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St.Georges Day in Trafalgar Square

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Trafalgar Square is one of my favorite outdoor concert venue's in London. As part of Rhythm of London week, Saturday saw an excellent afternoon in basking sunshine to celebrate St.George's Day. I turned up mid-afternoon to see the end of performances by young Londoners.

Most enjoyable was a number of artists performing old London songs in the style of old time Music Hall - singing, dancing, comedy and sketches. Song sheets in hand, the audience joined in by singing some of London's favorite songs.

Ryhthm of London - St.George's Day 2010

How should I declutter important nostalgia?

OK. Decided to have a house declutter and keep on finding physical nostalgia (e.g. postcards, photos,brochures, etc) of places/people that I have been, seen and want to remember.

How should I file/keep these?
- scan them & put them on DVD
- put in old suitcase in garage
- throw them and use my memory
- mixture of any/all

And for photos - printed or digital. Should I keep the top 10 from each trip and bin the rest? Or keep them all?

What have you done, what works and why for you?

What are your life values?

A good work colleague attended his friends funeral recently and his daughters read out a long list of values as part of his eulogy - "What my Father Taught me".  My colleague commented that they were a wonderful set of guiding principles and values – not only for bringing up children, but also for life.

I reviewed the long list and after some deep thought, I chose my top five.

Can your washing machine twitter?

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Way back in the history of networking (1970's), one of the first applications was for students to remotely probe the availability and later the coldness of Coke machines at the Standford.  Read about history at http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~coke/

Passport Control. Which is quickest?

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Arrived at Gatwick North with a choice of three passport controls - human, iris or eControl. I chose eControl as it looked quicker. What's your experience?

Nice video Smivadee - hope it makes OneDifference

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One of YouTuber's top super users 'Smivadee' has just returned from Africa filming for One Difference, the campaign I am currently working on with Global Ethics.

This fantastic new video promotes the work that the organisation does in funding projects to provide clean drinking water to communities in Africa. Join the Facebook fan page and show your support.

Smivadee in Africa for OneDifference

No Fitness Tests Please (for me)

I am glad I am not at school.... Would hate to be forced to have fitness tests like reported in the BBC news article Call for child fitness tests in schools.

Money does not buy happiness, but giving away £2.7m can help

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They say that money does not buy happiness. Getting and having I agree with. But if you can use or give your money to help others, then this can bring happiness to them as well as to you. As I travel the world, I see how money can help others less fortunate than ourselves in many ways.

Visiting Our Lesotho School

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Twelve of us arrived Tue 9th at Mokoallong High School to be greeted by almost 400 children singing and dancing.

Seeing the BT PlayPump in action was really amazing. They love their roundabout and their smiley faces show how happy they are as the spin around. Other children push each other to get to the tap to fill their bottles.

Later on we walked around the classrooms giving each child fruit, biscuits and sweets.

Opposite the school we visited an HIV care centre and listened to the amazing work they have been doing.

Pickle Jar

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I love this story about the pickle jar......

The pickle jar as far back as I can remember sat on the floor beside the dresser in my parents' bedroom. When he got ready for bed, Dad would empty his pockets and toss his coins into the jar.

As a small boy I was always fascinated at the sounds the coins made as they were dropped into the jar. They landed with a merry jingle when the jar was almost empty.Then the tones gradually muted to a dull thud as the jar was filled.

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