About Me


Hi, my name is Andy Backhouse & I have a finger in a great many pies. About time I updated this section. I work as a freelancer in design – my trade is as a web designer in Harrogate and I operate as TreeBark Design. I am married with zero kids – my wife Kathryn is a Dog Walker and Pet Sitter with her own business, Wag Walk Woof. We both live locally to our families.


That Backhouse has his head in the clouds!

– Mr. Thurlow, my GCSE Woodwork Teacher


The domain name – www.ijopona.org – is from the language of Toki Pona. Toki Pona is a constructed language, first published online in mid-2001. It was designed by translator and linguist Sonja Lang (formerly Sonja Elen Kisa) of Toronto. Toki Pona is a minimal language. Like a pidgin, it focuses on simple concepts and elements that are relatively universal among cultures. Lang designed Toki Pona to express maximal meaning with minimal complexity. The language has 14 phonemes and 120 root words. It is not designed as an international auxiliary language but is instead inspired by Taoist philosophy, among other things. The language is designed to shape the thought processes of its users, in the style of the Sapir–Whorf hypothesis in Zen-like fashion. ‘Ijo’ translates as ‘Good / Simple,’ ‘Pona’ translates as ‘Being / Thing’

Last seen at BBC Radio York on 22 May 2017 15:06 UTC

Backend: the site is run on WordPress with a custom theme. For me, this is the interesting part. The theme looks ace and I have gone overboard with the aesthetics of the site – it used to be a big floury jam tart of a thing – but, I figure I do not get the chance to go full-retard with all the other sites I manage so figure this site is built for purpose: blogging. The design of the site is to facilitate easy reading on mobile and laptop, with a mobile re-direct to AMP set up incase you are browsing on a hand-held device.



I have been screened for Dyslexia, whilst at uni, but I came back with results showing that, yes, I qualify for extra help. However, I believe all that happens with me is that I get carried away with an idea and type / write appalling grammar. However, I would like to enable as many people as possible to read my site and Dyslexia can affect 30% of the population in parts of the world. With this in mind, the main body font is Josefin Sans, the headers are Josefin Slab & the logo & blockquote is Amatic SC.

Well, what do I do? There is a whole Blog lying just a click away explaining my meanderings through Bat-Country.