List of Historic Counties of Great Britain

Here is a list of the historic Counties of Great Britain in a inconsistent order with some overlaps as some existed at different times, separated with a |

|Bedfordshire|Berkshire|Buckinghamshire|Cambridgeshire|Cheshire|Cornwall|Cumberland|Derbyshire|Devon|Dorset|Durham|Essex|Gloucestershire|Hampshire|Herefordshire|Hertfordshire|Huntingdonshire|Kent|Lancashire|Leicestershire|Lincolnshire|Middlesex|Norfolk|Northamptonshire|Northumberland|Nottinghamshire|Oxfordshire|Rutland|Shropshire|Somerset|Staffordshire|Suffolk|Surrey|Sussex|Warwickshire|Westmorland|Wiltshire|Worcestershire|Yorkshire|Caithness|Sutherland|Ross and Cromarty|Inverness|Nairn|Moray|Elgin|Banffshire|Aberdeen|Kincardineshire|Angus|Forfar|Perth|Argyll|Bute|Ayr|Renfrew|Dumbarton|Stirling|Clackmannan|Kinross|Fife|Linlithgow|Edinburgh|Haddington|Berwick|Roxburgh|Dumfries|Kirkcudbright|Wigtown|Lanark|Selkirk|Peebles|Monmouthshire|Glamorganshire|Carmarthenshire|Pembrokeshire|Cardiganshire|Brecknockshire|Radnorshire|Montgomeryshire|Denbighshire|Flintshire|Merionethshire|Caernarfonshire|Anglesey|

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Address matching (& street matching) & Maps

Unfortunately this post won’t live up to any expectation from it’s title and has just turned in some links rather than my intended musings.

Geo Place

BEIS / NEED

OSMaps

wheresthe Path? – can bring up Google Sat view from British National Grid tile ref e.g. SE1234

Maps comparison

Street Map includes 1:50,000 & 1:25,000 OS maps and accept British National Grid ref e.g. SE1234

Open Street Map – maps you can contribute to!

Postcode lookup

Various including Postcodes

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Ulla’s previous baby blog posts

I only link to one other in the Blogroll panel in right hand column of this blog, and that is the now no longer maintained blog of Ulla, the love of my life.
Recently I pointed others to her posts on pregnancy & baby issues such as choice in where one has birth and Baby led weaning, mainly for links to other resources. But those articles are inter-dispersed amongst others so I though I would collect links together in one post here in reverse order.

Little baby brother arrived
Second baby due
Recommendable parenting books
Baby Fringe
The Diaper Free Potty Training
Which? Baby
Baby Groups and activities
First Potty success
Reuseable nappies
The first few weeks with baby
Our lovely baby boy is born
T – ? (towards birth)
On maternity leave
Summary of the last months

Links:
Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services
Which?; Birth Choice
Home Birth
Baby Led Weaning; The Mush Stops Here

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More musings

Lots of changes in past year, and whole new set of challenges. A fresh start that is looking good. Stay cool.

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QGIS & the Open Source Mapping software stack

At home, I just installed QGIS (Desktop GIS), again after long time, on OpenSUSE 13.2. Looks good. I needed to enable relevant repository (in my case: http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/Application:/Geo/openSUSE_13.2/ )

I have been also looking at web articles of whole open source mapping software stack which has come on in leaps and bounds in last few years. As I now only use budget shared hosting for my own sites (and any website/service playing around) so I am limited in what I can test online myself of the tools. I guess I could just test locally but I actually decided on last rebuild of home pc I was going with keeping it rock solid (as others use home computer more than me nowadays) and not installing a web server (although I did give in on that since). As well as my time at home is pretty limited and I should spend less time on the computer as much of day on a computer at work.

