Chain Chain Chain

A big pile of rusty chain, at the Black Country MuseumA big pile of rusty chain, at the Black Country Museum

Recent months have seen some significant updates to 3 of my most-used apps - Drafts, Launch Center Pro and IFTTT. The updates have made them more powerful, and less dependent on hacky steps to chain them together, but the available documentation on the web is a bit confusing. As it took me a while to get my head around, I thought it was worth summarising here.

Music On Plastic

I finally got around to completing Music On Plastic, the photo series that I started last December when I wanted a hero image for my Albums of 2013 post. I shot three-quarters of it within a few weeks of each other, but it’s taken me forever to get round to doing the CD - I suppose I don’t really have as much affection for CDs as I do for vinyl, tapes, and even my early iPods, so it just felt like something I’d be doing to finish the set. However, I’m pretty pleased with the way that these turned out.


Our summer holiday this year was in Croatia, just south of Dubrovnic. We had terrible weather - on one afternoon we had the equivalent of three months’ rain. We got stranded in a bar, which would have been fine, except the bar then flooded and they stopped serving for fear of electrocuting themselves.

Easter in Alnwick

My backlog of unprocessed memory cards goes back until just before Easter, when we took a slightly-too-early break to Northumberland. Amongst the shots of that holiday were this one, of a lifejacket station on Alnwick beach.

Halloween Chili

For the last 15 years, I have hosted a Halloween gathering. The format has changed ever so slightly over the years, but two ingredients have remained constant: horror movies, and chili.

Gurdwara Sahib, Leamington

The Leamington and Warwick Sikh temple is an imposing building, made all the more so by being in the middle of a retail and business park; surrounded by supermarkets, office buildings and a bowling alley, the architecture looks that much more impressive, and it dominates the horizon beyond my office window.