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We have just completed a new web site for Steve Keeping at The new site features a really fun Joomla CMS front-end using a funky and fun template. LightQuick will be providing the hosting and Steve's Illustrator's workshop will be providing the images.
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Sugar Clothing

A retail clothes shop using Joomla and Virtuemart ecommerce to sell products to the youth fashion market using online payment and SSL


An antique furniture shop using Joomla and Virtuemart ecommerce to sell champagne racks to discerning collectors, using online payment and SSL and multi-currencies.


A modern ecommerce site using Joomla and Virtuemart to offer high-quality designer mirrors to discerning and style-conscious home owners, using secure online payment.

Reading Search

A commercial style CMS website for a organisation that is the leader in relocating families and individuals into the Reading area.


A traditional style cms website for a leading and long-established amateur operatic society which prides itself on the excellence and professionalism of its operatic productions.


NVPs Anti-climb paint site. New Venture Product has a range of anti climb paints and warning signs. NVP offers one of the largest range of anti climb products in the UK.

New Venture Products

New Venture Products specialise in offering paints and coatings designed to enhance safety, security or protection. Included in our range are a large selection of anti slip paints designed to cover a large range of substrates with many different finishes.

Just Tickets

The site features a modern and stylish design which is intended to appeal to a technical sector of the theatre and leisure industry.

Henley Operatic

A traditional style cms website for a leading and long-established amateur operatic society which prides itself on the excellence and professionalism of its operatic productions.
LightQuick Web Design

Lightquick provide quality web design for local companies & organisations in South Oxfordshire. We provide web design services for Didcot, Wallingford, Oxford, Abingdon, Reading, Henley-on-Thames and surrounding areas. We provide search engine optimisation services. We also specialise in pub web design for local Oxfordshire hostelries and some even as far away as Catterline in Scotland

Lightquick will create and design your website using state-of-the-art CMS technology. We will optimise your site to increase your ranking in the Google listings. We will build your on-line shop using industry standard Virtuemart or OSCommerce shopping carts. We can even help maintain your computer systems with advice on web-based backup strategies.

Lightquick Web Design services can be obtained by contacting us here and discussing your web needs. We have three flexible packages which can be tailored to suit your needs. Bear in mind the extent of the requirements will be the major factor in determining the cost.  As a guide a simple one-paged website will start at just £150, four or five professional pages would be £500 whilst a 10-15 paged, database-engined online shop with a theme and complex graphics would cost approximately £1,500.

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The Thunderchild prior to battle.

Some more War of the worlds imagery, a render that was not shown here before: The Thunderchild prior to battle. Complete with music. Officionados of Jeff Wayne's War of the worlds music will appreciate this.

I don't think I ever managed to post this version here before, a reinterpretation of HG Wells/Jeff Wayne's thunderchild. Just a render of a scene with some animation tools used to make the scene come to life. No real animation yet of the Tripods nor the ship but some nicely performed music added to give the scene some depth and emotional appeal.

An image will do as a taster:


The video was a germ of an idea, a low res short period-shot movie based on 2D and 3D models. Note the low quality period-film effect is deliberate, there are a few errors, long range smoke visibility and the prow of the steam packet but please ignore these.

We were originally thinking about a kickstarter to get it off the ground. A very short film sequence, a couple of minutes long, Pathe-news style, sound effects, moody music, somewhat similar to the more moody bits in this Jeff Wayne reinterpretation. What do you think?

Whether or not it will develop is all down to time (and money) It is quite difficult to make progress on a project unofficially unless it is all done by one man and that simply takes a lot of time. If it was real project with defined goals, cash to spend &c it could be done relatively much quicker.

The idea was that it would start on a sailor's desktop with orders requiring his immediate return to ship for sailing, the scene would then zoom into the photo on the desktop and then it would come alive and open to the scene of the Thunderchild in action against the Martians.

The date was to be 1921-25, the time of the second Martian invasion where they come equipped with the same technology (realising the overwhelming superiority of their machinery) but fitted with bacteriological filters allowing them to survive in Earth's germ-laden atmosphere. This time they come in fewer numbers having almost exhausted their resources in the first invasion and of course, this time the human defences are better-prepared. In this timeline we get to see Thunderchild II in action. Anyhow, that was the vague idea.

We also had an idea of an old stamp album showing this stamp with the following description:

"This is a stamp created by Eric Gill in 1924 for the British Empire Exhibition with the emergency overprint "under martian rule" for a set of stamps which were produced in that portion of the British Isles still allowed to function - whilst operating under the yoke of the Martian Empire subsequent to the second Martian invasion in 1925.

Not many items survive from this period and this is reflected in the condition of the stamp. The bottom right hand corner is severely burnt as the stamp was recovered from the remains of Plymouth Post Office destroyed during the battle for the Tamar Bridge at Saltash. Approximate value £26 guineas."

