Archive for November, 2010

Cheltenham’s Second last on the move

November 13, 2010

Cheltenham Saturday 13th November 2010. More problems at the recently-moved second last fence. I noticed John Francome was a little more guarded on his comments during his piece about the fence on Friday’s C4 racing. So what’s going on?

Stratford-on-Avon tried a similar layout a couple of seasons ago but soon discovered problems with a second-last fence coming soon after the final bend. Now I know Stratford is different to Cheltenham, but it seems to me that squeezing two fences into a relatively short straight is the common thread.

I wonder how long this ‘experiment’ will last?

If Cheltenham really wants to meddle with a layout, what about fitting another flight of hurdles in between the existing last two flights on the New Course. Now that would make sense.


Bath Heritage Plaques website

November 13, 2010

After a summer’s break, work has started again on the website.

Latest addition is the Baedeker Raids page, covering the Memorial garden in Shaftesbury Road (

Still a long way to go, but have cracked the problem with creating an image map in FrontPage. It looks like the .gifs I’m producing using Preview on the Mac are not 100% like by PC software (PaintShop Pro didn’t like them either). They do display perfectly well in all the browsers I’ve used for testing on both PCs and Macs.

Solution is to use my evaluation copy of GraphicConverter and choose the ‘web’ gif format.

I’d like to find a technical explanation – and a more simple solution!

Mayor’s Guide Training

November 13, 2010

Preparing for the fourth week of training to become one of the Mayor of Bath’s Corps of Honorary Guides.

So far have ‘picked up’ Queen Square – Baedeker Raids, Royal Crescent and The Circus. Next week I shall be covering Pulteney Bridge and a bit of the history of bath from the visits of Queen Anne onwards.

My tutor seems to have confidence in my ability to get most of the words out in the right order – let’s hope there enough willing volunteers to walk with us (and hope for a sunny day!).

I’ve found out the answer to a question I couldn’t answer this week – who was the ‘Trim’ of Trim Street? Step forward George Trim, a  wealthy clothier of Bath and a member of the Bath Corporation (see

The previous week’s unanswered question was “how deep are the ashlar slabs that characterise Bath’s Georgian facades? Well, a visit to the Building of Bath Museum gave the best answer short of drilling holes in the Royal Crescent – about 7 inches (I’ll leave you to convert that to metric). Also discovered that the slabs were packed up on the rear edge with oyster shells. Apparently back in the 1700’s oysters were to be found in every builder’s lunch box….

I wonder what next week’s “unanswered question of the week” will be?