Too hot to move, too hot to think – fall out of a kayak

“And from this window, I can see the street below, I can hear the hit parade on the radio, There’s dirty dishes piling up in the sink, But it’s too hot to move, and it’s too hot to think”. 

So said The Triffids. 

Temperatures are very hot at 33c. Thunderstorms are brewing for later in the week. Holiday kayaking cut short as I fell into the water. Lost bag last spotted in New York with the promise of it coming to Cape Cod. Here we are chilling in the shade in downtown Hyannis.

On the porch in my Hyannis mall Spain t-shirt in front of the obligatory garden national flag.

Sunsets on the board walk are simply wonderful – apart from the pesky mosquitos. 

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Shopping in Hyannis (Cape Cod) to replace my missing pants and chilling on the boardwalk watching the sun set

After the hectic and amazing city stay in New York we head for the quieter parts of USA and Cape Cod.  Amazingly I find better shops to replenish my missing clothes. The views are definetely more chilled. 

The rented holiday house is very cool with its own board walk to the waters edge. 

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On the move with limited wardrobe (1 shorts, 1 trousers, 1 shirt, 3 t-shirts, 3 pants, 1 pairs of socks and 1 pair of trainers)

On the move from New York to Cape Cod to a house with a washing machine and dryer (sink cleaning pants in a hotel room is not a way to spend an evening on your holidays). Hopefully, the last missing suitcase will arrive before we leave for Boston.

Brunch at a road side US service station – good old Dunkin’ Donuts. 

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Lost baggage – shopping in New York for pants

All smiles in the departure gate with no knowledge of the Heathrow baggage belt disaster. One bag made it to New York while two bags were left behind. One bag has just made a happy reunion (hopefully missing bag 2 will turn up soon). This has meant emergency holiday shopping of pants, t-shirts and shorts in New York. Shopping for clothes when you only have one pair of pants and the temperature has hit 30c is not a fun shopping experience. I may only have 2 pairs of pants to choose from but I have been reunited with my camera accessories!

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New York Revisited – 1998

A long time has passed since our last visit to New York, 18 years in fact. This photo was taken down by pier 83 for a bagel breakfast (the same photo used for our wedding invitation).


Well we are off again to New York for a family holiday (this time as a family of four). Family holiday blogging coming soon to a blog site near you!


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West Ham 2014/2015 – It is not all about winning, it is about personal happiness!

If the only measure of success was winning then the third season back in the premiership for West Ham was a failure.

Thankfully, success is a measure that can be broken down into smaller achievable goals including:

  • Not being relegated
  • Finishing in the top half of the table
  • Watching West Ham win in person
  • Having fun
  • Beating Spurs

Unfortunately, the later eluded West Ham this season. The home encounter  (a 1-0 defeat) was action packed with 2 red cards (one apiece) and a rare penalty miss from Mark Noble. 

The Spurs game was one of 3 games during the 2014/2015 season I made to West Ham in person. A grand day out with my son which including a boat trip in Regents Park. 

West Ham then went on a fantastic run reaching the dizzy heights of fourth. Unfortunately, the closest I got to Upton Park during this time was watching the highlights on Match of the Day. 

The next game my son and I watched was the New Years Day match against West Brom. A less action packed 1-1 draw but with a great headed goal from top scorer Diafra Sakho. Another great day out which included a trip on the London Emerites Air Line, a cable car ride across the Thames. 

With the season running out the Stoke game looked like it would be a great chance to see West Ham win in person. However, it was a disappointing performance from West Ham with Stoke equalising deep in injury time to make the score 1-1. There was a corker of a free kick by hammer of the year Aaran Cresswell. My son and I had an another great day out including walking down by the Thames and around The Olympic Stadium (soon to be used for West Ham home games).

West Ham finished a promising season struggling to score goals let alone winning games. Was this season a failure? Absolutely not! The fun my son and I had during our trips to Upton Park were as good as it gets.

It is not all about winning – it is about personal happiness!

Come on you Irons!

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How to solve the classic travelling salesman problem?

Easy take a camera, make a film and enjoy the sites!

I have been travelling to Edinburgh for work related activities for over 15 years. This was my first visit to Edinburgh with SAS (my employers whom I help sell awesome analytical software with). It was also my first trip to Edinburgh since the trams were activated! 

Earlier in the year I was working with a very large bank in Hong Kong (very obvious clues to the bank are in the film). The Star Ferry was awesome. 

If you didn’t spot the bank then try this short film. I even spent my leasure time with the bank. Also I could not miss the opportunity to visit Big Buddha.

So 18 months with SAS and I have had the pleasure to visit and film two of the greatest cities in the world. A fantastic way to have fun while selling software across the globe.  

Alternatively, the classic operational reasearch optimisation technique can be used. 

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