Useful Covid-19 Information Links for the UK

World Health Organisation Situation Reports:

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Scottish Business Helpline:

NHS 10 Minute Home Cardio Workout (ideal for people who are self-isolating):

Installing WordPress on free web hosting from

Installing wordpress on free web hosting. is a free web hosting service that gives free web space in return for a small ad in the corner of pages. The service provides MySQL, good levels of disk space and FTP access.

There are no auto installers, so I decided to do a manual installation of WordPress. It was not easy, but I found a way of doing it so I thought I would share it.

Firstly, here are a list of things I tried that didn’t work:

  1. Uploaded the installation zip file and tried unzipping it with the file manager tool in the FreeWHA control panel.
    Result: The file would not upload using the FreeWHA file maager, but it uploaded OK using Filezilla. However, it would not unzip because the unzipping took longer than the process timeout.
  2. Uploaded the individual WordPress directories as separate zip files and tried unzipping them.
    Result: Two worked, but one was still too big and timed out.
  3. Unzipped WordPress zip file on my local machine and tried uploading the individual files via FTP.
    Result: This failed. It kept saying there were more than 14 connections to the server. I think it kept being booted and wouldn’t log back in. I gave it a few hours but got nowhere.

Finally, this is what worked. The process described here took about 20 minutes to complete:

  1. I set up a MySQL database in the FreeWHA control panel and noted the database name, username and password.
  2. I uploaded the WordPress installation zip file via FTP using Filezilla.
  3. I downloaded unzipper.php from GitHub and uploaded it to the web server. I used this to unzip the file on the server.
  4. The unzip process created a /wordpress directory in the account and put all the files in there so I tried moving the files in Filezilla. This failed for permission reasons. So I went to the FreeWHA control panel and clicked on “Fix file ownerships”. After a few minutes I tried moving them again and it worked. The files must have been owned by the PHP user rather than by me.
  5. I then downloaded wp-config-example.php and edited it in a text editor, adding the database details and the security seed info for sessions.
  6. Then I went to wp-admin in my web browser and the install process started as normal.

As far as I can tell WordPress is behaving correctly on the FreeWHA account. I need to look at security next to make sure it is as tight as it needs to be. Most auto installers do this as part of their processes. Doing it manually means doing some post install checks.

An Old Denis Wick Mouthpiece Catalogue

Here is an interesting thing I came across. It’s a 1970’s Denis Wick mouthpiece leaflet. It may be of interest to anyone who comes across an old mouthpiece that is not listed on the current Denis Wick web site. Note the differences to the current range.

Trumpet Mouthpieces

is described as a scaled-down 1X, but there is no 1X listed here for it to be scaled down from! Not sure if the current 1 is the same mouthpiece as they were selling back then.

1C listed – this was later joined by a version with a wider rim called the 1CW. The 1CW was then renumbered as the 1C so this is probably not the same as the current 1C.

3A listed as a scaled-down 1. This mouthpiece is no longer offered, but they still do the 3.

4C mentioned as having been introduced for the new Sovereign Symphony Trumpet.

Cornet Mouthpieces

7 is described as being very small and for people used to old mouthpieces (like Kosikups). This model was discontinued a long time ago.

L shanks mentioned as an option. This was a larger fitting for some instruments. The standard fitting was slightly smaller than we would get now.

B and C cup mouthpieces recommended for American and Japanese Cornets.

4B mentioned as the prefered choice for the new large-bore sovereign cornet.

1C 2C 3C and 4C listed. These had longer shanks and smaller throats. These were discontinued a long time ago.

Scans (Click on each for larger versions)

1970s Denis Wick Trumpet Mouthpiece Catalogue
1970s Denis Wick Cornet Mouthpiece Catalogue

Welcome to my new blog

Welcome on board.

This web site has been online, in one form or another, since 1998. As a window into my world. A world of music, radio experimentation, work and family. In no particular order.

I also comment on politics, current affairs and anything else that takes my interest. My blog started off on this domain. I then moved all the content to This was on the Blogger platform and still exists as an archive of posts from before September 2019. With the gradual demise of the Blogger platform, I decided to make a clean break to WordPress.

So here we are.