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New York

This last weekend Sara and I went for a bit of a jaunt to New York City. September 11th may not be everyone’s idea of the best time to be in New York but it was the date that worked for us and we had a great weekend.

The only other time I had been to [...]

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When Alice came out to see me in the first summer I was in Calgary I really wanted to show her something beyond the standard tourist spots of the Rockies. Some reading and googling later I came up with 2 possibilities: Lake O’Hara or Mt Assiniboine. In the end I opted for Lake O’Hara because [...]

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when camping worlds collide

I’ve been meaning to visit my favourite winter wonderland, Fernie BC, sometime in the summer just to see what the ski hill looks like without the snow. Sara and I have also been talking a good game about going camping at some point this summer. When we found a weekend that suited us I knew [...]

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the best place on earth

There is a rather vainglorious and, at least the way I see it, un-Canadian sign beside the highway as you drive into British Columbia. It says “British Columbia - The Best Place On Earth”. Whatever happened to modest stillness and humility eh? If nothing so becomes a man as that then the same goes double [...]

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the good old cricket game pt2

As many of you will no doubt be aware the Ashes started today. Despite being many timezones removed, I was determined to be part of the experience and so was Sara. I booked the day off work and set my alarm for 3.30am intent to listen from start to finish via the magic of TMS [...]

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easter fun

For the Easter long weekend I managed to invite myself to stay with my friends Kate and Rupert on Vancouver Island and they graciously accepted. I was very keen to go and see them again because they are off back to Blighty next month. Not only that but I’ve decided that I love Vancouver Island [...]

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they know me so well

I love weather! I love reading about the weather, watching the weather, thinking about weather. The Cloudspotters Guide is one of my favourite books of recent years. A few years back I auditioned to be the weatherman on the Big Breakfast. My new watch gives barometric pressure readings! My lovely friends clearly know what I [...]

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stanley

I had a speaking engagement in Toronto last week courtesy of work. It’s still a cause of considerable surprise to me that I have anything to say about the subject of software development that other people want to hear but there you go. Not only were I and my colleague Dave Robertson presenting on the [...]

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the city by the bay

Calgary is currently hunkering down for a serious blast of winter. Snow has been falling, temperatures have been plummeting and the daytime high today is set for -23C! Seems amazing then that last weekend I was enjoying some Californian sunshine with my friends Jez and Rani in San Francisco. I’d last seen this glamorous couple [...]

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waterton lakes

Waterton Lakes National Park, tucked down in the SW corner of Alberta right on the border with Montana, was the only one of the mountain parks I hadn’t visited so far in my time out here. With autumn hastening on I was able to put that to rights last weekend at the inaugural ThoughtWalker weekender. [...]

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