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Alex Murphy’s Life in India: The Children of Malipalpur

By: Alex Murphy | Sunday, 20 July, 2014

The unquestioned gospel is that children are the future, and the future of life in India is bright indeed! My route from home to rugby at 5.45am on a weekend morning takes me up the truck laden Sohna Road...

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Morning after the night before

By: Trefor Davies | Sunday, 20 July, 2014

Morning after the night before – mollusc gets legless. The night before: We had a BBQ at our house last night. Sending off for Kid2 before her departure for foreign climes and her year abroad. Festivities began at around 5pm and the kids left to go clubbing at 10.30. Couldn’t do it meself. After they had gone with a...



By: Trefor Davies | Saturday, 19 July, 2014

  Boats on the river in Chester What do you do on a balmy July evening in Chester? You take a walk down by the river  to check out the boats that’s what you do. There’s a party going on on the bandstand with some cool jazz. Diners are sat outside at Hickory’s Smokehouse to the sound of Rhythm and...


Menfolk stood outside M&S Outlet Store

By: Trefor Davies | Saturday, 19 July, 2014

Men stood outside M&S outlet store waiting for their women Was shopping with Kid2 in Cheshire Oaks Outlet Village on the Wirral. She is going to be working for Hilton in Spain for 6 months and needs some suitable attire for the job. On occasions like this the M&S outlet store is the place to be and there we...

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By: Trefor Davies | Saturday, 19 July, 2014

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UK Broadband — Not Fit for Purpose

By: Lindsey Annison | Friday, 18 July, 2014

Ignore the pachyderm! By 2017 100% of the UK will have broadband (supposedly). It would seem that far too many people are happy to skirt around the issues, to deliver platitudes and sound bites to willing journalists who don’t actually feel like investigating the truth or facing the elephant in the country. Particularly in the countryside. I was brought up...

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Microsoft message to renegade professionals – Stephen Elop #uncompromise

By: Trefor Davies | Friday, 18 July, 2014

Stephen Elop – CEO of Microsoft message to employees. Stephen Elop’s message to Microsoft employees feels like an address to an army that knows not all of them will come through the coming battle. The organisation is huge. In the Microsoft message Elop mentions Salo, Oulu and Tampere, Finland. Beijing, San Diego,  Hanoi, Dongguan. Manaus, Reynosa and Komaron, Hungary....

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Old Websites

By: Andrew Beardsmore | Thursday, 17 July, 2014

Considering Internet detritus of the slash-and-burn order, often the walking-dead creations of fly-by-night “web developers” who took the money (and lots of it) and ran. Websites. For small businesses. Probably built by someone nice met at a local business networking event. In Drupal? Joomla? TYPO3? For those without a care in the world, those first two aren’t places (except...

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East Midlands Airport arrivals board and immigration fast track

By: Trefor Davies | Thursday, 17 July, 2014

East Midlands airport arrivals board and a fast track limo service Sat in the services near East Midlands Airport waiting for kid2, my little girl now not so little to come back from a 3 week stint in Barcelona. It isn’t worth forking out to park at the airport. They sting you for a quid to just drop off...

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The Hump Day Five (16-July-2014)

By: Kory Kessel | Wednesday, 16 July, 2014

The Hump Day Five is on Red Alert this week, getting all Google-y powerful on music in the cloud, Leftovers, and Ping Pong Mania. 1 Started watching a new TV show a couple of weeks back called “The Leftovers”. If you haven’t haven’t seen or heard of it, the premise is quite simple. On 14-October at a precise moment in...

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Lamb tikka masala recipe – part 2

By: Trefor Davies | Wednesday, 16 July, 2014

Having marinated the cubed lamb in step 1 we now move on to steps 2 and 3 for our lamb tikka masala recipe – the actual cooking. This post continues part 1 of our lamb tikka masala recipe. The lamb will be nicely marinated having spent 24 hours in the fridge in the freshly prepared tandoori spice mix. I can...

