A new website goes live

Well, it’s been months in the planning, and has taken up a lot of my IT guru, Philip Jones’ time, but here it is, everyone – my new look website. The amazing background artwork comes from the incredibly talented Steve Stone, my cover artist. He was very generous in supplying the piece, which is the basis for the new book cover.

This overhaul has all been timed of course to tie in with the release of Hannibal: Enemy of Rome. Not all of the functionality is there yet – I don’t think the FB or Twitter buttons work yet, but they’ll be up in about a week or ten days. Exhausted by his efforts on my site, Philip is taking a well-earned break. Cheers, Philip – you’re a star.

The content of the site has changed somewhat, but not that much. The pressure is on me now to update it all in time for 9 June. Anyway, have a look around, press buttons, enjoy, tell me if something’s not working. And most of all, tell your friends to have a look!

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  1. John Salter
    Posted 20 May 2011 at 15:48 | Permalink

    Wow! Thought I’d come to the wrong place for a second there Ben, nice site. Can we still access the old messages/blogs etc?

  2. benkane
    Posted 20 May 2011 at 15:52 | Permalink

    @John: you should be able to. I’m glad you like it. Please have a look around and try to find faults, if there are any to be found!

  3. annis
    Posted 22 May 2011 at 03:22 | Permalink

    Top stuff! A nice clean look, and the artwork is stunning. I love those elephants 🙂

  4. benkane
    Posted 22 May 2011 at 10:25 | Permalink

    @annis: thanks! I like them too.

  5. Posted 23 May 2011 at 21:34 | Permalink

    Any chance to change the font of the blog away from that italic look? It’s VERY difficult to read.

    (My poor eyes aren’t what they were 20 years ago 😉 )

  6. benkane
    Posted 24 May 2011 at 07:22 | Permalink

    @Gabriele: Sorry to hear that. Not sure. IT man away on hols for 10 days. Will ask when he gets back.

  7. Warlord
    Posted 25 May 2011 at 20:28 | Permalink

    Really love the new background. Sort of reminds me of the video game Rome Total War. It looks very cool.

  8. benkane
    Posted 25 May 2011 at 23:01 | Permalink

    @Warlord: welcome and thanks for posting on my site. It’s getting overwhelmingly positive remarks.

    Ah – Rome Total War – a game I have never tried. Not that I don’t want to – it’s just that I would become a hermit-like creature who only comes up for air every day or two…

  9. Norabatiatus
    Posted 26 May 2011 at 09:55 | Permalink

    Excellent new site, looking forward to reading the new book,keep up the good work.

  10. benkane
    Posted 26 May 2011 at 09:57 | Permalink

    @Norabatiatus: Welcome to my website! Thanks! I hope you enjoy the new book.

    Do I detect a certain Spartacus influence in your username? 😉

  11. Norabatiatus
    Posted 26 May 2011 at 11:00 | Permalink

    Yes you are quite right the house of Batiatus mingled with last of the summer wine,perhaps I should have spelt it Norabattyatus lol.

  12. benkane
    Posted 26 May 2011 at 11:06 | Permalink

    @Norabatiatus: 🙂 Last of the Summer Wine jokes completely lost on me, sorry! A character called Nora??

    Been watching Spartacus: Blood and Sand? I now have the first series on DVD. I somehow have to discipline myself not to watch until I’ve finished Spartacus The Gladiator (which will be coming out in the UK in early 2012). It will be a reward once I have – in a month or so. Argghh.

  13. Norabatiatus
    Posted 26 May 2011 at 13:09 | Permalink

    Yes watched both series,enjoyed every episode.Nora Batty is a character from last of the summer wine,an old battleaxe with wrinkly stockings who liked to hit people with a brush.She would have got into the Ludus without a problem probably rising to champion of Capua.

  14. benkane
    Posted 26 May 2011 at 13:13 | Permalink

    @Norabatiatus: Ah, now I get the Norabattyatus joke! LOL! A champion granny gladiator, now that would be worth watching.

    Very glad that the Spartacus’ series are good. Such a shame that Andy Whitfield has cancer, eh? He won’t be able to film the third series, I don’t think. I hope he makes it 🙁

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