Goodbye SNB & Corpy!

After 15 months at The Housing Corporation, my contract ended yesterday. I worked at the Housing Corporation as a consultant for Sopra Newell & Budge.

I worked on two projects; Compliance Audit as a Team Leader and Core Systems Rewrite as a Team Leader/Technical Architect. CA succesfully went live a couple of months ago, but regrettably I left before CSR’s live date.

Another part of my role was to transfer skills to the Corpy’s permanent developers. Surprisingly I found that I particularly enjoyed this aspect. My “learners” – Mandy, Mark, Gerry, Mick & Louis – were a delight to work with. If everyone is as nice as you guys I might consider this as a career! These developers are well on their way to becoming C# gurus in their own right; I hope I have played a small part in that.

Thanks Mark Lewin, Gerry Evans, Elsa Nigro, Mandy Potts, Louis Pappasryou, Mick Yates, Simon Jackson, Chris Hibbert, Joe Gonzales, Melanie Cahill, Zia Uddin, Paul, Jennifer Mingo, Tajmina Jetha, Helen Mahon, Selina Yeboah, Nella Buisson-Web, Anagha Joshi, Vasos Petrou and Ian Pollack (left already). Despite the difficulties associated with huge projects like CSR (agile or not) you all made it a joy to work at the Corpy.

To Doug Laurence, Simon Rolph, Ambika Kumar, Andriy, Capilan, Satvinder, Jyothi, Graham Thurston, Chris, John French, Steve (database guy), Alan Yardley, Steve Vinney, Rob Kelly (left already) & Adrian Rodgers (left already) from Sopra Newell & Budge I very much enjoyed working with you all. If I didn’t leave the country I would’ve been very happy to continue our association.

I wish you all the best and do keep in touch.

Another Youtube beauty

Absolutely adore this. Keep your eyes on the expressions of the Hippo. Even Nick Parks from Wallace & Grommit must be impressed by this.

If this doesn’t play, go directly to Youtube.

London Heatwave: some perspective

Man was it hot today! The thermometer went all the way up to 36.3¦C. This is the hottest day in the UK for July since records have been kept. The hottest that it has ever been in the UK is a whopping 38.5¦C. That was recorded three years ago in August 2003.

As a South-African people were asking me whether I like this heat, but I can assure you I was boiling. This did however get me wondering what South-Africa’s hottest day ever was. It is an unbelievable 51.7¦C!! It was recorded near Upington in 1948.

The hottest temperature recorded on the planet was 58¦C in El Azizia, Libya. This was recorded in 1922. Just imagine that.

The hottest temperature I’ve personally ever encountered was 43¦C at Vioolsdrif on the border of South-Africa and Namibia.

Bravo Barney Mthombothi!

Thanks to David Fisher for pointing me to this brilliant article by Barney Mthombothi.

I urge all South-Africans – in or out of the country – to read this. You have to make your own judgements on this, but I found it encouraging. To hear Barney Mthombothi, a black author, uttering these words makes me feel less isolated in my own country.

David Fisher from Wozafriday also blogged about this here.

Back to the dark days for the Boks

The Springboks were given their 2nd worst drubbing in history today. They were absolutely smashed by a Wallaby side that was murdered by an All-Black side last week.

The Wallabies were good, but the biggest reason for today’s loss was how bad the Springboks were. I was at the 53-3 loss against England and I have to say that today we were as woeful.

To me the main reasons for South-Africa’s demise are as follows.

Jake White: He has dropped the ball (pun intended) this season. His financial needs have overshadowed his commitment to the team.

His team selections have also been very suspect this year. It seems as if being Jake’s mate is more important than being on great from. His personal vendattas against players like Luke Watson and the deceased Ettiene Botha are cases in point.

He also has to take responsibility for the lack of basic skills and defence.

In essence, he is not doing his job anymore. In the workplace if you don’t do your job you get fired. Thus I now think it is time for Jakey to take his big mouth somewhere else.

John Smit: He has a one-dimensional approach – only knows how to bash into people – and he is about the third best hooker in SA after Schalk Brits and Gary Botha.

His basic skills are also notoriously bad. Smit’s knock-ons are not acceptable for a player at this level. How can you expect the rest of the team to have basic skills when you as captain struggle in this department?

As a captain he is the exact opposite of his predecessor, the dreadful CornT Krige. He smiles alot and everybody thinks he is nice. The problem is that no-one respects him. This is evident in the bad discipline that has crept up again. On field discipline is a captain’s responsibilty.

History shows that John Smit has simply not delivered.

Political Interference: The Springboks are still expected if not required to give black players & administrators free rides. Alastair Coetzee (who coached EP for god’s sakes) is just one example of someone that probably would not have been involved if this were not the case.

At the time of writing it feels like this year is going to have a long Tri-Nations. Stranger things have happened though. I will never forget one year the Sharks beat the Bulls 57-15. Everyone thought that was the Bulls’ season over. Naas Botha had other ideas though. The Bulls destroyed the Sharks in 63-6 in the return game and, if memory serves, they went on to win the Currie-Cup that year. But then again you don’t find a Naas Botha under every tree!

Nikkor 18-200mm VR tames the Common

Wimbledon Common

I finally found the time to test my new Nikkor 18-200mm VR lens. I went to the Wimbledon Common, one of my favourite places in the world, at magic hour (1 hour before sunset) and played around a bit. Although there is much to learn, I am very pleased with the initial results.

See the Wimbledon Common photos.

Also notice the difference between the luscious greens from a few weeks ago and the present tawny colours. Both are beautiful, but you can see why they say this is London’s driest summer in 30 years.

Sadist Christopher Lees gets off lightly

18 year old Christopher Lees was “detained” for animal cruelty today after repeatedly throwing a cat from a fifth storey.

Whilst I’m glad this piece of shit has been caught I can’t help but wonder what “detained” actually means. I doubt it means jail (else they would have said so) so I wonder why not. Surely this sadistic behaviour is serious enough to warrant a jail sentence.

But I do have an alternative suggestion that will free up his jail spot: why does someone not throw Christopher Lees off a fifth floor storey? He only needs to do it once and I’m quite certain the f@#wit will learn his lesson.

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