Google changed the way code is authorised to access applications through their API. This meant that the PHP code GF had written a few years ago stopped working in the summer. The Christmas break has given him time to address the problem with a totally different approach.
Blogger allows the Gorse Fox to export (or backup) his blog. This file contains all of the information he needs to extract the relevant data and update his meta-blog (this latter blog is not published, but is managed a set of digital diaries going back to the 1960s and hosted on his server).
It has been a bit of a devil to get the various bits of code developed and working - but now he has a model that he can use for a number of house-keeping tasks.