The calm before the storm

Baby Coming!

Sue is about to have our baby (expected date is the 18th of March), she really can’t wait for it to be born now and neither can I! Right now I am just trying to get as much sleep as possible in preparation 🙂
We don’t yet know if it is a boy or a girl so there is an added excitement after waiting 9 months not knowing. Sue thinks it is a boy, I think it is a girl.

Tracker Release

Yesterday I released Tracker 0.6.91, which follows the recent 0.6.90 release that we did after 12 months of solid development on the project. I say we, there is quite a huge team working on this project now, including Carlos Garnacho, Ivan Frade, Jürg Billeter, Philip Van Hoof, Mikael Ottela, Urho Konttori and many more. We have a preliminary roadmap (as mentioned here) for Tracker  too. This recent release and possibly one more will be the last before 0.7 which will include Jürg’s vstore branch (which we have been working on in parallel for months now). We also had a discussion about the current architecture of the project and decided to change some of the roles around regarding what the indexer and daemon currently do to make things more efficient. With this all in mind, I am expecting some seriously good fun on this project in the next 3 months.


I managed to upload my images from our holiday in Tuscany yesterday. We managed to see Lucca, Pisa, Siena and Firenze. Very relaxing and highly recommended.


Spent last bank holiday weekend in Vienna with Sue for our anniversary. This city is spectacularly beautiful and has some of the best architecture.

Venice & Appendicitis


Our first years wedding anniversary came up recently so I took the opportunity to take Sue to Venice since she has always wanted to go and you have to at least once in your life. The city is absolutely beautiful even if it is a little crowded and it is good to see it while you still can. I hear it is sinking and I am sure global warming isn’t helping that 🙂

While in Venice I got the chance to try out my newly aquired Cannon 70-300mm III telephoto lens. It is really good for long range shots:

and my new macro lens which my brother bought me from Singapore:


A bad case of Appendicitis got the best of me this week. Actually, it hit me Thursday morning with this bloated feeling. By lunch time I was on the bed trying to sleep it off. By 19:00, I was in Hospital and by 23:00 I was under a general aesthetic having it taken out. I was out of theatre by 01:30 and back on the ward where Sue had been waiting. Sue slept in the chair by my bed and stayed all night with me. I was so glad to see her after my operation. They let me leave Friday evening because of my miraculous recovery. So the end result is:

* no football for 5 weeks
* no driving for 2 weeks
* no work for 1 week

On the bright side, I am one step closer to becoming an astronaut, since I hear the operation is a prerequisite.

Holiday in Portugal

It was actually hotter in the UK than it was in Portugal while I was away.

It was good to get away from things for a bit.

If you check out images I have uploaded, you will notice that we also popped over the border to Spain and also to Gibraltar.

Flower Power & Instant Messaging

Busy busy bee, that’s me 🙂

Chelsea Flower Show ’06

Recently I attended the Chelsea Flower Show for the second time and it didn’t disappoint, I took plenty of eye candy for all to enjoy and you can find it at the usual hot spot ( One of my favourites has to be this aqualegia, most spectacular:

Gossip 0.11.1

Over the last 2 or 3 weeks Gossip has really had some work put into it and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Eitan Isaacson for the patches he sent in to get avatar support up and running – it r0cks! Looking good Jeff 😉

During this time we have also spent time fixing some of the little things and adding general polish to make it sparkle, this has meant that Richard has upgraded his status from party hacker to real hacker!

Thanks again to all that has helped with the latest release, it is appreciated and your patches most welcome!

Oh – and I am in the middle of moving house at the moment too, woohoo, busy busy busy!

Anglesey Abbey

Anglesey Abbey

Last weekend, as well as relesing Gossip 0.10 I also managed to get out of the house to see Anglesey Abbey winter gardens which Sue said is quite beautiful this time of year. Of course we had to wait a couple of weekends for some good weather, since it isn’t on tap here in Britain. So my gallery has more aesthetics for all to enjoy 🙂

Finally Married!!

We have finally done it!

After being together for over 9 years, we managed to marry yesterday.

As I was the groom I haven’t taken any pictures, but many guests and friends have.
I will be posting the images in my gallery in the coming weeks.

For the time being here is one of us together at the wedding reception: