Saturday, 30 May 2009

Beautifull Day

Looking at the weather for the next few days(on my iPhone)it's looking
like summer is here!
It gives me such a good feeling when the sun is out, makes me smile.

Whatever your up to for the weekend I hope you have a great time.

Friday, 22 May 2009

A Mothers Love

motherslove, originally uploaded by Photoppurtunity.

I came across this image again today and had to write about it.

I love this image for many reasons: not just that it shows the two most important people in my life but because it represent something much bigger.

It was a rare and beautiful moment where I was able to spend some quality time in the countryside with people I love. The picture means a lot to me, it gives me something back every time I look at it.

It shouts out love, closeness, peace, connection and happiness. Above all else it gives me a sense of absolute joy.


Wednesday, 20 May 2009

My first few hours with the iPhone...

And so I start a new day with a new iPhone...

Last night I was playing with it for hours(and the phone)and it occurred to me just how quickly technology moves. I put my NokiaE71 and the iPhone next to each other and it is obvious to me that I have been living as a cave man!

There is of course two opinions to this, the first is that if it makes calls then its adequate and why would you need anything more?
The second opinion(and the one i champion)is that I love accessibility, being able to be part of what is going on around me. To be able to reach into peoples lives and hear what they hear, what they see and have the ability to give my opinion wherever I am in the world. With an iPhone it gives me that window, that small crack in an otherwise boarded room. Granted it is not everything I want with regards accessibility, but at this time I am happy to be able to communicate freely with my friends, colleagues and strangers across the globe.

What is social media?
One of the definitions of social media is"Social media are primarily Internet-based tools for sharing and discussing information among human beings." I think that pretty much sums up what I am all about today, I love to talk, blog, photograph and try to make my mark on the world. I may not be the best at what I do, but I do it with a passion and a drive to better myself. The iPhone is a tool that can help me in that goal...


Monday, 18 May 2009


While Sir Alan Sugar relishes saying "Your Fired" day after day, the reality of hearing those words or "redundancy" can be life changing to say the least.

I came in this morning to the news that one of our team had been made redundant, this was surprising but at the same time not completely unexpected. There had been some talk within the ranks of changes happening soon so therefore the majority of us were intelligent enough to be as prepared for some bad news as you can be....

I would not like to be at the helm of my own company at this time, the decisions that have to be made are sometimes very hard. You have to separate yourself from any emotional attachment that you may have and be focussed on the goals and targets of the business.

In all honesty, today has raised many questions for me about the future, none of us really know what lies ahead. Nothing is secure these days(was it ever?)and for that reason you have to make an extra effort to be passionate about what you do, be confident and what will be ... will be.

My thoughts today go out to my colleague who finds himself unemployed, I genuinely wish him the very best in everything he does...

Listen to my Phoneboo on this subject..

Comfort Zone

I used to have a comfort zone
where I knew I couldn't fail,
The same four walls of busy work
were really more like a jail

I longed so much to do the things
I'd never done before,
But I stayed inside my comfort zone
and paced the same old floor

I said it didn't matter
that I wasn't doing much,
I said I didn't care for things
like diamonds or furs and such

I claimed to be so busy
with the things inside my zone,
But deep inside I longed for
something special of my own

I couldn't let my life go by
just watching others win,
I held my breath and stepped outside
to let the change begin

I took a step and with new strength
I'd never felt before,
I kissed my comfort zone good bye
and closed and locked the door

If you are in a comfort zone
afraid to venture out,
Remember that all winners
were at one time filled with doubt

A step or two and words of praise
can make your dreams come true
Greet your future with a smile,
success is there for you!

Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Day trip to Alton Towers..

Yesterday(Monday) we had a day out at Alton Towers. Ruth had managed to get hold of some free tickets so it was affordable, I booked a day holiday and off we went..
Thankfully, if you are disabled then you get to park in the "express" area which is located right next to the turnstiles so there is not the 20 minute walk(or 10 min tram) to the entry.
I was a little concerned about the amount of walking that I would need to do as my leg does not appreciate any more than about 10 steps or so, however my concerns were unwarranted as there were plenty of places for me to site and rest whilst everyone enjoyed the rides.
My only regret is that I never had an iPhone to be able to blog the experience whilst I was there. I could of used the Nokia E61that I have but I do not have a data plan on that phone. The Blackberry I have has the data plan on it.

Whilst my wife and her Niece & Nephew went off to explore the more adult areas of the park, my son and I entered fantasy lands with bookworms and old tractors...
He loved it, and was very patient with his old man when i needed to rest a while(as long as we were near something he wanted to see!).
The staff were very accommodating and helpful throughout the park and we experienced no grumpy faces the whole time we were there. Ruth had (thankfully) packed us a lunch before we left as the prices to eat within the venue are a little high which I suppose you would expect from a theme park.
Kerecsen was in good spirits all day and made sure he made the most of the free tickets by having multiple rides on the Squirrel sky lift and the Tractors...

