This may have been blogged before however no harm in relisting. If you would like to have some additional reading or reference points on Official Publications it is worth taking a look at the SCOOP Blog. (Standing Committee on Official Publications).  SCOOP has aimed to improve the access to, and availability of, UK official public…

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New logo – new look

The Business Committee has decided, for a number of reasons, to change the SWOP logo to something simpler and cleaner. Due to the relative starkness of the new logo I felt it necessary to change the theme of this website at the same time. The theme I originally chose was called, aptly enough, ‘Plane’:

SWOP - Plane theme
blog theme – Plane

At Wednesday’s meeting I received some useful feedback on this theme. The two main points were: the banner is far too large (which is true – the screen is really just made of banner); and the menu bar is almost unnoticeable up at the top of the screen. Following this I’ve been investigating new themes today. I tried out a few before settling on this one. It’s called Sequential:

SWOP - Sequential theme
blog theme – Sequential

I really like this. It’s clean and unfussy, elegant and professional. It echoes the simplicity of the new logo but has a complimentary colour scheme that is understated but gives the site some life. Also, the menu bar has far more prominence on the page… but what do you think?

I’ll be interested to see what you say (and I want to test the polling function) but I do not promise to be bound in any way by the results  😉

5 years ago today…

Google Doodle: alessandro-voltas-270th-birthday

According to Google, today is Alessandro Volta’s 270th birthday – Happy Birthday Mr Volta! Some other events on this day in history:

  • 1564 – artist Michelanglelo died in Rome
  • 1841 – the first continuous filibuster in the U.S. Senate began, lasting until March 11th
  • 1885 – Mark Twain’s “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” was published
  • 1930 – the planet Pluto was discovered (also, ‘Elm Farm Ollie’ became the first cow to fly in a plane)
  • 1952 – Greece and Turkey became members of NATO
  • 1977 – The space shuttle Enterprise took its maiden “flight” on top of a Boeing 747
  • 1979 – Snow fell in the Sahara Desert

It also so happens that, 5 years ago today, the very first post was posted onto this site!

I’ve been looking for other momentous occurrences on that day but, to be honest, Thursday the 18th February 2010 was kind of dull. It looks like the Houses of Commons and Lords were both in recess. The Scottish Parliament was too but, according to the Minutes of Chamber Proceedings – 24 February Vol. 3, No 55 Session 3, the Scottish Law Commission somehow managed to lay their Annual Report 2009 (SG/2010/8) before Parliament on the 18th (it was not subject to any parliamentary procedure). Nicely done SLC!

In world news, Barack Obama met the Dalai Lama, which was nice and The Telegraph had this cute picture of a Canadian baby

A newborn baby is photographed covered by a cosy knitted hat and propping its tiny chin up on its delicate fingers. Stephanie Robin, from Ontario, Canada,  takes pictures of tiny tots in adorable poses, just days after they are born

So, SWOP was pretty much the highlight of the day. I’m sure Google will Doodle us next year…