I bagged myself another marketing award

I am very proud to have been awarded WatchGuard Marketing Person of the Year I am really proud of my new trophy. Here it is at home on my fire place mantel. I even like the way the red goes with our wallpaper 🙂 Recently I attended the WatchGuard UK Partner Conference at Twickenham Rugby…

Tuk Tuks, Taxis and Royal Enfields – Getting Around in Goa

So you’ve got yourself over to Goa. Even though it’s a fairly concentrated area, you still need to move around a bit. Taxis are fairly cheap. They have set rates which are ridiculously cheap, about 25p a km or hour wait time, but they never actually work for those rates. It’s the usual agree the…

Fear and Loathing in Goa – let the weirdness continue

It’s our first night in Goa. We’ve kicked the holiday off with a spot of weirdness at the airport on the way in – but that’s another blog post – and we’re at our hotel now (The Living Room) and things have settled down nicely. Right, let’s get off for a walk down to the…

Goa: Let’s get this holiday off to a weird start

So there we are having survived the ten hour flight from Gatwick to Goa courtesy of Thomson Holidays’ Dream Liner. Does anyone ever sleep on a plane? Do they even manufacturer enough Valium to make it possible? So we’re dragging ourselves out of the airport and we get to this rag tag sort of customs…

Are industrial control systems the new frontline for cyber warfare?

This article is my thoughts around how warfare is likely to evolve in the digital age. It has been edited down and published as two different articles on various sites around the net. Following is the full (long) version … Warfare down the millennia has always been about brute force, whether that be the hand-to-hand…

Diving the Thistlegorm – one of the world’s top wreck dives.

It’s great when you can combine two of your passions into one activity. Well I love vintage motorcycles and diving. What do you mean, incompatible? Not actually true. There is a dive site you can see 1940s Norton and BSA motorcycles, the wartime wreck of the British supply ship the Thistlegorm. It set sail from…

Will the Internet of Things enable your kettle to steal your car?

Following are some of my thoughts around the impact of the Internet Of Things on security and how it has changed the nature of what we consider to be an “endpoint”.   Will the Internet of Things enable your kettle to steal your car? Barry Mattacott, marketing director at security specialist Wick Hill Group, looks…

My days as a biker and born again biker

Waaay back in the day I started my working life as an apprentice aircraft engineer with British Airways. In those days BA would take in 300 to 400 apprentices a year. They moved us in from the provincial airport towns to Heathrow for training. I was (mostly) brought up in a small village in South…

Scuba Diving Cancun Underwater Museum (MUSA)

I am an unashamed holiday diver. If the water is cold enough that I have to wear rubber then I don’t want to go diving. Consequentially I have never dived in the UK. But I have dived in Egypt, Mexico, Tenerife and Thailand. If you are a holiday diver then you have the pick of…

What can you expect to find here?

The short answer should probably be, the manic ramblings of a madman. But if you are here and reading this presumably you have found something here that interests you. Which is fantastic. It is early days and I don’t have a plan for it, but maybe I have a vision of what I might do…

Welcome to my blog

How has it come to this? What could possibly have gone so wrong in your life that you have found yourself with nothing better to do than reading my personal blog? Whatever the reason for you finding yourself here, I view it as my gain and extend to you the warmest welcome. I welcome your…