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In Uncategorized on February 27, 2012 at 9:45 pm

Unfortunately still no blog today, as struggling with an eye infection, so bright lights and using computers are far from ideal.


Hopefully back tomorrow with a normal blog if I can shake this off.



In Uncategorized on February 26, 2012 at 3:49 pm

Unfortunately no blog today, as struggling with an eye infection, so bright lights and using computers are far from ideal.


Hopefully back tomorrow with a normal blog if I can shake this off.


In Uncategorized on February 25, 2012 at 4:14 pm

Last night, we had Paul (Bridges) 30th birthday party in a hall in Hither Green. He had a band called “Phase 3”, which were pretty good, but because of the venue, the band and and the age of the people (including us), it was like watching an episode of Phoenix Nights.


Thankfully though it was “Phase 3” rather than the racist folk band “Half a Shilling” from Peter Kaye’s classic and an absolute brilliant evening was had by all.

Unfortunately I still felt rough, which put a damper on the evening for me.

Today has been worse, as after visiting the pharmacist, the optician, Sutton Eye Hospital and St. Helier Hospital, The NHS system has now finally confirmed that I have an eye infection, so now on anti-biotics. Just about sums up my week!

So in a Bridget Jones style:

1 x sprained ankle (has stopped me playing football and running)
1 x man flu (took me out for 3 days)
Several cold sores
1 x eye infection

February has been a dreadful month for fitness considering I was supposed to start my bike training. Roll on March!

In terms of yesterday’s birthday inspired quote, it was Benjamin Franklin and the Lyrics were Kayne West and Celebration.

No quote or lyrics today, but hopefully back tomorrow.


In Uncategorized on February 24, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Back to work today. Phew! Do I feel any better? No!

Funny felt good last night, but not so good today, which is a real shame, as have a 30th party this evening!


Yes you’ve guessed correct. It’s not mine, but one of our best friends, Paul Bridges, who we wish all the best for today.

Last night I had the pleasure of being involved in a # consumerisation debate on twitter, which was interesting while it lasted. Made up for missing out on the event on Wednesday and made me realise I should do this more often. Cool simple fun.

Was a tough day at work today. One of those days when you know you’ve got an email backlog of 3 days to get through, but you end up at the end of the day with the same amount outstanding. Doh!

The only bright spot was seeing the global Wi-Fi proof of concept shown to me by Carlos (Farinha) and Fawad (Malik), which was simple and effective, which is exactly what I wanted.

As I sit down to finish off this blog, which I am rushing because I’m off to the party soon, I realise that i can see a large section of my weekend being filled with catching up on emails, as I’m out of the office at Henley Business School on Monday and Tuesday for a management meeting!

In terms of yesterday’s teachers inspired quote, it was Confucius and the Lyrics were of course Madness and Baggy Trousers. Detection beckons for Jill and Craig Lawrence, as well as Philip Lengthorn.

Today’s quote and Lyrics are inspired by birthdays. I’d expect Paul’s sister, Nicola, also a teacher, to excel here.

“At twenty years of age, the will reigns; at thirty, the wit; and at forty, the judgement”.

“But, I just thought you should know
We hit the liquor store
Got some Cris and some Mo
And we about to let it floooooow
Had some problems before
But see we let em go
Got an ounce of that dro
And we about to let it bloooooow “.


In Uncategorized on February 23, 2012 at 2:17 pm

My 3rd day of sickness and going mad. Hate it when things are piling up at work yet I know I am not fully back to strength, as I made the mistake today of getting embroiled in a couple of things and felt totally exhausted after!


Bizarrely, although my blog has had limited content this week, I’ve still had plenty of readers, so many thanks for that. The lesson is that the less I write, the more you read. Hmm. Might be telling me something here!

Although I am not meant to be working today, it’s given me the opportunity to fully exploit our remote working application, Good, which I have not mentioned for a few days. I’ve only mentioned it today, as it is now our most used remote working tool, with over 350 staff now using it. Quite a success for the team and a savour for me trying to clear some of my email and approval backlogs before I hopefully return tomorrow.

In terms of yesterday’s Brit themed quote, it was Rizzle KIcks, and the Lyrics were of course Blur (with My Phil Daniels) and Parklife. If you are over 40 and did not get this, I am astonished!

Today’s quote and Lyrics are inspired by teachers, as we had Georgina’s parents evening and it seems most of my cousins are now in this profession. If they do not get both, it’s got to be detention for them!

“If I am walking with two other men, each of them will serve as my teacher. I will pick out the good points of the one and imitate them, and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself”.

“Naughty boys in nasty schools
headmasters breaking all the rules
Having fun and playing fools
Smashing up the woodwork tools
All the teachers in the pub
Passin’ round the ready rub
tryin’ not to think of when
the lunch time bell will ring again”.


In Uncategorized on February 22, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Today I’ve been off work sick again with a fever and associated heavy cold! This blog is the first I’ve written whilst in bed, as I’ve not left my bed all day!


At least today, I’ve not been in ear shot of that Kyle programme!

As there’s limited material for my blog today, I can take the opportunity to wish my sister-in-law Tracey a very happy birthday, as well as belated wishes to one of my best mates, Lew, for his birthday on Monday.

On this day in 1997, Dolly the sheep was cloned. I’m not sure what impact this has had on society?

Today’s quote and lyrics are in honour of the Brits winners!

My quote for the day. Yesterday was Henry David Thoreau.

“We’d come across as a knob if we say ‘we should have been nominated’ but these things happen, maybe the timings are weird?”.

And my lyrics. Yesterday was Beatles and “Hard Days night”.

