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Old 19 February 2013, 08:53   #21
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Bittentobuggery,

I remember the broken steering episode well!
Perhaps I ought to start another page entitled "Dodgy Moments at Sea"?

As for your last point-why not start a website yourself? I, for one, would be fascinated to read about you boating experiences in Oz.
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Old 20 February 2013, 16:22   #22
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Great site Brian. Well done. Loved the Aran trip - Aran is such a beautiful place - a special place. Thanks
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Old 17 April 2013, 18:43   #23
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your images are huge, they could be at least a 10th of the size and no image lost will occur. I do front end web development for Honda , Timeout, Barclays, BBC , Diageo and others but I will do small business projects as well. Lose the massive background image , you cant see it and its just slowing down the page load. Get a big stapline at the top , something catchy. Reduce the copy , make it short as you can , but still getting thepoint across, knowone will read that much unless the site looks as it should, people just dont have confidence in sites that dont look cutting edge, either shopping "unless really cheap" or info gathering. Its basically ok for a first try, you got a way to go yet though. A logo would be great at the top with "no background image!! " If your really nice to me , I may knock you one up for free. Its gonna be a rib silloette and the words though, but it will give a proffesional enough image to instil confidence in your visitors. Good on you for having a stab at it, have you checked it on all the different platforms "windows , mac, andriod , iphone and all the different browsers yet? I didnt think so!!! Good luck. I'll be happy to advise a bit. PM me if you want. We'll get it web shaped for you.
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your images are huge, they could be at least a 10th of the size and no image lost will occur.
Thats file size , not visual size.
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Old 18 April 2013, 01:27   #25
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I do front end web development for Honda , Timeout, Barclays, BBC , Diageo and others but I will do small business projects as well.
Presumably they don't actually let you talk to the clients though?
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May I thank you for the professional advice you have offered together with your kind willingness to become involved in a revamp of my website.
At this moment, if you don't mind, I would like to defer your offer on the following grounds.
Firstly, it is only an amateur attempt at a website. By “professionalising” it, it would lose that “look”.
Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, the website is only designed for my peers, i.e. people on here, and most of whom have already seen it. If I were going for a wider audience, or selling something, then I agree it could valuably use your undoubted experience.
So once again, I would like to thank you and I hope you are not offended by my reluctance to accept your kind offers of assistance.
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Old 19 April 2013, 05:37   #27
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I very much enjoyed reading your web site and looking at the pictures. Some really good trips there. It made me look forward to some sunny days out on the water this summer..

All the best
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Presumably they don't actually let you talk to the clients though?
i dont think id like to be shot down in such a patronising manner over something i had put many hours of unpaid work into. stick to the bigwigs eh, and leave him to be proud of the website he has created.
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Hi - thanks for the website, really interesting and thanks for sharing.

Only one comment: "Orkney" please rather than "Orkneys" - there's only one Orkney, and it's a county - no island called Orkney.

"Islands of Orkney" is OK as is "Orkney's islands"

Not wanting to be too pedantic, but it's one of those things that jarrs locally, and folk welcome it being said correctly. And adds to your credibility... And yes, you do see it said incorrectly elsewhere and there is some debate... But safest to say Orkney unless you are a professor of Norse history :o)

Orkneyjar - Is 'The Orkneys' ever right by Dr Peter Anderson

Also see for Shetland.

Whereas there are two Uists - north and south.

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Also see for Shetland.
So is Shetland part of Scotland then....?

Cool website! If you need any help then I am happy to do anything. Unlike spareribs I am decidedly amateur and have no bold ideas for making it look more "professional"
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