12 June 2007

Day two arrives…

No sooner had day one finished, it seemed we were back on site for day two. The weather was a lot kinder to us today, with a bit of cloud followed by warn sunshine. This raised morale nicely, as well as making it a lot easier to move things around the site and school. Work continued at a fevered pace …

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11 June 2007

Day one on site!

Well, after almost 6 months planning and numberous sleepless nights for all involved, day 1 on site has finally arrived. Having flown in to Cape Town on the weekend, we arrived at Guguletu at 8am sharp on Monday Morning and were immediately confronted by a shell of a classroom, almost two weeks behind schedule due to the bad weather. Monday …

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8 June 2007

Matt Cutts on links, warnings and search results

At the recent SMX conference in Seattle Rand Fishkin nailed down Google Engineer Matt Cutts  for a wee chat and a number of topics were covered. So a short summary on the key points raised follows. In terms of software updates Google can pretty much recrawl and index the entire web (as known to them) in a couple of weeks …

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7 June 2007

Yahoo! Algorithm Update in Progress

Following on from a fairly recent small update Yahoo! is rolling out another algorithm change which is working its way around at the moment. A post on the Yahoo! Search Blog said we whould see some shuffling of results so we have been warned! And while we are talking about Yahoo! for the more techie sorts the Yahoo! crawler ‘Slurp’, …

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7 June 2007

Nearly there…

Over the next couple of days the majority of the London office will be making their way over to Cape Town. So by Sunday night we’ll all be at the Lodge ready for action and hard work on Monday morning. Hopefully the roof will be on the school (weather permitting), so even if it is raining there will be plenty …

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7 June 2007

It’s raining again…

Only 3 days to go now!. One side of the classroom is up and the windows are in. The team of builders are busy (between breaks in the rain) laying the bricks on the other side. The roof trusses and roof tiles arrived today. If all goes to plan the roof will be on by Monday.

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6 June 2007

Related Searches – What are they?

Good old Google, just when you thought you were getting a grip with Universal Search a new element attaches itself to the bottom of the results page – Related Searches. So what are they and more importantly how do you get your site listed on them? Well, the bottom line is no one really knows (except Google) but we can …

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6 June 2007

The eBay auction made £1093!

The final minutes were really exciting with bids going up every minute. Somebody got a bargain with the week in the Chamonix villa going for £251 and a shirt going for £3.20. Successes were Melissa George’s Dress going for £147, the B&Q dining set sold for £122 and Neil Jackson’s (aparantly they didn’t fit him…) Manolo Blahnik mules going for …

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6 June 2007

We’re taking it day by day…….4 days to go

Cape Town woke up this morning to the sound of rain. With little hope of building today I phoned our man Mr Maduba (the building contractor). It’s been raining all morning in the city but surprisingly enough it’s not raining in Guguletu! He’s on site building with his team. Hopefully the rain stays away for the remainder of the day.

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5 June 2007

….and the rain came

After a wonderful week of blue skies and warm temperatures, a cold front hit the Cape Peninsula on Sunday night bringing with it buckets of rain, bolts of lightning and rolling thunder. Unfortunately the forecast says that it’s here to stay. With the building schedule being as tight as it is, this is not good news. The builders are still …

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