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January 2, 2011

WordPress 2010 assessment

Filed under: Uncategorized — Peter A @ 12:32 pm

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 7,200 times in 2010. That’s about 17 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 26 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 67 posts. There were 107 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 94mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was April 16th with 587 views. The most popular post that day was Telegraph covermount.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for peter anghelides, faces, dalek, morbius doctors, and klein bottle.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Telegraph covermount April 2010


Mail Fail January 2010


Dalek design September 2010


Four Doctors July 2010


Avoid rejection February 2009
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December 24, 2010

Festive greetings

Filed under: Uncategorized — Peter A @ 2:06 pm

Front of Hursley House in snowfall

Originally uploaded by peter_anghelides

Happy Christmas to All Our Readers

For another 40 photos of the place where I work, click here to see the location in the snow.

November 9, 2010

Four front

Filed under: Uncategorized — Peter A @ 7:59 pm

Big Finish has released the front cover image for my Christmas CD:

October 31, 2010


Filed under: Uncategorized — Peter A @ 3:57 pm

Did you know that the theme tune for Record Breakers was almost never written because Roy Castle originally called it…

Busy now. I’ll tell you the rest tomorrow.


September 30, 2010

Dalek design

Filed under: Articles,friends,Uncategorized — Peter A @ 10:05 pm

Today’s Daily Telegraph runs a story “DIY Dalek blueprints from 1970s published online”. They refer to correspondence republished by Shaun Usher that the BBC sent out to people asking for construction details.

What the article doesn’t reveal is that the “blueprints” were reproduced from their original source using a revolutionary technique known as “photocopying”. The construction instructions came from a Radio Times Special published in 1973 to commemorate that year’s tenth anniversary of Doctor Who. The production office simply made a copy of those and posted them out to people who asked.

Interesting to see that something published 37 years ago is a story worth repeating today. As my pal Jonny Morris (no, not that one, the other one) tweeted, “The ‘Dr Who newsworthiness’ threshold is set pretty low nowadays, isn’t it?”

The original blueprints

But no need to rely on the Telegraph’s heavily abridged instructions. Here are scans of the original article from my own copy of that 1973 Radio Times Special.

My own design

I’m a bit of a Dalek designer myself, as these splendid examples clearly demonstrate. Well, if I’m honest, I had a bit of help from my son.

However, any serious Dalek designer should not miss the opportunity to look at Project Dalek, which describes itself as “an online information resource aimed at anyone interested in building a Dalek”. It contains showcases, plans, and references that would make Davros weep.


And speaking of Davros, has anyone else noticed the worrying similarity between Johnny Morris (no, not that one, the other one) and Davros?

April 11, 2009

Lidl bit funny

Filed under: Uncategorized — Peter A @ 12:02 pm

Shopping in Lidl has unexpected surprises. The supermarket seems to take the same “stack ’em high, sell ’em cheap” approach that characterised Kwik-Save (RIP 2007). But with the added frisson of eccentric one-off items.

File:Torker Unicycle.JPGI can see that competition with Adsa (Wal-Mart ) and Tesco means they’d want to sell non-grocery goods. Recent items include fishing tackle, hall furniture, and laptop computers. We noticed that motorcycle gear was popular, and that skiiing underwear seemed to take a long time to shift from the shelves.

But under what conceivable circumstances would a Lidl shopper make an impulse buy of this week’s random bargain: unicycles? I like to imagine some of the more adventurous customers proudly cycling home with their new purchase. At least they’d have both hands free to carry the rest of their shopping. 

It’s amazing what Lidl think they can peddle to their customers, eh?

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