What I Did On My Summer Holiday, By Bat, Aged 516¾

I have to start by saying that I took on the job of webminister without paying nearly enough attention to the work done by my predecessor, Fra João Baptista de Oliveira. It took some puzzled comments from citizens more compos mentis than me before I realised that a lot of bits were still missing.

The photo gallery, for example, confused me for a while. I had a complete copy of all the files that went into Fra João’s website, and there were no photos there, so I always assumed that he’d never gotten around to adding any. It was only when people asked me where all the other photos had gone that I realised: they were there, but hidden! I found them eventually, in an unexpected place, and with a marathon effort of programming managed to upload the lot to the barony’s Flickr account. You can see them there if you like, and please do! There are thousands of them! Far from “never getting around to it”, Fra João had probably the most extensive collection of photos of any barony in the kingdom! So I’m glad I found those.

More recently, I’ve been discovering his records of the awards of the barony. I knew they were in there somewhere, but today I finally began extracting them. I already have all the kingdom awards, easily extracted thanks to knowledge gleaned from my time maintaining the Canon Lore website. Now I’m getting all the baronial awards. They’ll be up soon, merged and properly arranged. Once again the effort is Fra João’s; I’m just the bugger who’s sitting here taking all the credit and laughing evilly. Bwahahahahahaha!

(Thanks, João!)

The Officers’ Blogs

It occurs to me that everyone likes to know what’s ahead of them – hence the popularity of headlights, astrologers and guessing – so it makes sense for me to start writing here about what I’m planning for this website. If you like, you can think of this as my report to the barony, but really it’s just Yet Another Blog.

The trick with any website is to update it regularly, which is where the idea of the Officers’ Blogs comes in. Peddants will have noted the position of the apostrophe in that title; I’m hoping (dare I say expecting?) that many officers will take up the offer to use this forum to communicate with the barony. For now it’s just me, of course, until I tell the rest of the lasses and lads about it all.