Yes, yes...I know. First post of 2013 its in February! It also carries an important request for help too, so please keep reading.
In my defence, albeit a poor one, I have been fighting some crappy illness for about three months. Every day from mid afternoon to early evening it feels as if I have flu and I just cannot shift it. I have been better these last few weeks but have been trying to catch up with club stuff, the club AGM, Broadside business and then, just as I was getting a grip (oo-er), the club website came crashing down!!!
Some git in Malaysia hacked (git) the site in early January but we manged to rescue it, at least our provider did. I had just enough time to get it up to date again when we were hacked into (git) a second time! Our Internet provider looked into it again but this time the hosting company (gets complicated, don't it) decided that we were a major infection risk and shut the site down! They were concerned that our site would allow the hacker (git) to gain access to their other sites so down we went. It now seems that we have become a bit of a piggy-in-the-middle between the provider and the host company as they try to sort things out. The site will not be released until the hosts are convinced we are clean again...I feel so dirty. Meanwhile, we are left site-less and have a major wargame show to organise and promote just four months away!!!!
The great guys at the Maidstone Wargame Society and Brigade Models then came to our rescue! Hurrah!!!! They offered us a page on the Brigade Models site for us to advertise Broadside, all we had to do was temporarily redirect our own site to take visitors to this new page....easy. The new page was built and the site redirected.....but nothing happened...nothing!!!! The hosts had shut us down so completely we couldn't even redirect!!! So much time, effort and energy wasted.
So, where are we now? The site has had to be downloaded onto a disk and sent to the hosts by our providers, they will then work some technical jiggery-pokery and clean the site of whatever nasty the hacker (git) put into to it and then, hopefully, upload it back onto the web...where I will have to spend an age updating everything, the main program engine, all of the add-on modules, passwords and every file added and added to since the last safe back up. The last I heard (Tuesday afternoon) was that the damn disk was still in transit to the hosts!
To get us through this rough time, I have adapted this blog site to also carry up to date Broadside news; see the extra labels under the main title picture. The direct link is http://leofwinewargamerson.blogspot.co.uk/p/broadside-2013.html . We have also created a special Facebook page to cover Broadside and need as many people to 'Like' this as possible http://www.facebook.com/BroadsideShow
Please, please can as many of you as possible pass on this new data and keep an eye on the two sites to increase our reach.
It could well be that our site is back up and running sooner than later, but this has been a bit of an eye opener for us and we will keep these back-ups in place whatever happens. damn, life gets complicated!!
The club held its AGM on Saturday. Usually, we run it during one of our evening meetings but this takes up valuable playing time! So, we decided to hold it as a special event.....in the Woolpack Inn, Iwade...and have a pint and a meal while we were at it; obviously! This proved to be a major success, twelve out of fourteen members took part...unheard off attendance no doubt encouraged by the fact that it was all free...and, importantly, we got a lot of stuff done too.
Talk wandered to a possible game for Broadside 2014 - can't say anymore, obviously, but it has been causing a lot of emails! The meeting should have ended with the singing of the official club song, led by the Club Secretary...but this was missed out following a request by the Woolpack Inn staff...a dozen enthusiastic wargamers talking shop is scary enough for the normal people enjoying a quiet lunch time as it is. In hindsight, perhaps we should consider something more....traditional? Something for the next AGM perhaps? What do you think?
Official Club Song of the Milton Hundred Wargames Club;
Isn't it awfully nice to have a penis?
Isn't it frightfully good to have a dong?
It's swell to have a stiffy,
It's divine to own a dick.
From the tiniest little todger
To the world's biggest prick!
So three cheers for your willy or John Thomas.
Hooray for your one-eyed trousers snake.
Your piece of pork, your wife's best friend,
Your Percy or your cock.
You can wrap it up in ribbons,
You can slip it in your sock.
Just don't take it out in public,
Or they will put you in the dock
...And you won't