Moving on from IBM

Two big milestones in my life this year: turning 50 leaving IBM The first was automatic, and as I have been referring to myself as 50ish for a good while, was no big shock anyway. The second was a voluntary decision that ultimately took moments to make after considering it off and on for the last year or so. I have been with IBM for 11 years, and PricewaterhouseCoopers for a year before that. I had no plans to join IBM, but their purchase of the consulting arm of PricewaterhouseCoopers in Read more […]

Blinded by a bee sting

My eldest daughter was on a two-week field trip to a desert in Spain with her university as part of her Geology course. On the second Friday, she suffered one bee sting to an eyebrow and a second to an eyeball. This would trouble anyone, but it turned out my daughter is allergic to bee stings. She went into anaphylactic shock and collapsed to the ground twitching and struggling to breath. Her face swelled considerably. Fortunately, the field team had good emergency procedures in place and she Read more […]

Second go at university for my eldest daughter

I cannot begin to imagine the feelings one has to deal with when facing starting again at a university one year on from having started elsewhere only to have subsequently dropped out. When the first university was Keele, and the second is Imperial College, the feelings must be even more strange. There cannot be many students who have chosen to have gone to Keele in the first instance, dropped out and then manage to gain a seat in one of the top universities in the country.Zoë took the decision Read more […]

Youngest daughter goes to uni

Leaving home for Hull university Alexandra, our youngest child, left home for University in Hull at the back-end of September. She was heading into the unknown, not least in so far as accommodation arrangements were not confirmed because of going through clearing and she was simply advised that she would meet potential landlords and would probably move in on that day. Gulp. We had to get there by 10.30 to ensure we met the landlords. The car was filled on the Friday, and we headed off early Read more […]

A level results day

Last year, Zoë did not worry that much about her A level results as she had chosen to go to Keele Univesity to study Geology and their requirements were, well, not that challenging. Alexandra had rather more at stake to fill her place at Lancaster for Theatre Studies, so she was very worried on results day. I was not a good Father, and was still at work down in Swansea awaiting the text message. When the message came through with bad new late in the morning, I was clearly upset. Immediately Read more […]

Beyond Spamalot

Christmas 2010 & New Year 2011 has not been the most exciting holiday I have had. it did not help that I worked up to and including Christmas Eve and also between Christmas and New Year. Admittedly, this working was done remotely, but it was work nevertheless. I was supposed to be in Swansea the week leading up to Christmas but, to be honest, I chickened out because of the snow. Birmingham On the Monday leading up to Christmas, I had planned to work from home anyway, as we (me, the Mrs and Read more […]

Am I undereducated?

I find myself in an odd position. My wife has just started an Access course at a local college with the objective of starting at University on an undergraduate physiotherapy course the following year, at the same time as our older daughter is scheduled to go to University (unless she gets cold feet, or decided to take a year out) and a year ahead of the younger daughter (who has just started her A levels at another local college). I have no formal education planned for my future. Many of my colleagues Read more […]

Life after school

My eldest daughter is coming to the end of her first year of study for her A levels and is looking around at universities. Until very recently, my wife and I were unsure that she was actually interested in a university education. She had this idea that even if she did pursue a degree, she would live at home, which drastically reduces the number of universities that can be considered. Frankly, she needs to live away from home to help her become more independent and complete the maturing process Read more […]