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Festung Guernsey

Jul 02, 13 Festung Guernsey

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A short video entitled “Festung Guernsey” (Fortress Guernsey) showing a restored battery on the south coast of Guernsey. Guernsey and the Channel Islands was very much a part of Hitler’s Atlantic wall, his attempt to fortify the coast of Europe from Norway to Spain against allied invasion.

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Herm

Jun 29, 13 Herm

Posted by in Channel Islands

Spent a glorious day in Herm with Annelies’ Mum & Dad. I’d quite forgotten how absolutely beautiful this little island...

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Sark

Jun 25, 13 Sark

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Had a fantastic week in Sark with Annelies’ Mum & Dad. Wasn’t always sunny … but was relaxing and a huge amount of fun!...

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The 2013 Muratti … go green lions !

May 18, 13 The 2013 Muratti … go green lions !

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Went to the 2013 Muratti final today at “the Track”. It was a sweet 2-1 win for Guernsey over the old enemy Jersey ! The ball used in the final was rather spectacularly parachuted in by by 3 soldiers from the “Princes of Wales Regiment” who landed on the pitch and presented it to the...

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Another Lazy Sunday Afternoon…

May 12, 13 Another Lazy Sunday Afternoon…

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… of light armed combat and skirmishing with Tubbs & Elliot. FANTASTIC FUN and I got to try out my new British Army surplus Mk7 helmet ! 😀

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Touring the bulb fields in the Noordoostpolder

May 10, 13 Touring the bulb fields in the Noordoostpolder

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We had an excellent day touring the bulb fields in the Noordoostpolder.(Holland’s “oldest new land”… reclaimed from the sea in 1939). The vast openness of the huge open fields and sky was almost...

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Fietsen in Nederland*

May 09, 13 Fietsen in Nederland*

Posted by in Holland, Travel

*Cycling in the Netherlands We spent the day cycling from Oldebroek to nearby Elburg a round trip of about 17kms(10.5 miles). Nothing can truly reflect the vast openness and bucolic beauty of the Dutch countryside. None the less I’ve tried to show a part of it in this short film of our trip...

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Zandsculpturenfestijn*

May 06, 13 Zandsculpturenfestijn*

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*Sand Sculpture festival Back in springtime Holland again … prachtig !! (beautiful). We spent a very enjoyable day with Ma en Pa van Emous visiting a sand sculpture exhibition in Garderen … most...

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Just your average Sunday afternoon

Apr 07, 13 Just your average Sunday afternoon

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Just your Sunday lunch with the family, followed by armed combat with BB guns in the afternoon!

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Should’ve gone to Specsavers … Red Dragon Ball

Feb 03, 13 Should’ve gone to Specsavers … Red Dragon Ball

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Fortunately WE DID ! …. And what a spectacular evening it was. The 2013 Red Dragon Ball was Specsavers bi-annual ball for the 500+ Guernsey staff, plus partners.

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The Tostevin Clan Gathering

Dec 29, 12 The Tostevin Clan Gathering

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For the first time in many years we gathered the Tostevin clan together. It was a fantastic evening and great chance to catch up with Uncle’s, Aunts and cousins (1st & 2nd) many of whom I’ve not seen in years. A great laugh was had by all … and I’m hoping it won’t be so long until we all meet up again !...

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Sleek new beauty – my new iPhone 5

Dec 22, 12 Sleek new beauty – my new iPhone 5

Posted by in General Tech Stuff, Tech Stuff

What a beauty … my new iPhone 5, fast, sexy & sleek .. and very light...

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Learning to Let Go – Self Organising Systems

Dec 14, 12 Learning to Let Go – Self Organising Systems

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We like to think that things that work well come about through good organisation, rigorous planning and strong front led management. But is this really true ? If we look at nature there’s some excellent examples of self-organising systems that “just seem to work”. Can we learn from this and learn to “let go” ?

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“May the Scrum be with you”

Nov 30, 12 “May the Scrum be with you”

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I’ve just completed a 2 day Scrum Master course in London and yesterday took my exam which I passed … so I’m now a Certified Scrum master and full member of the Scrum Alliance … which sounds like something out of Star Wars! 😀 I’ve now joined my fellow Scrum Masters in the Scum Alliance namely : Mr Kieran ‘Lord of the Scrum’ Brennan and Jon ‘ScrumWalker’ Hawtree. Young Scrum padawan Mr Tuck ‘Scrumbacca’ Cheang is yet to take the test but will join soon I’m sure! More about Scrum ... Scrum Is an Innovative Approach to Getting Work Done Scrum is an agile framework for completing complex projects. Scrum originally was formalized for software development projects, but works well for any complex, innovative scope of work. The possibilities are endless. The Scrum framework is deceptively simple. The Scrum Framework in 30 Seconds A product owner creates a prioritized wish list called a product backlog. During sprint planning, the team pulls a small chunk from the top of that wishlist, a sprint backlog, and decides how to implement those pieces. The team has a certain amount of time, a sprint, to complete its work – usually two to four weeks – but meets each day to assess its progress (daily scrum). Along the way, the ScrumMaster keeps the team focused on its goal. At the end of the sprint, the work should be potentially shippable, as in ready to hand to a customer, put on a store shelf, or show to a stakeholder. The sprint ends with a sprint review and retrospective. As the next sprint begins, the team chooses another chunk of the product backlog and begins working again. The cycle repeats until enough items in the product backlog have been completed, the budget is depleted, or a deadline arrives. Which of these milestones marks the end of the work is entirely specific to the project. No matter which impetus stops work, Scrum ensures that the most valuable work has been completed when...

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