Humphrey the Happy Hippy Tortoise

Round these parts the period between christmas and new year is a time for turning the house upside down and trying to get rid of most of the rubbish that we’ve accumulated over the previous twelve months. My part in that is often going through the piles of paperwork in the study, filing the stuff… Continue reading Humphrey the Happy Hippy Tortoise

Not Dead

I know it’s been very quiet round here, but I’m still here. I’ve just been off on holiday for a couple of weeks. I was cruising around the Baltic. There will be stories and photos arriving soon. I just need a couple of days to get a bit more organised.

A Life Well Documented

Recently I realised that two seemingly completely different projects were, in fact, both facets of the same project. They both led me to putting more detail about my history into web sites and (once they are complete) this will mean that my life will become far better documented. The first project started when I dug… Continue reading A Life Well Documented

Boxing Day Walk

I know I’m about five years later than everyone else in discovering the joys of a GPS receiver, but I’m really enjoying having one in my G1. Here’s our Boxing Day afternoon stroll around Tooting Common. More details on the InstaMapper web site. We saw parakeets. I’ve known there are wild parakeets on the common… Continue reading Boxing Day Walk

Breaking Radio Silence

It’s been a bit quiet round here for the last week or so. Sorry about that. I was busy in other areas. I spent the last week in Copenhagen, speaking at YAPC::Europe. Over four days I gave three short talks and a full day training session. It good to catch up with a number of… Continue reading Breaking Radio Silence


It’s been a week of anniversaries. Wednesday was the tenth anniversary of the first meeting. And last night we had our tenth anniversary meeting. But for me personally, today is an even bigger anniversary. It was twenty years ago today that I started my first “real” job. I hope you won’t be too bored… Continue reading Anniversaries