GEF #20: British Grand Prix

This week, although its a… week… late, is the British Grand Prix, held at the Silverstone Race Circuit in Silverstone, Northamptonshire, England.


Held at the prestigious race track for the best part of 23 years, the track has seen many redesigns over the years leading for a more challenging race track and a better race experience for all.


Although the winner last weekend wasn’t a Brit, it was still a great race to watch nevertheless. Lets just hope one of the two can do it next time.


Would you look at that, its a Wikipedia Quote:

Silverstone Circuit is an English motor racing circuit next to the Northamptonshire villages  of Silverstone and Whittlebury. Nearly half of the circuit is across the Northamptonshire boundary in Buckinghamshire. […] It is best known as the home of the British Grand Prix, which it first hosted in 1948 and which has been held on the circuit every year since 1987.


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Well that was weird – WordPress encoding

Seems the site decided it was time that it shouldn’t encode the site properly.


Since Southanuk is a relatively old WordPress installation [Around 2006] it was using an old character set, namely latin_1. Converted it to UTF8 and all is now good and properly displaying. Have a few celebratory ‘ , – s.


For others having the same problem with WordPress not encoding pages properly, I recommend the bbWP2UTF8 plugin. Its very simple to use and is a lot easier than this method, although saying that, it may work if the plugin doesn’t.


Well something went wrong very shortly after I had posted this, post numbers weren’t auto-incrementing. Should be all fixed. Also discovered a very nice MySQL command to help convert those troublesome characters to UTF8:

update DBNAME

set ROWNAME = replace(ROWNAME,'’','\'');

update DBNAME

set ROWNAME= replace(ROWNAME,'…','...');

update DBNAME

set ROWNAME= replace(ROWNAME,'–','-');

update DBNAME

set ROWNAME= replace(ROWNAME,'“','"');

update DBNAME

set ROWNAME= replace(ROWNAME,'â€Â','"');

update DBNAME

set ROWNAME= replace(ROWNAME,'‘','\'');

update DBNAME

set ROWNAME= replace(ROWNAME,'•','-');

update DBNAME

set ROWNAME= replace(ROWNAME,'‡','c');


GEF follows shortly and possibly something on Monday if I can get it to work.

GEF #19: Wimbledon

Well I seemed to have disappeared last Friday, and I do apologise for my lack of a place for last week, HOWEVER! I am back.


This week it is the green and luscious; All England Lawn and Tennis Club in Wimbledon, South London.


I write this post on the day our only hope of a British winner goes out of the Championships. Every game we seem to invent, we inevitably loose at. Don’t even get me started on the football…


Wikiquote for strawberry and cream goodness:

The Championships at Wimbledon, or simply Wimbledon, is the oldest tennis  tournament in the world and is generally considered the most prestigious. It has been held at the All England Club in the London suburb of Wimbledon since 1877. It is one of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments, and the only one still played on the game’s original surface, grass, which gave the game of lawn tennis its name.