New look blog and win a bottle of champagne

…the world’s leading… was very quick (a rat out of a drainpipe?) in spotting that I’ve changed both my banner and the name of this blog. It speculates about why I’ve chosen that particular landscape.

So here’s an open competition for the blogosphere. There’s a bottle of champagne for the first one to identify what the scene in the picture. If the winner’s somewhere impractical to get the champagne to you then I’ll come up with something else for you.

I also left a comment explaining part of my reason:

Good to know I’ve got at least one reader 😉 Normally takes me ages to find someone has changed their design as I just see the feed.

I’ve never been comfortable with the guru thing. It wasn’t my idea originally but came from a Christmas party we hosted for clients. It was in the heady days of daft budgets and daft job titles in the dot com madness. They came up with the guru tag as a joke, but it kind of stuck, so eventually I just went with the flow.

I’m still not convinced by using guy, but it’s better than my first idea which was a PR pro

14 Replies to “New look blog and win a bottle of champagne

  1. Don't forget to change the 'title' as defined in the HTML header, Stuart. If you look at the bar at the top of your browser window, you'll see your 'guru' status remains intact… and will still appear as the title of any search results, etc etc. Depending on how you've built your Typepad templates, it should just be a case of changing the 'Weblog name' on the 'Configure' tab.

    It also wouldn't do any harm to compress the header image down a bit… 82Kb is a bit steep, even in a broadband world. Save it as a maximum quality JPG, and you'd be able to cut it by half, without compromising image (or text) quality.

    No idea where the pic is taken, though. I've tried various sneaky ways to find out, but no joy. 🙂

  2. Manoj Ranaweera – I lived with problems manual paper based invoices present for number of years. Little did I know then that one day I would set-up a company to eradicate duplication (and sometimes triplication) of effort from Business-2-Business (B2B) Purchase-to-Payment (P2P) and Supply-to-Cash (S2C) cycles. I started my Executive MBA programme at Manchester Business School in autumn 2002 hoping to move to management consultancy from engineering consultancy. The MBA open my eyes. Next Monday after submission of the M&A Project report, I joined an innovative company that operated within the EIPP industry. Unfortunately, the company suffered from structural issues at which point I set-up ebdex Ltd. ebdex intends to offer innovative solutions based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model, helping organisations both small and large reduce operational costs in B2B document exchange. Previously I held various roles in engineering, project management, business development and operational management. I also have a B.Eng (Hons) degree from Brighton University, UK. I can be contacted at
    Manoj Ranaweera says:

    I like the new look – just covered your podcasting on my blog.

  3. Rob Skinner – I'm Rob Skinner. My family know me as Robert. My wife calls me Ert. (The part of 'Robert' that I don't always use...) I've been working in PR since 1987, mostly in financial services. In my spare time, I enjoy cycling reading, editing videos on my computer and practising my Welsh (dwi'n dod yn wreiddiol o Gaerdydd). And blogging. Do please post a comment! NOTE: this is my personal blog. It does not represent the views of the organisations I work for.
    Rob Skinner says:

    I think you should have stuck with 'guru'. True, it's a little boastful but it's memorable. I'm not wild about 'guy' – I cringe whenever anyone uses that horrible Americanism 'you guys' to a group of women – but you should choose whatever you're comfortable with.
    I do love your header photo. My guess is a Scottish sealoch. Loch Linnhe?

  4. Stephen, sorry mate but 'the Lake District' is pathetic especially for those who know that's where I originally come from.

    Martin was very close, but wrong as his bearings are all out.

    James' second answer wins. It is indeed Ennerdale Water. I'll drop a bottle of champagne in to the office, next time I'm in London.

    My next quiz could be 'how many lakes are there in the lake district'?

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