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Google docs in WordPress blog

This was a little test to see if I could export a menu that is regularly changed to a wordpress website, so that the daily menu changes would be effortlessly reflected in a dynamic web page.

In Google docs you are given the option to publish your document as an html page, which I’m sure could be set in a frame, or you are presented with an line of html, featuring the the <iframe> tag, which I have pasted into the text editor of this wordpress post. It has the ugly scaling effect of fitting what should be an A4 document into a narrow centre column.

A genuine export of the text content to match the formatting of the host blog would be a more design friendly solution, though this provides a quick and easy fix.

The iframe below is produced by the below code

<iframe src=”https://docs.google.com/document/d/15vllMtHzHW1wJuFHoBrua795neq5TE4wvXHgOYrbE1g/pub?embedded=true” seamless width=”700″ height=”1100″ scrolling=”no” ></iframe>

I had to add seamless width=”700″ height=”1100″ scrolling=”no” to the code suggested by google otherwise it doesn’t fit very nicely.

If you can’t see the menu below, try refresh.

An open letter to Gloucester Ski and Snowboard Centre.

In responding to Chantelle Goddard-jones’ call to arms in support of Team Slalom Plus, I’d like to share my story.

I’m not from a skiing family, I wouldn’t have been a skier at all if it wasn’t for the dry slope on my doorstep. I was introduced to skiing back in ’91 when I joined Krazy Kids Klub on Saturday mornings at Gloucester Ski Centre. Within a year one of my coaches had invited me to join her new ski racing team “Slalom Plus”.

I had already sampled ski racing in the form of the Gloucester Summer Race league, and as far as I was concerned this was the elite of British Ski Racing. By 1993 I had discover the national series of events all over the UK, and by 1994 I did my first ski race on snow.

Year by year, my experiences grew. 1997 my first British University Dry Slope Championships. 1998 I was on the winning University team in Les Arcs, France.

University came and went, and all the while, when I could, I was training twice a week with Chantelle at Slalom Plus. I was 6 months into my first graduate job when I came 2nd place senior in the World Dry Slope Championships in High Wycombe.

In 2002 the club was bursting with talent, including several British Children’s Team members. I started to get involved more in the organisation of the club. Helping more with events, transport, etc, we even formed a Team SLP band for the 10 year anniversary of the club!

I started to show an interest in coaching and a friend told me how to get started. With plenty of encouragement from the club, I quit the rat-race set of to Canada to start my career in snowsport instruction.

It seems so long ago now. I’m about to start my 11th Winter season. I’ve spent 5 years working for the ESF in Tignes in France, now I’ve moved to a smaller independent school called TDC and this season I’ll also be working with a specialist snowboard school called Alliance (I’ve broadened my skill-base along the way).

You can say that skiing has become my life, I even met my wife skiing, but none of my skiing adventures would have been possible if it wasn’t for a chance encounter with Chantelle. I showed no particular promise in the sport, I had no experience to speak of, yet still Chantelle though she could make a ski racer of me.

A move to ban Team Slalom Plus from Gloucester Ski and Snowboard Centre will only deny young people of Gloucestershire the opportunity I had. Whatever reason there is for the ‘ban’, it is already damaging the reputation of the ski centre and the wider sport in general.

Questionnaire

Nothing to do with skiing but…

WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?
Nope.

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED?
It’s been a while.

DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?
It’s terrible, but I don’t let it get me down.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT?
Chicken in a panini please, though I’d love a steak.

DO YOU HAVE KIDS?
Nope.

IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU?
Of course, I’m nice to everyone.

DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT?
Probably too much.

DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS?
Yes.

WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?
Love to. I’ve tomb-stoned about 40 ft into the sea. It was great fun.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL?
I’m loving the muesli at the moment, with lots of dried fruit if possible.

DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?
It depends on the shoes. My trainers I slip off, hiking boots or DM’s have got to be unlaced.

DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG?
Strong-ish. I can lift heavy stuff, but I don’t go to the gym.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM?
Rum and raisin is the greatest.

WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?
I’d like to think I look in the eyes most of the time.

RED OR PINK?
Red.

WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST?
Family. Now I live in France I don’t get home much.

WHAT COLOR SHOES ARE YOU WEARING?
Bare feet at the moment.

WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE?
Stir fried rice. My improvised recipe was edible but hardly delicious!

WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band – “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town”

IF YOU WHERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE?
What a ridiculous question. I wear red all day at work so I’ll have to pick something else. If I was a crayon, I’d be a blue one, they are pretty funky.

FAVORITE SMELLS?
Good coffee.

WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE?
My friend Tom just called.

FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH?
Alpine ski racing, with rodeo bull riding a close runner up.

HAIR COLOR?
Brown

EYE COLOR?
Blue

DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS?
No.

FAVORITE FOOD?
Italian.

SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS?
Can I have both? I’m sure most scary movies have happy endings anyway.

LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED?
Gamer, on Boxee – My newest, favoritist computer app.

WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING?
Navy blue ski thermals

SUMMER OR WINTER?
Winter.

FAVORITE DESSERT?
Chocolate brownie.

WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW?
“Immigrants- Your country needs them” by Philipe Legrain

WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?
I don’t have a mouse pad, I have a trackball.

WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON TV LAST NIGHT?
A Scrubs re-run on Boxee.

FAVORITE SOUND?
Rain

ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES?
The Beatles

WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME?
Vancouver.

DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?
I can teach skiing, fix bikes, and sit in the lotus position, but not all at the same time.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
Edinburgh.

Ski related post coming next. It was very windy today and there’s a few inches of fresh snow around, with more forecast for Wednesday.