“News” Probably Going Away

7th September, 2010: Posted by glpease in Site News

I’ve been thinking that it just doesn’t really make a lot of sense to have a dedicated News (this) page in addition to the Briar & Leaf Chronicles, so I’m just going to fold content that would normally go in here into the Chronicles from now on, and mark it with a news tag. I don’t think this will impact anyone except me, who will now have one less thing to manage, which is good. For me. If it’s really not good for you, make a comment, and I may reconsider, but in the meanwhile, you’ll find newsy updates in the Chronicles. Hopefully, this will encourage me to keep everything more current.

So, when the News button disappears from the pages, those who read here will know why, and those who don’t, won’t care.

-glp

Finding a Retailer, Part Deux - New List Up

13th July, 2009: Posted by glpease in Site News

It took a little longer than I’d anticipated, and I fear the list is not yet complete, but it’s a good starting point, and it’ll be easier to keep it current, so, I’ll leave my fanatical obsession for completeness at the door, and present the Where to Buy list. It’s also accessible from all the tobacco pages, as well as from the front page. I actually published it on Friday, and already, some of you sneaky scoundrels have found it. Statistics indicate that it’s been seen in a dozen countries. Nice to see that so many of you pay such close attention! ;) Cheers!

-glp

Finding a Retailer

1st July, 2009: Posted by glpease in Site News

Over the next few days, I’ll be putting together a page listing all the stockists of G.L. Pease blends. I had one once, but it got horribly out of date as new shops came on-board with the blends, and others disappeared from the face of the planet (always a sad thing). Since I couldn’t seem to to get things synchronized, I turned off the page. Then, I forgot about it. Time to fix that.

There is a useful resource on-line for finding tobacconists in your area, sponsored by the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailer’s Association (IPCPR). From this page, click on a state, and all member tobacconists are listed by city. Of course, not all of them carry our blends.
If your favorite local retailer does not stock what you want, you can always ask them to order for you, and we strongly encourage the patronage of the local shops. The Brick and Mortar tobacconist is still the life-blood of our hobby, and we all need to do everything we can to help keep them in business, especially in these times of increasing pressures against tobacco of all forms. Of course, these days a lot of cities don’t have the luxury of a local tobacconist’s, as many have already been forced to close their doors, and many customers have no choice but to order on-line. Fortunately, there are many excellent shops with Internet presence that can fill that void, but let’s do what we can to keep that void from widening.

Whenever possible, please support your local. When the stockist list is ready, I’ll post an item here.
-glp

I Truly DESPISE Spammers

12th November, 2008: Posted by glpease in Site News

There are no words¬† strong enough, no punishment sufficient, no fiery hole deep enough for those whose contemptable little lives are spent making other people’s on-line experience miserable; hacking websites, clogging the plaque-packed arteries, the¬† “Tangled-up Tubes” of the internet with SPAM, or flooding BLOG driven content, like this one, with nonsense comments, just to be funny. Word.

Cutting off their hands with a dulled, serrated bread knife would be kindness in comparison with the sort of torment I would choose to visit upon these infantile, narcissistic ass-hats if I was King of the World. Boiling oil comes to mind. Drawing and quartering. Keel-hauling under the hull of a ship festooneed with very large barnacles. All of the above. Read more…»

A New Look

18th August, 2007: Posted by glpease in Site News

The other day, I was looking over the site, and realized just how badly it was in need of a serious face-lift. The pages weren’t consistent, and the overall presentation just wasn’t up to contemporary standards, not to mention the fact that some of the text were just bloody difficult to read.

So, I went to work. I changed the styling of the Chronicles and News pages a little first, and then applied the same design cues to the most of the rest of the site. The overhaul is not quite complete, yet; there are still a few features that need some attention, but they’ll come in time. I’ve also added some additional content in some places, and updated the page for the 2008 calendar. Pfew…

I hope you like the new look as much as I do. There are a couple of old features missing, but it’s only temporary. They’ll be back. If you’ve got links to pipe reviews and so on, they’ll continue to work, at least for now, and all the collection pages are still on-line. I had NO idea how large the site had become over the past 8 years! But, rest assured, I’m working on it…

Now, for those who have lobbed their guesses into the court as to what I’m working on, I’m not throwing any bones. It will remain my little secret until it’s close to completion. Ain’t I evil?

Still More Changes - Briar & Leaf Chronicles

8th June, 2007: Posted by glpease in Site News

I’ve converted the articles from the Briar & Leaf Chronicles to WordPress, and changed the link on the main page. I’m excited about this change, bringing the Chronicles and the News page a little more in line with modernity, and it’ll be easier to maintain. I hope you’ll find it easier, too. Link.

Now, all I have to do is make it look all pretty and stuff…

Changes to the Site

8th June, 2007: Posted by glpease in Site News

Those of you who are reading this have already sussed out that I’ve moved the news page out of the old HTML format, and into the 21st Century. Powered by WordPress, this format will make it much easier for me to maintain, and will, at last, allow RSS subscriptions. It’s about bloody time, eh? So, if you want to receive news via RSS, use the subscription button that’s somewhere “down there,” and you’re golden. Read more…»