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I'm an inspirational developer and entrepreneur, using over 20 years experience in the technical and creative arts to help my clients to prosper

Blogger, writer, videographer, foodie, starship captain, ex-biker, cat lover, fish-keeper, cancer survivor, countryside-dweller and an awesome friend

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My latest blog posts

I've included a selection of the blog posts I've published over the past few years. Scroll down and when you find something of interest, click the image or titles to go read it. There's quite a lot of randomness here.

The Space Shuttle Atlantis launching from Cape Canaveral, Florida
Remembering The Space Shuttle Programme

We've just had the anniversaries of the Space Shuttle Challenger exploding after launch and its sister Columbia's loss on re-entry ...



is ''never give up, never surrender'' the best line tim allen has ever had?
Never Give Up, Never Surrender!

I was watching Galaxy Quest last night. It's a send-up of the original Star Trek and Jason Nesmith has a brilliant catchphrase ...



Some alternative medicines work for some people some of the time. But when it comes down to it, listen to your specialists because they know what they're talking about!
Of Alternative Medicines, Misinformation And Fear

I had a terrible time with cancer. I underwent chemo and radiotherapy, but what if I had tried alternative medicine instead?



The Sumvision Cyclone Mini PC proves that size isn't important!
The Power Of The Sumvision Cyclone Mini PC

After a relaxing weekend, imagine my horror when I turned on my monitors and found my PC wasn't sending video anymore ...



Clunky yet amazing. Windows 1.0 blew my mind. It was my first career epiphany!
The Launch Of Microsoft Windows

Windows has evolved into an amazing platform and even its detractors give it credit for a nice design and bulletproof stability ...



Is The Age Of The Rock Legends Ending?

In the past few weeks, three people who had a great influence on me growing up have died. Lemmy, Bowie and Rickman ...



Fear: False Evidence Appearing Real

We've all felt it. Fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of death. It stops us from doing things. Sometimes fear is useful ...



A Midsummer Night's Dream found me out on the roads of MK one hot night!
A Midsummer Night's Dream

It's been a long time since we've had really hot nights in MK. You know the ones, where you can't get to sleep for the insatiable heat ...



It would have been Steve Jobs' birthday on the 24th February.
Steve Jobs: Here's To The Crazy Ones

Apple was always the enemy in my Windows world. Then Steve Jobs started creating magical and revolutionary things ...



Do you follow your dreams like Felix did? He took a real leap of faith from 128,000 feet
The Courage To Follow Your Dreams

Are you anything like Felix? Do you have the courage to jump from the corporate world and follow your dreams?



It's amazing where you go when you find a random footpath and just follow it!
Find A Random Footpath And Just Follow It

I'd waited all week for a sunny day and finally, on Friday, I grabbed my camera, found a footpath and headed into the fields ...



From a cloud of dust and gas floating around in space, to an advanced, technological civilisation in just 4.5 billion years! If that doesn't make you feel awesome, nothing will!
Space: When Did You Last Look Up?

Space is so massive that we can't even comprehend the distances involved in getting from one star to another ...



No technology! Through field and forest, this was my childhood playground.
Technology And The Next Generation

Growing up, I didn't have any technology to distract me. So I would wander around the beautiful countryside I was brought up in ...



The Law Of Attraction really does work, as long as you take action!
The Law Of Attraction, Manifestation, And Taking Action

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne talks about the Law Of Attraction, manifestation and how you can have everything you want ...



Both Rosetta and Philae did some amazing science at comet 67P!
Rosetta: So Long And Thanks For All The Science

The Rosetta mission to 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was audacious in the extreme, so let's talk spacey awesomeness ...



If there's one thing Willow loved, it was catnip and a sunny patio!
Memories Of A Small Black Cat Called Willow

I woke up as usual and wondered where my little girl cat Willow was. Normally, she's the first thing I see when I open my eyes ...



If you're feeling overwhelmed and depressed then you need to make some changes right away before your mind or body breaks!
10 Ways To Stop Feeling Overwhelmed And Depressed

When running your own business, it's easy to start feeling overwhelmed and depressed. Working all hours can do that to you ...



Did all the water on the earth come from comets?
Oh Look, It's Raining Shakespeare!

Do you see rain as a replenishment of the water table or do you see it as something that brings down your mood?



I had a long, tiring, but very enjoyable day at Olney Business Live!
A Day At Olney Business Live 2016

A sunny day in Buckinghamshire found me driving through the country lanes to attend Olney Business Live 2016 ...



The power of the Internet, specifically the World Wide Web, was immediately apparent to me!
My Introduction To The Internet

Way back in 1994, I was working for the OU as an IT trainer. I used to teach faculty members how to use Windows and Office ...



The Sumvision Cyclone Mini PC v2 runs 64-bit Windows 10!
Living With The Sumvision Cyclone Mini PC

Needing a new computer recently, I got a Sumvision Cyclone Mini PC. So what's it been like working with this tiny, tiny thing?



if you'd rather be napping than working, you've tuned into the procrastination station
The Procrastination Station

We've all tuned into The Procrastination Station at one time or another. Some of us tune in regularly and never achieve success ...



This thing we call life is the time between when we're born and when we pass on. It's brief and fleeting and certainly far shorter than you may think!
This Brief And Fleeting Thing We Call Life

With the passing of Lemmy, Bowie, Rickman and now Sir Terry, I am once again reminded of this brief and fleeting thing we call life ...



When one of your friends is feeling glum, an NLP reframe is one of the simplest ways to change a bad mood into a good one!
The Art Of The NLP Reframe

From the first day of my NLP Practitioner course late in 2010, I knew it would have a deep and lasting effect on my life ...



