iGoogle tabs

This might interest someone.

I use iGoogle to define my customized home page. As well as allowing you to add ‘Gadgets’ to your home page showing various snippets of information, you can also group gadgets together under their own tabs within the home page. The picture below should give you the idea.


This week Google, in their infinite wisdom, decided to change the way that they implemented the tabs so that they were displayed down the left hand side of the page, taking up a lot more space on the screen. See the picture below.

iGoogle with new tabs on left
iGoogle with new tabs on left

Google had already made this change on the www.google.com/ig home page some time ago, which caused an uproar on the blogs. The solution that most people used was to switch to using the UK version at www.google.co.uk/ig, but now Google has changed that to use the new version as well.

Thankfully there is a fix that works, at least for the moment. You can use www.google.co.uk/ig?hl=all which reverts to the previous method.

I hope that this is of some help to someone.

The longest day has passed already

Don’t you think that it’s always a sad day when you start the downhill slide towards Winter?

Since my last Swine Flu post Emily’s school was closed for a week because of it and Sophie was actually put on Tamiflu. Thankfully it was all a false alarm which will hopefully be the case for Swine Flu in general.

We went to Barcelona for a long weekend and I would highly recommend it to anyone.

E has just come back from a trip to Belgium and France visiting war graves so I hope to have some photos to upload soon.

I have updated the web site with some more social networking bits and bobs. You can now catch a glimse of what music I have been listening to, thanks to Last.FM, and I have added a Twitter feed. I can’t imagine that I’ll ever post anything to Twitter but it’s there just in case I do.

Summer is well and truly upon us and we haven’t booked a holiday yet.

Oh yes, Sophie is doing a sponsored walk in the Namib desert of Namibia. Should you feel so inclined then you can read about it here and sponsor her here.

Swine Flu

It’s still far too early to say how bad this is going to get. The media are in overdrive, as usual, but I guess the fact that the WHO have just raised the threat level to 5 is an indication of the seriousnes.

There are some maps, here, and here, which give a good impression of the spread, and this describes many of the maps available.

I’ve embedded one of them below.

View 2009 H1N1 Flu Outbreak Map in a larger map

New for 2009

I’ve had a minor spring clean and given the web site a new look. I’ve upgraded to the latest version of WordPress and I’m now using the ‘atahualpa’ theme.

Summer 2008

Well it’s nearly over now.

We went to Castelmola in Sicily for a week and Emily also went to Spain with Clarissa for two weeks.

Celine, the daughter of Sophie’s friend Myriam, has just stayed for a week and while she was here we went to see Hairspray at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London and to see the birds at Bird World.

I also went to the Motor Show in London with Pat for the day which ended with a performance by Blondie. Great fun.

We hosted a BBQ for all our friends which was a bit over ambitious but worth it as we rarely see most of them.

This coming week we have the Weiss’s and Bluhm’s arriving for Uncle Martin’s party in Bexhill.

Before you know it Emily will be back at school, starting her GCSE course, and I’ll be on my own again during the day.


Brookland “The Double Twelve”

I had a great day out with Arnie yesterday at Brooklands for the “Double Twelve” classic car event.

There was the usual mix of cars, including plenty of Aston Martin DB4s to celebrate their 50th anniversary.

As soon as we had parked a pretty young lady offered us free tickets to the Merc Off-Road experience which we happily accepted. Our mode of transport was a diesel 430 GL which was huge but easily coped with all the usual steep inclines, two wheels off the ground, deep water type of environments. Arnie asked the driver what sort of mpg it was doing, to which he replied “currently 7mpg and the overall average is 5mpg”.

All classes of cars had to complete various trials, including a hill climb, reverse parking, the Wiggle Woggle, etc.

The secret to the hill climb is to try and snatch 2nd gear as quickly as possible and stay there. Many smaller engined cars could only manage it in 1st gear. We were standing half way up the hill when an Invicta tried to change up but got it all wrong and bits of the engine were deposited on the track in front of us, as oil started to trickle back down the hill. An expensive mistake for the owner.

Lewis Hamilton made a guest appearance and after an interview with Tiff Needell he took last year’s McLaren F1 car around the small circuit for a few laps. The noise was amazing, you just don’t get the sound levels at all on TV.

You can see some photos and videos here.

It’s nearly May already!

As you’ve noticed, there have not been too many updates lately. This is generally down to not much happening.

Having said that, we have done some travelling this year, New York, Helsinki, Beijing. The latter two were business related, so not very note worthy. There were also some birthdays.

I have moved the TomTom article over to the Travel section (I thought that this seemed appropriate). You can see it here.

I will add some more photos soon.

Sophie is in full swing in the garden so perhaps I’ll start a gardening section, or maybe not.

As I write this I am being prompted to upgrade the version of WordPress that I use. I am on 2.3.1 and it is now at 2.5.1, so I better do something about that. There must be a few new features that are worth having.

Happy 2008

We’ve had a busy end and then start to the years. Christmas was nice and peaceful, spent with my parents. New Year was spent at home watching the London fireworks on TV.

We did go out for a lovely lunch with Chris & Pauline, Pat and Margaret, on Dec 28th at The Chop House which is in a great location. We walked back from here to Waterloo along the Thames, stopping off at Tate Modern en-route.

Next on the agenda was a long weekend in New York as part of Sophie’s birthday event, but really it was so that Emily could go shopping. We stayed at The Wellington Hotel, on the corner of 7th Ave and 55th St. It is where we stayed about 15 years ago with P&M and it hasn’t really changed. It’s fairly basic but great as a base for exploring the city. As well as shopping we made sure that Emily saw all the sights, and even went to a show on Broadway.

The day after we returned to England I took Emily, Holly, Clarissa, and Hannah to see The Spice Girls at the O2 Arena. It was a great show with a wildly enthusiastic crowd.

Finally there was a big party for Sophie’s birthday and the whole Bluhm family came from far and wide to help celebrate.

Photos of all of the above can be seen here and here.

Freewheel in London

On Sunday 23rd September I’ll be taking part in the London Freewheel cycling event.

It’s a nine mile ride through the streets of central London which will be closed to traffic, so it’ll be a unique opportunity!

For more details click here.

I’ll be going with my mate Pat and I think we’ll start from one of the Hubs in Ravenscourt Park. If you fancy coming along then visit the web site and we’ll see you there!