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Christmas fun at Mount Stuart on the Isle of Bute

Christmas RussiaIf you’re lucky enough to be on Bute at the right time, then there’s an excuse to drop in to Mount Stuart for some events related to Christmas:

Mount Stuart Christmas Fair

Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th December

10am – 5pm

Celebrate the festive season in traditional style at Mount Stuart’s Christmas Fair. A food & craft market, festive entertainment, mulled wine and mince pies, Santa’s grotto and much more. A great place to shop for all your presents and welcome in the festive season!

Admission to the Mount Stuart Christmas Fair on 3rd and 4th December is free, as is parking.

Carol Service by Candlelight

Monday 19th December

7pm An atmospheric evening of Christmas Carols in Mount Stuart’s Marble Hall, a perfect way to celebrate the festive season!

Please call (01700) 503877 for further information

Event details are correct at time of print, however all events are subject to change and/or cancellation at short notice – please call Mount Stuart on 01700 503877 to confirm, or email: contactus@mountstuart.com

via Mount Stuart, Isle of Bute, Scotland (Events page).

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November 28, 2011 Posted by | Civilian | , , , , | Leave a comment

‘Museums at Night’ and the ‘Festival of Museums’ – May 13-15, 2011

Just as I mention the closure of the John Hastie Museum in Strathaven, I spot a story that could suggest South Lanarkshire Council should consider thinking ‘outside the box’, employ someone with a brain somewhere within their organisation, and view the £20,000 “loss” they claim to be saving (even though they have publicly stated they do not know how much the museum costs them to run) as an investment, and use it to raise revenue.

This weekend marks the 2011 Museums at Night event, to be held from Friday to Sunday, May 13, 14, and 15.

Museums at Night 2011: Hundreds of museums, galleries, libraries, archives and heritage sites opening their doors for special evening events over the weekend of May 13-15.

Museums at Night | Culture24

The annual Museums at Night event will feature dozens of special exhibits, such as short film screenings and live nocturnal creature displays.

A new Scottish Festival of Museums will also see over 70 venues holding events over the weekend.

Organisers said the aim of the scheme was for people to have fun and explore the cultural venues more often.

Culture24, those behind the event, said last year’s programme saw about 85,000 people visit museums all over the UK.

The organisation said that 47% of those had never been to that museum or gallery before.

BBC News – Scottish museums to open after hours for visitors

I’m sad to say, I’ve never heard of it, nor can I recall tripping over any mentions in the news before – I must really be out of touch now 😦

Here’s the site of the festival that was also mentioned, and this event runs over the same period as noted above:

Festival of Museums

May 14, 2011 Posted by | Civilian | , | Leave a comment

March roundup

March seems to have been busy, even though it feels as if nothing actually got done!

The content of our PoW Camp Summary got a boost, with new information, and the grid references of many of the locations.

Unfortunately, although we can plot location very quickly using lat/lon with our built-in Google mapping, this depends on international WGS84 lat/lon being known, rather than the parochial, local. British National Grid. We have written some code to convert this within the site, and do have modules to convert between coordinate systems, but this was not built into our mapping since we usually only needed one or two points in each case, rather than almost 100 as brought by the PoW Camp page. We tried a quick addition to the code to see if the British Grid figures could be converted on-they-fly and inserted into the existing market plotting function, and by initially limiting this operation to 6 digit NGRs, were able to slot this in very quickly, and add markers for all the camps (and also got the option of plotting 6 digit NGR directly too, without having to do the lat/lon conversion externally).

We haven’t finished this routine, although it works fine, but now that we’ve identified the relevant section of our code that breaks down the NGR into its relevant Eastings and Northings from the letter and number references, we’ll be returning to it so that it can be written properly, and will accept 4, 6, 8, or 10 digit NGRs without the need to tell it how many digits are involved, as at present.

This Blog has gone through a change during March, when the content net was spread a bit wider, and more generalised items were included. This will change again during the coming month, as it was a bit disappointing to find that it attracted adverse comments which had to be deleted, or led to problems arising with the reporting of some subjects.

The Scheduled Event section that appears at the bottom of The Forum reached an important milestone during March, as we reached the point where we started to add interesting dates and events last year (no, it wasn’t March). We decided to delete all the entries that fell into the category of “On This Day” which were being added to the Forum, and transfer them to Calendar Events. This seemed to make sense as it seemed to be a bit silly to be adding the same post to the Forum each year to mark an event which was recurring every year. That doesn’t mean to say no-one should add and event we don’t already have, they should, and we’ll add it to the Calendar Events so that it will appear automatically each year, on the appropriate date. At the moment, the events will appear two weeks in advance of their occurrence. There’s no great mystery about their source, as most of them have been spotted on the BBC’s On This Day feature, although this hasn;t been consulted religiously, and we don’t claim to have spotted every relevant event either, so there’s still plenty of opportunity for additions, and we’re still on the lookout for interesting items.

Mention also for the finalisation of the Discussion option for the site, which directs anyone that hits the Discussion Tab on the Main Site to the Discussion thread in the Forum, and will hopefully prevent the losses of info that we know have happened in the past, when the discussion tab added an all but invisible page to the system, only ever noticed by the Admins, if they happened to look in the right place.

The Discussion thread in the Forum is still being fettled, and will probably be heavily moderated, with irrelevant material being excised fairly mercilessly, as the Discussion is really an extension of the relevant page in the Main Site. The advantage will be that the Admins can add a link between the tow items, so that once established and accepted, it becomes easy to switch between the two, without having to work out what the url/address is.

I’m sure there’s probably something important I’ve forgotten to include, but I seem to be being forever diverted by whatever smote the server at the New Year (now memorialised by references to The Great Forum Disaster of 2008 – which was later found to much wider), as some other file problem pops up out of nowhere.

Currently I’m trying to track down what’s killing the Upload Tab on the Main Site pages. I released this a few months ago, and faithfully tested it was operating properly at the time. However, I’ve recently been alerted by a user that they were asked for a password when they tried to use it (which I would have happily given them, IF there was one programmed into the Upload option). I see someone else has offered to upload pics later, so am trying to track down whatever might have been fouled up at the turn of the year. I’m sure it’s no consolation to anyone trying to upload pics, but you’re not being victimised – even the Admin, who should have unfettered access everywhere, is currently being rejected when trying to upload test pics!

There will be a notice posted if/when we find the source of the Upload problem, but so far, can confirm that the cause is far from obvious.

March 31, 2008 Posted by | Site News | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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