2018 Six Nations Rugby Wallchart for downloading

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I’ve updated last year’s 6 Nations Rugby wall chart for you to download and fill in. It’s A3 landscape size but I’ve designed it so you can also print it on two sheets of portrait A4 without losing any info.

It shows the fixtures, what TV station is covering which game, and how the bonus points system works.

You can download the PDF below…

Let me know if you have any suggestions to improve it and feel free to share it!

2018 Rugby Six Nations wallchart to download


Pizzanomics – Are You Better Off With Larger Sizes? – or – Using the Value of Pi to find the Value of Pie.


We usually buy 2 x 9″ pizzas for a total of £14.20. Two different types of pizza for two of us.

That yields 63 sq inches of pizza each at a hefty 11.27p per sq in.

A 12″ half-and-half pizza gives us 56.5 sq in each for a total of £9.50 – 8.4p per sq in.

A 14″ gives us 77 sq in each for a total of £12.60 – 8.2p per sq in.

A 16″ would give us 100.5 sq in each, plus indigestion probably, for a total of £14.90 – so 7.41p per sq in.

The Stuffed Crust Discontinuity

A member of our team posited that if the pizzas were stuffed crust we would end up with less crust each with the 14″. And indeed that is correct. A 9″ pizza yields 28″ of crust each whereas a 14″ would see us with just 22″ each of oozy cheesy goodness. And even with a whopping 16″ we’d only be left with a measley 25″ each of dairy-filled dough to nibble on.


If it’s straight up savings you want then go for the 14″ half-and-half – more pie for less pennies. £1.60 less and 14 sq in more pizza each.

However if stuffed crusts are what’s needed to satisfy your hunger then two 9-inchers will certainly fill your hole.

Also, spending £3.20 on six chicken strips took us just over the £15 mark which entitled us to a free 9″ garlic bread.


Assumes perfect pizza circles in a vacuum at a constant velocity.

Larger pizzas have a lower ratio of crust to area so it might be inferred that, as the topping never quite reaches the outer edge of the base, there may be less absolute topping on two smaller pizzas.

Further Research

It would be interesting to find out which of the pizzas would result in the most kilocalories per penny but lack of nutritional data hinders this line of enquiry at this time.

Results will need to be reproduced and variabilitues minimised where at all possible.

More research is desperately required in this area and my team is willing to make that effort.

A lab, two undergrads, a post-doc, six months funding of £60,000 and a hundred-pack of moist towelettes is all we require to bring this valuable data into the massed knowledge of humanity.

– David B Goodman, Alan G Carey et al.


Any Nobel prizes will need to be left with the hairdresser next door if no reply. Dog ate the previous one and I had to shlep back to Stockholm to pick up a spare.

Thanks to Something Tasty in Llanfyllin for their delicious research materials.

Shield / Escutcheon styles for download

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I couldn’t find a definitive classification of the many styles of escutcheons (shield shapes) used in heraldry. Shapes seem to vary from artist to artist drawing coats of arms and they even change between revisions depending on fashions of the time of the whim of those that commission the artwork.

So I’ve researched the most common forms and compiled a list of them that my clients can choose from for their coat-of-arms designs.

There doesn’t seem to be a naming convention for shield shapes beyond the basic Victorian “Heater”, the Norman/Viking “Kite”, the Roman “Scutum” and the mediaeval “Buckler”.

Here I’ve used a Latin descriptor for each of the four styles – “Acutus” (acute) , “Rotundus” (rounded), “Crispus” (curly) and “Curuis” (curvaceous!) and given the headers a name – flat, concave, convex, peaked, corner, serpentine. Making a grid of main shapes and headers.

This isn’t a definitive collection – there are far too many shapes and much more fanciful ones out there, but I’ve kept these to the most practical types for the work I do.

Please download and share – and if you have any suggestions as to further styles and shape – let me know!

Download escutcheon shield styles


2017 RBS Six Nations Rugby Wallchart for downloading

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EDIT: 2018 version now ready here…

I always struggle to find a wall chart scoreboard thing for the 6 Nations Rugby for my dad to put up and fill in. So this year I’ve made an A3 size one myself, and thought it’d be good to share!

It shows the fixtures, what TV station is covering which game, and how the new points system works.

You can download the PDF below…

Let me know if you have any suggestions to improve it and feel free to share it!

A3 Rugby Six Nations wallchart 2017


Eurovision 2016 Bingo and scorecards to download


I’m having a few people round for a wee Eurovision gathering tomorrow night to watch the events as they unfold (sorry, invitation only!) I thought I’d make up some silly bingo cards with a few traditional things you might see or hear on the show. And I’ve combined them with scorecards.

There are 15 different cards, each on an A4 sheet for easy printing. Each bingo grid is 5×5.

Not decided on prizes yet but will probably be a prize for a full row, one for a full column and one big prize for getting them all.

15 page PDF is here for download in case anyone wants it for their own gathering.


Come on UK!!!

