There is no NHS


If you are still under the illusion that the NHS is A Good Thing that can only mean that you have never had to use it and really need it.

The Tories fucked the NHS and the Labour kept banging away too.

If you believe in the NHS then hope and pray that you will not need it – because it will not be there for you.

One reason I hate themes

I could apply this to any number of themes but as this one just annoyed me it is the target.

Cyberchimps have their Responsive 2.0 Beta for download. I did and I looked in footer.php

 * Footer Template
 * The template for displaying the footer
 * @package      ${PACKAGE}
 * @license      license.txt
 * @copyright    ${YEAR} ${COMPANY}
 * @since        ${VERSION}
 * Please do not edit this file. This file is part of the ${PACKAGE} Framework and all modifications
 * should be made in a child theme.

// If this file is called directly, abort.
if ( ! defined( 'WPINC' ) ) {

< ?php responsive_wrapper_bottom(); // after wrapper content hook ?>
<!-- end of #wrapper -->
< ?php responsive_wrapper_end(); // after wrapper hook ?>
<!-- end of #container -->
< ?php responsive_container_bottom();?>

<footer id="footer" class="site-footer" role="contentinfo" itemscope="itemscope" itemtype="">
    < ?php responsive_footer_top(); ?>
    <div id="footer-wrapper">

        <div id="footer-widgets-container">
            < ?php get_sidebar( 'footer' ); ?>
        </div><!-- #footer-widgets-container-->

        <div id="menu-social-container">
            <nav id="footer-menu-container">
                < ?php if ( has_nav_menu( 'footer-menu', 'responsive' ) ) {
                            'container'      => '',
                            'fallback_cb'    => false,
                            'menu_class'     => 'footer-menu',
                            'theme_location' => 'footer-menu',
                            'depth'          => 1
                } ?>
            </nav><!-- #footer-menu -->
            <div id="social-icons-container">
                < ?php echo responsive_get_social_icons() ?>
            </div><!-- #social-icons-container-->
        </div><!-- #menu-social-container -->

        < ?php get_sidebar( 'colophon' ); ?>

        <div id="footer-base">
            <div class="copyright">
                < ?php
                    $copyright_text = '&copy; ' . date( 'Y' ) . ' <a href="' . home_url( '/' ) . '" title="' . esc_attr( get_bloginfo( 'name', 'display' ) ) . '">' . esc_attr( get_bloginfo( 'name' ) ) . '';
                $copyright_text = apply_filters( 'responsive_copyright_text', $copyright_text );
                echo $copyright_text;
            </div><!-- .copyright -->

            <div class="powered">
                < ?php
                    $powered_by_text = sprintf(
                        /* Translators: Responsive Theme powered by WordPress */
                        __( '%1$s powered by %2$s', 'responsive' ),
                        '<a href="' . esc_url( '' ) . '">' . __( 'Responsive Theme', 'responsive' ) . '',
                        '<a href="' . esc_url( '' ) . '">' . __( 'WordPress', 'responsive' ) . '</a>'
                    $powered_by_text = apply_filters( 'responsive_powered_by_text', $powered_by_text );
                    echo $powered_by_text;
            </div><!-- end .powered -->

            <div class="scroll-top">
                <a href="#scroll-top" title="<?php esc_attr_e( 'scroll to top', 'responsive' ); ?>">< ?php _e( '&uarr;', 'responsive' ); ?></a>
            </div><!-- .scroll-top -->
        </div><!-- #footer-base -->
    </div><!-- #footer-wrapper -->
    < ?php responsive_footer_bottom(); ?>
</footer><!-- #footer -->
< ?php responsive_footer_after(); ?>
<!-- #page -->
< ?php responsive_body_bottom(); ?>
< ?php wp_footer(); ?>

It says very clearly that I should not edit that theme and that I should create a Child Theme. It even provides me with a link to So although I can it is saying do not remove our credit line unless you write a child theme.
Problem here – and with so many other themes is that do so you can’t just create some CSS to remove the credit, you have to write some PHP.

I cast my mind back to 2004/5/6 and the WordPress forums.
Q: Do I need to know PHP to use WP?
Me: No.
If I were asked the same question today the answer would be “Probably”.

To remove that credit I have to create a child theme that has a functions.php file.
I have to write something that starts < ?php
Yes the theme is GPL, yes it can be changed but making such changes so damn hard for the casual user is wrong.

I get that themes can do many things and they should, but hiding such a basic change that many would want to make by putting it into code people can't understand isn't - to me - very fair.

Coffee again

When I switched from Instant coffee to the capsule Dolce Gusto I was impressed with the capsule stuff. Tastes so much nicer than Instant. But I’ve been using the Aeropress for a while now and last week had the same capsule coffee I used to have. It tasted really flat. Bland almost.

Years ago someone showed me the difference between whiskies. 3 glasses. A generic whisky in one, a blended malt and a single malt in the others. The tastes were markedly different. The generic was just falling down water you’d mix with anything to help it’s passage while the single malt was to be sipped and savoured. It feels like I’ve just had the same experience with freshly ground aeropress and capsule.

I’ve been using this hand grinder as it was cheap. I can grind 4 cups worth of beans by the time the kettle boils and although I’m not so precise each time to get exactly the same the results have never been less than really great coffee. Pondering getting an electric burr grinder. A plus is that it’ll be quicker to grind. A minus is that I might drink even more coffee.. and as I typically have a 4 expresso mug full of the stuff more might not be a great idea.

(but then I drank such a mug less than an hour ago and my pulse as I sit here is only 68 so it’s not that bad)


Just completed my first week of having only Aeropressed coffee with beans I grind (burr not blade) as I wait for the kettle to boil. One 250g bag of beans lasted me the week – 2 scoops of beans for one coffee. The aeropress has numbers 1-4 on the side which I assume is meant to indicate the number of cups? I fill it completely and it makes less than 1 mug. But it’s very smooth coffee indeed and even though I’m not precise in my actions each time I have been very pleased with each mug.