Go see Globalissues.org


_ www.globalissues.org

This web site looks into global issues that affect everyone and aims to show how most issues are inter-related.

Over 6,500 links to external articles, web sites reports and analysis are used to provide credence to the arguments made on this web site. The issue categories range from trade, poverty and globalization, to human rights, geopolitics and the environment.

Awesome site with loads of content – go see it if you care about the world we live in.

How do you know that you have been in London too long?


1. You say “the City” and expect everyone to know which one.
2. You have never been to The Tower or Madame Tussauds but love Brighton
3. You can get into a four-hour argument about how to get from Shepherds Bush to Elephant & Castle at 3:30 on the Friday before a long weekend, but can’t find Dorset on a map.
4. Hookers and the homeless are invisible.
5. You step over people who collapse on the Tube.
6. You believe that being able to swear at people in their own language makes you multilingual.
7. You’ve considered stabbing someone.
8. Your door has more than three locks.
9. You consider eye contact an act of overt aggression.
10. You call an 8′ x 10′ plot of patchy grass a garden.
11. You consider Essex the “countryside”.
12. You think Hyde Park is “nature”.
13. You’re paying £1,200 a month for a studio the size of a walk-in wardrobe and you think it’s a “bargain”.
14. Shopping in suburban supermarkets and shopping malls gives you a severe attack of agoraphobia.
15. You pay more each month to park your car than most people in the UK pay in rent.
16. You pay £3 without blinking for a beer that cost the bar 28p.
17. You actually take fashion seriously.
18. You have 27 different take-away menus next to your telephone.
19. The UK west of Heathrow is still theoretical to you.
20. You’re suspicious of strangers who are actually nice to you.
21. Your idea of personal space is no one actually physically standing on you.
22. £50 worth of groceries fit in one plastic bag.
23. You have a minimum of five “worst cab ride ever” stories.
24. You don’t hear sirens anymore.
25. You’ve mentally blocked out all thoughts of the city’s air/water quality and what it’s doing to your insides.
26. You live in a building with a larger population than most towns.
27. Your cleaner is Portugese, your grocer is Somali, your butcher is halal,your deli man is Israeli, your landlord is Italian, your laundry guy is Philippino, your bartender is Australian, your favourite diner owner is Greek, the watch seller on your corner is Senegalese, your last cabbie was African, your newsagent is Indian and your local English chippie owner is Turkish.
28. You wouldn’t want to live anywhere else until you get married.
29. You roll your eyes and say ‘tsk’ at the news that someone has thrown himself under a tube train.
30. Your day is ruined if you don’t get a copy of Metro on the way to work.

Back in the saddle, staying healthy, and a hepatic coma


The last two weeks ini Gareth’ville have certainly been interesting, and I think I’ve learn’t a lot about stuff that isn’t web or business related, that I want to share.

Basically, in the last two weeks I’ve managed to get hit by a brutal flu bug, and then end up going to Accident and Emergency at Middlesex University Hospital for what ended up being a “hepatic coma” (which stil isn’t fixed), followed by a weekend of pain, feeling really uncomfortable and generally feeling sorry for myself. In thinking about causes, I realised it was ‘cos I dropped the ball with myself. Really dropped the ball. This pisses me off ‘cos I’m a healthy person and like being active!

To start with, I compromised a good exercise regime for more sleep, where more sleep was needed ‘cos I was staying up later, where I was staying up later ‘cos I wasn’t disciplined enough to go to bed and more importantly wasn’t disciplined enough to wake up in the morning at the same time.

Bottom line: wake up at the same time every morning , no matter what, and make sure you do exercise every day.

Secondly, I started to eat badly. I thought I was eating well ‘cos I’ve been having salads at work, but actually, I wasn’t eating properly the rest of the time. My coffee intake also increased to about 4 cups a day (with sweetener not sugar), but although I’m comfortable with that, I didn’t increase my water intake to cover for the coffee, so I got dehydrated and started getting headaches. That, added to literally having a slice of cheese wrapped in a slice of ham for dinner, made sure that my diet wasn’t as good as it should have been. But why? I think it’s ‘cos I’ve placed an emphasis on other stuff in my life, which has overridden the important foundational stuff like getitng sleep, drinking water, eating properly, doing exercise, etc etc.

Bottom line: make sure your foundations are strong, habitual and realistic – they are the beginnings of any sustained success.

And that’s it really – I’m resolved to start looking after myself better, and pay more attention to the every day stuff that I’d let slip for various reasons…

How about you?

Where are all the programmers gone?


We’re currently in desperate need of good developers in our Cape Town office.
If you are a .Net developer and reckon you’re good, and you want to work for a pretty progressive, fun outfit with about 30 other people, based in the Cpe Town, Tokai area, then check out:
this open box software blog post for more details. You can also check out the company itself on the open box website

Down with Flu!


Apologies for the silence – I’ve got a few drafts and some cool links to post but it’s just not been a great week ;-)

I’ve picked up the flu; you know, the one where your head feels like it’s gonna explode whenever you move, and where your chest feels like it’s full of mucous (eurrrgh, I know, great mental image), so I’ve not been myself lately.

On the flip side, I’ve watched 6 dvd’s in all this week and have enjoyed doing nothing but doing nothing and catching up on some sleep. Hopefully I’ll be fit as a fiddle come tomorrow / Monday, so we’ll see ;-)

Have a great weekend!