Sunday, 27 November 2011

Playing - and Song for a Sunday

After four and a half years, it felt like time for a little face-lift.   I have made myself a Blog Header for the first time! I hope you like it - the pictures I chose felt appropriate, and the paper-background is actually from a page of A Fairy Leapt Upon My Knee - the copy I own signed by David Garnett!   That's the same paper that forms my new background.  I have waved goodbye to my dots... for now, at least.


(Comment facilities back to normal, after all that kerfuffle, so I hope it works.  Or works as well as anyone else suffering the vagaries of Blogger, that is!  As always, if you have problems, let me know...)

Enough of that - let's have a song, shall we?  To be honest, I'm running out of unusual artists to feature... so you might well have come across Aimee Mann before, but 'Wise Up' is too beautiful a song to ignore.  Over to you, Aimee:



All previous Sunday Songs here.

28 comments:

  1. Looks Great, Simon!! Love it - and didn't really care for the dots anyway. But, I do love the new format - especially the header (photos).

    2nd try! Using my usual google ID & 2nd attempt (to get a word verification), I then got this mssg.:

    "We're sorry, but we were unable to complete your request.
    The following errors were found:
    Input error: Memcache value is null for FormRestoration "

    But, I will try again with open ID or Name/url - though I don't have a url, I have used that one before.

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  2. Thanks Nancy! I wonder what that Memcache value thing could mean... I hope it's not to do with new layout...

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  3. Hello Simon,
    Very much like your new look - fresh, clear, a good header!

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  4. Clever you -- very smart new look. Well done.

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  5. Checkout the amazing Bellatrix and the Boxettes. You won't believe the "lip bass" she can produce! On MCS post yesterday.

    I like the look too but, as you know, we come for the content more than the wrapping!

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  6. I love the new look - all of it! Very clean and less distracting than the dots. Haven't heard Aimee Mann for ages, great song.

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  7. I do really like the new look, very fresh faced and the header is spot on, very you.

    This is back to the old comments which still takes a couple of goes but at least I can still see what other people have said. So thats a bonus.

    I used to be on blogger but switched because anyone who wasn't on blogger seemed to be having a nightmare commenting, yet of course the reason is blogger want everyone to join blogger and have accounts.

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  8. I agree, the new look is lovely, well done Simon!

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  9. Great new look Simon!! I love the header. Nice and fresh and clean without being flashy!

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  10. Oh, very smart. Especially the header which I would have know as you even without the words Stuck in a Book! I like it very much.

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  11. I like the new look and am especially glad you kept the sketch of your own handsome self. Aimee Mann is a long time favorite. Have you seen the film Magnolia? The writer/director wrote it around her music.

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  12. I like the new look - especially your header :o)

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  13. I love the new header, Simon! I'm bored with mine and considering a new theme for the new year. I'm artistically challenged but you've inspired me and given me hope!

    Enjoy what remains of your Sunday...

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  14. I love the new header, Simon. And the new layout is clean and easy to read.

    Re: ongoing comment problems (and one reason why I rarely leave comments here, even though I read all your blog posts) ever thought of switching to Wordpress??

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  15. Great header, Simon - I really like the new design.

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  16. Love the blog - even more now the dots are gone :-)

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  17. Hi Simon,

    I work in IT at a university with a bunch of young guys who live and breathe this stuff. You probably have tons of resources to figure this out -- bet you have it licked before I can get an answer -- but, I did send out an email with the memcache error to see if one of them knows what it means.

    kimbofo mentioned wordpress. I read somewhere that wordpress is more secure than blogspot. I believe it has to do with whether 3rd party javascript scripts (such as librarything uses) are allowed.

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  18. Love the new look. The header really suits and the parchment background looks like a book journal page. Nice work!

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  19. The decorators have done a lovely job - it looks like you and it looks fresh and new at the same time. Very clever!

    And now I have to rifle through the cd cabinet to find out which album Wise up was on.

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  20. Ooh! I love it, especially the header. I liked the dots, but I think that this is a fine improvement!

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  21. Deborah - thank you very much!

    Harriet - it certainly took me a while, but I'm pleased with the result :)

    Peter - quite so, it helped me to remind myself of that when I was in torments over changes!

    Spangle thank you so much :)

    Annabel - thank you very much! I appreciate that. And this is the only Aimee Mann album I have (soundtrack to Magnolia) - must look out for more.

    Simon S - yeah, I gave up on the comment changes - every couple of years I give it another go, it seems! Blogger has many advantages, but also seems very unfriendly to non-Blogger users...

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  22. Helen - thank you so much, I appreciate that!

    Rachel - aww, thanks! I always admire your layouts, so was hoping for your approval :) For the same reason, was delighted about your comment on my cemetery post - because you're so good at those sorts of posts.

    Catherine - thank you! And I'm pleased that I've formed my online identity so that those pictures matched it - they really are very 'me', aren't they!

    Ellen - haha, yes, the sketch was going nowhere! I haven't seen the film Magnolia, although that is the album on which I have Wise Up. What other albums should I look out for?

    ABS - thank you so much :)

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  23. Laura - thank you! I do find it oddly scary, making changes like this, but it is fun too. I love the simplicity of your current look, but will always come and say lovely things about any changes you make!

    Kim - thanks :) And yes, I have thought about Wordpress, even to the extent of registering there... (and I use it for a book group website) but I do prefer the behind-the-scenes of Blogger. It's a quandary! I am attached to Blogger now, so will just have to wait for them to improve...

    David - thank you, I appreciate that!

    LaurenAnne - thanks :D

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  24. Margaret - that's very kind of you! I'm not tech savvy myself - when I make changes in the HTML here, I find tutorials online that make it all very simple. And I make sure to save templates beforehand! I don't know what 3rd party javascript scripts are, but if it means I wouldn't be able to have LibraryThing, that would be sad!

    Susan - thank you! I was hoping it looked like a journal rather than one of those awful 80s photobooth backgrounds... I do love that it is the paper from my beloved book, too.

    Jane - aww, thank you - I am glad it's still obviously 'me', I didn't want to lose my identity. Wise Up was on the Magnolia soundtrack, but I don't know if it's anywhere else as well...

    Dan - thank you, kind sir!

    Mary - lucky I can hide behind my graphics - you now know that I am not remotely glamorous in the flesh!

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  25. I really, really love the new look. It is more cheerful somehow, more welcoming. Good job!

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  26. Nan - thank you! It does feel warmer, doesn't it? I'm very pleased :)

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