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My image gallery

The perfect way to eat up web space on a site is to fill it with lots and lots of pictures. So here are a few galleries of holidays I have been on, also some individual pictures down below.

I'm sure this will be added to from time to time.

Duck hr

Image galleries

(Click on the pictures to get to the directory)

Skiing, 2003
Skiing, 2003 Sangalonga, Italy.

Skiing, 2004 kitzbuhel, Austria.
Skiing, 2004 kitzbuhel, Austria.

Skiing, 2005 Mayrhofen, Austria
Skiing, 2005 Mayrhofen, Austria

Skiing, 2006 Arabba, Italy.
Skiing, 2006 Arabba, Italy.

Paris, 2003
Paris, 2003

Amsterdam, 2005
Amsterdam, 2005

Canada, 2006 Honeymoon
Canada, 2006 Honeymoon

Dominican Republic, 2007
Dominican Republic, 2006


Our wedding, 10th September 2006.

I finally married Zoe and made an honest cook out of her.

Her nieces Kirea and Skye (Shown below) were two of the four bridesmaids.

Here are a couple of pictures of the day (I suspect more pictures to come, still sorting through them!).

Simon and Zoe wedding

Simon and Zoe wedding

Simon and Zoe wedding

Simon and Zoe wedding

Ducks! on Cake!
We had a duck themed cake, yes, Ducks! Cake!



And after the wedding...

Update! It's a boy! Expected end of July 2009.

So about two years later it looks like we are going be be parents!

That poor cat is going to be in for a shock.

Zoe has had three scans now, an 8 week, 12 week and 20 week scan.

The twenty week scan showed that he is perfectly healthy and He is indeed a He.

8 week ultrasound
17th December 2008

12 week ultrasound
15th January 2009

20 week ultrasound, facing up
17th March 2009

20 week ultrasound, facing down
17th March 2009

20 week is the last scan, next pictures will be after the birth!


But wait, more pictures. Zoe asked for an extra scan. These were taken on the 16th of May.

Zoes says he looks like me, poor kid.

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Zoe's new car. The Hyundai i10 Classic

Her old Peugeot 106 was starting to look worn out so we decided to find her a better car.

From the first moment I sat in this Hyundai i10 I decided I liked it and soon Zoe agreed it was a nice little car.

Can you believe you can buy a new car for about 6,500UKP? This is a fantastic little car and extremely good value for money, we decided this was a better buy than a 2nd hand car and bought one.

The i10 has just entered the market (We bought it in April 2008) and I think it's going to be a popular hit.

Here is a link to the UK website look what you get for your money!

New car with old Peugeot in the background
New car with old Peugeot in the background

Hyundai on the forecourt
Hyundai on the forecourt

Just waiting for the keys now
Just waiting for the keys now

Here are the keys and the lucky new owner
Here are the keys and the lucky new owner

Ooh lucky, the keys fit
Ooh lucky, the keys fit

Time to see if they put fuel in it
Time to see if they put fuel in it

Well I hope she has many happy miles of motoring in it *Peep Peep!*



They keep sending me to CERN *Sob!*

Well that's ok, it keeps me out of Zoe's way for a bit.

I have spent about 2 years travelling to CERN to work on the Calorimeter Level 1 trigger installation project for the ATLAS detector.

You may be best to have a look on the internet for more information about this project, anyhow this is meant to be an image gallery so here are some pictures of me in a hard hat, working 100 meters underground down in the ATLAS pit.

Posing in front of lots of cables
Posing in front of lots of cables

Working on an electronics crate
Working on an electronics crate

Cabling more stuff
Cabling more stuff

Installing fibre cables
Installing fibre cables

Final few cables
Final few cables

Last cable
Last cable

The installation took nearly two years and we finished in November 2007. The LHC will be running in 2008.



Clean room Bunnies!

I thought I would also add this picture of me working in my clean room based at the University of Birmingham.

(That's me on the right)

Clean room Bunnies



Ali and Tim's wedding

Zoe got asked to be the bridesmaid for this wedding.

In the meantime I was dragged kicking and screaming out of my biking outfit that I live in and stuffed into a suit, eek.

Zoe as a bridemaid
Bridesmaids

Me in a suit
Yup, that's me in a suit



Pictures of the little ones.

These are some picture we took during a visit to the Sealife center in Birmingham.

We had Kiera, Skye and Cain (Known as the "Little man") with us, who are our nieces and nephew.

 Kiera and Sky in Birmingham
Sitting by the fountain


Looking at the fishes


Little man


Big fishes



Stoli the insane cat

This is our cat, shes called "Stoli" the wife named her after the vodka. Stoli was a rescued cat and was a very frightened little thing when we first had her.

She soon gained confidence and turned into the big bully she is today.

Stoli the kitten
Stoli the cat as a scrawny kitten

Stoli plays
Stoli the cat plays

Stoli with the Carebear
Stoli the cat with the Care bear

Stoli with the Carebear
Care bear, Stoli, insane



Acorn Atom

Ever heard of one? Of course you haven't they are one of the rarest computers to come out of the early eighties.

This was Acorn's first ever computer, it included a 6502 CPU. It was an advanced computer for its time and even included sound. I currently have three of them, one of them in full working condition.

The working one has been shown off at RISC OS shows from time to time. It was even used in a Quercus article, the magazine formally known as Acorn User.

Atom with some games
Atom with some games

PCB inside
PCB inside

Three in a pile
Three in a pile



BMW F650

Oh no! Not the BMW!

After riding this bike for a year and a half and clocking up over 18,000 miles on it I broke the engine.

I was gutted about this as I really loved this bike. I sold it on at the end of 2008 and bought a Suzuki V Strom DL1000.

The problem was that the BMW just couldn't cope with daily riding on the motorway, which used to red-line it all the time.

BMWF650Thumb

BMWF650Thumb



Kawasaki KLE 500

This was one of my first bikes, a Kawasaki KLE500. It used to feature on this website on its own page and was the main reason I had visitors on my website.

After 5 years of commuting the engine finally gave up on me, while I was doing 75mph down the motorway in the fast lane! Hairy moment. Despite trying to fix the engine I decided the bike had done too many miles and sold it on as a pile of bits.

KLE 500 looking nice
Before

KLE 500 now broken
And again

KLE 500 looking nice
Pro-duro exhaust

KLE 500 now broken
After *Sob!*

I bought a Kawasaki ER5 shortly after to keep me on the road and made myself look like I had just passed my test, oops. ER5 are used by training schools, still they are incredibly reliable bikes, perfect for commuting.

I think I rode the ER5 for about 3 years before getting the F650.


My first bike, a Kawasaki KH125.

This my first bike which I bought in 1999. This is the only surviving picture of it.

A single cylinder two stroke that I rode around until I passed my full test.

Top speed of around 7...

Kawasaki KH125

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