Some three months or so ago I received an email from Dick Puddlecote.
He had been having lunch or dinner or breakfast or something with a chap from London, and somehow my name cropped up in conversation [I didn’t dare ask how the hell that happened]. Now said chap said he would love to get in touch with me as he would love to buy me a pint next time he’s in Ireland, and Dick asked me if he could pass on my email address. With the smell of a free pint in the air, I of course said okay.
In due course, we started mailing each other. In the course of those emails he happened to mention a paper he had written on the subject of the Tobacco Industry and the haze of misinformation surrounding it. He sent me a copy of the paper. I was impressed [to put it mildly].
Anyhows, I considered uploading the copy onto this site for general consumption, but there were two little obstacles. The first was that he wasn’t sure if his company would approve and the second was a little more daunting – the file was a very large PDF one.
Now PDF files have two drawbacks in my book. The first drawback is that people tend to read the first page or two, and then realise that there is a ton more pages to be read so they leave again. That’s not counting the people who are just plain scared of opening files other than web pages. The second drawback is that search engines tend to just ignore such files and just treat them as a black hole.
I pondered this problem and mooted the idea of sticking the whole thing on a web site, transferring the chapters into web pages. And so the project began.
Over the past weeks the project has been a somewhat stop-start affair as I had other pressing engagements, such as feeding Herself and bringing the dog to the village for mugs of coffee.
Yesterday I moved the embryonic site to its new home –
I used the old domain name that I had lying around, but I may change that. Or I may not. I don’t know. Thoughts anyone?
There are still some tweaks I want to make to the site but the content is all there.
And I’m still waiting for that fucking free pint…..