This really has to be the ultimate selfie from Tim Peake during his recent space walk.
Tim Peake: British Space Hero Ventures Outside

I get excited to see the ISS moving across the United Kingdom. It's more awesome knowing that Tim Peake is up there ...



My hero scientist has been attributed with a number of great quotations. This one about the definition of insanity is certainly my favourite!
The Definition Of Insanity

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing, over and over, expecting different results'. One plus one will always equal two ...



Cancer took a lot away from me. I miss the crazy biker chick I used to be, but I am ever so grateful to continue this wonderful and terrifying and beautiful life! I will get another motorbike though ...
Cancer: Exactly One Year From Treatment

I've blogged about my cancer journey and now I'm 12 months from treatment, I thought I would look back at what happened ...



In the best traditions of NASA, the Curiosity rover has been doing some brilliant science on Mars, including a discovery that the Martian soil is saturated with water!
Mars: Curiosity And Our Planetary Neighbour

Mars sits on the horizon as a reddish twinkle on a clear night's sky, fascinating star gazers for thousands of years ...



Once you're physically recovered and are back to work, Cancer can leave you with some interesting long-term side effects that can really affect your life.
Cancer: How To Lose Friends And Stop Influencing People

My fight with cancer scared me. It was the visions of lying in a hospital bed taking my last agonising breath that did it for me ...



As New Horizons screams past Pluto, we'll get pin sharp images!
New Horizons: Rendezvous With Pluto

Who would have thought that just 85 years after the discovery of Pluto, the New Horizons space probe would scream past it ...



How do you deal with those locked in thoughts that just drag you down?
Neuro Linguistic Programming Vs Hypnosis

Neuro Linguistic Programming has been a panacea. It's helped me with lifelong issues and expanded my thinking ...



Of Planets, Comets And Amazing Discoveries

It's a time of technology, of scientific advancement and of ambitious space missions, just because we have questions ...



Cancer: Finding My New Normal

So it's 10 months since my diagnosis. I've been brutalised by Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy, then spent months suffering ...



Eclipse 2015: Science, Religion And Mystery

I was in awe on Friday when the eclipse darkened the skies. There was an eerie silence and the birds thought night had come ...



Cancer: So The Good News Is

Last time I wrote about Cancer, I was five weeks from treatment and not feeling very well. In fact, my whole world fell apart ...



Cancer: The Last Word

From my diagnosis in June to drinking a latte in Costa coffee on a sunny, December day? There's been a few ups and downs ...



Cancer: Five Weeks From Treatment

It is amazing to think that my 30-day sojourn to Northampton ended on 24th October and now we're at the end of November ...



Cancer: The End Of Radiotherapy

I've felt so ill after my radiotherapy treatment. My specialist said ''we don't call it radiation poisoning'' but yeah, that's what I had ...



Cancer: Radiotherapy Is Getting Tough

What happens when your taste buds stop working? Everything tastes like cardboard! Add in a palette of razorblades too ...



Cancer: Radiotherapy Is Underway

After three rounds of Chemotherapy, I was eager to get Radiotherapy underway. I've now finished my first week of treatment ...



Cancer: Half Way Through Treatment

Let's face it, Chemotherapy is tough. Filling your body full of toxic chemicals in the belief that it'll do you good? That's a paradox ...



Cancer: A Very Busy Week Ahead

I had a meeting with my Radiotherapy specialist last week. He was a scientist type and knew exactly how he wants to treat me ...



Cancer: Chemotherapy Cycle 2 Was Far Easier

Last time I posted, I mentioned that if you were reading it during that Monday then I'd be plugged into Chemotherapy ...



Cancer: Yes, Some Days Can Be Awesome

If you're reading this on Monday, I'll be in the Chemo room at Northampton Oncology plugged into large amounts of chemicals ...



Cancer: The Ups And Downs Of Chemotherapy

I'd read all the pamphlets the Oncology team had given me but I was still unsure of what was going to happen ...



Cancer: The Biggest Challenge Of My Life

In 2012 had a brain aneurysm that nearly killed me. The surgeons at John Radcliffe Hospital saved my life and I thought that was that ...



The guy with the X in the picture is my Grandad. It's from an old photobook about the Normandy landings on D-Day.
Thank Goodness, Not All Germans Were Nazis

On Friday 6th June 1944, the Allied invasion of Europe started. My Granddad was one who faced the full might of Hitler's Third Reich ...



My world is full of it thanks to my family, friends and clients!
Brain Aneurysms: All You Need Is Love

I was reminded the other day that it was the two year anniversary of me being taken into MK General with searing headaches ...



Getting the Rosetta spacecraft into orbit around a comet will be an amazing achievement, but landing Philae on it will be the icing on the cake!
Rosetta: Comet Chasing For Over 10-years

Rosetta is so inspiring to me. Chasing down Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko for the past 10-years and carrying Philae ...



How long before we get a Category 5 Hurricane crossing a warming Atlantic?
UK Storms: A Warning From Mother Nature

The British Isles have spent most of this year suffering from one of the worst onslaughts of storms that I have ever witnessed ...



There's been a number of Combine Harvesters and Tractors trundling up and down the lane this past few weeks. I've got used to them now.
Ooo'arrrh, Welcome To The Country

Thanks to my parents I now live in a beautiful little oak beamed cottage in a village just outside Milton Keynes ...



Arriving Somewhere But Not Here

I'm in bed at the John Ratcliffe Hospital in Oxford. I've been here for four days and was in MK General over the Bank Holiday ...



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