Ooops, up a pound today, which isn’t too good an end to the month, or indeed the year.
Today’s activity was lunch with my old friend Barry, which is something we often do on the last day of the year. This started with a glass of wine in a bar, then proceeded to some food. Plan A was to go to Las Iguanas, but as they were fully booked, we went for tapas instead. Some very nice food was accompanied by a rather tasty Rioja. Any suggestion that we went somewhere else for another glass of wine will be unconvincingly denied. As will any suggestion that this might have been followed by a glass of champagne.
Today’s picture is another view of one of my favourite pictures of the year:
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
15:39, 13 October, 2012
 Nearly as old as me
 Not to mention moderately expensive. Faustino I 1999 if you want to try it
 You get the idea
I’ve just received a report from WordPress summarising what the Jetpack plugin has recorded about visits to the site this year. There’s the usual summary of how many visitors, what countries they came from, and which posts got the most views, but I thought my regular readers would be most interested in the bit about who left the most comments, which I’ll include here.
Click the graphic to see the full report, should you be so inclined.
Consider this your thank you note. Especially “Phredd”, who’s clearly put a lot of effort into stalking me this year – even to the extent of visiting the UK.
Back up today, which won’t be helped by me having a relaxed day in today. Well, mostly relaxed. I did have to get the washing done, you know, and then I had to make a start on catching up with the TV stuff I haven’t managed to see in the last few weeks. And that was exhausting, I can tell you..
Today’s picture is a slightly surprised-looking zebra
Down a bit today, which was mildly surprising. I had a bit of a walk in Newcastle this afternoon, but as I forgot to attach the Fitbit to my belt this morning, I don’t have a record of how many steps I took, bother, etc.
Today’s picture is St George’s Church, Cullercoats
Aaaaaand I’m back home after just over a week in Wales. Despite a week of minimal activity and maximal eating, my weight is only a wee bit higher than before I went away.
Today’s trip home started with some minor drama, as the train from Pencoed to Cardiff was cancelled. As there is only one an hour, that would have meant me missing the next train from Cardiff, and generally getting home somewhat later. But my brother drove me into Cardiff, where I arrived in plenty of time to catch the train I was meant to be on. That ran on time all the way to Birmingham, where my connecting train to Newcastle did the same, apart from a short delay at York, where it waited for about ten minutes for a crew member to transfer from a delayed train. By the time the train reached Newcastle, it was pretty much on time. Yay, etc.
Of course, the fun bit about being away for a week is catching up with the post. I found something unexpected waiting for me, which was addressed to Les “Scrooge” Bessant, so I have a good guess who sent it. It just about fits around my rather thick wrist.
Now that I’ve tweaked that little plugin I wrote so that it not only works, but shouldn’t actually break anything, I’ve submitted it to the WordPress Plugin Directory so that anyone who needs it can install it on their own sites without actually having to copy and paste code from a web page.
If you haven’t read my earlier mutterings, this came about because of a change in WordPress 3.5. From this version onwards, when you insert an image into a post, the <img > tag that’s generated doesn’t contain the title attribute. This was done for reasons connected with accessibility, which sounds reasonable enough, but it does cause some borkage. The first thing is that you won’t get tooltips when hovering over images – this isn’t a big deal, but can you imagine xkcd without the ubiquitous extra text? The other thing that breaks is a lot of lightbox plugins – I use one of these, and like most of the species, it relies on the title of the image for its caption.
So, I spent a bit of time working out how to get the title back without having to edit every image after inserting it, and after a bit of research, I found a quick and simple method of doing it. Following some helpful advice on the WordPress forums, I tweaked it a bit to prevent breakage, and it’s now ready and waiting for anyone who wants it.