I checked the WP plugins directory and could not find a plugin that will change any/all youtube links to the more privacy friendly

Does one exist?

In the meantime I will check the syntax and run a search/replace SQL for this site.

It’s been a while so .. Fuck Google.

The sooner more people realise that the better.

Vinyl Music

The skip arrived today so I started emptying the garage and very strictly deciding what should stay and what should go.

With almost perfect timing the local scrap guy came along the street and he took a heap of metal items from me (which has saved space in the skip so my neighbours can chuck stuff out). Scrap guy is standing on the drive as I get stuff out and he sees a very large shoulder bag – like a sports bag you could fit two tennis rackets in – full of 45s. He was smiling as he checked them out, remarking to me what memories the titles brought back. They were headed for the skip so I said he could take them, He was happy to do so.

Emotional traffic

I had a pile of LPs. Again he was loving looking through those so they ended up in his lorry cab. Then we found another case full of 45s which are by now probably being looked through at his home.

Red noise

The only two pieces of vinyl he didn’t get are the two pictured.

They date to 1979, I was a year away from my O levels and those two singles bring back … stuff. So they are here, and they are staying.

A welcome visit

Haven’t seen my youngest in months so seeing her today was excellent. Caught up on stuff, learned the names that she and her fiancé have chosen for their – not yet conceived – firstborn and generally nattered as you do.

She also brought back a pile of gaming stuff I’d lent her over time but they don’t now use. So I have two PS Classics, two Megadrive Minis, two Gamecubes, I think two N64’s, heaps of controllers and Wii games I’d forgotten about. Good, very good.

Long time since I’ve played Pikmin


I remember this site being reported way back when those reports came to me. I wonder if it looks any different in today’s light? Does humour travel through time well?
(Nothing was done because it had internal company fans)



Sourdough died

Yesterday it was bubbling, today it is flatter than Eric. Still, I have yeast, flour, water so will try some proper bread at some point.


Played some SNES Mario Kart. Although Jacqui and I played lots of the N64 version we both agreed that the Battle mode on the SNES was way better. Sometimes 3D is not right. The music to the GP took me a long way back in time.

We have a large plastic Cola bottle which we’d drop our change into. Been here for years and with Contactless, it’s now pointless. Spent an age yesterday counting and bagging. £50 in 5p, another £50 in 2p and 1p. Whenever it becomes actually safe to visit the city I’ll take a few bags in each time.

Made a decision yesterday about changes – one main change being primary – that I need to make to me. I hope I can carry it through. Not having any focus on anything in the future and not having someone close to me (emotionally not distance) will make this hard to do. Very hard. If I manage it, great. If not, there will be a next time.

WP and needing a default theme

If you do not have a default theme the Site Health check on the dashboard whines about it.

To get around that, download a default theme
Delete everything inside the theme except style.css

Edit the style.css and delete everything after the */ on line 21.

Now upload the theme folder with just that edited style.css in there to /wp-content/themes

And now the Site Health will not whine.
If/When the theme updates, just edit the version on line 4. Or be proactive and change the version now to 10.4