La breithe sona Deaglan

Sep 14, 11 La breithe sona Deaglan

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I’m across in London again, this time for a course in IT Team management. We’ve been out as a team of course … this time to celebrate Declan’s birthday with a szechuan chinese !...

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Workin’ on a chain gang

Aug 03, 11 Workin’ on a chain gang

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HSBC sponsored local community project work…

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Belly Dancing … part deux

Jun 23, 11 Belly Dancing … part deux

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This is getting to be a habit … A night out in London with the lads from the team and where do we end up again … Belly dancing !!! This time it was a Moroccan restaurant in Covent Garden and it was me that was selected to dance. The food and ambience, and of course the dancing , were excellent … all in all a fantastic night out...

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“Beer Fest” …

Apr 01, 11 “Beer Fest” …

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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 Weissbeir  and Frulli Strawberry beer ! (Ironically I think only the last one is Belgian & the others German...

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Buses, Beer and Belly Dancing …

Nov 12, 10 Buses, Beer and Belly Dancing …

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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 West Berlin in the American Sector. I guess nothing could symbolize more the triumph of the western allies over the Soviet East than the fact that right next to the check point was a MacDonalds, actually on the eastern side of the old divide, with a Starbucks 50m further down the road! Traces of the infamous Berlin wall erected in 1961 could still be seen preserved at certain places on our route. We hopped back on the bus only to be deposited at 5 o’clock at the furthest point from our hotel that you could get, when the tour buses stopped running for the day. Not to be deterred we sought out the nearest German Bier Keller. Luck was with us … we found one of the best pubs I’ve ever been into. Each table had its own set of beer taps which allowed you to pour your own drinks as you wanted, whilst it recorded how much we’d decanted. After this we hailed a cab and headed off to an Egyptian restaurant near our hotel. Kieran volunteered to do a belly dance for us so you can imagine our relief when 2 real belly dancers appeared to dance among the tables. The meal was excellent and the dancing fantastic especially as one of the dancers pulled Jon on stage to dance with her! …. [Check out the video...

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Beer & Sausages

Nov 07, 10 Beer & Sausages

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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 considering we’d only been in the country about 5...

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“Viva Las Vegas”

Nov 02, 08 “Viva Las Vegas”

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Well we’re on our way home now after an excellent conference in L.A & a final weekend in Las Vegas. We’ve certainly packed  a lot in… we’ve been to two shows “Keith Barry” (an illusionist) & “Ka” ( a Cirque du Soleil spectacular) We also managed a wee bit of gambling … unfortunately no big wins as well as visiting the Bellagio (scene for Oceans 12), plus the odd bar or two! We’ve also officially integrated ourselves into the local ‘redneck’ community … we went to a large gun range and fired off some serious hardware. Faheem had an AK-47 assault rifle whilst Declan fired off a pump action shot gun, an Uzi & a Desert Eagle hand gun. I managed to get my mits on some WWII hardware a Tommy Gun, MP40 (German Schmeiser) & a Colt 45 ….excellent...

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Manbag heaven ?

Oct 29, 08 Manbag heaven ?

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This year rather than give out the usual rucksack or laptop bags to all delegates MS have opted for …. you guessed it …. the “Manbag” So (Kieren) if you want to be one of 4000 developers sporting a shiny new “Manbag” then L.A. is clearly the place to be! Below we can see Faheem modelling the latest in “geek chic”, a lovely little black off the shoulder number we call the “Win7 Manbag” ……..     😀 ...

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Guess who’s in trouble ?….

Oct 26, 08 Guess who’s in trouble ?….

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Faheem experienced a few “issues” & was pulled aside & questioned by 3 US immigration officers …....

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Flying High …

Oct 26, 08 Flying High …

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Grabbing a few zzzzz’s on the way … Wonder what Faheem has been dreaming about ?     ;-D   ...

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