Carriacou Carnival 2010

May 29, 2010
Carriacou carnival

Carriacou Carnaval

Many people from Carriacou in the Caribbean have come to live and work in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. Here are some links to YouTube videos made at the February 2010 Carriacou and Petite Martinique Carnaval.

First, a funky TV trailer promoting Carnival.

Next, a clip of Carnival in the rain!

And this be dancin in da street!

Carriacou smile

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Signs of Lives – find out more

May 29, 2010

To find out more about your history, your family, your community visit WWW.SIGNS-OF-LIVES.COM.


Dewsbury’s Festival of Flight Ambassador

May 28, 2010
Akeel with Cessna C-172

Akeel with the Cessna C-172

Our photo shows Akeel Javed, Dewsbury’s Festival of Flight Ambassador during his training learning to fly a Cessna aeroplane near Inverness in the North of Scotland. Beautiful scenery! Akeel is going to be leading two future Festival of Flight exhibitions and events for other young people in Dewsbury which have been organised by Young Dewsbury.

The first one runs from Monday, July 26 to Friday, July 30, at 10am – 2pm at Young Dewsbury, in Dewsbury Town Hall.

The second one runs from Monday, August 9 to Friday, August 13, at 10 am – 2pm at Dewsbury Arena Youth Centre.

If you’re aged 13-19 and live near Dewsbury, put the dates in your diary!

Dewsbury Town Hall

Dewsbury Town Hall


Reading this will help you make a good WordPress blog

May 25, 2010
Wordpress 24-Hour Trainer

Click to see inside the book at Amazon.co.uk

George Plumley’s WordPress 24-Hour Trainer is a great book which comes with an equally good training DVD. Not cheap, but worth every penny.

I bet it will take you a lot longer than 24 hours to work your way through it!


Today’s Social Media Surgery

May 24, 2010
Social Media Surgery in Huddersfield

Social Media Surgery in Huddersfield

This is a photo of today’s Social Media Surgery at the Media Centre, Huddersfield. Many thanks to Steve for his help with the PHP code. I’m now convinced the letters stand for Pretty Hard Programming! In gratitude I’ve offered to be a ‘Social Media Surgeon’ for future surgeries.


Social Media Surgery – tomorrow

May 23, 2010

Thinking of getting into social media? For example, learning about blogging – like this Signs of Communities blog – or finding out about Facebook, Twitter and many other media?

WordPress isĀ  a great program for blogging so you could visit the WordPress website to learn more and maybe download the free program that also comes with free WordPress hosting.

You can get free advice about social media if you come to Cafe Ollo in The Media Centre at Northumberland Street, Huddersfield tomorrow 24th May. There is a free Social Media Surgery at 4.30pm to 7pm run by dedicated expert volunteers.


SIGNS OF LIVES – my new blog

May 18, 2010

My next step beyond Signs of Communities is to provide people with the practical tools to record, retrieve and interpret the signs of their lives. It’s called SIGNS OF LIVES and you can click on those words in capitals to go to it. It’s about “How to record, store and retrieve your life and the lives of those you love.” I hope you find it useful.

It will cover family history, genealogy, family and community video, sound recording, archiving, retrieval, interpretation in every sense, diaries, scrapbooking, memoirs and biographies, the new social media for family and community. Lots of related things that are the signs of our lives.

Please visit it if you are interested and feel welcome to leave a comment if you wish to suggest additions or improvements.