Saturday, 22 September 2007

stuck in memphis

hi all , we are at mephis airport (just flown in from nashville) , awaiting a flight to the big easy and then fron the big easy back to memphis. I have now fully recovered from my sun/heat stroke and i am currently drinkinking a bloody mary. mark has gone AWOL , in fact i think he has gone for a crafty fag. He too has a bloody mary to consume. Last night we went downtown nashville (the heart of country music especially tootsies which we went to and from where i bought a t shirt)

Because we are doing a lot of travelling today and we are still in a country mood i am now going to print a quote from one of dads favourite singers (jim reeves), this quote is taken from a book i bought from nashville called twang - the ultimate book of country music quotations

"What i dislike mostis the traveling. The main trouble and danger, maybe, with tours,is getting there and back"

- jim reeves 1924-1964 one year before dying in an airplane crash

Hope all is well with you all back home and , dad that you are ok , ill have to go now its my turn to pay the bar bill

Have a nice day

Sunday, 9 September 2007



dad says

hello my darlings

Friday, 7 September 2007

Video test / upload rates

(must remember to use one line spacing from top for separation from headline).

I'd be intrigued to see if any of us can see this video upload - it's of La Havana, Cuba, back in October 05. File size 83.1 MB. Viewer is QuickTime.

Let the test commence!

OK, just tried it: file upload transmission rate is about 1MB / minute based on NTL broadband (which is a bit slow this evening), so the above clip (about 1min 55 secs) would take about 83 mins to upload; a digital photo comes to about 1.5-2.2 MB, so to upload two photos = about 4 minutes. Worth remembering for the Internet cafes over there.



Phil's blog has full hyperlink capability

Phil's blog has full hyperlink capability, as you can see below.

It features easy to use bold and cursive script.

And even bold plus cursive script - like this!

Above all Phil's blog enables you to use coloured fonts.

And it has a spellchecker!



Replication of most recent e-mail, scroll down to see photo upload

Hi guys,

just want to see what it's like copying and pasting text from the e-mail I've just sent you.

Here we go - ignore the typos for the moment:


Hello there Dad and Phil,

Phil has created an excellent website.

It features two basic components:

(1) a website which displays information and details about the destinations, addresses, flights and contact numbers, etc., for the forthcoming trip to the United States.

To access the start page of the website, go to:

The key concept to remember here is that the site is 'static': i.e. you cannot interact to the information, which can only be changed by the Webmaster - in this case Phil.

(2) a blog.

Casual definition (Wikipedia):

"A blog (a portmanteau of web log) is a website where entries are written in chronological order and commonly displayed in reverse chronological order. "Blog" can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.
Blogs provide commentary or news on a particular subject such as food, politics, or local news; some function as more personal online diaries. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, web pages, and other media related to its topic. The ability for readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of many blogs. Most blogs are primarily textual, although some focus on art (artlog), photographs (photoblog), sketchblog, videos (vlog), music (MP3 blog), audio (podcasting) and are part of a wider network of social media."
The key concept to remember here is that a blog is 'dynamic': i.e. you can interact with the information irrespective of the Webmaster, at least in the first instance. The Webmaster - in this case Phil - is like the senior editor of a print publication such as the Daily Telegraph, New York Times, Le Monde, etc.

So what information can you interact with?

Well, open up Phil's website at Select the menu item: PHIL COURTS BLOG (sic).

You'll see a number of entries (known as 'posts'). They typically feature a headline, copy text and even a photo (see, for example, the post: "Phil in Central Park, Manhattan")

If you want to comment on a post, simply type your text in the window provided, return to the site, click on the heading 'COMMENTS' beloe the particular post, give it a few seconds to update, and there you'll find your message. Remember, you must register as an official Google user to use this facility.

Phil refers to the above procedure as 'commenting'. This is a useful term, since it distinguishes between the above procedure and actually writing a post yourself. The latter procedure is called: 'posting'.

To post, you have to access a special part of the programme to obtain authorisation. To do this, copy and paste the following URL into your browser window:

A window appears with a taskbar above. It is a simple text editor which allows you to input text, upload photos and display these on the blog page itself.

Hope this helps. Have a go yourself, Dad!

Cheers to the two of you

(and as a final test I'm going to try and copy and paste this message into Phil's blog to see whether that works)




Mark Court11 Canning TerraceNottinghamGB-NG7 3ND

t: +44 (0)11 58 41 69 11m: +44 (0)78 76 22 85 44 e: court_mark@ntlworld.comskype: markcourt1

Phil in Central Park, Manhattan

This photo of Phil was taken on the morning of his very first full day in NYC. Photo: Central Park, Manhattan, October 31, 2004.
It serves as an initial test for uploading photos to his blog.
The alignment is adjustable: photos can be left, centre and right justified (Times font).
Note that accompanying text wraps round the photo as you can see by scrolling below.
Comments can be written in a choice of fonts (Arial font).
What I'd like to do next is to see if it's possible tto bump up the size of the photo. Cheers / Mark (Verdana font)

Gospel Music at Rev. Al Green's church, Memphis, Sunday Sep 23 at 4 pm

Hi Phil,

that was a good call, the confusion at my end between posting and commenting on a post is now sorted.

All the best before I start testing!



Just a test

This is just a test and will be deleted later