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Norfolk Day 8 … Hens and Bucks

Last night was Marielle & Sylvan’s Hens & Bucks party …. and did they go with a bang! The boys kicked off with paintball (& beers) at about 3 in the afternoon …. & man was it FUN, FUN FUN ! The overalls weren’t much  protection at all and so we all got our t-shirts & shorts liberally...

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Norfolk Day 7

Feb 24, 09

We spent a great day down at Emily bay on the south coast snorkeling. Emily bay is naturally enclosed by a huge reef and we were able to snorkel right up to it where the waves were crashing against it on the other side. The marine life we saw was incredible; highly coloured parrot fish , Angel Fish and numerous other shoals of...

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Norfolk Day 5 … Reunion

The whole family has now finally arrived in Norfolk! Ma & Pa, Gerard & Herma all flew in from New Zealand today. Gerard & Herma have spent just over 4 weeks touring New Zealand whilst Ma & Pa flew in direct from Schiphol via Hong Kong. We’ve celebrated tonight in true Aussie style by having a...

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Norfolk Day 2

Annelies slept for nearly 14 hours solid last night and caught up on some much needed rest. We took it quite easy today did a little shopping before Annelies met up with Dee (one of the bridesmaids), Dee’s Mum, Nari & Judith( another of Marielle’s bridesmaids) to look over the location for the Wedding ceremony &...

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A dozen and counting …

Feb 19, 09

… that’s mozzie bites. The local insect population seem to like Guernsey blood. They seem to be pretty partial to Dutch blood too as Annelies thinks she may have even more than me.

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Touchdown ….

Feb 19, 09

Well we’ve finally arrived in Norfolk Island. It’s great to be back and although it’s been over 4 years since we’ve been here everything seems so familiar. Weathers not been too good , relatively speaking of course :-D, but it’s still about 25C and very humid. We picked up our hire car yesterday and in...

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Sydney …

We’ve had another great day exploring around Sydney. We took a ferry from Darling Harbour across the bay to Taronga Zoo where we got to see alot of the Ozzy native wildlife up close: Koala’s; crocodiles; possums; emus; wallabies & of course Kangaroos. Annelies even got to stroke a kanga & we were both allowed to...

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Return to Oz

Back in Australia again after 4 years and yet it only seems a short while ago that we were here on our 7 week long expedition to New Zealand, Australia and of course Norfolk Island. The trip across from Hong Kong went very smoothly considering we were sitting next to a chattie Aussie who told us he was holding his own personal...

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The Land of the Little People

Hong Kong was a welcome and interesting stop over on the long journey down to Oz. A place where a Guernseyman can actually feel tall. The sites and smells (and there were plenty of those) were intriguing. So many people and so much life all packed into a very small space with multi-level roads and flyovers and overhead pedestrian...

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New Year ….. new gadget

Jan 08, 09 New Year ….. new gadget

Posted by in General Tech Stuff, Tech Stuff

Woohoooo !!!  …. finally got my brand spanking new iPhone unlocked. I bought it in London back in October before flying off to the PDC in LA. At that point the boys in the iphone-devteam had only a partial solution to unlocking it, so I was stuck with a very sexy looking PDA & iPod but no phone(unless of course I wanted...

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“Viva Las Vegas”

Nov 02, 08 “Viva Las Vegas”

Posted by in Travel, Vegas 2008

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 …...

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WF in the Cloud …

Oct 30, 08 WF in the Cloud …

Posted by in PDC 2008, Tech Stuff

The last session of the conference I went to was on deploying & running WFs in the Cloud (aka Azure). Azure is able to host a number of different services : .NET Services; Live Services (part of MS Live data eg credentials contacts etc etc) & SQL Services. WFs are hosted directly inside a runtime provided by the .NET...

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Manbag heaven ?

Oct 29, 08 Manbag heaven ?

Posted by in PDC 2008, Tech Stuff

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...

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WF & WCF 4.0

Oct 29, 08 WF & WCF 4.0

Posted by in PDC 2008, Tech Stuff

The good news is that in the next version of the framework WF & WCF will be even more closely linked than in 3.5. In addition a lot of the plumbing & infrastructure code that I had to write for Rio should (in theory ;-D  ) be provided for us in a new toolset codenamed “Dublin”. This is a set of tools to extend...

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