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Sunday, July 13, 2008

Pedestrian Subway

This is a pedestrian subway at the big roundabout at the bottom (south) of the main high street of Exeter City.

They have the reputation in London of being a muggers shopping hall but down here they seem quite a pleasant place to be.

I like the cool blue waves on the wall.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Harvester Inn Pub


This is the Harvester Inn pub at the Exeter Quays.

I haven't been to a Harvester in years, the food was awful then and I doubt it has changed at all. The typical English rubbish of steak, burger and chips, fish and chips and peas. None of it cooked well or with any decent flavour or texture. There is a good reason us English have a poor reputation for cuisine and this chain is at the vanguard of the reasons why.

Bloody hate the places.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Spider cat

Our cat SpiderThis is one of our cats, Spider. She's called that because of her skinny legs, her black coat and the way she scoots about. Our other cat is called Mouse because when we first got the cats our little girl pointed at the tabby one and shouted "MOUSE MOUSE".

They are both gorgeous.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

An English Rose

English roses.The roses in our garden this year are just gorgeous. They smell fantastic too and last a long time if you keep dead-heading them. An enzyme builds up in the 'hip' (rose bud after pollination) and when the quantity of enzyme is high enough a signal is sent to the plant to stop producing flowers and to put all its energy into the seeds. So break off the dead rose heads as soon as the petals have fallen and you will continue to get glorious roses throughout the summer.

You don't need to cut them off with pruning shears, simply bend the stem and they will break at the correct point which is at the nearest 'node'.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Embed Flash SWF using Javascript

Have you had problems displaying your Flash movies (SWFs) lately? Have you had some strange pop up window coming up when a Flash page is loaded. It is all to do with some copyright law. I won't bore you with the details, I can't remember them they are so dull.

The important thing is how do we now embed our Flash movies without our viewers having problems. Below is one solution I have found to work without problems.

Take a look at www.beijing-visitor.com, you will see an interactive Flash movie at the top showing images of China. It is loaded using Javascript (JS).

Solution:

Note: The code shown below is an image so cannot be selected. You will have to type it in by hand - sorry but real code upset the blog software! As you would expect really. Click on the image for a larger version of it, don't make any mistakes of it won't work but don't worry about how many spaces are between elements as that doesn't matter.

1. Paste the following code into the page you want your SWF to be embedded in. Use everything between the *'s but don't inclued the *'s.

Code for embedding SWF in page.
I'm not a coder and had to pinch this code but I have got it working, I just don't know everything it does - or care how it does it.

1. At the top you can see the code "src="js/flashobject.js"". This is where you keep the JS code and it should be named 'flashobject.js'. You could name it something else, up to you.

2. "DIV id=slideshow" allows more than one SWF to be on the same page, simply double up on the JS above and give it a different id, e.g. slideshow2. Look here for an example of multiple SWFs on the same page: www.soccerphile.com.

3. Use your own URL for where you keep your SWF, don't try and use the URL given above, the site won't let you by .htaccess so your SWF won't work.

4. Put your own width in pixels for the value 406 and height for 195. I don't know what the '1' is for, let me know if you do. The '#ffffff' is the background colour.

The next thing to do is to include the JS file shown at www.beijing-visitor.com/js/flashobject.js

That should do the trick, good luck.