Begging and choosing: What Fiddler taught me

There are many takeaways from The Fiddler on the Roof, but I came away with an unexpected extra one – a perspective that only I was going to have.

And that was about begging.

Life Theatre

Fiddled on the Roof

No, not a DIY post about how I fixed a rogue tile, but the fact that I’ve recently finished an amateur run of Fiddler on the Roof – my first show for 5 years.

Let’s just say, it went well.

Development WordPress

Hello Dolly. Revisited.

The plugin Hello Dolly comes bundled with every WordPress installation and adds a line of the famous to the top of the WordPress dashboard. And it’s not always appreciated.

This is the most useless plugin ever created


For The Love of GOD, Why is this STILL on the Repo?

…are just 3 of the 1 star reviews for it.

Why is it included? Well, it’s not basically Matt wants everyone to learn the lyrics to one of his favourite songs. No, it’s included as an example of a basic plugin and how anyone can write one. It’s a demo.

But it’s been in the plugin directory for 15 years and probably existed for even longer, with no real updates during this time. And, as a demonstration, it’s now out-of-date. As an example of how to write a plugin, it’s no longer doing its job.

So, as a mini personal project, I’ve decided to bring Hello Dolly up to date. Sadly, I can’t make people love it.

WordCamp WordPress

WordCamp Europe 2023

WCEU is just a few weeks away, this time coming from the beautiful city of Athens.

And, assuming it doesn’t put you off, I’ll be one of the speakers. My talk has the title of “10 Things WordPress Plugin Developers Should Avoid”. I promise it’s less click-baity than the title suggests.

Tickets are still available.


Review: Dove Pro Age Hand Cream

After loosing a lot of weight a few years back and, thanks to my advancing years too, my hands became more visibility aged – loose skin and age spots appearing. This is on top of the fact that I already suffer from dry skin.

As a result, for a number of years, I’ve been using hand cream twice a day to try and get them in better shape.

This is my first review, and is for the Dove Pro Age.