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Music for moods. The coming of Ambient.

If you’ve ever doubt the ability of music to be a calming influence then you only have to listen to the sounds of ambient music. Relaxation is becoming big business in the modern world as we start to realise the effect that our stressful lives have on us. Not only that, business is also becoming aware of the potential of music and In store Music for business providers is an essential part the operation more and more. What is in store music? It is a selection of music tailor made and a bespoke service looking at all the aspects of your business and what music you could provide to maximise its environmental effects. Where does ambient sit in the field of music appreciation now.
Its first incarnation was as “furniture music” developed by the composer Erik Satie at the beginning of the twentieth century. Satie wanted to create sounds that would fit into the background and be unobtrusive yet also provide a deadening effect to the sharp sounds of cutlery and plate clink and also a filler of embarrassing long pauses. This was the first type of background music. It was not “muzak” but carefully crafted soundscapes.

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This was to have a big effect on the artist Brian Eno. Eno was an outrageous member of the influential Glam Rock/chamber Pop group Roxy Music. He was responsible for the musical “treatments” applied to Roxy Music’s sound, essential he was a sound engineer on stage with the performers armed with a mix desk and synthesisers. Whilst furniture music was still in existence and played the invention of the synthesiser it was possible to start developing the true sound that Satie had strived to make. Eno was the pioneer and termed the music “ambient” for the first time in the nineteen seventies. Leaving Roxy Music Eno was then free to develop his brand of ambient. He took the concept further with Discreet music. This was the natural successor to Satie even to the point where you could barely hear the music being produced. Eno’s approach was academic and cerebral. His use of ambient was not as simple canned muzak piped out to distract but to enhance and enliven the environment and almost be a pick and mix of sound allowing the listener to tune in and tune out of the sound as and when they felt the need.

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This musical style soon gained traction and soon other electronica artists were picking up on this style and form. The eighties saw a real growth as the synthesisers technology improved and the incorporation of sounds form nature were even incorporated.

How to get your SEO back on track after a website redesign

In theory, a website redesign should be good news in terms of traffic. If migration from the old website to the new website is planned and executed correctly, you should be able to take your traffic with you. However, in practice, there can be little glitches that prevent this from happening.

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This is no time to panic. There are usually a few simple measures that you can take to get your SEO traffic back and your business back on track in no time.

Confirm that you have lost traffic

Start by confirming that you have actually lost traffic by using Google Analytics, Google Search Console, historic or alternative URLs and historic keyword rankings.

According to the experts at the Search Engine Journal, Google Analytics is an invaluable free tool for revealing marketing insights and for helping you formulate stronger SEO strategies. It gives accurate and timely information on who is visiting your website and how they are getting there. If there is a clear drop that starts on the day of the redesign, it indicates that there is a problem.

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Investigating the problem

Having confirmed that you really do have a problem, it is time to find out what has caused it. You can call in the services of a London SEO agency to work with you to identify what has caused the issue. SEO services in London can be found here and the sooner you get started on solving the issue, the better it will be for your business.

Redirects are one of the most likely culprits. Ideally, for your most important pages, you should keep the URLs the same or at least have 301 redirects from the old pages to the corresponding pages on your new site. This needs to be tested using a browser and a crawling tool.

Missing pages are another common issue. Content that was performing well on the old site is not available on the new site. Identify your high traffic pages and make sure that they direct to valid content. If they redirect to a generic or homepage then this will cause a problem. Web archives are useful for this task.

Protocol and domain issues can cause havoc with redirects so take care with domain, subdomain, and protocol.

Equipping the modern family car for the Zombie Apocalypse

Have you ever considered how you’d get about in the event of a Zombie Apocalypse? If you’re a fan of the Walking Dead then it doesn’t seem to be much of a problem to use cars that you find on the road as they all seem to be fully fuelled up and ready to go with the minimum of fuss. Nor does it appear that the petrol or diesel degrades. Still it’s as well as to be prepared for such things and there are a few simple steps to take to ensure that your car is ready for this end of days event. You might well own a nice little motor that would not look out of place on a Car lap tray. In fact, you can have a look at options for this at the following website Let’s start with the basics. One quick note, tempting though it is to turn the thing into a Mad Max style spike laden monstrosity right from the outset, please don’t. It will only cause disgusted looks from the neighbours and if the reports don’t turn out to be true about the dead rising then you’re going to look pretty foolish and over the top for the school run.

