Mark's Musings

A miscellany of thoughts and opinions from an unimportant small town politician and bit-part web developer

Two new websites


Back in the self-promotional mood, I’ve got a couple of new websites to release to an unsuspecting public today. For a long time, I’ve been thinking that the concept used for MotorwayServices.Info could well be suitable for some other kind of review/rate site, and it ocurred to me that railway stations might be a suitable subject. So, over the past few weeks, I’ve been tinkering away at RailwayStations.Info – not exactly an original name (all the best domains were already taken!), but it does what it says on the tin and I’m now reasonably happy with how it’s working. It’s not quite the same as the MSI website, mainly because there are already plenty of other websites that provide full listings of railway stations, so this time I’ve decided to make the primary focus something that is secondary on MSI – the photos. The aim is to get at least one photograph of every railway station in Britain – that may seem a bit of an anoraky kind of concept, but I have a feeling there are enough people out there for it to work. Have a look if you want – it’s at

On a totally different note, I was looking at the Prime Minister’s E-Petitions website the other day and having a laugh at some of those which totally failed to get any support whatsoever. I decided that some of these were too good – in the sense of being so bad that they’re good – to let them just get buried in the depths of the official site, so I’ve created A Minority of One as a place to display them and allow people to comment on them. Unlike RailwayStations.Info, this was just thrown together in an afternoon using WordPress as a CMS – the only custom code is a short script to add new petitions to the site. My favourite so far, in terms of demonstrating no clue at all, is a petition to ban peer to peer technology.

Railway Stations
A Minority of One