Month: September 2006

NYCoS 10th Anniversary

Sunday marked the National Yout Choir of Scotland’s 10th anniversary Gala concert. I was invited to sing as a member of the alumni of which there ae now quite a few.

After many long rehearsals over in Glasgow (though I swear we were told they would be in Edinburgh) the concert went very well indeed. The crowd were very responsive, though a tad keen and insisted on apploading between movements of Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and Poulenc’s Gloria.

After the concert was a Dinner and Ceilidh to mark the occasion. This was unfortunately what ruined the evening for me.In true NYCos style they insisted on parent style dictating and in this instance told us that no partners were invited. Clearly I was a tad unimpressed at this peculiar edict and so left early to go home to my wife. It gave me enough time to say bye to some of my good friends in the group. Of course, being on a Sunday night, very few of them could make it – we all have work now NYCoS, perhaps next time it could be on a more practical night.

Speed up web development with WebWork

Just recently I have found the WebWork MVC framework and am finding it a huge aid with my web development.

It makes everything so much simpler, seperating logic completely from presentation, keeping authentication etc well above the level of the main logic and yet giving you access to the core model classes directly from the WebWork custom tags.

To help folk check it out I have started a sandbox area for simple demos in the xsm repository (this can be checked out from

WebWork will soon become Struts2 – the work has already started, but is not yet stable, so it’s WebWork for me 🙂