Version 1.0.7 of the Steampunk Weather Widget is released

In the latest Steampunk Weather Widget, version 1.0.7 the following changes have been made: main features are full Romanian(!) translation (as an example) the ability to add ICAO metar codes manually so if you know your own ICAO location just type in the code. You can increase the size of the widget, lots of bugs fixed, reskinned the location selection box, added many new graphical elements, reduced the overhead of running the widget, improved the code in general and documented it with full online help.

weather-gauge-metal.jpgNewest version,

// .07 location selection background - added cogs and wheels to the underside to make it more 'real'
// .07 corrected the help text on the glass cover
// .07 change the font on the location finder
// .07 moved the location menu from the top of the page (windows) to the top of the pushbutton
// .07 add method for handling language files that aren't handled by the YWE! by default
// .07 create language files for Romanian
// .07 create language files for English
// .07 added language option to preferences
// .07 improve the clarity of the numbers on the mini gauges
// .07 organise and sort the code, remove unwanted functions
// .07 fix the romanian translation bug on tooltips
// .07 sort the % on macs bunching, changed it to a popup
// .07 fix missing resizing of two elements
// .07 added the option to increase the size of the widget
// .07 sort the language text on the prefs
// .07 use an additional input box to select the alternative language file
// .07 sort the language text on the prefs
// .07 rejigged the main context menu to allow translation to occur
// .07 allow meta codes to be typed in directly
// .07 add slider switching from codes to locations
// .07 add final translations
// .07 images on the groups in the preferences
// .07 Added uppercasing to the ICAO code input
// .07 fix the double run of get-metar-data
// .07 add delay to preferences save and restart to help fix mac crash


There is full help for the widget here:  Visit this page first before asking questions on how to install it.

You can download the new version of the widget here:

Please, if you like the new widget, leave a comment, it is really appreciated.


Instructions for uselocation_search_help.png

The weather indicators and controls of your widget are as shown above. The widget has a number of graphical controls. You can identify the function of each working component by hovering the mouse over each. A pop-up will show giving you a description.

Choosing the Metar data location

When you select to change your location a pop-up will appear giving you the option to type your location. Choose a location near to you that will be providing METAR weather data. For example in the South Coast of the UK you might choose Gatwick Airport. If you choose a local airport or aerodrome you are most likely to find a METAR weather feed.  If you know your nearest ICAO code then flick the location/ICAO switch to allow you to enter the four-letter code manually. Once you are done click the SET switch to close the location selector.


To view the widget in operation, click here:


The Steampunk Orrery goes Linux!
At last someone has created a version of the Steampunk Orrery for Linux. It wasn't me I am afraid - so I can't claim responsibility for the coding. The developer 'joker' has used my graphics and my design but enhanced the javascript functionality in respect of the planetary movement and the co-ordination of the various components to take adavntage of the increased levels of animation available to plasmoids.

A very good job I say...

calendar.pngThe Steampunk Orrery requires the Plasmoids widget engine and the Marble Virtual Globe plugin is required for the widget to function. At the moment the instructions to install and operate are very sparse. Howver, if you are a linux user then you are generally more technically aware than a standard Windows user so hopefully you will be able to make this work for yourself. As I test the new widget (if I am able) I will create some documentation to allow more naive users to attempt the installation. Have a look at the widget instructions here. Download the widget from here.

The video is available to view here now at Vimeo : and at youtube

If any of you are Linux users and use the KDE desktop, please can you help me test the recently published Steampunk Orrery Plasmoid?
Let me know how you get on and what you had to do to get the thing installed. I have not yet been able to test as I am on my hols in the sunny IoW and when I get back the only machine I have available to test will be a Linux Mint 1ghz single core laptop. Such Unix/Linux skills that I have are also very rusty...

Any help testing would be really appreciated. 

Steampunk Volume XWidget finally out...

I've just completed the Steampunk Volume XWidget and dropped it into my gallery, submitted it to a few groups. Now time to sit back and see if anyone likes it. It is a straight conversion from the Yahoo widget code keeping the two as similar as possible so they can both be updated/debugged in parallel. The code is remarkably similar and the two widgets work in a very similar fashion, though the code I have written is not necessarily the correct way of doing things for a Xwidget. The main problem seems to be that the Xwidgets lack any real documentation so it is a real pain to figure out how to do things. Also a lot of nice functionality is missing in Xwidgets that I am used to in the Yahoo Widget Engine/Konfabulator. The GUI for Xwidgets is slick in parts and bleedin' awful in others. I often found that the GUI simply got in the way and I ended up using my text editor of choice 'Context' to make the changes I needed. In my opinion the GUI has a long way to go before it can be considered usable for serious development of widgets.

These are some things that Xwidget engine currently lacks the ability to do:

Creating modifying menu items within javascript
Forcing a widget to reload in code
Including external script - not possible
Changing the dock icon dynamically
Making the GUI code editor fonts much smaller/configurable
Playing a sound continuously and asynchronously is not possible
Transparent areas of PNGs have no mouse click-through
Highlighting long lines causes phantom code duplication in the IDE

xwidget-popup.pngIn reality though, I am really impressed with the amount of work that the two (?) developers have done. The product works - it creates real desktop widgets and provides an environment in which to create them. The list of functions that the language supports goes on and on, and you can use VBscript or Javascript notation in the code. I may have sounded critical but I am in awe of the quality of the product that they have delivered. It is usable - it just needs a lot of tidying up.

The Xwidget engine is under continuing development so it feels nice to be working with a tool that isn't out-of-date and obsolete for a change.

My only concern with Xwidget development is that the documentation has been created as a an afterthought and due to this there are great big gaps in the user group's knowledge that can only be filled by getting responses from the developers. While the devs are out coding for new platforms they don't always have the time to answer all the many questions on the forums, often leaving us poor users in the lurch when we have questions to be answered... Hopefully things will improve here.

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"The new Sugar web site that you have designed looks fantastic and every one I have shown it to is impressed. We have just launched this for our Wholesale customers and have had lots of enquiries on the very first day. I am sure that when we go fully live we will have a tremendous response. I also think that once the optimization results start filtering through it will lead to a tremendous increase in our business. I also look forward to other suggestions that you might have to bring about further improvements. Warm Regards VIPIN SUGAR CLOTHING LIMITED" Vipin Khanna, Managing Director of Sugar Clothing

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