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Rainy Day 1970s Star Wars Figures Fun

Rainy Day 1970s Star Wars Figures Fun

It’s been a long time since I dug my 1970s Star Wars figures out of the attic. I had intended to give them to my son, Max, but judging by the surprisingly short lifespan of the Lego land speeder I gave him last year, I might just leave them to him in my will… With the forthcoming, much anticipated...

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3 Ways Promotional Year Planners Can Make You Money

3 Ways Promotional Year Planners Can Make You Money

Tinstar has been designing and producing customised, promotional year planners and calendars for 15 years. Every year, from around about August onwards, orders for year planners start pouring in from both new and existing clients – and there are three very good reasons for this: Year planners are excellent promotional giveaways, working for your business all-year-round Year planners have an intrinsic...

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How much does Google really favour mobile friendly websites?

How much does Google really favour mobile friendly websites?

On April 21st, 2015, Google revised their search algorithm (again), this time in favour of mobile friendly search. This means that if you’re searching for something on a smartphone, websites that have been designed to be responsive, or specifically for smaller screens, will get preferential treatment in the search results. There was a very big flap about this in the...

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Légion d’honneur presented to Marc van Hasselt

Légion d’honneur presented to Marc van Hasselt

It’s not every day that you witness the presentation of France’s equivalent to a knighthood; especially to an Englishman. Nevertheless, last Saturday in a quiet corner of Lymington, Marc van Hasselt, late of the Essex Yeomanry, was presented such an honour by the French Consul, for services rendered during WWII. Formerly Captain van Hasselt, Marc (my stepfather) was a...

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CMYK Hard at Work

CMYK Hard at Work

This rough and ready scan shows with surprising clarity how clever the four colour printing process is. The word below actually appears as grey when viewed in context – on a business card. But you can clearly see that it is actually made up of the full CMYK range of colours (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Keyline ). The ‘K’ represents black...

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A Sneak Preview of the RLYC Handbook

A Sneak Preview of the RLYC Handbook

The 2015 Royal Lymington Yacht Club Members’ Handbook is in publication at the time of writing. This follows hot on the heels of the annual Pottership Magazine, also designed and produced by Tinstar this year for the first time. Both publications were ably produced for years by the sorely missed, late Andrew Salanson of Avalon Press, whose shoes we...

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Great news about Lymington Police Station

Great news about Lymington Police Station

I can’t say how pleased I was to discover that crime in the area had dropped to such an extent that Lymington Police Station could finally be closed down. The idea of moving what few Officers are left into the town hall is a masterstroke; detainees would be much more comfortable in a cordoned-off waiting area than a drafty...

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The Great 2015 Year Planner Panic

The Great 2015 Year Planner Panic

It’s about this time of year that the slightly stressful and knotty issue of company Christmas cards arises. Someone suggests that it’s about that time of year already and then it’s left to absolutely the last minute before a chilly dash to the Post Office to cram them all into the already-full letterbox. Yup – several hundred other people...

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Changing the Hosts file on a Mac or PC

Changing the Hosts file on a Mac or PC

Just as much for my own reference as for anything else, if you want to preview a website on a development server before changing DNS settings or nameservers, here’s how. On a PC Open the following file using Notepad: C/windows/system32/drivers/etc/hosts Underneath all the entries (anything prefixed by a # is commented out), enter the following (replace the number with...

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Customised Playing Cards

Customised Playing Cards

If your clients are going to be snowed-in this winter, what better gift than a deck of your own branded playing cards? Under no other circumstances would a potential client spend so much time staring intently at your logo.

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