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Paul Foster
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This made me chuckle......
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I loved Knight Rider when I was a kid. It's a lot more difficult now, to look past bad acting, stereotypes (both male and female) and really, really bad cliches.
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public announcement

To those of you still adding me, welcome. Please be aware that due to very serious illness I will not be posting much now.

Feel free to browse my older posts there and enjoy them.

Thanks. 
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Take good care....+++ remain locked in your friends & family..
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Cancer Diary

This is going to be probably the last time I do this. What is to remain of my diary will not be shared on the Internet I think.

I am seriously ill now and it's with a heavy heart I will be slowly removing my g+ account over the coming days.

Good luck people, fear not the passing of a daft old git like meI and instead rejoice in the life, love and family you have. I will be.

Good bye and if there is Internet on the other side of my last journey then I will come back and haunt the lot of you :-P

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I only now caught sight of this. That's tough to hear.

+Paul Foster enjoy your family. Will see you on the other side... And take some pics there. They have good lighting I hear. 
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What is not to love about this?  Billy Connolly is one of those comedians that can reduce me to tears, which he does fairly regularly.

One for all those people out there having a tough time, sit back and enjoy the comedy - you know who you are :-)
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Me too. Seems to get better the older he gets :)
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#ninjapuppy wants me to get up

I may be feeling tired again, but something about this made me smile. Daft pup, going for a haircut next week he is. I will share the results :-D

#mobilography #motog #sooc 
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G'day daft #NinjaPuppy  - hullo Mr Paul.
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OK. So how do I now clear the notifications I can't be bothered to open? 
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sometimes I've noticed G+ is slow to load it..
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Oh, it's all changed. I think I like..... 
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+Linnéa Karlsson thank you, again that's a lovely thought 
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No matter what life throws at you, no matter how deep in despair you find yourself, the simple act of your loved one holding your hand will make you feel better. Never forget that when you have a chance to hold your loved ones hand and do it often.

For my shining angel that is my wife. 
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Tell your wife that we love her for that too. She has to hold your hand for all of us. <3
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Cancer Diary

Yup, after a year I am back here once again. After a protracted illness these last few weeks they have found it in my back.

No real news yet, still early days yet. But there is treatment there and once again I find my admiring the lovely, lovely people of the NHS.

I think the word I am looking for is "bugger" 
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Wishing you all the luck and strength to fight it off, Paul.
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This is just wonderful, not just the fact they are playing one of my all time fave pieces, but just how much the crowd builds and even the kids just love the performance - great stuff.

#flashmob  
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I wonder what the reaction will be if Justin Weener and Lady Gag does the same.
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Apologies

To everyone who has wondered what has happened to my stream recently, or the absence of it more precisely.

It's not been time, not overloaded with work, although home has been busy. In fact, I have been quiet simply because I have been so tired. After the last set of pictures from the hill walking I just managed to overdo it. Gardening was probably the final straw, I managed to pull all the muscles in the side of my chest and back and then my back went in sympathy.

End result? I'm bloody exhausted and I just don't have the energy to do much. Oh I've lost a bunch of weight too, not been paying attention to eating enough to actually do all this exercise.

Dumb ass.

#numptypoint 
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Thank you +Raven Smith :-) 
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Heres an interesting one......

I am upgrading some unit testing from XE2 to XE5.  Most things are working and apart from a couple of hiccups generally with code changes not being tested (my fault, its my code after all) I've not found anything to concern me.

However - I have changed the code being tested from using Containers.TObjectList to Generics.Collections.TObjectList.  Code wise its a minor thing and operationally the component appears to work as before.

BUT there appears to be an odd case of memory addresses being reused now.  I am getting a test failing because I am creating a list of objects, then testing the clear and reset code.  The code clears the objectlist, the contained object destructors are fired and then the component resets to a blank state.  This involves resetting a bunch of stuff to default values and creating and storing a new instance of one of the contained objects.

NOW (keep up here) I am testing for the address of the newly contained object changing, I did this to make sure that the clear down and reset code worked correctly.  I've never really checked to closely, but now its running in XE5 the new object has the same address as the old - in fact its the same as the last of the previously contained objects (there were several).  Debugging the process I can see the constructor getting fired, memory being initialised so I'm not concerned that anything is wrong, but it struck me as odd that the tests never showed this before.  TBH the test itself can complete by checking that the default values are set and memory cleared, so I will go and do that, but I wondered if this is expected?
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+François Piette yeeees, but I don't want to add something like that just for the testing, besides its possible that could degrade performance in a multi threaded scenario. If it was required for the actual use of the object, fine, but not otherwise 
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I'm a Kent based software developer, I have written a number of ETL tools for the direct marketing environment, I now work for Redtitan doing *much* more interesting things :-)

I've been developing for over 15 years and have a lot of experience in developing large scale applications which encompass a wide range of disciplines.  I'm passionate about what I do and believe in providing tools which allow people to meet the problems that they have from numerous angles.

I'm also a devoted father and husband in my spare time! 
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Father of 2, step father to a further 3! In my spare time I have written over 250,000 lines of code.
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Folkestone, Kent - Chadwell Heath, Esses - Hainault, Essex - Woodford Green, Esses