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Remove the windows and fit grills instead. It is a classic mistake to think that toughened glass is able to withstand a good battering from a zombie horde, but it won’t stand up to this intensity for any great length of time and one of the windows is bound to go. One of the earliest errors made is that you should be tempted to shoot your way out thus breaking the glass anyway. As we shall see fuel consumption will be of a paramount importance so you’re not going to have the air con on anyway. If it gets cold put your coat on and buy some goggles.

Driving technique. As we have briefly touched on with the air con it is very good idea to driving conservatively and slowly to conserve fuel. Remember Zombies are slow, it’s very unlikely that there will be any running ones as it is medically proven fact their legs will snap off at the ankles. Also, there maybe a lot of rubbish and other cars left abandoned by people who haven’t read this article.
Ensure that the car is properly serviced. This should happen anyway but the last thing you’ll want is a dodgy fan belt on the A46 as swarm of the dead are slowly meandering their way up the hill to get you.

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Don’t stop for passengers, and if you do check for bites. Well, best of luck see you on the road to the Highlands.

The delights of the Autumn season

Autumn is one of the most loved times of year, mainly due to the array of colours that our trees turn during this period along with it being the time of harvest. Sitting in your house all snuggled up with a blanket on the sofa with your heating turned on and in good working order thanks to who conduct Boiler servicing in Gloucester, is one of the main reasons people like this time of year.

The delights of the Autumn season

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Autumn begins on the 22nd or 23rd September depending on when the Autumn equinox occurs – this is governed by the planet’s orbit around the Sun. This very occasionally occurs on the 24th September as the Gregorian calendar (which was adopted in 1582) is not perfectly in sync with the obit of the sun. This happened in 1931 and will occur again in 2303. As this date can change each year meteorologists developed their own start date for Autumn in order keep accurate records. The meteorological start of Autumn is 1st September each year. Equinox is a Latin word that means – equi (equal) and nox (night). It is used to define the period of time when the day-time and night-time (in terms of light) are of equal length. The Spring Equinox is what signals the end of the equal timings.


Watching the colours of the leaves on the tress tun golden yellow, orange and red is a sight that many people enjoy, and it begins once the daylight time starts to decrease. The scientific reason for this I that as the daylight decreases there is less light available for the plants to use in photosynthesis, this means that the trees reduce their food production and the amount of chlorophyll produced creating the vivid colours and the leaves ultimately falling from the trees.  The reduction of chlorophyll in the leaves means that other chemicals increase such as carotenoids, flavonoids and anthocyanins – these are the same chemicals that produce the colour in an egg yolk and in carrots.

The delights of the Autumn season

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Greek mythology states that the starting of Autumn was caused by Demeter (she was the Goddess of the Harvest) when her daughter Persephone was kidnapped by Hades and forced to be the Queen of the Underworld. As a result of her pain at losing her daughter, Demeter caused all the leaves on the trees and crops to die and did not reverse this until her daughter was returned – this is what we now know as Spring.



A couple of influential women in the UK fashion industry.

The world of fashion and design in particular is a very competitive one. It is however an incredibly rewarding one. Having one of your collections displayed for all to see on the runway of one of the worlds many credible fashion shows must be an incredible feeling. The designs that are shown each year then influence the fashion trends for the rest of that year. There are many incredible clothes designers for both female and male clothing. This article will look at two of the most influential female designers but Mens designer shirts in many different styles and brands like Farah Shirts are created by both female and male designers across the globe.

In the UK we have been blessed with some amazing designers both past and present who have inspired many home sewers and fashion students alike. There are many designers of both genders that have influenced the fashion industry and to mention them all would require an entire book on the subject to be written! So here are a few snippets about two of the UK’s top female designers:

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Dame Vivienne Westwood – She is one of the most well-known British designers and her popularity and sheer brilliance in designing clothing is evident in that she has had a career in the fashion world that has spanned over five decades. She has been credited with bringing about the fashion genre punk and in the 1970s her items were influenced by the use of tartan as a material with the inclusion of chains and safety pins in the designs. Westwood is probably best known nowadays for her figure hugging; corset style dresses and continues to draw in new fans of her style.

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Stella McCartney – She is a designer who started her passion for all things fashion off as a student and then carved herself an impressive career in the industry. Before establishing her own label in 2001 she was the Creative Director of the French brand Chloe. Her own label shows her talents for beautifully tailored items and she is a designer that is well respected and popular with celebrities and her pieces are often shown being worn at red carpet events. She is a designer who stands by her beliefs and principles and as a vegetarian she refuses to work with any animal derived materials such as leather and fur.

As previously mentioned there are numerous other designers just as influential as Westwood and McCartney and look out for future articles that will talk about some of these individuals.