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The Movember Bucket List

November 30, 2012 Leave a comment

Today, I’d like to take a temporary break from my normal subject matter to thank everyone for their generous support and sponsorship of myself and my colleagues at Barton Willmore during our Movember fundraising efforts.

Clint, as my facial growth became to be known, had but a short time with us and by way of tribute to his departure today, I present below, in it’s entirety, his 30 day ‘Bucket List’ adventure! He will be missed.

November 1st: Mr and Mrs Bevan are pleased to announce a new addition to the family. His name is ‘Clint’ and he has taken up residence on Mr Bevan’s upper lip. Although Clint will only be with us for 30 days, he intends to lead a full and exciting life and has already started work on his ‘Bucket List’


November 2nd: Today, Clint got off to a flying start and surprised us all by Running with the Bulls at Pamplona!


November 3rd: Today, Clint travelled to Buenos Aires and learned to Tango!


November 4th: Today, Clint visited the Oktoberfest and got completely mullered!


November 5th: Today, Clint threw himself out of a perfectly good aeroplane and went skydiving!


November 6th: Today, Clint’s first novel, ‘Fifty Shades of Grey Facial Hair’, became a No.1 Bestseller!


November 7th: Today, Clint enjoyed a freshly rolled cigar in Havana!


November 8th: Today, Clint bathed in the Ganges during Makar Sankranti, and caught dysentery!


November 9th: Today, Clint and a couple of friends rode the Formula Rossa, the world’s fastest rollercoaster, at Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi! 0-149mph in 4 seconds… easy!


November 10th: Today, Clint went to Vegas and bet it all on red!


November 11th: Today, Clint was photographed with Christ the Redeemer in Rio!


November 12th: Today, Clint drove the Nürburgring in under 10 minutes!


November 13th: Today, Clint joined the list of people you’d like to see throw themselves off a bridge, and went bungee jumping in New Zealand!


November 14th: Today, Clint paid a visit to the ‘Hottest’ place on earth, Death Valley in California. Though actually, he found it all a bit boring, so came home again.


November 15th: Today, Clint livened things up a bit and went to New Orleans to party at Mardi Gras! Nice.

15. Mardi-Gras2

November 16th: Today, Clint risked a nasty case of frostbite on his extremities and took part in a Boxing Day Dip!


November 17th: Today, Clint got in touch with his feminine side, and danced at the Rio Carnival!


November 18th: Today, Clint swam in the ‘Devil’s Pool’ on the edge of Victoria Falls! Though the diving board did put the willies up him a bit.


November 19th: Today, Clint went back to University and studied for a Masters Degree. We are all very proud of him!


November 20th: Today, Clint drove the entire length of Route 66, on his computer with Google Street View!

20. Route 66

November 21st: Today, Clint swam with wild Dolphins! However, he found it quite dissatisfying, as the whole experience didn’t have any real porpoise!

21. Dolphins

November 22nd: Today, Clint blew the crap out of everything, during Chinese New Year in Shanghai!

22. Chinese New Year

November 23rd: Today, Clint needed to calm his nerves, so took a leisurely flight in a hot air balloon! He was last seen somewhere over the North Sea, approaching the Norwegian coastline.

23. Balloon

November 24th: Today, Clint threw tomatoes at a bunch of complete strangers during La Tomatina in Spain!

24. LaTomatina

November 25th: Today, Clint was in Times Square at midnight on Christmas Eve! Then he realised he’d got the wrong day!

25. Times_Square

November 26th: Today, Clint joined Fight Club, but he can’t talk about it!

26. Fight_Club

November 27th: Today, Clint’s post-modern impressionist piece ‘A Big Pile of S***’, won the Turner Prize! Which was nice.

27. Crap

November 28th: Today, Clint vowed to live without using any form of modern technology for a whole month! He lasted about 2 hours before he got a bit twitchy and went back to using his BlackBerry (as that didn’t really count, he said).

28. Technology

November 29th: Today, Clint watched a documentary on ‘freestyle’ rock climbing! ‘Stuff that for a game of soldiers!’ he thought, and went to the pub instead.

29. Mountain

November 30th: Today, Clint quit the rat race and went to live in the sun, the sea and the sand, on a tropical beach!

The lucky b***ard!


Thanks again to everyone who has sponsored Clint’s adventure! Any further donations will always be welcome at:

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Windows 888

November 2, 2012 Leave a comment

So, has anyone chosen to ignore their years of experience and taken the plunge to upgrade their business desktops to Windows 8 yet?… No, me neither!

According to ITPro, Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer, recons that 4 million upgrades occurred over the opening weekend and that “tens of millions” of corporate copies have shipped! They may well have been “shipped”, but I suspect most of them will be sitting on the shelf for a while yet.

I’m just not convinced by the look and feel of Windows 8, it looks like a vending machine control panel or a device to enter your work preferences at the Job Centre! And it will probably be all those things, in time, as Microsoft no doubt intended, but because it’s SO different, it’s definitely not good for business!

I still have nightmares over the support chaos that ensued after they moved the ‘Print’ button in Office 2007 and I won’t be rushing into that mistake again! I think I’ll be sticking with the Start Menu in the bottom left for a while yet, anything else is just too much of a gamble!

This month, I will be attempting to grow facial hair on my upper lip in support of Movember and Prostate Cancer UK. If my humble prose has inspired you to sponsor my efforts, please visit

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A Close Shave!

October 24, 2012 Leave a comment

Dear Reader, I’m afraid the last month or so has been something of a difficult period at work, with almost every conceivable technological failure, conspiring to occur in regular sequence to keep me away from putting pen to paper (or finger to keyboard, in this case).

I return to you today, however, refreshed and renewed, though I do not intend to tempt fate further, by choosing a highly technical subject on which to pour scorn. No, very much the opposite in fact, the object of my attention today is the humble Bic disposable razor.

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I found myself having to visit our Edinburgh office last week, to attend to an ailing server that was doing it’s level best to cough it’s final breath. I flew up there the night before, in order to get a nice early start, but, horror of horrors, the next morning, discovered that I had failed to pack my razor!

No problem, the local corner shop yielded up a packet of 5 Bic disposables for £2.99, problem solved.

Oh no, not by a long way, the problems were only just beginning! I first noticed the pain about halfway through the second stroke of the blade and the rivers of blood followed a few moments later. Within seconds and in true gothic horror, reminiscent of the ‘face wearing’ scene from Silence of the Lambs, this evil weapon of face destruction, had cut me to shreds!

Now, I cannot deny that I am no longer in the flush of youth and so have been managing to shave myself successfully for more years than I care to remember, without amputating any of my extremities, but these little sods came close! Consequently, the offending implement, along with it’s four companions and their packaging marked ‘Sensitive’, found their way directly into the bin!

Congratulations to Baron Marcel Bich, presumably a distant relative of the Marquis de Sade, for your contribution to men’s health, in the form of the disposable razor, a product that truly lives up to it’s name!


All this brings me neatly on to an ulterior motive for todays post. Despite my better judgement and medical advice, I have been coerced into participating in the Movember challenge to grow facial hair, on what remains of my upper lip, in aid of Prostate Cancer UK. If, therefore, my humble prose has inspired you to offer some form of sponsorship, any donation, no matter how small, would be more than welcome. You can visit my sponsorship page, and follow the ensuing hilarity, at


You’ll be glad to hear, by the way, that despite being weakened through severe blood loss and seeing pedestrians give me a wide berth in the street, I did manage to find my way to the office and repair the stricken server, leaving only minimal stains on the carpet.

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