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Farouq Taj
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Enjoying a coffee break. I'm just drinking a coffee, my son is eating the blueberry muffin. 
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18 unread work emails. But I'm going to avoid reading them as I've got the week off. 
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Skysportsmobile fails again. This time during #Manutd vs #Bayern 
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#Project365   #Day90  Managed to find a replacement fluorescent light bulb for the shower room within 24hrs of the old one failing. This makes it a record repair for me.
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#ManUtdBayern ManUtd doing much better than I expected. 
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I completed the Muslims in Britain Future Learning course.

I am better informed than I was before I started the course and I’m certainly glad I undertook the study. #blog 
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I'm reading that list and it would be interesting to compare notes on how far along ( or falling back depending on perspective ), evangelical Christianity is in achieving the same levels of relevance and separation. Then again outside of " desperately seeking paradise" the cultural background on Islam is all I have to compare. 
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We were outplayed, simple.
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Interesting article. "Democracy is when a society elects their leaders. It is not when a society elects leaders that America approves of."
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#Project365   #Day91  I watched the Manchester United vs Bayern Munich match on TV yesterday evening and completely forgot to take a photo of the day.
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#Project365The   #Day89   clocks have moved forward an hour and we are in British summer time.
 
About a third of our garden is overrun with weeds so I've started the battle to regain control.
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Design of converged WAN solutions
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Telecommunications, MPLS, Pre-Sales, WAN, SIP, Unified Communications, Managed services, VoIP, IPVPN, IP
Employment
  • Vodafone Global Enterprise
    Solutions Consultant, 2013 - present
  • Level 3 Communications
    Sales Engineer, 2011 - 2013
  • Orange Business Services
    Solutions Consultant, 2000 - 2011
  • Northern Telecom (Nortel), Newbridge Networks (Alcatel), Anixter, Global One, Equant, Orange Business Services,
    Software engineer
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I design converged WAN solutions and love photography
Introduction

I am an experienced pre-sales/sales engineer with a successful track record of winning bids with converged MPLS based global network solutions.

I have knowledge and experience of gaining an understanding of the business needs of customers and ensuring all the key components of any technical solution have been identified and their costs understood.

Specialties

SIP based voice services, MPLS WAN, integrated Internet, service management wrap, SLA regimes, bid responses

Interests

I take photos with a Nikon D7000 with either the standard kit lens (18-55mm) or a 35mm lens.

Education
  • University of Hertfordshire
    Computer Science, 1988 - 1992
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Detaining my partner: a failed attempt at intimidation
www.theguardian.com

The detention of my partner, David Miranda, by UK authorities will have the opposite effect of the one intended

Google Maps and Waze, outsmarting traffic together
googleblog.blogspot.com

We’ve all been there: stuck in traffic, frustrated that you chose the wrong route on the drive to work. But imagine if you could see real-ti

There's a worse crisis on the way unless we get serious about tackling d...
www.telegraph.co.uk

For all of the talk of austerity, Britain is still drowning in debt, private as well as public.

By standing united, we can isolate the virus of Islamism - Telegraph
www.telegraph.co.uk

Those responsible for the Woolwich atrocity must not be allowed to provoke and divide us, writes Boris Johnson

Why do Muslims keep having to explain themselves?
www.independent.co.uk

On Saturday the postman delivered readers’ letters – some of them about the recent Oxford sex abuse case, others about the Muslim slaughtere

The housing conundrum
coppolacomment.blogspot.com

House prices in the UK are too high. How much too high they are depends on where you are: house prices have been rising in London because ri

Secret Syrian field hospital where a boy called Sultan defied a line on ...
www.thenational.ae

Hidden in a rebel-held location in Syria's rural north, the Al Rai Hospital is struggling to treat the most confronting of injuries, includi

Back on home turf
audioboo.fm

More info on my time in Syria at http://documentally.com

Do You Replace Your Server Or Go To The Cloud? The Answer May Surprise You
www.forbes.com

So it’s time to chuck that old piece of junk and take your company to the cloud, right? Well…just hold on.

