I’m not sure this guy understands the rules

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Look carefully. It’s a builder working …at five o’clock. See, I told you these guys were good. Even if this guy (who will have to remain anonymous in case he gets thrown out of the builders’ union) missed the first day of college where they teach you that the number one rule of construction is that you have to leave at three o’clock “to go and, er, pick some stuff up”. Haha! We’ve got the best builders in the world and you can’t have them!

There’s a hole in my kitchen

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Of course you were all wondering what was going on inside the extension, weren’t you? No? Well, here it is anyway. Twice the kitchen! 100% less worktop and storage space (for now). The wiring is all in place for the groovy lighting, and once the plumber is happy, they’ll be boarding up. Mustn’t forget my speakers in the ceiling though.

Kitchen Extension series: Part 1
Kitchen Extension series: Part 2
Kitchen Extension series: Part 3
Kitchen Extension series: Part 4
Kitchen Extension series: Part 5
Kitchen Extension series: Part 6
Kitchen Extension series: Part 7

Google does not want structured points of reference on the web

I just had a rant on Webmasterworld. Someone asked if it was a good idea to publish press releases – would Google index them? Don’t get me started. OK, do get me started:

As someone whose sites contain tens of thousands of press releases, painstakingly compiled over seven years, who then found some of the sites unceremoniously dumped from Google this summer, for a while at least, I’d say …there’s no point any more.

Never mind that all of the press releases we’d brought together and categorised in one place had become an essential industry resource. Never mind that we’d hired some of the best-known editors in our sectors to put these resources together. Google decided, in its infinite wisdom, that because we just published the unvarnished facts (i.e the original press releases, modestly edited into house style), we weren’t deserving of a place in its index any longer.

Had we added inane comments all over them, we would have met with Google’s approval, because we’d be creating original content. But we thought serious business professionals just wanted the facts.

What you have to remember is that Google does not want structured points of reference on the web. These serve to undermine the importance of a search engine. What Google wants is to encourage pages to be published in the most unstructured manner possible, so that only search engine technology can be used to find content.

To return to the original question, you can indeed re-publish news stories, but even if you’re bringing the press releases together with the aim of creating a genuinely useful resource, you will not get any help from Google, as what you’re doing undermines its aim to control the web. Write any old stuff, as long as it’s so-called original content.

We hit the roof

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Now that’s looking like an extension. The lads done great. Windows, roof …it could almost be finished. Except for the small matter of the internals. But now the inner wall has come down and we have an idea of what the new kitchen space will look like. It’s exactly twice the size of the old one, but if you think about it, if half of a kitchen our (old) size is taken up with the entrance and thoroughfare, then doubling the size should give us three times the working area. We’ll see. Next up: internal walls, ceilings, electrics, plumbing and lighting. Sure it’ll all be done by Christmas. It’s still a week away.

Kitchen Extension series: Part 1
Kitchen Extension series: Part 2
Kitchen Extension series: Part 3
Kitchen Extension series: Part 4
Kitchen Extension series: Part 5
Kitchen Extension series: Part 6
Kitchen Extension series: Part 7

It’d never happen in Milton Keynes

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A few years ago, just before the UEFA Cup draw, a fellow Ipswich supporter said “you do know we could get Dukla Prague, don’t you?”. I couldn’t see them in the list of remaining teams, which is how I found out that the former Czech army side, immortalised by Half Man Half Biscuit, had long since disappeared off the scene and been merged into another club. Years later, Biscuit gigs are still full of fans in Dukla Prague away shirts, and there’s a roaring trade in them from replica kit manufacturers.

But it looks like Dukla Prague are returning. The whole thing turns out to be a bit of a Wimbledon/Franchise FC situation, with Dukla Prague having been bought, moved away from the city and turned into another club completely, leaving just a fans’ team to carry on the tradition …and it’s the fans’ team which is now looking to merge with a second division team and leapfrog its way back into the league. They could even play the Franchise FC equivalent, whose club owner has been arrested on abduction and robbery charges.

Up, up and away

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Yay. The extension continues to soar skywards. The builders seem to be doing a great job (yeah, like I’m some sort of expert who’s qualified to judge) and they hope to be starting on the roof this weekend. Now we can see the size of the extremely large windows we specified, they’re admittedly huge, but it’ll allow us to see “through” the corner of the extension from the dining room, and I think it’ll work.