Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Instagram Update November 07, 2017 at 11:07PM


via Instagram http://bit.ly/2AiwgVB Someone had turned my horror experience at the Edinburgh Dungeon into a meme #horrormeme

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Thursday, 26 October 2017

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via Instagram http://bit.ly/2i6YcnR Timely delivery. World gin of the year - Herno Old Tom. Roll on gin o'clock

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

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Thursday, 21 September 2017

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Monday, 18 September 2017

Friday, 1 September 2017

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Tuesday, 29 August 2017

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Sunday, 27 August 2017

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via Instagram http://bit.ly/2wgkGK5 Just your average day on the north coast of Ireland. Portrush ahead. Donegal beyond.

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Instagram Update August 26, 2017 at 05:10PM


via Instagram http://bit.ly/2iAU0Ay Time for dinner with the help of some Belfast Gin

Instagram Update August 26, 2017 at 03:24PM


via Instagram http://bit.ly/2xBBAly Dinner is marinading... Turmeric, ginger and garlic so far. Chillies, cumin, coriander and cardamom to come. I'm salivating!

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Instagram Update August 24, 2017 at 05:22PM


via Instagram http://bit.ly/2vjtld7 Think I'm in love with this girl... I wanna keep her but alas, her heart belongs elsewhere

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Instagram Update August 22, 2017 at 11:05PM


via Instagram http://bit.ly/2w0XEX7 Beauty exists above street level. River Island, Donegall Place, Belfast. Why don't we embed this kind of art into new builds?

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Monday, 21 August 2017

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via Instagram http://bit.ly/2wuXDNs My name for the day. At least, my Starbucks name.

Sunday, 13 August 2017

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Thursday, 10 August 2017

My Plan B

Nobody reads this blog or this section of my website so I can write and say whatever I want here without fear.

Apparently.

With that in mind...

I often have discussions with friends, family and colleagues about careers and I always say that a Plan B is not necessarily a bad idea. But I'm very aware that I don't actually have a Plan B at all.

My Plan B is often verbalised as "dry-stone walling in the highlands of Scotland" which sounds rather energetic though the abandoning of technology is appealing at times.

Thinking about a Plan B a little more seriously results in silly ideas like:

  • becoming a "proper" author (maybe by writing up my memoirs in exaggerated form)
  • becoming a male escort (of the legitimate kind, of course)
  • winning the lottery or putting everything on the 2:15 at Kempton Park


The male escort idea is easily the more doable and more likely to generate revenue of the above ideas, but even that doesn't sound like a long term solution to any kind of notion of having a career change!

They say that "necessity is the mother of invention". I guess the reason my Plan B ideas are terrible is because necessity hasn't forced me to think seriously about it. But with nearly 30 years behind me doing this IT thing, I can't help thinking that maybe, just maybe, the time is coming to do something COMPLETELY different.

Ideas welcome - though nobody reads this so that is a note to self!

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Instagram Update August 03, 2017 at 05:34PM


via Instagram http://bit.ly/2fbMVEU My hotel room... Complete with logo of the company I'm working for just now. How did they know.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

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Sunday, 16 July 2017

Thursday, 6 July 2017

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

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Tuesday, 13 June 2017

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Tuesday, 6 June 2017

How To Vote In Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland politics differs from the politics of the rest of the United Kingdom. The General Election this Thursday gives Northern Ireland votes the potential to demonstrate how passionately they believe in the things that really matter here. But it's not quite that simple and many of us who will wander to the polls may be confused as to how our vote should be cast. Here's a "how to guide" to the process:

1) If you like the idea of perpetuating the stagnation that we have enjoyed over the last few years, then of course vote for the exact same people as last time. What's the worst that can happen?

2) If you firmly believe that what's important is "keepin' themuns out" then of course you need to vote for your tribe regardless of policy. Helpfully, the parties tend to put a flag on their campaign posters to help you decide which tribe they belong to! 🇬🇧️🇮🇪️. NOTE: The Green Party, despite their greenness aren't green in the tribal sense!

3) If you like the idea of voting for a candidate who won't go to Westminster and stand-up for your rights, needs, wants and desires and you prefer your MP to have no voice whatsoever in the democratic process then you should vote for Sinn Fein. (I hear the arguments that suggest that while they don't take their seats, they do a lot of work in the background lobbying - but hey, I prefer my politicians to follow process!)

4) If you like the idea of voting for a party that puts their needs before yours and attaches importance to their religious beliefs above all else; if you like the idea that treating others with disrespect on account of their gender, sexuality, faith (or lack thereof); if you like your politicians to be corrupt despite their "holier than thou" Bible-Bashing rhetoric; if Red Sky, Nama and RHI made you feel proud rather than ashamed, then you should vote for the DUP.

