My little country of just 3 million inhabitants is in Rough Guides top 10 to visit. We come in at number 8, but hey, anywhere in the top 10 is awesome.
Come visit and if you do, give me a shout so I can show you some of my favourite parts.
So as it's #CoffeeThursday I have the low down for you. No more quaking in terror, no more mispronouncing espresso...
Your caffeine fulled mods as ever are: and myself
There are benefits to winter mornings... it mans you can get up later and still be in plenty of time for sunrise.
Had fun with my first outing this month with my camera even though I'm still reduced to using my kit lens due to my precious daughter putting my landscape lens through the wrecker... oh and word to the wise, when your inner voice says "put your wellies on" then listen to it. Instead I wore my walking boots and ended up with damp feet as I had to wade back across the now submerged spit of land I was on due to the incoming tide!!!
Did you know that November 17th has been dedicated to raising awareness of premature births which amount to (worldwide) 1 in every 10 births. What is premature? The medical definition I was given was any baby born before the 35th week of gestation but that appears to have crept up to 37.
Why do I care?
As the father of a child born at 28½wks gestation or 11½wks early I can never be thankful enough to the UK health system that saw my child as a living, breathing individual that had as much right o healthcare as I do. The paediatrician at the time, it has to be said, was a doubter and gave us news we didn't want to hear and didn't take on-board. My child was given a prognosis of not surviving and if by any miracle he did then he'd "never walk, talk or play an instrument". Those were her exact words.
How can I forget when he grew into such a marvelous young man who now lives and works on the outskirts of big bad London forging his own path in this world.
- Yes he's profoundly deaf but he talks and understands like you or I that aren't.
- Yes he walks. He was never an athlete but he's healthy and loving life.
- And Yes he plays a musical instrument. In fact I've lost count of the number he actually does play but lets just leave it at piano and trumpet to certified orchestral standards.
My son ... Owen.
So what am I saying?
If someone metaphorically shakes a bucket at you to give money for this then do so. These children are our future and we have no right to say they don't have a right to life.
If you can support someone who has a child recognised as 'prem' then do so.
If you can fight for free health care for all that recognises the right of the newly, though severely ill, born to be treated as an equal then do so.
More details can be found here: https://www.neonataltrust.org.nz/about-us/world-prematurity-day-17th-november
Oh, and I get to be the proud dad that shares a few images of his life...
I don't know much about hat sizes. I know my uncle had to buy very large hats. But his head doesn't seem big to me either.
Sadly googleplussuomi.com appears to have been taken down so I can no longer easily link you to a timeline of my imagery. If anybody knows a direct replacement then please do tell.
-My Google+ Timeline (takes you off G+)-
I'm a tech head with a passion for way too many things. I have one wife and 3 children. A happy family man with not enough time, too little money and too much going on inside my head.
I love rugby (Wales) and even though I turned 50 recently I still haven't seen (nor plan to) a full football game. Love cricket; 10 Pin Bowling (closet to 300 I have is a 257); Tang Soo Do; Judo; Cycling and many other.
Come join my train wreck ride and have a laugh with me ...!
What's that... you want more?
OK here's - 25 things about me.
And another 25 for good measure.
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