When the line blurs between photography and photojournalism: Digital Pho...
www.dpreview.com

Digital Photography Review: All the latest digital camera reviews and digital imaging news. Lively discussion forums. Vast samples galleries

1 for Will then 1 for Barrie
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Grant Magowan is fundraising for Asthma UK

Which one?
www.economist.com

FOUR years ago, The Economist endorsed Barack Obama for the White House with enthusiasm. So did millions of voters. Next week Americans will

Google Drive
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Access everywhere. Google Drive is everywhere you are—on the web, in your home, at the office and on the go. So wherever you are, your stuff

Cisco Aims to Wake Up Sleepy Brand With New Campaign
allthingsd.com

A networking giant tries to reinvigorate a brand that has seen better days.

Official Google Reader Blog: Powering Down Google Reader
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We have just announced on the Official Google Blog that we will soon retire Google Reader (the actual date is July 1, 2013). We know Reader

Bufferbloat – or why you need intelligent edge control of flows | Cohere...
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As part of an investigation into several other things, my Internet research dredged up some work by ::wiki(Jim Gettys):: on Bufferbloat, whi

Forza Motorsport 3 Video Review
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Justin Calvert kicks it into high gear in this video review of Forza Motorsport 3.

Nikon resumes DSLR shipments, full production expected by March 2012: Di...
www.dpreview.com

Nikon has re-started limited production of DSLRs, following the flooding of its Thai factory, but does not expect to reach full production v

A fresh cream cake, baked to order, should be significantly better than a mass produced supermarket alternative. That's easy to achieve if you source quality ingredients and put a little effort into it. Paul's Bakery used to produce delicious freshly baked cakes. Sadly cost cutting, in an attempt to reduce overheads, through the use of cheap ingredients, resulted in a cake that was worse than an off-the-shelf supermarket equivalent. The jam appears to be the sort that comes in a catering brand barrel, watery and applied sparingly. The sponge needed a little more sugar and the fruit was popped on top and not within the sponge.
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reviewed in the last week
This restaurant has an unassuming entrance that isn't particularly visible from the street. Its worth finding as the interior decor is interesting in a good way. The food was good and the staff attentive though not all spoke English. This wasn't an issue because if in doubt they would simply get an English speaking waiter to help.
Public - 3 weeks ago
reviewed 3 weeks ago
The hotel is approx. 10 mins drive from Dusseldorf airport. A taxi ride cost me approx. 11 Euros. I used the free shuttle bus from the hotel back to the airport. The reception staff are friendly and made me feel welcome on my arrival. The room was of a good size with plenty of room for laptop and papers. Internet access is expensive and the breakfast cost of 19 Euros is extortionate. Apart from that its a good hotel.
Public - 3 weeks ago
reviewed 3 weeks ago
The pricing is competitive and they deliver in a reasonable timescale. A good range of skips are available and you can pay by credit or debit card over the phone. There is a 3% fee incurred if you use a credit card.
Public - 6 months ago
reviewed 6 months ago
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This hotel is located in the centre of town, we walked to the restaurant in the evening and then popped into a bar for coffee on the way back. There is no check-out, you pay for your stay on arrival and then leave your card at reception. This saves a lot of time because I often find there a queues of people checking-out in the mornings. The receptionist also told us that checking out is by 12.00 which might be useful for some people. I congratulate the hotel for including Wi-Fi access in the price. You can connect up-to 3 devices using your Wi-Fi password which is important for most travelers as we have laptop, smartphone and sometimes a tablet. I found a good selection for breakfast and the staff were helpful and friendly. There are two things they could do to improve the rooms. The first is place an electric socket near the table so you don't have to rely on the laptop battery. The second is placing a lamp on the table to make it easier to work in the evenings.
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Public - 3 weeks ago
reviewed 3 weeks ago
The airport is quite small with a limited selection of shops. Its not particularly busy when I've been there so passing through security has been quick. The food is expensive for what it is. They server Coca Cola in overpriced tiny 200ml bottles. Frozen pizzas that are heated for 8 Euros etc. Once you get past security there is a small shop selling drinks at ridiculous prices, 3.5 Euros for a small bottle of water. Overall its okay so long as your passing through quickly. Not the sort of place you want to stuck in for any length of time.
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Public - 6 months ago
reviewed 6 months ago
This is a 'trade only' builders merchant. They don't do customer service of any description. Its a bit like buying from an auction. Its your responsibility to carry out any quality control checks to make sure the stock is fit for purpose. Once you've paid for it then there is no come back. The staff are unprofessional and unable to answer queries over the phone. Things don't improve much when you attend in person. I am baffled as to why even traders use this chain of builders merchants.
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Public - 7 months ago
reviewed 7 months ago