5) If you think the time has come for our politicians to actually knuckle down and do some work and start focusing on Education, Health, Employment, Infrastructure, Equality For All, Human Rights, A Post-Brexit Plan and actually making Northern Ireland an even better place to live, then vote for the team that has put together a set of policies that match those requirements. Their manifestos are all available here:



6) If you think that your vote doesn't really count and that there is no point? Then think again. If all non-voters actually voted, the makeup of the political landscape here could be VERY different. Vote. Get your friends and family to vote. It only takes a few moments and you only need to be able to construct an X and put it in a box.

Remember, your vote is YOUR vote. Nobody else's. Nobody need ever know where you put your X. (Not that you should ever feel ashamed for voting for what you believe in.)

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Instagram Update June 03, 2017 at 06:23PM


via Instagram http://bit.ly/2rQGQDb The heavens seem to be displaying a certain amount of displeasure on Northern Ireland's biggest fossil fuel power station. There were blue skies behind me btw

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

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Monday, 29 May 2017

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Sunday, 23 April 2017

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

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Wednesday, 5 April 2017

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Tuesday, 4 April 2017

It's almost 30 years since I left school and I'm still sitting exams! IBM Security Identity Governance certification has been nailed though!


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Socrates - My name for the day


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Tuesday, 7 March 2017

RT @Pirean: The team is ready for #GartnerIAM. Visit us at booth S6 for a demo of Access: One http://bit.ly/2mCTKl4


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Saturday, 4 March 2017

BBC News - Air India claims first journey around the world with all-women crew and groundstaff! http://bit.ly/2mZVrFJ


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Friday, 3 March 2017

RT @Pirean: Join us at #GartnerIAM to understand more about the impact of IAM on delivering digital services to employees, consumers and citizens.


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Tuesday, 28 February 2017

RT @Pirean: Join us at the #FSTSecurity events, 7 March, Melbourne - 9 March, Sydney. Don't miss our roundtable on Consumer IDM… http://bit.ly/2mHZpCJ


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Monday, 27 February 2017

RT @Pirean: Only one week to go until #GartnerIAM, London. Are you planning to attend? Visit us at booth S6. http://bit.ly/2m4L6eT


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Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Snuggling with a glass of wine is a default position regardless of the number of hours worked #neverfeelguilty http://bit.ly/2kKQbFm


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Tuesday, 31 January 2017

RT @davidfrum: Almost every official you think will protect you is removable by the president. http://bit.ly/2jxzqMo


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Friday, 27 January 2017

Interesting reading http://bit.ly/2krUUMp


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Sunday, 22 January 2017

I've written an open letter... of sorts... not that it will have an impact... but I've done it nonetheless... http://bit.ly/2jQ34ks


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An Open Letter

A couple of years ago, I wrote a letter to my MP. I didn't get a response at the time which was disappointing (but not unexpected). Today, I believe (more than ever) that our politicians need to think seriously about how they go about doing the RIGHT thing rather than the populist thing or the thing "ME DA" did or the thing that will line their pockets.
This is what I said:

"I have a strong belief that the politicians we elect have a duty to ensure that the government does everything it can to enable all citizens to be the very best that they can be, with access to services regardless of background, colour, religion (or lack thereof), gender, sexuality, intellect, etc., etc.

From a manifesto point of view, I struggle to understand why political parties can't state that their first duty is to ensure fairness for all. Seeing election posters and flyers with slogans and imagery that alienates large sections of the community seems incredible in the 21st century, but I don't see that changing any time soon as the politics of fear will dominate for some time to come.

When it comes to same-sex marriage, I struggle to understand the viewpoint of our politicians and I do not understand why fairness and equality does not apply in this case. While the rest of Western Europe is able to treat their citizens with the respect that everyone deserves, we in Northern Ireland are becoming an embarrassing anomaly.

My view is that if we (as a country) are capable of discriminating against those who want to marry their same-sex partner, then we set a precedent that discrimination is fine! But then again, that's what we do best in this part of the world, right?

For me, Equality and Fairness should always win the debate regardless of politicians' religious beliefs and regardless of how the friends and relatives of politicians can potentially benefit from any decision taken by the aforementioned politicians."

Recent events should encourage the electorate to abandon their tribal voting patterns and instead apply their votes in a manner which is in the best interests of all. Voting to "keep them 'uns out" is a negative vote. The time has come to vote positively and elect a set of people that genuinely wants Northern Ireland to be a success.

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Must get motivated to booking my hotel for this week! I may find I have to crash on a colleague's sofa at this rate!


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