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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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2012’s Cider – “Lisia Melange”

Nov 24, 12 2012’s Cider – “Lisia Melange”

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I’ve finally racked off and bottled this years cider called “Lisia Melange”

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