About Me – A Harrogate Blogger

A Harrogate Blogger ~ All About Andy Backhouse :: Hi, my name is Andy Backhouse & I have a finger in a great many pies; I am a Harrogate Blogger but my work is as a freelancer – my trade is as a freelance web designer. I am married with zero kids – my wife Kathryn is a Dog Walker and Pet Sitter with her own business, Wag Walk Woof. We both live locally to our families.


That Backhouse has his head in the clouds!

– Mr. Thurlow, my GCSE Woodwork Teacher


The old domain name – www.ijopona.org – is from the language of Toki Pona. A couple of weeks ago (August 2017) I bulk transferred the posts to this current domain – www.andybackhouse.blog. This current site is the third incarnation of my blog – starting off with www.awbackhouse.com way back when.

Toki Pona is a constructed language, first published online in mid-2001. It was designed by translator and linguist Sonja Lang (formerly Sonja Elen Kisa) of Toronto. Toki Pona is a minimal language. Like a pidgin, it focuses on simple concepts and elements that are relatively universal among cultures. Lang designed Toki Pona to express maximal meaning with minimal complexity. The language has 14 phonemes and 120 root words. It is not designed as an international auxiliary language but is instead inspired by Taoist philosophy, among other things. The language is designed to shape the thought processes of its users, in the style of the Sapir–Whorf hypothesis in a Zen-like fashion. ‘Ijo’ translates as “Thing/Being”, ‘Pona’ translates as “Good/Simple”.* However, that was too clever for its own good – nobody could remember the domain name.

So my old domain was “www [dot] something good [dot] org”.

Last seen at CREAO Studio on 11 Dec 2017 22:21 UTC

A Harrogate Blogger ::

Backend: the site is run on WordPress with a customised theme. For me, this is the interesting part. The theme looks ace and I have gone overboard with the aesthetics of the site – it used to be a big floury jam tart of a thing – but, I figure I do not get the chance to go full-retard with all the other sites I manage so figure this site is built for purpose: blogging. The design of the site is to facilitate easy reading on mobile and laptop, with a mobile re-direct to AMP set up incase you are browsing on a hand-held device. However, tech willing, it is not always so – sometimes only the posts are AMP Certified.


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About 2 days ago


I have been screened for Dyslexia, whilst at uni. I came back with results showing that, yes, I qualify for extra help. However, I what happens with me is that I get carried away with an idea and type/write in appalling grammar, punctuation and spelling. It is not Dyslexia, it is a thought disorder. However, I would like to enable as many people as possible to read my site and Dyslexia can affect 30% of the population in parts of the world. With this in mind, the main body font is Open Sans, the headers are (a bit flowery) Playfair Display & the logo is a two-dimensional representation of #face.

Well, what do I do? There is a whole Blog lying just a click away explaining my meanderings through Bat-Country. If you do not want to leave a comment on the posts within this Blog – fill in the contact form below … It would be nice to hear from readers from around the world.

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Andy Backhouse
Harrogate Blogger
TreeBark Design
A Blog About Harrogate Life - Written By Harrogate's Chief Procrastinator.
Harrogate,North Yorkshire
DOB: 02/10/1981

*Thanks to help from Jan Segers for the correct translation. It had not occurred to me that I had made an error – so, it is a blessing that I no longer use the domain.

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