Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Fishing announcement

As many of you who know me, or follow me on the social media platforms, will be aware - I am passionate about Carp Fishing. To me, it's escapism, it's gets me away from the pressures of work and gives me some "me" time.

I've been taking it reasonably seriously for the last couple of years (seriously in terms of time, effort and money) and am now pleased to announce that I am officially associated with Berkley Gulp Carp baits!!!!

Berkley Gulp
I will be field testing the baits, providing feedback for them and promoting the bait through their blog.
This marks a significant step in the evolution of my fishing, one that I'm particularly pleased about, and I’m really looking forward to being involved with Berkley.

Berkley Gulp Carp is a range of baits including boilies (a boilie is a bait made from a high nutritional value powders and flavours, mixed with egg then boiled to form a hard skin), particles (seeds, nuts and pulses) and pellets. They may well the most scientifically advanced bait on the market today, the thinking and research behind them is quite phenomenal (see:Video1, Video2, Video3), I hope to using it to best effect in the coming months!

I’ll be starting on the Irish Cream and the Squid&Liver boilies, along with a mix of the particles.

I’m hoping the new bait will enable me to catch through the winter and bag a few more lumps like the one below:

Matt Groves and the 48lb 4oz lake record from Le Monument


Hopefully tales of my success on the Berkley Gulp Carp Bait will inspire you to get on it yourself, in which case I can recommend getting your bait from Fosters of Birmingham, I’m not affiliated with them in anyway but I rate them really highly for first class service and the store in Birmingham is one of the best in the country (if not THE best!). Order online here: http://www.fostersofbirmingham.co.uk/carp-and-barbel/bait/berkley

Friday, 27 April 2012

International SharePoint Conference – Day 3

 

 

 

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Wednesday, 25 April 2012

International SharePoint Conference - Day 2 – Party

Day 2 (Party) photos:

 

 

 

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Tuesday, 24 April 2012

International SharePoint Conference–Day 1 Photos

The conference got off to a great start with Steve Smith kicking off with a keynote that set the scene for what the guys are doing with the format for this year, they’ve certainly set themselves a big challenge!!

 

Read more about the end-to-end solution focus on the Conference blog: http://www.internationalsharepointconference.com/blog/default.aspx

 

 

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From the conversations I’ve had as I’m been mingling the feedback so far is excellent!

Andrew Woodward's Business track is certainly generating a lot of interaction and there is a real community feel in the room!

 

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Monday, 23 April 2012

International SharePoint Conference – Day 0

 

Photos from the night before the conference, all very civilised…

 

Let the fun commence!!

Saturday, 12 November 2011

SharePoint Saturday - The most important social feature in SharePoint isn't in SharePoint

My session at SPSUK went very well, even the demo behaving itself (mostly!)…

My slides are available below:

 

 

If you came along to my session I’d love to hear your feedback!

Friday, 16 September 2011

To (almost) quote Elvis…

 

Many of you will have noticed that earlier this year I dropped off the face of the social planet, someone even emailed me to ask if I was still alive!! [and mentioned that DM’ing me on Twitter seemed pointless as I hadn’t been there in weeks!!]

Basically, I needed some time away from things, my employer (Trinity) generously offered to support me and gave me some time off, I took this time to focus on what matters and to realign my priorities…

 

Elvis sang:

 

A little less conversation, a little more action please
All this aggravation ain't satisfactioning me
A little more bite and a little less bark
A little less fight and a little more spark
Close your mouth and open up your heart and baby satisfy me

 

(taken from ‘A Little Less Conversation’)

 

But that’s quoting directly…

 

What I’m saying is:

 

A little less “S” a little more “F” please

All this “S” aint giving me a balance I need

A little more “F” and a little less “S”
… [end of creativity, sorry] ….

 

Anyway, the point I’m getting to is this.

 

I need a better balance of “S” and “F”

 

Less More

 

-SharePoint

-Social media

-Stress

-Shovelling other peoples sh1t

-Sucking it up and getting on with it

-Cynicism (I know that’s a C, but it counts phonetically!!)


-Family time

-Friends (not more of them, but more time with them)

-Fishing

-Fun

-Fitness (yes, exercise, me!!!)

 

To this end I though I’d share a couple of gems that have helped (and I still refer to).

 

A great TED talk. 10 minutes well spent watching it Winking smile

 

 

Nigel makes some excellent points and observations, in a very insightful and entertaining way.

 

I never got very far with Dan Pink's 'Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us' but I’ve picked it again, hopefully to understand more about how I got where i was…

 

 

Also thought that this article on ‘The laws of Productivity’ was excellent:

 

 

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[opens a PDF in a new tab]

 

 

I am still struggling with balance, but I’m getting there, it isn’t something you achieve overnight, or by flipping a switch, it’s taking effort every day.

 

I am now back at work (have been for a few weeks) and engaging more in social media, but with a better balance and (hopefully) not to the determent of things more important…