“It’s got nothing to do with vorsprung durch technic you know
And it’s not about you joggers who go round and round and round”.


In Uncategorized on February 21, 2012 at 1:31 pm

After an horrible nights sleep and feeling even worse this morning, I was sick today and off work.

I hate being sick and off work, as laying at home feeling sorry for yourself is rubbish. Especially when all you can do is subject yourself to Jeremy Kyle and the lonely sad people that appear on the show for their bit of fame!


It also means that everything I planned to do for today has to be rescheduled and fitted in at another time. Frustrating!

Hence a very dull blog today (any different to normal), as nothing happened at all, apart from having a runny nose, ear ache and fever!

Also looks like I am going to miss the Corporate IT Forum consumerisation event tomorrow, unless I make a miraculous recovery. Been looking forward to this! On this note, I forgot to mention last week that SThree have been short listed in the partnership category for their 8th Real IT Awards. Quite an honour!

My quote for the day. A bonus point for getting the person. Yesterday was of course Bill Gates.

“There is one consolation in being sick; and that is the possibility that you may recover to a better state than you were ever in before”.

And my lyrics. Yesterday was Coldplay and “Fix You”.

“You know I work all day
To get you money to buy you things
And it’s worth it just to hear you say
You’re going to give me everything
So why on earth should I moan
Because when I get you alone
You know I feel okay

When I’m home everything seems to be right
When I’m home feeling you holding me tight
Tight, yeah”.


In Uncategorized on February 20, 2012 at 6:53 pm

Today I was at a little software company in Reading called Microsoft. Apparently they have a product called Windows and you can really do some neat letter writing stuff in a application called Word!


They bought us lunch, which I felt really guilty about and then they took the opportunity to tell us about one or two of their other products.

It was funny, as although most of the Thames Valley Park belongs to them, Matt (Cook) had trouble finding the building we were in!

Today we were looking at Forefront and Duet, which is their SAP integration product fronted with SharePoint. Some interesting stuff for the future, but maybe also in the short term,

Unfortunately today, I felt rough (full blown running nose cold symptoms). Not good, as both a busy work and social diary ahead this week!

Will be an early night tonight, as really need to be on my game over the next few days!

At least Thomas might have saved me some shopping hours with finding me a pair of shoes (online) for the wedding, although still need to find myself a suit deal somewhere (any ideas, let me know).

My quote for the day. A bonus point for getting the person. Yesterday’s was the words of Alfred Hitchcock.

“At Microsoft there are lots of brilliant ideas but the image is that they all come from the top – I’m afraid that’s not quite right.”.

And my lyrics. Yesterday was the Supremes and “Baby Love”.

“When you try your best, but you don’t succeed
When you get what you want, but not what you need
When you feel so tired, but you can’t sleep
Stuck in reverse

And the tears come streaming down your face
When you lose something you can’t replace
When you love someone but it goes to waste
Could it be worse?”.


In Uncategorized on February 19, 2012 at 7:23 pm

We had a great night at my Aunty Linda’s last night and caught up with my slightly younger cousin Paul (over from China) and my youngest cousin Grace (4 months). Sorry Paul, but Grace is much cuter, albeit less chatty at this stage!

Unfortunately Millwall went out of the FA cup yesterday with a bit of a whimper! Now we can concentrate on the league!

Today I went to Kingston hell bent on finding some shoes for my nieces wedding and some suits for work. I ended up bringing back a loaf of bread!

This afternoon, I decided to install our new BT router, as well as tidy up the children’s laptops (backups, anti-virus etc). 3 hours later this seemed like a good idea, but I guess it’s one way to spend Sunday evening!

Saying that, as I write, Grainne has just presented me with a large piece of home made sponge cake! Washed down with a lovely mug of tea. As my dad would say, “handsome”.


My quote for the day. A bonus point for getting the person. Yesterday’s was the words of George Eliot.

“A lot of movies are about life, mine are like a slice of cake”.

And my lyrics. Yesterday was Sister Sledge and “We are family”.

“I need you, oh how I need you
But all you do is treat me bad
Break my heart and leave me sad
Tell me, what did I do wrong
To make you stay away so long”.


In Uncategorized on February 18, 2012 at 11:35 am

Last night was a late night (finally went to bed at 4pm), but I never even went out! The joys of waiting up for Grainne and Thomas to come in from a big night out!

Today is the start of the FA cup 5th round games with Millwall entertaining Bolton at the New Den. Come on the wall (always nice to dream of the impossible happening)!


Whilst waiting in last night, I updated our anti virus protection on our laptop with BT Net Protect (pretty impressive considering this is free with BT Broadband option 3 and can be installed on 7 devices). Seems to be much better than the free AVG product I’ve been using.

Of course this was in between spending some time on line playing Wii Mario with Georgina. What fun! Especially when we doubled up and took out poor old “Larry” in a number of races!

Today, whilst listening to Chelsea struggle to beat Birmingham (hee hee), I upgraded our Tom Tom to the latest all singing, all dancing new version (well updated speed cameras and some other stuff)!

Tonight we have a family get together. Although I cannot promise Zippy, fish and chips or Chas and Dave this week, I’m sure I will have some fun for my blog tomorrow.

My quote for the day. A bonus point for getting the person. Yesterday’s was the words of Franz Liszt.

“What greater thing is there for human souls than to feel that they are joined for life – to be with each other in silent unspeakable memories”.

And my lyrics. Yesterday was T’pau and “China in your hands”.

“Everyone can see we’re together
As we walk on by
{And} And we flock just like birds of a feather
I won’t tell no lie

{All} All of the people around us they say
“Can they be that close?”
Just let me state for the record
We’re givin’ love in a family dose”.

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