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Lost in translation – google translate funny error

By: Trefor Davies | Wednesday, 16 July, 2014

Google translate funny error shows it doesn’t always get it right Was browsing TripAdvisor with a view to going to Majorca on holiday. I’ve always associated Majorca with pile em high sell it cheap holidays I would be unlikely to take. However I’m told that the North and East sides are v nice so I’m checking it out. TripAdvisor...

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Yes, I Read Super Hero Comic Books

By: Kory Kessel | Tuesday, 15 July, 2014

There are far worse things you can carry from childhood to adulthood than super hero comic books (and fewer that look better on your tablet screen). For me, super hero comic books are just one of those things. I loved them as a child in single digits, continued to look in on them occasionally (and sometimes more often than...


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By: Trefor Davies | Tuesday, 15 July, 2014

Deleted plugins amassed over 6 years of blogging Just deleted 33 plugins. These deleted plugins were amassed over 6 years of blogging. I didn’t need any of them. The new site still contains too many plugins but they were expedient in getting us up and running with the new design. Over the next few months we will be changing...

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What is a Mobile Number?

By: Peter Farmer | Monday, 14 July, 2014

What is a mobile number – bet you thought you knew! Seems like a simple question doesn’t it? You would be surprised how many people will answer “07″. Just like some schoolgirls on a bus I overheard once, this presumption can have costly consequences. 070 is designated as Personal Numbering – the old follow me services now largely overtaken by...


Live world cup alternative commentary coverage of the Final – the Germans v the Argentinians

By: Trefor Davies | Sunday, 13 July, 2014

Live world cup alternative commentary coverage of World Cup Final – the Germans v the Argentinians – in an attempt to counter the deadly dull BBC commentary. As the deadly dull World Cup final gets going we try and liven things up with a world cup alternative commentary. Hansen, Ferdinand and Shearer have spent too much time talking b0110ck$...


Alex Murphy’s Life in India: Driver’s Licenses and Cremations

By: Alex Murphy | Sunday, 13 July, 2014

Making the connection between getting a driver’s license, MI6 ’00′ status, and averting explosions at open-air cremations. Earlier this week I passed another milestone in my Indian adventure when I was issued an India driving license, and now I feel a bit like James Bond, with a license to kill. Daft as that may see,it actually isn’t far from the truth. The...

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England v India Trent Bridge – a tale of two Andersons & Yealink VoIP phone

By: Trefor Davies | Sunday, 13 July, 2014

England v India highlights – Root & Anderson  10th wicket world record, I am nearly knocked out by a cricket ball, Pamela Anderson gets cricketer autograph & I spot a Yealink VoIP phone. England v India at Trent Bridge was the backdrop for  great day out with the kids yesterday. There are two ways to “do” the cricket. One...


James May Meccano Bike

By: Trefor Davies | Saturday, 12 July, 2014

James May Meccano bike in the back of a van in Skegness – surreal! The Meccano bike as constructed by James May was of particular interest to me. I grew up on the Isle of Man and May rode his Meccano Bike around the TT Course. We sat as a family watching the TV programme. We always do when...

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Geo Restriction Means a Pirate’s Life for Me…

By: James Blessing | Friday, 11 July, 2014

Accessing the whole of creation…what is available in my “region” of it, that is. A regular contributor to, we are as always pleased to present insight from James Blessing, the current Chair of the Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA) UK. Once upon a time in the west, a man sat and contemplated the state of the world and...


FTTC Broadband — Upgrade Your Router

By: Tim Bray | Friday, 11 July, 2014

FTTC installed…and then the problems started. Once again, welcomes contributor Tim Bray, Technical Director for ProVu Communications. “FTTC — Upgrade Your Router” is Tim’s second “Broadband Week” post. At ProVu we, don’t often do onsite installations, preferring instead to leave them to our resellers. Sometimes, though, a problem comes along that requires that we get involved in helping...


Kiwi ISP Slingshot promotes piracy amongst punters

By: Trefor Davies | Friday, 11 July, 2014

Kiwi ISP Slingshot promotes piracy amongst  Antipodean punters - broadband internet copyright infringement New Zealand based ISP Slingshot is providing pre-VPNed connections so that New Zealanders can watch BBC iPlayer or subscribe to Netflix etc for free. A VPN, or Virtual Private Network in this case allows users to tunnel across the internet so that it looks as if they are...


