Design Furniture (Magento site)

March 18th, 2014

Another site we just designed, built & launched at Infinite Eye for Get Fully Furnished, an online contemporary design furniture shop. Developed using the Magento e-commerce platform, with a WordPress journal as well.

get fully furnished screenshot

Architects in Glasgow

March 1st, 2014

Some really nice content and images on the site we did at work with Kerr Vernon for Network 5 Architecture – Architects in Glasgow. They have done lots of stuff in Bearsden and Milngavie (where I spent my teenage years!) as well some of the regeneration work on the very cool Whisky Bond building nearer into Glasgow itself.

The site is running on WordPress.


January 14th, 2014

We just collaborated with Silhouette Design of Glasgow to make a new site for the Kilchoan Hotel in lovely Ardnamurchan, where I have spent many a wonderful holiday (in Achnaha and around) over the years.

A sheep sheltering from the sun on Sanna Bay beach, one of the most beautiful parts of the West Highlands I reckon.


New Single Page musician’s website

June 21st, 2013

At work we just launched a new site by Jill Brown, a Glasgow singer and musician

Kerr Vernon designed the stylish look of the site and it is built on WordPress in a single-page structure using child pages and some ajaxifying of the archives.

Google Plus linking up with WordPress

January 22nd, 2013

Just trying out a funky thing that should associate my Google + profile with my blog here.

this site has a good tutorial on the ins and outs of this.

Sad to say this is the first post of 2013 by me..I will have to get blogging again!


Glasgow Chess Club – “Phones”

September 9th, 2012

I play for a chess club called “Phones” in Glasgow, the West End of Glasgow to be precise.

New Glasgow Chess League season starting soon!

The new season kicks off since it is now September 2012 and people should be attending from hereon, so come along if you would like to play some chess in Glasgow.

Club address

Sikorski Polish club, 5 Parkgrove Terrace, Glasgow G3 7SD

(It’s near Kelvingrove Park – so coming via public transport in Glasgow – Take a subway to Kelvinhall or take a train to SECC Finnieston Google Map ).

We meet every Monday evening, Sept-June. Starts from 7.15pm.

Useful Links

  • I have put an ad for the club on this page with the details – Glasgow Chess club – Phones All welcome!
  • Our official Phones Chess Club page located here: However it is doing badly in Google for some reason, so hence why I made this page.
  • There are 2 other teams based in the West End of Glasgow like us – Glasgow Montrose who play at the Novotel hotel and Glasgow Polytechnic who confusingly play at Glasgow University in an old church hall. Both are friendly clubs like ours, so check them out too if you want to play some chess in Glasgow!

If you are not in or around the West End , all our clubs should still be easy to get to as we are all near a train station (for us Finnieston is best, for Montrose club Charing Cross and for Polytechnic the Partick Station or use Subway to Kelvingrove. ).

Chess Scotland website

If you want to find out ALL the Glasgow chess teams check out Chess Scotland website. They have info on chess tournaments in Glasgow and Scotland and also a list of all chess clubs in the country.

Glasgow chess clubs all play in the Glasgow Chess League, which has several divisions. We currently have a team in the First Division and would welcome players who wanted competitive matches in that team, but also players for any of our other teams too.

Get in touch & Facebook

Email me luke DOT barker AT gmail DOT com if you need any help or check out the chess in Glasgow Facebook page I run.

I am interested in starting up a Chess café in Glasgow as there are currently none, so get in touch if you are interested in that or even just in helping out!

Although I guess a lot of people play on the internet these days as it is so addictive and easy, it is of great value to play for a club or in a café as I think you learn new styles and also have the chance to play various time controls with usually people of similar strength. It can lead to playing for teams as well which is a different thing to playing as an individual and we as a club pride ourselves on the value of team chess.

Also you can have a lot of fun socialising and we have a nice bar courtesy of the kind folk of the Polish club who are alawyas welcoming to us . We thank them for that and their wonderful food too!

Good luck with your chess!

Luke, fianchetto admin.

Glasgow Botanic Gardens Fascination of Plants Day May 2012

May 11th, 2012

This Botanics Fascination of Plants Day at the Glasgow Botanic Gardens sounds pretty cool .

Now it’s Spring / Summer I seem to go through the Botanics by the River Kelvin nearly every day and is for me the best thing about living in Kelvindale.

River Kelvin here is a pic I took of Kelvinbridge.


May 3rd, 2012
Signal by lukebarker
Signal, a photo by lukebarker on Flickr.

Glasgow Botanic Gardens

May 2nd, 2012

Took some pics at the Botanic Gardens at the weekend, which is mega this time of year :-) Botanic Gardens Bridge

Kirklee Bridge over the River Kelvin

There is now a public group on Flickr which anyone can add pictures to  - and then they will show up here at the new Glasgow Botanic Gardens website , with a credit and link to original image.


April 22nd, 2012

[Event "Glasgow league"] [Site "?"] [Date "16 Jan 2012"] [Round "?"] [White "Luke b"] [Black "R montgomery"] [Result "1-0"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Bf4 g6 3. e3 Bg7 4. c3 d6 5. Nf3 O-O 6. Be2 b6 7. O-O Bb7 8. Nbd2 Nbd7 9. Nc4 c5 10. h3 Ne4 11. a4 Ndf6 12. a5 b5 13. a6 Bc6 14. Na5 Qb6 15. Nxc6 Qxc6 16. Nd2 Nxd2 17. Qxd2 c4 18. Bf3 d5 19. Qc2 e6 20. Bg5 Rab8 21. Bxf6 Bxf6 22. e4 Rfe8 23. exd5 exd5 24. b3 Rec8 25. Rab1 cxb3 26. Qxb3 Qxc3 27. Qxd5 Qxd4 28. Rxb5 Qxd5 29. Rxd5 Rb6 30. Rd7 Rc2 31. Rxa7 Ra2 32. Bd5 Raxa6 33. Rxf7 Kh8 34. Rc1 Rb8 35. Kh2 Ra1 36. Rc6 Be5+ 37. f4 Ra5 38. Bc4 Ra4 39. fxe5 g5 40. Rcc7 1-0