I must admit, as a family day out it was great and I managed to balance the pain with the pleasure quite nicely indeed!

The usual cost of entry into Alton Towers is about £29, which is a huge amount per person, that said there is a lot of attractions and rides available and to explore it all you would need the whole day or maybe longer!
Thanks to Ruth and our little boy for giving me a special day out which I enjoyed immensely...
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Friday, 8 May 2009

Nearly 35 years old!

On the 14th of this month I will turn 35 years old...

I can not believe it, i really do not know why it is such a big deal for me though. It just feels like I am loosing something on that day.. How strange.

When I look back at my life, i realise that(like a lot of people)there are things that I would of done differently had I had the knowledge I have now. That said, i do not regret anything in my past as that really would be a waste of my emotions.

Before my accident, I had lots of plans and a map laid out for my next 10 years. I realise that even if the accident had not happened those plans would of changed and evolved as they have done anyway. My life now is rather good, I have my lovely wife and my beautiful son to be thankful for. My son took about 10 years to finally come into this world but he was very much worth the wait...(and the practise was good too!)

Leave it there for now..

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Wednesday, 6 May 2009

That "gooey" feeling

In November this year my wife and I would be Married for 10 years.
When I see those words "10 Years" it makes me smile, not because she has tolerated me for that long! - because we have grown together for nearly 15 years when this anniversary comes.

Things are never forever these days, relationships come and go like taxis. I do not believe that the word commitment has any meaning to the masses any more. What do people want in a relationship?
Do people give up at every junction within their marriage/relationship? I believe that maybe the case, ok sure if your not happy then things must happen to rectify that. Lets just break that down though - are people in relationships or marriages happy all the time? No - in fact HELL NO!

I can only speak for myself but I know for a fact that Ruth(my wife) has tolerated a great deal of proverbial brown stuff from me over the years. When we first got together she was 15 years old and I was 19 or 20 I think, I was an absolute arse to her. I was possessive, jealous and down right controlling in the worst sense. It must of been awful for her. She stuck with it...
I am so glad she did because we are now friends as well as a married couple, we go through life as a team and deal with issues along the way...

I sat at my desk today and updated my FB status with " have you ever experienced an overwhelming sense of love for someone that you can shut your eyes and see them in front of you, feel their touch, hear their heartbeat.. I just have, and I am not even in the same room as my beautiful wife Ruth." - and i genuinely felt like that... After all these years I love her more for whom she has become and for being my friend...

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Tuesday, 5 May 2009

A Journey..

As I was just travelling along the motorway on the way back from a meeting with a lovely couple who own a Garage in Stevenage, it struck me just how much I take things for granted in this world. Even though I am a very caring and considerate person(some would argue that)at heart, I still do not give the people around me whom I love and care about enough attention or time. It is a sad fact that when I finish work I get home and spend some time with my Son going through the bedtime/tickle/story routines then I often sit down in front of my PC and edit photos or research photography in some form or another. My wife at this stage is deeply engrossed in Eclipse which is her current fascination(she never came to bed till 02.30 this morning after reading that!).

I love my family....

Friday, 1 May 2009

Audioboo- Let us hear you..

One of the latest "trends" within the social networking arena is something called Audioboo
What is Audioboo?
Audioboo is an application that allows the user to record his/her own voice and upload it to the internet for the masses to listen too. What I like about it is it allows original content to be heard from many different sources around the world.
Audioboo is currently available for Iphone users, but there is an application called Phoneboo that allows users to record and upload from any phone at all. This is currently what I am using as I do not have an Iphone(yet) so it is my only route to using this service.

It takes some getting used to, to be talking on the phone with no-one at the other end! Here is my first Phoneboo -

I think the ability have this application in front of you on your phone is fantastic, and an experience I am looking forward to having(With the arrival of an Iphone), until then, I will have to make do with the Phoneboo app and see if it is good enough to keep me interested.... You can link your "Boo" with Facebook and Twitter to allow instant posting of your Boo once uploaded - Love this feature and it works very well.

I found that the explanation of getting set up on Phoneboo was a little lacking, and after I had registered and set the service up i found that I could not post a Boo, I am now sure this was down to user error but please let me know if you have experienced anything similar.
In their defence - it is in beta and therefore you can expect some bugs/issues for a while.
Overall, this is a great service which I can see has a great deal of potential for expansion and addition of products/services.

Register and have a go - Let us hear what you have to say for a change instead of hiding behind that text!! :)

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