Africa Broadband Snapshot: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

By: Michele McCann | Friday, 11 July, 2014

Despite double-digit growth over the last four years, Africa accounts for only 7% of of the world’s Internet users and less than 0.5% of the world’s fixed-broadband subscriptions. The key to bettering those numbers? Innovation and collaboration. is pleased to present the following “Broadband Week” post from Michele McCann, Business Development Manager for Teraco Data Environments. Michele’s post...

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The (Hidden) FTTC Wall

By: Tim Bray | Thursday, 10 July, 2014

Local exchange FTTC-enabled, cabinet within easy view, power and fibre laid down… welcomes Broadband Week contributor Tim Bray, Technical Director for ProVu Communications. Here is a small tale about my own company’s experience with FTTC. The ProVu Communications offices are in Milnsbridge, which is just outside Huddersfield. As we are heavy broadband users, we were really happy to discover that our...


Rise of the Gigabit Cities

By: Dana Tobak | Thursday, 10 July, 2014

With broadband, too much is not enough, and the safe harbour of status quo will not meet the ever-expanding needs of the market. is pleased to present the following “Broadband Week” post from Hyperoptic Managing Director Dana Tobak. “Rise of the Gigabit Cities” is Dana’s first contribution to the site. Everyone has moments in his or her career...


It’s Not Size that Matters, it’s What You Do with it that Counts

By: Clare Greenall | Thursday, 10 July, 2014

Sell not the thing, but the benefit in having the thing. Broadband? No, thank you. Connectivity? Well, I don’t mind if I do! is pleased to welcome “Broadband Week” guest contributor Clare Greenall, Marketing Manager for Timico Partner Services Ltd. Let’s talk about how to sell *Broadband (ahem, connectivity) in the twenty-tens, as it’s quite a hot topic...

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Isaac Newton woz ere but no superfast broadband in Grantham

By: Trefor Davies | Thursday, 10 July, 2014

Isaac Newton woz ere, according to the plaque on the wall but no superfast broadband in Granthan I was picking up Kid3 from a gig in Grantham’s St Wulfram’s Church last weekend. Nice enough gaff as churches go, if you like that sort of thing. Kid3 plays in the Lincolnshire County Orchestra – it has a name but that eludes...


Cygnets seen during today’s walk to work

By: Trefor Davies | Wednesday, 9 July, 2014

Cygnets at Lincoln’s Brayford Pool My walk to work always bring new sights. You see a lot more at my gentle strolling pace than when you are stuck in a car waiting at traffic lights, queuing at junctions and generally polluting the atmosphere. This morning I came across this swan and her three cygnets. I can’t imagine the cygnets are...

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The Hump Day Five (9-July-2014)

By: Kory Kessel | Wednesday, 9 July, 2014

In line with Broadband Week on, the Hump Day Five either benefits, suffers or remains mind-numbingly inconsequential…you decide. 1 Fourteen years have passed since I arranged my first broadband Internet service in Paris with France Telecom, and yet it is no effort whatsoever to recall that first setup. Is this because I have an elephant’s memory? Well, it...

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Virgin Media Broadband Spam

By: Trefor Davies | Wednesday, 9 July, 2014

Broadband Spam by Virgin Media – aka junk mail. A week or three ago I whinged to Virgin Media on Twitter about their broadband spam. In other words they keep sending me junk mail pitching their broadband packages. I’m sure they are very good but sorry boys, if I want to look at your stuff I’ll do it online....

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Faster Fibre Broadband Internet Connections

By: Walter G.M. Willcox | Wednesday, 9 July, 2014

Attempting to explain some of the mystique surrounding broadband connections, (mostly) in layman’s terms. I will attempt here to clarify some of the mystery surrounding fibre broadband connections while also offering suggestions for how to overcome some of the more confusing aspects of obtaining a faster service. Virgin Media (mainly in urban areas) and BT describe their products as...

