Travelling with kids – it is NOT easy, but it is worth it.

The thing about working in startups is that sometimes, as you become the kind of person that makes up a part of the senior team, you have to put the company ahead of your own needs and your own self. As the Head of Engineering at Zipmatch I had, from the beginning, had an honest […]

Pictures first, words to follow…

Our Man in Makati..?

So, finally, after two and a half weeks of being here – a BLOG POST! We arrived in the Philippines after a remarkably easy journey… Seriously both Lee-Anne and I were experiencing a considerable amount of anxiety over how the kids would fare with two eight hour flights back to back, but they were fantastic […]

“How blessed am I?” or “Having awesome friends is awesome”

I first became friends with Jim and Liz by dint of being friends with their daughter Sarah.  I have written before of the delightful welcome they offered to me when I tipped up at their home in Saint John, New Brunswick, on the eve of Sarah’s wedding in August, 2008.  As a complete stranger to […]

And so a new chapter begins…

Over the last three weeks (or so) I have been living a very lovely, if utterly unrealistic, existence. I have been on paternity leave, spending every day with my wonderful wife, our delightful daughter, and our brand new baby son; it may have been hard work, but it has been a real joy as well. […]

Castles in the sky…

I had a lovely weekend with my beautiful wife, this last weekend gone. We disappeared into the heart of rural Wales, visited castles, hung out and generally unplugged from our hectic life for forty-eight hours; it was marvelous. Here is a picture that I took, just to give you some idea of the amount of […]

Notes from an even smaller island…

…hopefully Bill Bryson will forgive the shameless poaching / plagiarism inherent in my using that title (above!), and we can move on to other things – call that a pre-emptive diffusing of flamebait, ok? Anyway, I arrived in The TRNC – The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus – on Saturday evening, on time amazingly after […]

So, it turns out that I am still not even managing to post on WEEKLY basis…

It’s been a busy week… What with the car drama – my alternator died and on it’s way to Hell it cooked my battery – and getting ready to go to Belgium, not to mention the second week of “Sprint 0” at work I’ve not really felt as though my feet touched the floor… I […]

Bikes, boxes, bags and bookends…

So I’m back at work; please may I have a second weekend to get over the first one..? It was lovely to see Mum and Dad, to see Chorley and the ‘Ole Homestead, but this weekend was by no means a relaxing diversion. It started with a wrong turn…  I came off the train in […]

The Odyssey Continues…

So, work finished and I was back on the bike between White City and Euston…  First of all, I have realised that Notting Hill has the word “hill” in its name for a reason!  Still, the ride went well until I made a miscalculation at Marylebone High Street and had to dismount and cross Euston Road […]

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