Wednesday, 30 March 2011

How time flies...

On April the first it will be four years since my Dad died.

Sat at work today listening to the radio and a completely random song came on, it was a song that my Dad used to sing when we used to go out to the local club as a family on a Friday night. There would be an old lady who was hired for the evenings entertainment, sat behind an old electric organ.
My Dad, who was a fantastic singer- would spend hours up on the 'stage' blasting out beauty's like Tie a yellow ribbon & Ave Maria!



One of his other skills was his ability to play the bones! For those of you not familiar with this I shall explain...

The bones are literally two cow ribs about 6-7 inches in length, he would play them by strategically placing them between fingers and cracking them together- not unlike playing the spoons! Believe me, it sounded better than the explanation does.


I really wish that I had of had the insight and common sense to record him at his best, I would of loved to of heard him play and sing again. Just hearing one of his old songs reminds me of some great times, memories that I hope will be with me forever.

As Mothers day approaches, I think of how my Mum has coped with the loss of her soul mate of 50+ years. People were made of stronger stuff back then eh? I can not imagine going though what she has been through in her life and surviving!

I can see how easy it is to get low and despondent about things sometimes, it can be so easy to see the hard times and dismiss the good as luck...
I have been through so many changes in the past few years, personally and physically- no, I am not a woman really! No matter how different our lives are, what purpose or goal we strive for, friends lost and found, relationships and work- one thing is the same for us all.
Life & Death... It is as guaranteed as day and night. I suppose the difference is how we all cope with it.

Saturday, 26 March 2011

Watch Kennels - Retired Greyhound Trust

The RGT (Retired Greyhound Trust) is a national charity with localised branches throughout the UK.

My local branch is called Watch Kennels near Monks Kirby, Rugby. this branch is headed up by a committed and dedicated lady called Sari Pearce, she is a genuinely lovely lady with a big heart for Greyhounds in particular.





Today, the family and I were at Ryton Organic Gardens with my Mum. We often take her out to the gardens as she is now unable to get out without support. As it happened, Sari and her dedicated volunteers were outside the gardens with their beautiful dogs. My Son, who loves his own three dogs- was mesmerised by the greyhounds. It is not hard to see why, they are such gentle animals.






It was lovely to see them all stood around with visitors to the gardens chatting to Sari and the team. The main reason for these events is of course to raise awareness and much needed funding for the Kennels. Recently, with the financial crisis within the UK and overseas funding has been reduced and things are very hard for the local branch.





Charitable donations have decreased dramatically since the financial crisis started and this has had an obvious effect on ALL charity's. Small local charity's moreso- Watch Kennels need support!
Now I realise that there are so many charity's that could benefit from your donations, but I would like to make an appeal to you directly to consider a donation to Watch Kennels. Sari and her team work long hours just to keep these animals safe and well, out in all hours trying to get a donation or some exposure for the charity.

If you can help in any way, please visit their site http://www.watchkennelsrgt.co.uk/ or give them a call on the number above.

Thank you in advance


Lee

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Sunday, 20 March 2011

iPad for Business Round-Up: WebEx for iPad2 and More

I knew this wouldn't be long coming... Can't wait to see it in action.

http://www.readwriteweb.com/enterprise/2011/03/ipad-for-business-round-up-web...,0


Regards


Lee Martin
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Monday, 14 March 2011

The digital future?

As my generation gets older, it is more obvious to me how different my Son's life will be compared to mine. Technology is everywhere, I never thought I would be one of those people who struggle with games or setting up software- but I sometimes feel like my Son (who is 6 years old) is overtaking me in the digital intelligence area!!

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Thing is, in my youth it was all CB radio's and making little transmitters that we could hide in our mates house! I remember installing a CB onto my pushbike and riding for miles with my mates communicating freely- sometimes talking to people in Spain and other countries! (Sideband wasn't as well received as FM though!)

Anyway, it makes me wonder- are we loosing our ability to absorb information or in our adult worlds is there too much information to absorb? Lee Martin
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Saturday, 12 March 2011

Article: SXSW Japan Tsunami & Earthquake Relief


SXSW Japan Tsunami & Earthquake Relief
http://www.sxsw4japan.org/

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Lee Martin
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What a lovely day

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Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Monday, 7 March 2011

Government Technology Article

My MD talks with Government Technology Magazine on "Moving Open Source from an idea into a reality"


Friday, 4 March 2011

Thursday, 3 March 2011

The parents evening..

It was our parents evening tonight at our Son's school. I was not disappointed in the slightest.

He is doing so well and excelling at his maths. One of the things which made me smile was a project he had written in one of his books, it went something like this..

Shopping list

5 carrots
4 tomatoes
2 onions
4 beers!

lmao....

I would of loved to of been a fly on the wall when his teacher marked that one!

Current location: This place, although massive- gives me the eeeby jeeebies!! #badmemories

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Lee Martin
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Just can't seem to stop looking at this Triumph Thunderbird. B-E-A-Utiful!!!

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Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Stop beating yourself up....

A wise man once told me "Stop beating yourself up and setting yourself up for failure with the things you struggle to do- instead, concentrate on the things your great at!"

At the time he said this to me, it meant very little to me. As time has passed it has proved to be my motto in life. Whilst it's great to learn new things and experience different scenarios, I no longer dwell on the negatives. I stopped trying to be perfect a long time ago, now I just focus on the things that I excel at and leave the rest to others!

"Aces in their places!"

Have a great day..

Regards


Lee Martin
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