How long could I live in Peckham without creating a Peckham-centric web site? Not very long.

OK, so PeckhamLive is never going to be big. And it’s not the prettiest site to see the light of day. But it could be useful if you happen to live in Peckham and are looking for local information.

Talking of Peckham, I just discovered that it was chosen as Britain’s top “creative hotspot” by communications agency The Fish Can Sing (cute name!) You can read the article here. And that was back in 2005, before mulogy set up here ;-)

And in case you thought Peckham was still the grim urban area of its Only Fools and Horses days, check out the local palm trees.

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VillageRatings on Rails

I’ve just re-implemented the VillageRatings site in Rails. The site allows people to read about UK villages and leave their own feedback on them. You can now list villages in order of their ratings for any attribute or overall average rating which wasn’t possible before. And, thanks to Rails, the homepage has been completely overhauled.

During the re-write I also gave the site a new look. It’s an improvement on the previous version, but the navigation is not quite right (not all pages correspond to a tab) and it feels a bit cold. Perhaps a cute animal logo would help. And a bit more time with CSS is in order at some point.

Compared to developing the site first-time-round in raw PHP without any MVC framework, the rewrite in Rails was a breeze; wonderfully quick to do.

Anyway, I’d welcome any comments on the site. And feel free to add reviews of your favourite villages :-)

[Update: the cute animal logo has now been added!]

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LondonTwenty is designed as a starting page for Londoners. The idea is to provide categorised links to the top twenty (or so) sites for Londoners of which people might not otherwise be aware or of which they might not remember the names. It also has a London-specific search engine.

The next time you’re looking for London information, try it out (especially the search engine – it can be strangely fun) and see what you think.

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