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New way to access Flock Together data

September 19th, 2012

Following a request, I’ve made the data in FlockTogether for upcoming events and by-elections available in json format.

You can access it at

No exciting tags or switches currently. Let me know if there’s any particular information you’d like.

Sudden rush on Liberal Drinks beermats

June 21st, 2012

Liberal Drinks Beermats and a pint of beerSomewhat out of the blue, there’s been a sudden rush on Liberal Drinks beermats!

It appears that no self-respecting liberal drinking session can do without them.

The Royal Mail has hiked up prices somewhat, so I’ve had to adjust pricing a bit.

They’re now 95p for 4 beermats (a small price cut), but postage and packing has had to go up to 95p (although this stays the same no matter how many beermats you buy)!

The best way to buy them is currently online via PayPal at!


Liberal Drinks beermats

October 12th, 2011

One of the reasons for setting up Flock Together was to encourage people to organise Liberal Drinks evenings.

To help things go with a swing, we’ve just had some Liberal Drinks beermats printed.

Liberal Drinks Beermats and a pint of beer

They cost only £1 per a pack of 4, with 50p postage per order.

If you’d like to order some, they’re available at

Next stop a Lib Dem pizza knife for Pizza, pasta, poppadoms and politics?

PS: If you’d rather send a cheque, just post it to “Martin Tod, 3 Weeke Manor House, Loyd Lindsay Square, Winchester, SO22 5NB”, or if you’d rather send your payment via electronic banking, please email me for details.


And now a Google +1 button for Flock Together

June 2nd, 2011

It’s button central here at Flock Together.

Following the addition of the Twitter Follow button on Tuesday, yesterday we added a Google +1 button.

What fun…

Twitter Follow Button installed on FlockTogether

May 31st, 2011

Twitter announced their follow button earlier today.

Just so you don’t feel left out, it’s now installed on FlockTogether.

Two handy sites: Handset Detection and UserVoice

March 6th, 2011

The number one wish on the FlockTogether UserVoice pages is for a mobile version of this site.

The problem with this is that there are a LOT of mobile devices out there with a wide range of capabilities.

Fortunately, the good people at Handset Detection have come up with an incredibly simple API that means FlockTogether knows if you’re looking at it with a mobile, and knows what the capability is (screensize etc.) if you’re using a mobile.

(There are cleverer ways of doing this with installations like Tera-WURFL and WURFL – but they kept crashing my server so I gave up).

So Handset Detection it is.  All I need to do now is code the mobile version of the site!

PS: Hat-tip to browscap too – which I’m also using and which also gives useful information about the browser looking at your page.

Flock Together has signed up to help get rid of IE6 #ie6countdown

March 5th, 2011

IE6 has been a complete bane for this website. It makes any kind of design a nightmare because it’s so dated and non-compliant with standards.  It’s still 5.52% of Flock Together visits.

Fortunately, Microsoft has seen the light and is working to get rid of it.

They’ve kindly provided some code which only appears to IE6 users asking them to upgrade.

If you want to see what Flock Together looks like under IE6, then go here –

Still not a thing of beauty (and IE6 seems to be having quite a big argument with the Facebook box), but at least there’s a nice big message telling people to change browser.

Cool new ‘uservoice’ system for Flock Together

February 16th, 2011

Inspired by the example of 38degrees (who know a thing or two about these things), I’ve just signed up Flock Together to the excellent-looking uservoice system.

Click on the ‘Feedback’ tab to the left, or go directly to the Uservoice site to have your say about how Flock Together can improve and I’ll do my best (in my free time) to implement the suggested changes.

Easier to register for events + some other stuff

December 5th, 2010

I’ve updated Flock Together to make it easier and more reliable to register for events (mainly by shifting from the javascript library to the jQuery library).

Just hit one of these radio buttons:

Flock Together now also pulls any by-elections that it doesn’t already have semi-automatically off the ALDC website.

It doesn’t show them all – just the ones with contact details – but it should help keep Flock Together more easily up to date.

By-election pages now show ward maps

September 5th, 2010

Just for your info/entertainment, by-election pages now show ward/constituency boundaries.

Check out this example from St Paul’s ward, Winchester.

They also now show up if you share a page on Facebook (also from St Paul’s).

Ward icon for St Paul's - Winchester


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