• Personal,  Travel

    Happy New Year 2020!

    If you were born in the 80s, raised in the 90s and made it to 2020: You have lived in 4 different decades, 2 different centuries, 2 different millennia and you’re not even 40 yet! Anonymous a.k.a. a WhatsApp forward As 2019 draws to a close and with 2020 on the horizon, I’d like to begin this post by wishing you a Happy New Year 2020! Keeping with a very long term tradition, below is a snapshot of my life in 2019. Life In early January, Ashwina and I took Fr. Michael out for dinner. This was a farewell dinner as he made his way to Rome to finish his…

  • Mottistone Manor Farmhouse
    Personal,  Travel

    Journey to the Isle of Wight

    We’ve typically taken a holiday in September but due to several different reasons, Ashwina and I decided to book the first week of October for a holiday. Destination: Isle of Wight. This post has been due for two months, but, as they say, better late than never! I had been looking forward to this holiday for a long time given our previous holiday was in April. After 6 extremely busy months at work with a tonne of travel, I needed this holiday. We took a train from London Waterloo to Portsmouth (one of our shortest train journeys in the UK). And then hopped on the Wightlink FastCat to cross the…

  • 12 Days of Christmas Indian style
    Fun Stuff,  Videos

    12 funny 12 Days of Christmas versions

    If you don’t know why there are 12 Days of Christmas, then you should first read this article. But, this has been one of my favourite Christmas carols forever. So, in no particular order: The Indian way If you smell…what the Rock is singing If Shrek was a Christmas carol.. Join the muppets… Straight No Chaser Bob & Doug’s 12 Days of Christmas Narrated – Here’s what happens when you mix these many gifts together For the Linux lovers out there 12 days of Christmas on a budget Don’t drink and sing… When the recession hit… The voice of Bill Ives

  • Add to All v1.5.0 - Post only views
    Plugins,  WordPress

    Add to All v1.5.0

    I’ve released v1.5.0 of Add to All WordPress plugin. This version brings some much asked settings to control the display of content on posts and pages. As usual existing users can update the plugin from your WordPress dashboard. New users can add the plugin from the Plugins page. Post only views You can find a new set of options under the Content tab. These look identical as the Single posts views and are available for posts (screenshot below) and pages. Whatever you enter here will only be displayed when viewing a post (or page for that set of options). What’s next? In the next version of the plugin, I’d like…

  • Movies & Theatre,  Reviews

    The Lion King (2019) – A Movie Review

    Ashwina and I headed off to Chai Ki after mass a few weeks back and then made an impromptu decision to watch The Lion King. The Plot Anyone who watched the original Lion King already knows the plot for this movie. Little Simba idolises his father Mufasa, who is respected by everyone but hated by his brother Scar. After the shocking death of Mufasa, Simba runs away and grows up with his two best friends Pumba and Timon until he is needed back to challenge his uncle. The cast Disney has pulled an interesting cast for its voice-overs including Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, John Oliver and Beyonce. My two cents…

  • Chernobyl 2019 Miniseries
    Movies & Theatre,  Reviews

    Review: Chernobyl (2019 TV miniseries)

    I can’t recall writing a review for a TV series, but having just finished one of the highest rated TV series on IMDB, I felt like writing one. I’e kept it relatively spoiler free. On April 26, 1986, the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine, Soviet Union suffered a massive explosion that released radioactive material across Belarus, Russia and Ukraine and as far as Scandinavia and western Europe. Chernobyl dramatizes the story of the 1986 accident, one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history, and the sacrifices made to save Europe from the unimaginable disaster. I think we have all heard about the disaster at Chernobyl. Pripyat has been featured in…

  • Personal,  Travel

    Exploring Bath and Stonehenge

    The last weekend was a long one cause of Easter and we’ve typically not done much on the Easter Monday bank holiday. However, Seema and Rodney, who were in London and bunking with us, had already booked tickets to visit Bath and Stonehenge. So, Ashwina and I also tagged along. We arrived at Victoria before 8am well ahead of our scheduled departure. It allowed us to get some decent seats in the middle of the bus. We set out towards Bath first which is about 2.5 hours away from London. We luckily didn’t encounter much traffic given the early start. Bath We reached Bath around 11am on a relatively bright…

  • Personal,  Travel

    Living in a Lighthouse – Part II

    When it rains… look for Rainbows When it’s dark… look for Stars If there is a Part I, there has to be at least a Part II. What I didn’t mention in the last post was how big the cottage was. We knew this place sleeps 10 people between the 6 bedrooms. Besides that, there are several other rooms across two different floors. One of our favourite rooms was the one with the ping pong table. It has been a while since we have played table tennis and the bad weather gave us a lot of time to hone those skills. The weather throughout our holiday was pretty lousy with…

  • Personal,  Travel

    Living in a Lighthouse – Part I

    It isn’t often that one gets to live in a lighthouse. Ashwina wanted to find out what it feels like to live in one. So, to celebrate her birthday month, she booked us into the Lighthouse Keepers’ Cottage at Lynton, Devon. Getting to the Lighthouse Keepers’ Cottage The Lighthouse Keepers’ cottage is perched on the edge of cliffs in splendid isolation with unrivalled views of the Bristol Channel. On the remote and impressive Foreland Point, the most northerly point in Devon, the cottage sits partway down the cliffs alongside the Lynmouth Foreland Lighthouse that was built in 1900. If you managed to get all the way down to my New…

  • Plugins,  WordPress

    Better Search v2.2.4 – security fix

    I have released version 2.2.4 of Better Search (v2.2.3 was a short release) which fixes one very important security issue that was reported by Ryan Dewhurst. Another key change in this release is the use of query variables and ajax to track the searches as well as some hardening across all PHP files. If you’re running v2.2.2, please upgrade to this release now. Changes in Better Search v2.2.4 and v2.2.3 Searches are now tracked using Query Variables Fixed security issue. Reported by Ryan Dewhurst WHERE clause is not replaced in seamless mode Download Better Search v2.2.4

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