3 July 2013

Let's Stay In Touch... (Farewell Google Reader - and how you can still retrieve your subscriptions until 15 July!)

Bye bye Google Reader

When I get back on a more regular posting schedule you may miss out on my posts and forget me altogether! (Heaven forefend!) So...for those of you who receive posts through Google Reader I'm sad to say that Google in it's wisdom decided to 'sunset it' on 1 July in a bid to push us all towards naff old Google+.  There is no escape. 

If ya liked my blog subscription you should have put a...a...cat decent reader on it!

All is not lost - retreive your Google Reader subscriptions until JULY 15 with Google Takeaway

If you were late to the Google Reader Exodus Party like me and worry that you've lost all your beautiful subscriptions accumulated over the years, worry not, because Google Takeaway is a handy little system they have created which allows you to download a copy of your data stored within Google products.  

And import your subscription list XML file somewhere safe, like BLOGLOVIN'!

You can follow me on BLOGLOVIN' if you fancy.  It's a fantastic, easy to use, clean looking reader. 

The lowdown from Google: 

  1. What will happen to my Google Reader data?

    All Google Reader subscription data (eg. lists of people that you follow, items you have starred, notes you have created, etc.) will be systematically deleted from Google servers. You can download a copy of your Google Reader data via Google Takeout until 12PM PST July 15, 2013.
    Google Takeaway allows you to download a copy of your data stored within Google products.
  2. Will there be any way to retrieve my subscription data from Google in the future?

    No -- all subscription data will be permanently, and irrevocably deleted. Google will not be able to recover any Google Reader subscription data for any user after July 15, 2013.

How to import your Google Reader File to Bloglovin'

Once you have your Google Reader subscriptions file safely retrieved from Google Takeaway (you'll need to log into your Google account) you can easily import it in a few clicks of a mouse to Bloglovin' (you'll need to set up an account or just link to your Facebook which will verify you as an actual person!).  

Image below to demonstrate, but all you need to do is click on the blue square with the white heart and select from the drop down list 'Import from Google Reader' and it should just go and grab it.  I did mine ages ago so can't check if it's working following GR's shut down on 1 July, but if not, you can click on the grey button entitled OPML/XML and just upload from your computer the Google Reader file you download from Google Takeaway, which should be in XML format. 

Simples, no?  

If you have any trouble with it or questions, give me a shout on Twitter and I'll try my best to help you!

You will also find me lurking around these haunts:

Follow me on FACEBOOK
Follow me on TWITTER
Follow me on PINTEREST 
Follow me on INSTAGRAM
Follow me on BLOGLOVIN'
Follow me on GOOGLE+
Follow via a Reader/RSS

I haven't set up a Google+ page yet for this blog, so it's linking to my beauty blog one which is still a hot mess.  

Back with more posts for you very soon! In the meantime why not check out my beauty blog: www.clickandmake-up.com

17 April 2013

Around London | Pop-Up Classic Movie Nights with Bea's of Bloomsbury

Back when it was almost too cold to blog, I checked out Bea's of Bloomsbury's pop-up block party style classic movie night at the back of Maltby Street under one of the railway arches. While I have to say the set up was a little more ghetto than I expected, it was only a fiver and I had a good time getting reacquainted with 80s teen classic Pretty in Pink. In warmer weather I would have had a great time!

They serve up yummy food during the film, so I helped myself to a chilli cheese dog and one of their infamous deep friend brownies.  Both were delicious if not heart attack inducing and they also have wine, beer and soft drinks on offer. 

Some of their upcoming movie nights are Grease, The Goonies, The Big Lebowski and Fight Club.  Check out the full list of events here.

Maltby Street is near London Bridge station, but as it's a little bit of a trek you could jump on a bus or just make sure you have your GPS on.  On a dark January night we felt like we were actually in some kind of gritty urban New York thriller film trying to find the place!

It's a fun place to go with a bunch of friends, and as the weather warms up, could be a date option too unless your other half is a bit of a princess! 

16 April 2013

Asia House Fair 2013

Last Thursday I popped along to a preview of the the Asia House Fair which was a fascinating little marketplace of exquisite unique hand made arts, crafts and design from Turkey to Japan.
I made a rookie mistake and turned up with a hefty camera minus one memory card, so I had to rely on my chugging old iPhone 3GS for the photos.
This was the fourth fair they've hosted and I'm definitely looking forward to 2014.  Keep your eye out on their website for updates and news on all their other events and exhibitions.

12 March 2013

Shake Shack is Coming to London!

Yes indeedy, famous cult New York burger joint Shake Shack is coming to London's Covent Garden in mid 2013.  'Citing!

The UK's first Shake Shack will be located in the Market Building near the Royal Opera House and the menu will feature all your favourites plus some London-orientated fare.  While I'm so delighted about the news, they really have missed a trick in not setting up camp here sooner while other fabulous burger joints like Patty & Bun have proliferated in the last couple of years.  Saying that, Shake Shack was only established in 2004, so kudos to them for going global nine years form inception.

Check Shake Shack out at www.shakeshack.com 

The Portobello Pearls wires have also been abuzz with the news that West Coast burger chain In-N-Out Burger are scouting for UK premises.  After my long-suffering 'Bring In-N-Out to Britain' Facebook campaign, this is music to my ears and sweet sweet milkshakes and delicious burgers to my lips!