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'Take Your Dog to Work Day' - by Winter McDonnell
is now ten years since Blue Cross Pet Charity has been
running its fund raising scheme of 'Take Your Dog to Work
will be the fourth year that I have participated in this
event. Royal Mail always gives its permission, so they
turn a blind eye and allow my dog to run rampant up and
down the aisles at the sorting office. She drags the mail
bags, sits on the frame, barks at the delivery truck,
makes herself comfy in the canteen and just generally
snuffles around until it is time to go.
year I am bringing Miss Bliss, who is a smaller dog than
the others I have brought in the past, so she won't be
able to carry as much mail. Once her back pack is on she
is all business and ready to strut her stuff down the
is not too late, if you are interested (and your dog)
in supporting 'Blue Cross'. The 'Take your Dog to Work
Day' is on Tuesday, 20th September. To receive an information
pack just click onto www.takeyourdogtoworkday.co.uk or
call 01993 822651 or fax 01993 823083.
hope you enjoy your working day along with your canine
Fish, Manager of Royal Mail, Ross-on-Wye, Miss Bliss, Winter McDonnell
and Neil Meek. DSC_8949
Visitor Figures for August 2005
August was yet another record month for visitors viewing
Wyenot.com. At 72,948 page views, the figure for August
2005 more than doubled that of the same period in 2004
(35,402 pages were viewed during August last year). I
expect things will drop off a little in September as the
tourist season draws to a close but who knows? Visitor
figures seem to have at least doubled every year so far,
so maybe they will continue to climb.
main visitor figures for Wyenot.com between 1st and 31st
Unique human visitors: 21,039.
of pages viewed by above visitors: 72,948.
Data downloaded (bandwidth used): 7,074,243 Kbytes. (7.07
top ten most visited pages on Wyenot.com over the same
period, highest to lowest were:
Photographic Street Map
Unique Visitor figures for the web site over the
past five years:
August 2002: 1,159
August 2003: 3,415
August 2004: 11,567
August 2005: 21,039
The Hits and Page View figures for the month
of August over the same period are many times higher.
main visitor statistics for 2005 from 1st January to 31st
August are as follows:
Unique human visitors: 135,811
Number of pages viewed by above visitors: 424,154
Data downloaded (bandwidth used): 37,902,999 Kbytes. (37.9
you for your visit and I hope you were able to find what
you were looking for!
Naming the Thieves
at the amount of data downloaded from Wyenot.com, over
seven gigabytes during the month of August, it will not
be long before I have to purchase extra bandwidth. This
is an expensive commodity which will eat considerably
into the small amount of money I have so far taken in
does not help me in this area is having to cover the cost
of thieves, not only stealing my copyright photographs
but pulling them from my server to do so. This means that,
whenever somebody visits the thief's unrelated web site,
I have to pay for the privilege.
biggest copyright and bandwidth thieves I discover during
my monthly server log check are 'bloggers' using web log
sites, such as (and in particular) 'Live
Journal'. This month however, I have also caught the
MSN group for the FTN television series 'Most
Haunted' using one of my photographs without permission
and pulling it from the Wyenot server. When I get to see
it, I actually find the television programme quite interesting,
in an amusing kind of way. That medium with the hairdo,
who if all else fails and no ghosts appear, goes into
a trance which would win him a gold in the 'Gurning Olympics',
makes me laugh.
is another example of theft discovered this week.
These thieves are costing me a lot of money whilst I am
struggling to keep Wyenot.com afloat and eventually they
really will bring about my having to close down this whole
web site if they continue to take what does not belong
to them. This in turn will cause a huge drop in tourism
to Ross-on-Wye and the local area.
It is worth noting that: if you steal a photograph for
use on your web site, I will see it on my server log!
If you steal one to publish in a magazine or brochure,
you can almost guarantee that somebody will point it out
to me! I have had one of these this month as well. I don't
intend to name the organization in this instance because
I do actually support them and it was an independent company
which actually published the photograph, cropping off
my copyright notice to do so, without the knowledge of
the organization concerned.
I am not being awkward here. I just cannot afford to work
virtually all of my waking hours for other people, who
think it is their right to just rip that work off without
Out of this World
at the 'Mamma-Mia' event, sat on the grass and leaning
back on the stage in a world of my own last Saturday evening,
waiting to photograph the band, I watched the International
Space Station float serenely overhead at a mere 17,000
miles per hour with Cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev on board.
I was almost certain what it was at the time but checked
on the NASA web site when I arrived home to confirm.
had left my tripod in the car and did not have time to
run behind the stage and get it, so had to hand hold the
camera during a three second exposure to photograph the
event and this is why the people and hills look fuzzy.
I thought I would include the photo though. Had I had
the tripod, I could have photographed the whole trail
as it passed but alas . . .
Out of the 5,000 people there; did anybody else there
notice it? I am just curious to know. Please email
me if you did.
Space Station rose above horizon at 20:23, reaching maximum
altitude at 20:28 in the South South East, entering shadow
at 20:31 due east.
International Space Station as seen from Upton Bishop on Saturday
Photography This Week
Mike and Theresa Davies on their trike at Symonds Yat
West. Picture: Saturday, 3rd September.
Congratulations to our neighbouring Herefordshire town,
Ledbury, which also won a Gold in the Heart of England
in Bloom competition. Picture: Sunday, 4th September.
and below: The fungi watching season is just beginning and,
although I am not an expert on the different varieties,
I still like to photograph them when walking in the forest.
The one above is huge. I photographed it by the River this
morning (Monday 5th September).
photographed the mushroom below inside King Arthur's Cave,
growing in total darkness on the limestone rock.
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