Royal Mere Aldemar Hotel, Hersonosis, Crete


Spent a week at the Royal Mere hotel near Hersonosis in Crete with my mother. This was my 3rd time in Crete having being previously there to different parts of the island on a family holiday in the 80s and with my wife in 2011. read more

Transforming a tired Edwardian Hallway

Spent a day tidying up my old hallway. After toying with light grey then dark grey I decided that some colour was needed. A cheap pot of paint from B&Q, a free day and all was set…… read more

Waverley Steam Train in Shipley

By chance (our train was late otherwise we wouldn’t have seen this) we saw the Waverley Steam Train in Shipley last week.

Bingley Show 20th July 2019

A splendid time was had by all at the Bingley Show despite the gloomy weather. read more

Office Open XML Powerpoint Table Row Woes

Experienced an interesting “feature” in Powerpoint XML development/integration recently. Basically, it appears there is no way to define a default font size/style on a table row. It’s possible to specify the default font size via the slide master but if a user forgets to set it then some interesting side effects can occur when programmatically populating a slide/presentation. In fact it looks pretty shoddy as you’ll see an empty table rows being set as some arbitrary default font size (usually Calibri 18). It’s pretty likely you’ll see any table rows without text being set to this default size which introduces creep/shift in the table. read more