the design simple for now to help me implement it a little more easily, but may be adding to it soon - like putting new features onto the front page. Oh, and the blue bits at the top and bottom will hopefully be squashed against the outside of the window instead of having that strange white gap there...

ps - it was late last night when I actually did most of the changes, so please ignore any typos!

Still nothing really new on the site, but...

As with my last post, I haven't really got anything to say about the site in this posting. I still haven't done anything new to the site, and still have my NYC design to apply to the site, and really should do it soon considering its been ready for 4 months now :)

I have had quite a few requests from people to use my photos recently too, so I'm considering putting a lot more of them up - as and when I can sit down and have some quality time with my scanner :)

At the moment I'm trying to convince myself to start getting fit, probably by swimming. It's proving more difficult than I thought though, despite my willingness to do it (honest!). Part of the reason is that I'm shattered when I get home from work at the end of the day - and the times I'm not quite so tired I like to spend with my friends.

I've spent most daylight hours sleeping this weekend, after going out clubbing in London on both Friday and Saturday night. From 7am on Friday morning, I somehow managed to stay up until 6am Saturday morning, and still managed to feel suprisingly awake travelling home on Saturday's first tube and train of the day. That day, I stayed in bed until 5pm before heading out on the town again, only to get back around 4am on Sunday. Fluid, the bar we all ended up at, turned out to have a singles night on that night - a recurring theme, it would seem. Some of them tried to convince us it was the Bond movie launch party, but we weren't having any of it :)

All in all it was a very good weekend! Not something to be done too often though, methinks...

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