Helenor Webb in Livingstone

As promised here’s a picture that does include Tamara Webb’s mum Helenor. Left to right Denise Anderson, Tamara and Helenor just after they’d arrived to take up their accommodation reservation at Chanters Lodge Livingstone. They’d arrived by the overnight Intercape Bus from Windhoek, Namibia, were they tired? “No, Richard, we’re hungry!” They said in unison! So we fed them!

The ladies appeared on the latest edition of The Chanters Lodge Experience with the Milli Jam Ingredient last Sunday night on Zambezi Radio 107.5 fm and they laughed, danced and sang their way through an edition of the show right up there with the very best we’ve produced in the past 19 months. They loved ‘Believe It Or Not’ the number with which Milli Jam closes our show! Theme from Greatest American Hero. Check yesterday’s blog post for the whole story.

It’s thanks to them and thanks to everyone in Livingstone and surrounding districts who listen to the show!


Google Wave

This from the BBC:

“Industry experts have given a broadly positive reaction to Google Wave. Still in development, Google Wave is a browser-based tool that mixes e-mail, with Instant Messaging and real-time online collaboration elements. Harry McCracken, of Technologizer.com, wrote: “It’s one of the most ambitious services that Google or anyone else has cooked up”. Google Wave is currently only open to developers interested in building applications for the tool.

Google Wave co-creator Lars Rasmussen wrote on the official Google blog: “A wave is equal parts conversation and document, where people can communicate and work together with richly formatted text, photos, videos, maps, and more. “In Google Wave you create a wave and add people to it. Everyone on your wave can use richly formatted text, photos, gadgets, and even feeds from other sources on the web. They can insert a reply or edit the wave directly.

“It’s concurrent rich-text editing, where you see on your screen nearly instantly what your fellow collaborators are typing in your wave.” The technology has been described as e-mail for the 21st Century, a rival to Twitter and to Microsoft’s collaboration software, Sharepoint. Jordan Golson, writer for GigaOm.com, said Google had a poor track record of making a business out of any of its products, other than search. “Maybe it will work. Maybe Wave will take over the world. But, with the notable exceptions of Gmail and search ads, Google has a poor track record with product launches. It is really, really good at vanity exercises, though.”

MG Sieglar, a reporter for Techcrunch, said the tool “drips with ambition”. He wrote: “Wave offers a very sleek and easy way to navigate and participate in communication on the web that makes both e-mail and instant messaging look stale.” The announcement of Wave, together with the development of tools like Twitter and Friend Feed, point to the genesis of the real-time web, in which communication, search, collaboration, and the bridge between offline and online blurs into a contemporaneous mix.

Ben Parr, from Mashable.com, who tested a preview of Google Wave, said: “Our initial impression of Google Wave is a very positive one. “It’s already got certain aspects, like navigation, absolutely right. With some great third-party apps and greater customization, Google Wave could actually match its hype.”

More learning from the look of it!



Gosh! It’s 3 years to the day this bright, sunny, fresh Livingstone Saturday morning that I started to blog. Time flies! I remember the day I first tried blogging in June 2006. I’ve always liked writing and blogging seemed a good way to start. I’d looked at a lot of different blog sites before finding Yahoo 360 which was so simple to use for a technophobe like me! My first blog was about the bathroom in room 8 at Chanters Lodge, Livingstone, with which we were having plenty of problems as we tried to complete our 3 roomed extension that year. ‘Bog or blog’, was, I believe somewhere in the title of that first one! I was inordinately proud of myself for being able to publish my first blog with a photo (lousy quality admittedly taken with a subsequently stolen Motorola camera phone) without any assistance from anyone. Edward, my eldest son, a technocrat, was delighted with, and I believe, not a little surprised by my efforts!

3 years later where are we? Well, I’ve posted 1082 blogs, and had 375,746 page views which works out at an average of 343.15 page views per day! A lot of work and a lot of reading. Sometime during these 3 years Ed worked out how to upload the blog from Yahoo 360 on to our main Chanters Lodge site and this really helped expand the readership and to market Chanters Lodge. You’d be surprised how quickly Google finds http://www.chanters-livingstone.com/blog.cfm these days!

(But Google does not Chanters Lodge quickly when you Google ‘accommodation Livingstone’ or ‘lodges Livingstone’ for that matter. I don’t understand Google and that’s a fact. More of that soon.)

What have I blogged about in these 3 years? All manner of different things, you can find more or less the whole list here thanks to Ed who archived the work! But, really, the blog has been about what I said I would write about at the start, ‘a diary of happenings at Chanters Lodge, Livingstone, Zambia with reflections on Zambia and personal matters too’.

The future. Well, there’s no more Yahoo 360 – they’ve redesigned their blog system so that you can’t upload your own photos – very stupid in my opinion but they probably have their reasons. I’m in the process of shifting to Blogger, which seems fine, and I guess the Yahoo 360 work will stay on the net for all to see if and when they wish. The Blogger site will upload to the Chanters site as the Yahoo 360 did. The future of blogging? I don’t know. With Facebook and Twitter and other stuff coming at us thick and fast who knows where the internet and where we’ll be in future?

Thanks to anyone and everyone who’s taken an interest in the past and please keep on doing so in the future! From tomorrow we’ll be posting on Blogger only. The picture? Ireen and I in 2006 – boy! I lost a lot of weight since then!

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