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On the way up we took a detour into darkest Leeds for Jane to buy a curious recorder/clarinet hybrid from Hobgoblin Music


It’s called a Clariphone and Jane is yet to master it’s finer points – like making any sort of noise at all.

We ate Vietnamese sandwiches for lunch (this is Leeds after all) in the largest covered market in all of Europe.


We were last in Leeds mumble years ago and it’s changed beyond recognition. Actually fairly nice now.

We’d like to announce something rather wonderful. We’ve struck a deal with English Heritage to get every single English Heritage property onto Flook. Sadly, there aren’t any old robots but they do know about a lot of nuclear bunkers which is almost as good.

In the future we hope to add more EH content including all the heritagetastic events they put on at their properties. Watch the skies!

Ooops, we’ve just become the victim of our own success.

As you probably know we’re partnering with Open House today. We naievely didn’t realise quite how much traffic the event could drive to flook. Downloads up 500%, traffic through the roof – we knew there were a lot of iPhones in London but this is amazing. It’s pushed us back into the top ten travel apps overnight.

Sadly, the server robots are getting a little hot under the collar keeping up with the huge spike. We’re working on it and adding unleaded four star back into their diet but in the meantime you might see some outages and for that we apologise.

Well, as we said earlier, we’re super chuffed to be the official iPhone partner for OpenHouse London 2010. We put all the Open house venues for the 2010 event live on flook today. You can find them on the website or even better, find them on the iPhone app.

Don’t forget, until the 15th, you can still win a chance to go up the BT Tower with flook.

When we launched flook, there was a little known feature – flook score. It’s a measure of how well you’re doing at flook. flook gives you points for doing cool stuff – generally making good cards. You don’t get points for making the cards, you get points when other people like those cards – when they collect them or better when they follow you.

Trouble was, flook score was an absolute all or nothing lifetime of the universe measure of flookness. That meant that people who’d been on flook for a long time got high scores and nobody else could get near them – except for TimeLords and they don’t use iPhones.

To even things up we’ve made flookscore monthly. Hallelujah! So, here we are:

and on the magic typing television:

On the phone, you get at it from the ever diligent score-bot on the lovely purple settings tab. On the web site score is displayed on the standard community page http://flook.it/community. If you’re logged in it’ll show your score if you’re not, it’ll pester you to log in like a demented pestering thing.

Oh, as Big Steve would say; One more thing…

As I said many moons ago in front of several thousand people: “what do points mean? Points mean prizes!” to underline that fact, we’ve got a very real prize every month. Starting this month (actually yesterday) the top flooker at the end of the month will win an iPad. A real life transformational computing device from the mothership itself.

edit: I forgot to say that the competition is not open to AIC employees, AIC employees’ pets, AIC employees’ pets’ tennis partners, current contractors to AIC and @smiling-robot are not eligible to win the monthly prize.

Gosh, colour us proud and excited at the same time. Open House London has selected flook as its official mobile phone app for this year’s festival. If you don’t know, Open House is an architectural charity. As they say themselves:

The initiative is a simple but powerful concept: hundreds of great buildings of all types and periods open up their doors to all, completely for FREE. It is a truly city-wide celebration of the buildings, places and neighbourhoods where we live, work and play, and is your opportunity to get out and get under the skin of London’s amazing architecture.

Which feels to me like a very very good fit for flook and exactly the sort of thing we designed the app for in the first place.

There are just a few cards live right now – some of the key sites that you have to pre-book for. How visiting Boris’s pad or getting inside one of the largest construction projects in Europe. This is your only chance.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be adding more of the Open house sites to flook and we have some extra special news about the BT Tower

We’re pleased to welcome the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust to flook. In their own words:

Founded in 1946 by the naturalist and artist, the late Sir Peter Scott, WWT is the only UK charity with a national network of nine specialist wetland visitor centres. With over 60 years experience of wetland conservation, WWT is committed to the protection of wetlands and all that depend on them for survival.

What’s not to like about that. Nice photos too.

WWT Welney

Mission to Jupiter

We’re pleased to announce that Explore Maritime London has added all their sites to flook. Here’s what they said about it:

Discover London’s Maritime Heritage with Flook

Londoners and visitors to the capital will be able to enjoy free walking tours with Flook cards providing insights into some well known ships and some little known locations along the Thames. A partnership of London’s six historic vessels is launching Explore Maritime London – a walking guide to London’s maritime heritage at the Thames Festival in September.

‘There’s something magical about walking along the Thames and always something new to discover which makes it a perfect day out for Flookers. We really hope people will enjoy discovering its secrets with Flook – and hopefully share their own discoveries.’ Says Jessica Beverly, Curator at the Cutty Sark.
Explore Maritime London has been developed by London SHIPS (Ships of Historic Interest Partnership) which aims to provide a dedicated information service to visitors to the capital who want to find out more about the nautical attractions offered on the River Thames. The group includes HMS Belfast, Cutty Sark, Golden Hinde, Massey Shaw, SS Robin and HQS Wellington and brings together over four centuries of our nation’s great maritime history.

Explore Maritime London will be launching at the Thames Festival on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 September. Free walking tours will be available to download and include key sites such as Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site and the historic vessels based in London, as well as several locations off the regular tourist trail such as London’s only lighthouse and the home to the marine police, the oldest police force in the world.

If you’d like to explore maritime London with Flook follow LondonSHIPS on flook for the latest updates find us on Facebook or Twitter  @LondonSHIPS.

Here’s what we say about it: Yowser! Pirates! Ships! Skull and Crossbones!

Tristan has already wet his pirate outfit in excitement.

If you live in London, you should pick up the foodtastic Blue Tomato magazine today. Not just because it has lots of offers and great restaurant reviews either. This month, they’ve got a feature on flook and just why it’s the best way to find something yummy where ever you are.

In the coming weeks, you’ll also start to see Blue Tomato cards appearing on flook.