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Thames Path 1

A plan – searching for the source – in and out of water – skimming stones – lakes – joggers – horses – tea and cake Since I first moved to Oxfordshire in 2009, I’ve always lived within a couple of miles of the River Thames. This was not a deliberate choice, but frankly around […]

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Giving Birth II: Easy Does It

I’m aware that some people found my account of my daughter’s birth a touch traumatic (although not, I promise you, as traumatic as the actual experience!). In order to try and redress the balance, I thought I’d write a bit about my second experience of childbirth, which was a very different story. Approaching giving birth […]

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Things I haven’t blogged about

Hi Internet! I’m not dead, just so busy that something had to give and that something was blogging. Here are some things that have happened in the last couple of years which I haven’t had the time to write about:  I got promoted. Twice. I’m now a Solutions Architect, running a team of developers and […]

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Insomnia Post 2 – The Joy of Not Writing Code

So once again I can’t sleep (despite the 3.75mg of Zopiclone flowing uselessy through my veins). After a few fruitless hours of lying in bed, I got up. I intended to read a book, but instead I got to thinking about a prototype I’d been wanting to build. One thing led to another and now […]

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Outsourced NHS Services – a review

In view of the recent general election results, in which the country apparently voted to trash everything good about our society in favour of US-style “me first” crap, it struck me as timely that I recently had my first experience of privatized diagnostic testing. Even better, I have previously had this particular test before, provided […]

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Insomnia

Sometimes I can’t sleep. This is one of those times. I have plenty of work I could be doing while my subconscious is vetoing my decision to rest, but to sit down and work seems like admitting defeat. So, instead, I decided to further dilute the information content of the Internet by going delving into […]

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Because I could post weaning pictures all day…

The pictures we took of Tiny having her first food are some of my favourite ever. I already used two of them in my last post, but here’s one more for good measure:

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Six Tiny Months

On Monday, Tiny turned 6 months old. For half a year now, I’ve been a parent. It still feels pretty weird to call myself that, though. Parent is a word that conjures up a mental image of someone strong, nurturing, patient, and above all who knows all the answers. In many ways, I feel more […]

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Byebug Cheatsheet

At a recent Three Rings developer event I found myself hunting for a good cheat sheet for the Ruby 2 debugger Byebug. I couldn’t find anything much, so I made my own :). Acknowledgment The design of this cheat sheet borrows heavily from my favourite GDB quick reference guide. Contents Starting Byebug Stopping Again Essential […]

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Black Boxes

My life is filled with black boxes. When I was a kiddy, there were loads of things I didn’t understand. Closed systems where I could see what went in, and what came out, but had no idea of what happened in the middle. This included everything from how one went about acquiring money to how […]