This is my list of bingo items by the way…

attempt at riverdance, cool leather jacket, man with earring, ripped jeans, hairy epaulettes, smoking bra, blue hair, curtain of fire, fingerless cloves, hoop dancing, ghost wolf, naked bloke, head banging, face paint, hologram, nappy, bloke in a dress, feather in a hat, trainers, disco floor, dead tree, bowtie, ridiculous hat, stripy stockings, glitter ball, love heart, deeley-bopper, bunch of carrots, yellow balloon, red balloon, bunch of flowers, welsh flag, union jack, unconvincing moustache, outrageous padded shoulders, revealing décolletage, heartbeat, operatic singing, reaching for the sky, standing/sitting on a box, diamond glove, pole dancing, topless dude, black lipstick, goth, man with too much eye makeup, illuminated costume, gold buttons, sequins, bare midriff, table dancer, invisible baby-rocking, panda hat, monocle, white dress, man with a sword, leather top, tassels, claw hands, mask, ripping off clothes, rapping, a trip up, pop-up flowers, hoodie, somersault, tutu, tambourine, wailing at the sky, panama hat, talk-singing, nil points, fake tan, crying, message of peace, dodgy english, “Thank You Europe!”, a country gives their neighbour 12 points, singer winks, UK finishes in top 5, dry ice, someone mentions ABBA, wind machine, smoke machine, accordion player, technical glitch, kneeling or laying on stage, singer is lifted by dancer, hair extensions, audience boos, romantic duet, UK awarded 10 points, whistling, singing out of tune, cute children, national costume, rainbow flag, glowstick, “Building Bridges”, a bird flies, bad animation

Lolly-lover’s Guide to Joseph Dobson’s Mega Lolly flavours

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I absolutely love lollies, but was always disappointed how few flavours are available so I was very pleased to discover Joseph Dobson’s range of mega lollies. Joseph Dobson is an old Victorian firm that still makes traditional lollies. They’re slightly bigger than chupa-chups, and last about twenty minutes, and so many varieties!

I’ve been enjoying my random selection I bought online, but as they didn’t come with a selection card I made one.

I made it into a PDF so I can quickly click on a flavour to buy it from Amazon, so I thought I’d tart it up a bit and put it online for anyone to use.

Let me know if there are any flavours missing – always keen to try something new!

– D


Joseph Dobson Lollies – a Spotters Guide


Moving a SIMPLE WordPress site without CPanel, FTP or Database access.

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Some working knowledge of WordPress, site creation and hosting is assumed.

This won’t work with PHP or JS files that are kept outside of the theme folder. And if there are any special settings in the WP-config.php file or core or plugin files have been tweaked, those changes will be lost.

You need to have administrator access to the WordPress site to retrieve all the files.

To switch to new hosting you will also need control of the DNS for the domain of course.

My original thought for this problem was to install a Backup Plugin to get all the files and DB, but without FTP of course that’s not possible! If there is already a Backup Plugin installed you can just use that and skip to the end. I always now include a Backup Plugin in any new installation that I create.

I’ve moved three fairly straightforward sites using this method after the hosting company locked the client out. It’s time-consuming, but I can’t think of another way if there isn’t a possibility of accessing the hosting control panel, DB or FTP.

EXPORT – on the existing site

  • Tools > Export as XML file
  • Use a site-downloader like SiteSucker to grab all as much of the site as possible – mainly for the theme images as these won’t show up in the Appearance Editor. The software should maintain the structure of the site and not localise the files. I had trouble using this on a Mac – it would freeze every time Mac Mail polled the mail server – so quitting Mail solved that problem!
  • Use the Appearance Editor to select each of the Theme files and copy/paste the content of each file to a new plain text file on your computer. Pay attention to the path of each file as it’s not immediately obvious if files are inside folders. You should be able to recreate the Theme folder this way. Add in any JS or image folders downloaded by SiteSucker.
  • Check the Source of each page in a browser just to make sure SiteSucker hasn’t missed images or javascript files. Download missing files and add to your site structure on your computer.
  • Check the CSS file to make sure any referenced background images haven’t been missed. Download missing files and add to your site structure on your computer.
  • Make a note of the WordPress version in Dashboard.
  • Make a note of all the active Plugins – their names, version numbers and creators. I selected and copied the list of Plugins into a plain text document.

IMPORT – on the new site

  • Go to the WordPress Release Archive ( ) and download the version of WordPress you need.
  • Unzip and upload the files to your new hosting.
  • Create the WP-config.php file in the top level as usual using your new DB details and a new hash.
  • For each Plugin, find its page on the WordPress Plugin site and use the developer tab to download the correct version number. Upload the files to WP-content > plugins folder. Some plugins change their name over time or may disappear completely. Do an internet search for the files you need – and old blog or GitHub may still have them. If you still can’t find them, use the Plugin Editor to cut/paste and recreate the plugin’s folder and files. Images will not be visible with this method though – so you’ll need to search through its files for image references and download those.
  • Install WordPress as usual – your-domain/WP-install.php
  • Once logged in go to Plugins and activate all of them except the default plugins Hello Dolly and Askimet, unless you use those.
  • Add a Backup Plugin if one isn’t already installed.
  • Tools > Import the XML file you downloaded earlier. You will need to install the WordPress importer – follow the instructions. This should give you the Pages, Posts, Comments, etc. for the site. I’ve tried a few times to import the site INCLUDING images – but with mixed results. It always fails to import all the Upload images into the Media Library – though it will give you a list of failed ones, so you can go and get them from your SiteSucker files. I uploaded all the files in Uploads that SiteSucker got for me. That way, even if they’re not in the Media Library, they’ll still be visible on the new site.


  • Open up two browser windows so you can see the WordPress backend for each site side-by-side. Go through EVERY menu and sub-menu one at a time and compare the old with the new. Pay special attention to Menus, Settings, Widgets, Permalinks. Well, all of them really.


  • Double-check the site is working on your domain alias or test server before uploading / switching the DNS.
  • Double-check the site is working live – especially any contact forms!!!

Good luck! And comment to let me know if you have any other suggestions for this process.

Photography prize win

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Yay! I won first prize in the category entitled “The Great Indoors” with this photo I entered into the Llanfyllin Society Annual Photographic competition 2013…