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La Bonne Vie

May 06, 11 La Bonne Vie

Posted by in Holland-Paris-Provence 2011

Our hotel room, although the size of a large closet, even has a very small balcony which we can sit on overlooking some typically Parisienne street life, cafes and terraces (tres chic :- D) We’ve thrown ourselves into Paris with abandon combining some regular touristy stuff with some “haute culture”. Over our 3...

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Tot Ziens Oldebroek … Bonjour Paris

May 03, 11 Tot Ziens Oldebroek … Bonjour Paris

Posted by in Holland-Paris-Provence 2011

Goodbye Oldebroek and hello Paris. We took the train from Oldebroek in Holland to Roterdam, from which we took the high speed Thalys train and … bingo, 2.5 hours later we’re in “la belle Paris” … Amazing! An hour after that we were walking along the banks of the river Seine admiring the huge gothic...

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Terschelling

May 01, 11 Terschelling

Posted by in Holland-Paris-Provence 2011

We’re in the lovely, but windswept, island of Terschelling for a couple of days with Ma en Pa. It’s a totally charming place, “heel gezellig” as the Dutch would say (“very cozy”). It’s about twice the size of Guernsey but only has a population of 4,000 … most of it though is sand dunes! A...

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Gefeliciteerd

Apr 28, 11 Gefeliciteerd

Posted by in Holland-Paris-Provence 2011

Gefeliciteerd (congratulations) to Ma en Pa on their golden wedding anniversary. We had a reception for (nearly) all the family members in Wezep, unfortunately Mariëlle, Sylvan, River & little Lukas weren’t able to make it over from Norfolk Island, way down there in the South Pacific 🙁 In the evening just the 6 of us...

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Back in Holland

Apr 24, 11 Back in Holland

Posted by in Holland-Paris-Provence 2011

Back in Holland again! We’re on a bit of a European extravaganza this time. We’ve come over to initially celebrate Ma en Pa van Emous’ golden wedding but we’re also planning a few days on the Dutch island of Terschelling, with Ma en Pa, before heading off to Paris and then on to Les Vignieres in Provence....

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“Beer Fest” …

Apr 01, 11 “Beer Fest” …

Posted by in Miscellaneous

Another good business trip to London to meet up with “the chaps”. We also managed a good night out where Kieran took myself, Declan and Faheem to a Pub specialising in Belgian beer. Between us we manged to try out a few of the more exotic ales … I tried out 3 that were new to me : Hoegaarden; Franziskaner...

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iPad Deux

Mar 26, 11 iPad Deux

Posted by in General Tech Stuff

The eagle has landed … well the iPad at least !!!!! The iPad 2 has arrive in the UK & in the island … I’ve just picked up a 32Gb Wifi model … only trouble is … it’s not mine !! 🙁 It’s Kieren’s. When he was last over in the Guernsey office I weaved my magic on him and pursuaded...

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Buses, Beer and Belly Dancing …

Nov 12, 10 Buses, Beer and Belly Dancing …

Posted by in TechEd 2010

After leaving the TechEd at about 1 we headed back to the hotel from whence we were determined to launch an assault on Berlin’s pleasure spots. We started with a bus tour of the city which took in most of the sites. One of which was a stop at “Check Point Charlie” , the famous crossing point from East Berlin to...

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TechEd Day5 – The Final Day

Nov 12, 10 TechEd Day5 – The Final Day

Posted by in TechEd 2010

It’s been a long and rewarding week. But I definitely detected a weariness in the slow trudge of the herd as the usual hundreds of people were disgorged from our train and made their way to the conference centre for the last time. Today I went to 2 final sessions : Inside Windows Azure WCF Data Services – A Practical...

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TechEd Day 4 : Variety is the spice of life …

Nov 11, 10

Today has been quite a mixture of sessions… Using the Entity Framework in .NET4.0 and Visual Studio 2010 WCF: The Unified Services Programming Model for SOAP, REST, Data Communication Windows Workflow Foundation Futures Deep Dive into HTML5 Administering and Running Team Foundation Server 2010 Kieran, Jon and Tuck have also...

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TechEd Day 3 – AppFabric

Nov 10, 10

Most of the sessions I attended today have covered the new technology of Windows Server AppFabric. As well as getting some in depth information on the existing technical details we’ve also been fortunate enough to get to view some of the brand new functionality (such as Caching) that was only revealed to the developer...

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TechEd Day 2

Nov 09, 10 TechEd Day 2

Posted by in TechEd 2010

Today has been pretty intense and we’ve all had the chance to get some pretty good insights into a multitude of various technologies. I started the day with a look at what’s new in .NET 4 after which I went to a Developers overview of SharePoint 2010, something that’s likely to make an appearance in our technical...

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The Onward March of the Cloud

Nov 08, 10 The Onward March of the Cloud

Posted by in TechEd 2010

Today was the official start of the TechEd with a keynote speech in the afternoon. In 2008 whilst attending the PDC in LA we were present when Microsoft launched Azure and announced nothing less than a complete re-focus of their core business model away from software supplier to a service provider … in the shape of “The...

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Beer & Sausages

Nov 07, 10 Beer & Sausages

Posted by in TechEd 2010

After an early start (5am ugh!) I’ve finally arrived. Kieran & I flew in from Heathrow and after registering at the TechEd we headed off into the night determined to go native … first stop the Reichstag then some beer, sausages & apple strudel followed by a quick trip to the Brandenburg gate. Not bad...

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