Between 1995 and 1997 I lived and worked in central London in three homeless hostels run by the Shaftesbury Society. I spent the longest time at Lena Fox House (LFH) on Crimscott Street in Bermondsey and not long after we opened I worked alongside a lovely Welshman called Dave Smith.
We didn’t work long together but our friendship and trust went deep quickly and his is a friendship that I still value today. Two memories stick in my mind about Dave.
Last night I was reviewing (for my 195 metal CDs project) a forthcoming EP from IDOLOS, an atmospheric black metal band who claim to come from the planet Venus (whose atmosphere, I learned today, is so hot it would cook a pizza in seven seconds).
After listening to their EP, which was an unlisted video, the YouTube algorithm served me up this glorious chunk of Finnish psychedelic black metal from Oranssi Pazuzu. It is wonderfully different.
The band takes its name from oranssi, which is the Finnish word for ‘orange’ and Pazuzu, a Babylonian wind demon. In the words of Barry Norman, and why not!
Anyway, that’s my listening sorted for this week: working my way through their back catalogue.
One of the most influential books I ever read about web development was Jeffrey Zeldman’s ‘blue beanie book’ Designing with Web Standards (2003). It truly changed the way I thought about and practiced web development.
The other book that influenced me a great deal was Andy Clarke’s Transcending CSS (2006)
I thought it might be fun to start writing some #throwbackThursday blog posts with some stories from my past. This one takes place during my curacy at St Andrew’s Cathedral, Inverness sometime between 2000 and 2003.
Our deacon used to take home communion to a number of people who were housebound or found it difficult to attend church every week. Among his home visits was an elderly lady in the Isobel Fraser residential home; let’s call her Mrs Macgregor. Sadly, our deacon’s family had a major crisis and so I volunteered to take on his visiting commitments including Mrs Macgregor.