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July 25, 2010

Affairs Papal still developing

evelyn @ 1:43 pm

Oh, I do so much want to get back to normal blogging, but this papal thing goes on and on …

This morning our PP announced that the front page of this week’s Scottish Catholic Observer is completely wrong.  (That was actually a very unfair thing to say.  The last couple of paragraphs, which dealt with the Forth in Praise website, were absolutely accurate.  They’d even got the link right!)

What our priest meant, of course, was that contrary to the Observer’s declaration that Scottish pilgrims won’t have to pay, the organisers have now sent round a letter to parishes saying that everyone going to Bellahouston is expected to make a donation of £20, for which they will get a liturgy book and a CD   (The CD at last!  Or at least, let’s hope it is the CD made in the cathedral in Edinburgh).

So now I’m going to have to put this news on the Papal Mass page of the website.  This involves HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) coding and File Transfer Protocol (also usually abbreviated, but let’s not go there today).  Katherine Cameron, our highly efficient webkeeper, kindly showed me how to do this before she went on holiday, but neither of us realised how quickly events would develop.  At one point this site was so popular that it nearly went down, and emergency action was required.  I was very pleased at the web hosting company’s response to emails shouting ‘Help!  Panic!  Webkeeper on holiday!’

It has been a steep learning curve.  But it has added to my education.

The really good news is that Katherine returns any day now.  Katherine, I hope you’ve had a lovely time, and please, please, have your website back.  I hope I haven’t messed it up too much.

Then I can retreat to the blog.  All one has to do there is type in some stuff and press a button.


  1. Evelyn, I think you’ve done wonders with those MP3 files of the MacMillan Mass. They are so useful. However did you manage to create them?

    Comment by Flora B — July 26, 2010 @ 8:42 pm

  2. Thanks, Flora. They are straightforward enough to produce with the right music typesetting program but I have a secret ingredient which lets me work really fast. I was forced to invent it years ago when confronted with a seventeenth-century opera needing to be transcribed into modern notation in a very short time, and it’s come in handy ever since.

    I’m glad you find the files useful, and hope others have, too.

    Comment by evelyn — July 27, 2010 @ 7:17 pm

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