A bit of background colour for the site

Absolutely nothing to do with pub history, part from the fact I needed the background to be a little more interesting than just plain white.

I googled the question, and came up with some really stupid answers, some bordering on people who should not post answers as they were not at all helpful, and downright rude.

What I did come across were two very useful sites, the first was about the gimp editor, which is free, and I will look at this site again.

The second, and brilliant site allowed me to create a background image in lots of different styles , and then download the example. The site was called http://bg.siteorigin.com/ and I did what I had set out to do. It was a very plain grey background image, I show it here, although I don’t know if you can actually see this.


I now need to work out how to add this as a backround image – this may work :

I altered the name of the image to greypaper.gif, and uploaded it to the site into the includes folder; and then added this detail to one of the web pages inside a <style>  and  </style>


Blimey, it worked once I edited it a bit. Well done me. I should point out that I spotted the errors by viewing the source code for the page – right click on web page in the browser, and view source code. The spaces were showing up as question marks, which I deleted in the page.

My next move is towards full blown linux web-site building. My site does run on a linux server, but I have always used Windows as a desktop. There is an very old piece of software which many people know, called frontpage, it then was renamed sharepoint designer 2007 – it just works. Unfortunately, it also crashes a lot, and I can wait for minutes for it to respond. I spend large amounts of my time waiting for this software to work properly, and guess it will get worse.

I am now looking for something similar which runs on linux. Any suggestions?




London 1842 street directory, pubs history and RBKC Library

Well, today, as ever, I am continuing to build a complete London street directory for 1842 in addition to that of London in 1832, both Robsons directories. I am now working through letter T, and nearing completion.

All of the Robsons 1832 street directory is on the site, except I keep finding bits missing, e.g. Trafalgar square! It was there in 1832, I checked. Many other streets appear to have been missed, and I am slowly adding these as I see fit.

One street missing was Tichborne street, Edgware road. As usual, I check that it did exist in this period, using my Pigots 1833 pub listing. I then wondered about the spelling, and chucked the address into google. I came across an amazing photograph, and even more amazing is that it is on my pub history site – see previous link.

Further amazing pictures started to be listed, and this led me to Dave. I think either the blog is written by Dave, or he has a friend called Dave; both are plausible. I am noting this here, as I have spent quite a lot of time reading the articles, they are interesting, and I shall read the rest slowly. One of the Daves is a Local Studies Librarian for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Brilliant blog – called the RBKC.

I spend quite  lot of time updating my sites, and adding new sites of historical interest. I hope somebody likes my style, however boring it may look. I keep checking to see how I am getting on in google search for London street directory, currently 6,12 & 13. And for London 1832 street directory, most of the first 40 entries, etc.

The pub history site is also not bad, but a little clinical; and the local search engine only finds the latest updates. All of my 1899 pub listing, with all pubs linked to is ignored, as it is not a recent update. I will have to rebuild all of these pages.

Lots to do. And the house is to be plastered on Thursday & Friday. This makes a change from me being plastered; and lots of clearing still needs to be done. And Blue Planet II music is playing again for about the 50th time in succession. I love the last track which is so beautiful, yet very sad. Track 19 – Walrus: The right piece of Ice.

Yes, a bit sad, but music to be played out to, if you know what I mean.