Giles Dring

Welcome to my personal website. Who am I again?


Here is my most recent blog post, or browse through the full archive. My most recent posts are listed .

Yak shaving

Over the years I’ve spent an inordinate amount of time on seemingly useless activity. This has, more often than not, been ultimately useful. Sometimes I beat myself up about this tinkering: it can feel like I’m falling down a hole. That said, recast as continuing professional development (which it definitely could be in many cases), it doesn’t look so bad, somehow.


Here is a small selection of personal projects.

Hebden Rising

My town suffered two serious floods in the summer of 2012. I created a website to help connect the community of shoppers and shopkeepers. I intend to develop this site further when time permits.


From time to time I create something useful for a specific purpose. These often find repeated use, and I’m sharing them here in case they are of interest to you. I call these toys, in reference to the Birmingham toy trade of the 18th Century.