By mapping software stack I mean:
PostgreSQL/PostGIS (Spatial Database)
GeoServer (Spatial Data Infrastructure)
MapServer (Advanced rendering and map query engine)
GeoNetwork (Geographic Metadata and Information Management System)
GDAL (the Geospatial Data Abstraction Library) / OGR
OpenLayers (JavaScript map viewer)
Leaflet (JavaScript library)
MapProxy (Tile cache solution)
and scripting with
Python

The way data is provided to feed in online mapping solutions have moved on so much, even Ordnance Survey data:
Loading, Styling and Displaying Ordnance Survey Mastermap Data
with Open Source Software by Jo Cook, Astun Technology

There seems some really polished offerings from companies supporting these open source elements as a integrated software stack for solid enterprise solutions:
Astuntechnology
Lutra Consulting
ThinkWhere

But in past few years I have on & off used ID the editor for Open Street Map
and Potlach the flash based editor before that, and been impressed by what is possible in a web browser window.

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Using Secure https (TLS) over http

This blog is now accessible via more secure https (TLS).

The default site address is now https://j12.org/blog/

Here are lines in .htaccess file for this j12.org website that mean http requests are redirected to use a https connection

RewriteCond %{HTTPS} off
RewriteRule (.*) https://%{HTTP_HOST}%{REQUEST_URI}

but before that had to ensure had a certificate set up as well as https itself for the j12.org domain. My website hosting provider site5 sorted this for me on request. It was really straight forward with them. But there was a little bit of messing around to get the pages that previously had been on sub domains redirected to directories of single j12.org domain as I had not wanted to pay extra for wild card certificate. It was much less hassle with this shared hosting than when I had to install a certificate myself on vserver I manage for a large website. But even that was all pretty much do able following instructions.

The trend for more and more websites to use https over http is good. Some only use it in addition and so require using HTTPS-everywhere plug-in with rule for website being visited to be sure to use https over http when visiting site.

I have set up a rule for area of EducationCity.com use by one of my family as did not come with http-everywhere default rule set.

<ruleset name=”EducationCity”>
<target host=”stigandsten.educationcity.com”>
</target>
<rule from=”^http://stigandsten\.educationcity\.com/” to=”https://stigandsten.educationcity.com/”>
</rule>
</ruleset>

similarly for:
energynetworks
mumsnet (although layout does not work well as hard-linked to non secure version so browser locks unless over-ride, I wish there was a way for my browser to remember over ride as have the main text forum content secure is better than whole page being insecure)

Other rules not in default rule-set were created by an additional plugin that works them out:

mygreenstarenergy
libcom
indymedia.org.uk

All modern browsers support https/TLS so I recommend websites use it as default themselves so no need for plugins like HTTPS-everywhere..

Many websites I use do use https, but many don’t. I intend to write to those that run them and ask them to set up https if have not already and set it use by default. See my previous blog post on Encryption.

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Reading at moment or in past few months.

The 9 Lives of Ray The Cat Jones By Stewart Home

Mandy, Charlie & Mary-Jane by Stewart Home
Pannt-ante Editions

Alex’s Adventures in Numberland by Alex Bellos

Agile! – The good, the Hype and the Ulgy
by Bertrand Meyer
Springer

The Toyota Way to Lean Leadership by Jeffrey Liker & Gary L. Convis

Workplace Management by Taiicho Ohne


THE DISTRIBUTION OF GAS
BY
WALTER HOLE

MEMBER OF THE INSTITUTION OF GAS ENGINEERS
SUPERINTENDENT OF THE CITY OF LEEDS GAS MAINS AND DISTRIBUTION DEPARTMENT
LECTURER ON GAS DISTRIBUTION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS
EXAMINER IN GAS SUPPLY TO THE CITY AND GUILDS OF LONDON INSTITUTE
THIRD EDITION
LONDON
JOHN ALLAN & COMPANY
THE GAS WORLD” OFFICES, 8 BOUVERIE STREET, E.C.
1912

Gas Distribution Engineering
The Principles for Students
R.N. LE FEVRE
First Edition, 1948
Walter King Ltd.


Health and Safety
Executive
HSE/Ofgem: 10 year review of the Iron
Mains Replacement Programme

Every thing by Richard Scarry as well as Dr Seuss,
As well as lots by Julia Donaldson

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