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B4RN, OMR, State Aid and the Witches Ducking Stool

By: Barry Forde | Wednesday, 9 July, 2014

The powers-that-be do not expect an ordinary rural community to roll up their sleeves and build state of the art fibre networks in parts of the UK denounced as totally uneconomic. is pleased to present the following “Broadband Week” post from B4RN Chief Executive Barry Forde. Barry is a networking expert with many years experience of designing, building and operating...

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Tandoori marinade – lamb tikka massala part 1

By: Trefor Davies | Tuesday, 8 July, 2014

Tandoori marinade mixed with cubes of lamb fillet in a bowl and left overnight. All broadband and no curry makes for a dull life. This post describes how to make a tandoori marinade which, mixed with lamb cubes, is left in the fridge over night before proceeding to part two of the process which involves cooking the meat. In...

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Broadband – A Student Perspective on an Essential Service

By: Zoe Redfern | Tuesday, 8 July, 2014

Broadband is a key service students need to navigate their time at university guest contributor Zoe Redfern recently completed a Masters in Computer Information Systems at the University of Lincoln and will relocate to Cheshire in the coming months to begin a graduate job with Siemens. Having completed my Master’s Degree at the University of Lincoln not long ago, I...

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…Superfast Broadband That

By: Gary M Hough | Tuesday, 8 July, 2014

In moving into a world of affordable cloud-based services and versatile mobile devices, the way in which we consume Internet access and connectivity will rely on ISPs that can provide a solid, consistently fast and reliable service. once again welcomes Zen Internet and ISPA Council Member Gary Hough to the page. Superfast Broadband This…, the first part of Gary’s “Broadband Week” post, ran...


Ofcom to Cut Openreach Prices: Will it Increase Fibre Broadband Take-up?

By: Julia Kukiewicz | Tuesday, 8 July, 2014

Openreach’s wholesale prices to drop dramatically, but will it make a difference in fibre broadband adoption? welcomes guest contributor Julia Kukiewicz, Editor of, a consumer site focused on UK broadband (among many others). Later this year Ofcom will force Openreach to radically cut the wholesale cost of installing a fibre line, from £50 to £11. The regulator...


Thoughts on the Future of Broadband Down Under from the Australasian News Desk.

By: Tom Avern | Monday, 7 July, 2014

Antipodeans are watching what happens in more mature broadband markets — the UK, the USA — and trying to learn from their mistakes while seeking greater value. welcomes “Broadband Week” guest contributor Tom Avern who, when he isn’t pontificating on the internet, can using be found helping his clients sort out their network issues, riding bicycles, or taking photographs. Tom has been...

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Superfast Broadband This…

By: Gary M Hough | Monday, 7 July, 2014

Is it too much to ask that Virgin Media provide the broadband service paid for, or at least something much closer to it than is currently the case? welcomes “Broadband Week” contributor Gary Hough, Regulatory Manager for Zen Internet and ISPA Council Member. Gary has worked in the ISP industry for the past 18 years and is convinced he...

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Broadband Week on

By: Trefor Davies | Monday, 7 July, 2014

Broadband week on brings a totally international set of posts that includes contributions from Australia, South Africa and Rochdale. Broadband Week has, in all, over 15 contributors who have written material that covers a very diverse set of subjects. Editorially we do not ask specific contributors to write on particular subjects unless they can’t think of one themselves....


ITSPA Summer Forum

By: Trefor Davies | Sunday, 6 July, 2014

ITSPA Summer Forum and 10th Anniversary celebrations ITSPA Summer Forum was a terrific success and a suitable tribute to the celebratory nature of the event. The afternoon AGM and series of talks and panel discussion went really well and we were lucky enough to have some serious industry players amongst the speakers. The line up for the afternoon was...


Union of South Africa at Newark Northgate

By: Trefor Davies | Sunday, 6 July, 2014

Union of South Africa A4 Pacific steam engine seen at Newark Northgate train station Was heading to London for a meeting with Telehouse in Docklands and had to change trains at Newark Northgate. The jackpot came up. These in the siding stood the Union of South Africa steam train in tandem with the  LNER class K4 Great Marquess. Magnificent. The...

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