Snow at Matmatat-Al-Qadimal
Snow at Matmatat-Al-Qadimal

Trip data

My trips have a significant amount of metadata attached to them, from dates of departure and locations to all sorts of info about places and events. Not all of it is readily available, so it will grow as more comes to mind, or surfaces in one form or another. One notable, and unusual way of fixing a date, was my visit to Matmatat-Al-Qadimal. It snowed when we where there. It does not snow often it the Sahara Desert. That day made the news and can be found on the internet. Date fixed.

Instead of being formed in articles as is the main bulk of this website, the data has been collected into a database. Links to the tables are found in the My Trip Data menu below.

In addition to the Trip data there is a list of the countries of the world including flags and UN regions. This list is used in the database, but is also available to you as a reference document.


Removed. To be reformed elsewhere.

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News Flash

Repairs following hosting move


Spending some time this May repairing links and photos damaged in the move to the new website host. Particularly the articles transferred form the previous travelogue to this, the current Travel website. 

Change of host Sept 2023


Change of host Sept 2023


In the begining of August 2023 I transfered my sites, including this one from 123-reg to IONOS. It was meant to be a simple task. However, that was to to be the case. The reason for the move was primarily the hugh increase in price that 123-reg was applying regarding email boxes. Previously, the upto 500 of the boxes were included in the various hosting packages I had. Now they were going to charge for each mailbox based on size, and as far as I could make out, this was going to cost me nearly £2,000. This was not acceptable, and I did not get satisfactory answers from support. So I turned off all the auto renews and stated to move sites and domains accross to IONOS.

Travel data problems


Travel data problems

This is where it starts to get a little technical.

The site is built on a content management system, CMS, using Joomla. Joomla is moving forward and version 3.10.?? is being discontinued. Future developments are for version 4.??

Similarly, PHP 7 is being replaced with PHP 8.

Part of the migration is relatively simple, I have already changed to a new template which works on the new platforms.

However, some of the helper applications, which work within Joomla are not yet ready.

Fabrik is one of those applications, if fact a significant 'Joomla Custom Website Application Builder'.

Refresh 2021


Site refresh Easter 2021

I decided to give the site a bit of a refresh over Easter 2021 and install a new template and some additional functions. One of the things I didn't like about the old site was the delay in text appearing which probably meant some people left before the content appeared. This has been disabled now.