Archive for January, 2011

I received a really nice comment on the post about Gerald Robert’s Nylon String Guitar site from the fantastic luthier Luis Alberto Feu de Mesquita.

Luis has designed and built a fabulous nylon string jazz guitar, based roughly on the design principles of the Macaferri. Check it, and other instruments, out on his website here >>

Nylon String Jazz guitar

Nylon String Jazz guitar

I wonder if there is enough in my piggy bank. . .?

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The good people at Cultural Arts Travelogue have just put a short piece of video up on their blog featuring The Cakes, both live in performance (not fantastic quality I fear but I think that was more due to the surroundings, ambient noise etc?) but also using some of our newly recorded tunes as backing to the rest of the video… (the sounds quality improves dramatically from the 0.42 point!)

King Alfred's Cakes video clip

King Alfred's Cakes video clip

Check it out on their site here >>

Strangely this is good timing for us, as we are hoping to shoot our own little bit of video in the next week or so. Several club and festival promoters have suggested this as a good marketing tool (seeing us live in concert gives them a much better idea of how we actually sound than a possibly over-produced CD might?) so keep watching this space, you crazy folk fans!

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The new website for King Alfred’s Cakes is finally up and running!

King Alfred's Cakes | instrumental folk trio

King Alfred's Cakes | instrumental folk trio

Designed by the multi-talented Karen (flute) and made to work by the equally multi-talented yours truly (!?!), hopefully it’s a good start towards establishing an online presence for the band…

Containing some photos, our gig diary and general biog information, there is also a music player which lets you listen to selected tracks from our forthcoming recording…

Hope you enjoy it – as ever, comments/suggestions for improvement are always welcome!

Visit the site here >>

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The wonderful people at WordPress (who devise, host and support the amazing software behind this and countless other blogs) today sent me this brief summary (containing all sorts of fascinating statistics) of how my blog has been read over the past year. The summary makes for interesting reading – well, interesting to me at least! The numbers are tiny in terms of the overall blogosphere of course, but I take some small satisfaction from them – I hope to grow things by 2012. . .

Summary as follows:

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 8,300 times in 2010. That’s about 20 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 68 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 190 posts. There were 195 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 23mb. That’s about 4 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was May 14th with 90 views. The most popular post that day was A moment of Ceilidh madness. . ..

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were en.wordpress.com, brassgoggles.co.uk, workshopshed.com, en.search.wordpress.com, and cbatkin.plus.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for guitar fretboard, guitar fretboard diagram, clive batkin, music mind map, and fretboard diagram.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


A moment of Ceilidh madness. . . July 2008


Mind mapping revisited February 2009
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New website for nylon string jazz guitar enthusiasts May 2009
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Steampunk desk lamp – ‘The Optimus’ August 2008


The world’s first plastic trombone (that isn’t a toy!!) November 2010

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Here’s a photo my sister took in the wilds of North Devon where she lives… I thought it nicely summed up the general feeling of the weather we have been experiencing here in the UK for the last few weeks, and makes for an excellent closing post / photo of the year. . . also a good starting post for the new year to come?

Happy 2011 one and all!

Snow mountain

Snow mountain

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