Monthly Archives: August 2011

Welcome to SQL 5.0, WP 3.2 and TwentyEleven!

It has taken me a month to get here…

WordPress 3.2 was launched in early July (2011) but required a database upgrade from SQL4 to SQL5 (5.0.77 in this case). Not as simple as just “upgrade the database” though…   I had to backup the database files, install a brand new version of SQL, restore the database files to the new database, sort out the error messages (the “import” function tries to create a new database with the same name as the one you have just created), redirect the website to the new database, try it, delete the old database, try it again and finally check out all the new, fancy gizmos available in the new version.

One you may have noticed is the new “TwentyEleven” theme. It is 1000px wide (hurrah!) whereas the old theme was stuck at 760px without a lot of config file editing.

I think it looks good. I’ve designed and uploaded my own header so watch out for regular changes. Maybe I’ll put my bikes up here on rotation (at 1000×288 pixels)

New (Blue) Header 1000x288


Cafes You Should Visit #9: Goodwood Aero Café

This is a very nice cafe located in the Aero Club at Goodwood Airfield and Race Circuit. Don’t go to Goodwood House or Goodwood Racecourse…

It was fairly busy when I went there on a Wednesday afternoon, with young families, business meetings and pilot training debriefs.

A good selection on the menu although I only tried the coffee (filter) at £1.60. I’d have preferred a proper espresso (Americano) and am normally happy to pay for it!

It was a very bright day and my old iPhone struggled, so apologies for the washed out photos. I’m there on Sunday with the Bulldog RAT and will take a proper camera so better photos are promised. The weather forecast for Sunday is wet so I may be there on my own!

One thing to note about Goodwood is not only the proximity of the airfield but also of the racetrack. It is very impressive from the carpark with the 1920’s-style buildings.

Goodwood Aeroclub

Goodwood Aero Cafe

Goodwood Aero Cafe

Cafés You Should Visit #8: Sammy Miller Museum

This was more of a ride-out than a cafe visit as 500-odd Triumphs decended on the Sammy Miller Museum for an event organised by the Triumph RAT groups in southern England.

With the bike park overflowing, the driveway overflowing and bikes parked in the carpark, sampling the cafe was always going to be difficult. However, we did our bit, queued for 20 minutes and ordered two bacon rolls and coffee. Then waited 20 minutes for them to arrive.

To be fair, they were overwhelmed by the attendance and we had insisted on ordering from the cafe rather than the BBQ outside (which had a longer queue but was dispensing burgers and rolls far more quickly, obviously without the need to serve roast meals and a full menu to the other customers…)

Not a very large picture I’m afraid – It’s from his website as there’s no way I could get a representative photo on the day…

Here are some pictures of the parts of the museum that interested me most (you can tell that I’m a child of the 70’s?)

I like cylinders - lots of them!

1000/6 from Honda (of course…)

I like cylinders – the more the merrier!

250/4 from Benelli

1000/4   (Ariel Square Four)

50/4 (yes, really…)

Some of Bulldog RAT