Happy Christmas 2014 and a Happy New Year for 2015 to all my friends and family all around the world!!
Sanna and I spent 3 weeks in Sussex with my parents for the 2014 Christmas break. Here are some of the best photos. They might be in a bit of a random order.
The Tea Pot I gave my mum for Christmas and some good quality Twinning’s tea from the Twining’s shop and museum we visited in London.
I visited my old College in Chichester where I studied Computing for 4 years to do some reminiscing. On the wall I found where I scratched in words.
“Kickass Rulez” Mu old name in Doom and Quake was ‘Kickass’.
”MT is GOD” MT was my old friend Mike Thompson.
”Rumsey is a poof” me taking the piss out of old friend Paul Rumsey.Sanna and I made Jamie Oliver’s big Turkey Wellington again this year like we did for her family last year. It was a great success again and I think came out even better than last year.
Exploring Portsmouth’s old round fort on the ‘Millennium walk’.
Cornish Sharps Doom Bar Ale, a very good beer.
Sanna enjoying her food as always
Above ship on the main deck, a lovely photo but it was around 0 degree’s when I took this photo, so it felt REALLY cold.
Joining dad and Grandad in the Nags head in Chichester before the annual Christmas wheelbarrow club event.
The annual event which goes back hundreds of years, the local people dress up in silly clothes and take some presents to the old peoples homes in return for some mulled wine and mince pies.T
As part of the tradition of the event, Father Christmas pushing the mayor of Chichester in a very old wooden wheelbarrow being joined by traditional Morris dancers. No one really knows how all this started but its over 100 years old.
Sanna trying to make a phone call at the Black Rabbit pub in Arundel.
Another great English Ale, this one called Cocker Hoop.
My nanny Bedford enjoying her TV quiz shows in my parents living.
My dads alcohol cabinet, full of all kinds of drinks from all over the world.
My dad and Sanna looking for a drink for Sanna from the alcohol cabinet.
Sanna and I spent nearly 3 days in Christmassy London during our England Christmas 2014 break. Here are some of the best photos. They might be in a bit of a random order.
Here is a nice angle of 2 of the most famous landmarks of modern London, the London eye and Big Ben, lovely winters sky too.
We visited the annual Winter Wonderland which is every Christmas in London’s Hyde Park. Its a German style outside winter market with food, drink, live music gifts and rides.
Inside German traditional a style drinking hall, its quite amazing this is all temporary and is taken away at the end of Christmas.Outside drinking with live music was fun.
My date for the night
Ice skating on a temporary outside ice skate rink.Sanna booked us to stay at London’s famous Dorchester hotel, one of the most exclusive where the wealthy and famous stay. I don’t want to know how much it cost for the room for 2 nights but for room service a Chicken club sandwich cost £25 $50 crazy!St James park the one right out the front of Buckingham Palace has lots of swans, but Sanna was a bit scared to put her fingers out.We made a very interesting trip to the famous ‘Tower of London’ The beefeater who gave the tour was very good and slipped in a lot of jokes.
Map of the tower of London from 1597. There is actually not one tower but 22 on the whole site.
Old armour looks so heavy to wear.
and hundreds of swords to project the tower of London.Famous tower bridge.
For lunch I had Christmas Ale, it was strong and tasted great, I wish we got beers like this in Australia.
We visited the famous Natural History museum. Such a massive museum and all totally free paid for by the government (our tax). It is a great educational museum to take children.Raaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaar A T-rex head!
Famous Harrods, all lit up and Christmassy.
Just by chance we spotted BBC’s Top Gear being filmed in the streets, the Stig was sitting on a motorised arm chair with two big machine guns sitting out the front being filmed from a Smart car.
A lovely Winters sky for the evening before we leave to go back to Sussex.
Sanna and I spent 3 weeks in Sussex with my parents for the Christmas break. Here are some of the best photos. They might be in a bit of a random order.
Kellys Clotted Cream Cornish Icec ream, perfect with homemade apple cake made by the cake expert Sandra. I put this on the Cousin Jacks Facebook page and our customers were jealous
The West Cornwall Past Co. in the UK inspired me to open up Cousin Jacks Pasty Co. in Australia, going back for the first time in 3 years it was good for me to try a lot of their Pasties to compare. Nicki below walking out with a funny face on her.
I know I’m bias, but Im sure our Pasties are without a doubt better, they look really good though.
Sanna a cold Australian, we went for a walk along Dell quay just south of Chichester.
Dell quay just south of Chichester, it was very cold as it looks.All local food of the West and East Sussex area.
Proper Cornish beer for the family party we had.
22 members of our family I countedFireworks are illegal to buy in Australia with out a license but not in the UK,so Sanna had a go at lighting a big 36 rocket barrage, she screamed as she lit it and ran away.
The view in the mornings from the upstairs landing from my parents house.
A reunion with a lot of my old friends from England.
The Christening in the local Barnham church of Harry and Katie.Some English Ale beer, Hob Goblin which is a strong beer with lots of flavour.
On our way to the UK and we had a quick stopover in Guangzhou, China for one evening and a morning. The hotel we stayed at was right at the international airport, very handy it was and very good.
The room had a glass wall in the bathroom to divide it from the bedroom, it was a interesting design. A electric blind could be lowered to give some privacy for the bathroom.
Something I put together after a coffee with a local IT recruiter the other day. We got chatting about what is the perfect IT position (job), what factors do you need to decide if its right for you? This is especially important to me as a IT contractor where I switch job to job every 6-12 months and you often have to compare if the engagement/project your being offered (or at least to discuss) is better or not compared to your current one.
With the attached sheet you just simply just rate the position out of 10 for each attribute, 10 being the best. The larger the surface area in the chart, the closer you are top your perfect position! These are the attributes to rate:
1) Money (as high as possible).
2) Tech stack (as interesting/new as possible).
3) The job itself – projects/ops, senior/junior, specialist/generalist.
4) Commute/ hours logged per week / times of day worked (night shift, changing shifts etc) (the fewer and most convenient the better!).
5) Length of role / progression opportunities / safety of tenure (the longer the better or the most flexible the better depending on situation).
6) Culture fit – Social aspect of your team or the company fits with yours.
Here’s the link to the Excel sheet (Excel 2013 .xlsx):