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New British Coin Designs

Saturday, October 11th, 2008

A quick post, but one I’ve been wanting to make for ages. The Royal Mint launched a new set of coin designs earlier in the year, and they’re really cool. Designed by Matthew Dent, who won a nationwide competition with his ideas, I was really impressed when I first saw them announced. They cleverly feel both traditional and contemporary, by taking old devices (the Royal Arms) and breaking them up in a jigsaw-like way. I love how the various coins each give a snapshot of the whole. 

Over the last few weeks I started getting them more regularly turn up in my pocket change, and it really is great to see them. The old coins look positively shabby by comparison!

A Multitude of Blogs

Monday, April 30th, 2007

So, I’ve been busy of late. Lots of my time has been highjacked, pleasantly it must be said, by putting together promotional blogs for work. I figured I’d mention a few of the projects here.

One of the lecturers in English, Jackie Gay, is aiming to be on the Paralympic Sailing Team for Great Britain. So I put together a site in WordPress for her. I’m quite pleased with the results, though I’ve just noticed there’s still a problem with the CSS in Safari. Sigh. Will have to fix that tomorrow.

Given that it’s for a paralympic bid is has to look nice to attract sponsors and be accessible. It’s pretty much a heavily modified (hat tip to Bruce’s nice summary) WordPress install.

Interesting side note. I was just testing if the tab order and the hidden skip nav in Safari. How annoying is it that you have to enable tabbing through page elements in Safari’s preferences before it’ll work.

Similarly, the School of Property, Construction and Planning is celebrating 50 years of teaching planning in Birmingham. As part of those celebrations, we’ve put together a fun archive site with all kinds of nostalgia, photos and archives.

Called, unsurprisingly, Planning is 50. Mainly interesting if you’re into Planning education, but some of the historic pictures of Birmingham’s postwar reconstruction are worth a look for local interest.

My blog had an accident and woke up in 1973…

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

Note: This post dates from pre-redesign and is now outdated.

So, as you may have noticed, I have a new site design. Woo! Yay!

I blame the design entirely on watching too much Life on Mars, which, if you haven’t watched, is a throughly ace homage to 70s cop shows / not quite timetravel / social commentary TV show.

As I’m a bit rushed, it probably breaks in a dozen things I haven’t got quick access to. So if you spot any obvious horrors, drop me a comment below.