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Petit Paris, Grassmarket, Edinburgh

​With a very warm and friendly atmosphere, I was welcomed like an old friend who’d just popped by.

The starters, French onion soup, immediately made me feel jealous of anyone whose maman might have made them this on a cold night. Not the incipit attempts find in British restaurants, but real, thick, warm, hearty French stuff.

The mains, beef bourguignon, was again, delicious. Served in a red hot crock pot, the perfectly cooked pieces of beef, swimming in heartwarming gravy, melted on the tongue. Apparently there are restaurants to be found in France itself which do better. But none here.

My dessert was crêpes with Grand Marnier. Warm, light and swimming with liqueur.

To finish, rather than my traditional espresso, I went for a Calvados. The typical brandy nose was finished with an immediate transportation to the orchards of Normandy. Not too much of a kick, but a gentle hint of apples.

You couldn’t do much better on a cold Edinburgh night than warm your insides with a trip to France, in a warm, rustic, rural restaurant on the Grassmarket.


Call for Papers – GSE UK Conference: Dear GSE member or supporter,

We are beginning the process to build the agenda for the next GSE UK Conference.  This event will be held on November 5th & 6th at Whittlebury Hall in Northamptonshire.  We intend to run at least 16 parallel streams (i.e. 160 sessions, 80 x 60 minute sessions and 80 x 45 minute sessions) that will feature all aspects of mainframe technology.

If you would like to present at one of these sessions please can you contact the person responsible for running the conference streams, as shown below, with a title and brief abstract of the presentation and a brief bio of the presenter:
• 101 – Hannah Clemo and David Lea
• CICS – Rob Stroud
• IMS – Dominic Jackson
• DB2 – Marcus Davage and Paul Ruane
• Enterprise Security – Jamie Pease
• Large Systems – Mark Wilson
• Network Management – Peter Redman
• zLinux – David Austin
• Storage Management – Pete Stevenson
• TWS – Anna Dawson and Dean Harrison
• Workload Automation – Anna Dawson and Dean Harrison
• ApplicationDevelopment – Keith Allen
• MQ – Melvyn Maltz
• zCapacity Management and Performance Analysis – Jon Olley and John Jackson
• Mainframe Skills & Learning – Ian Skellern
• New Technologies – Kevin Russell
• Software Asset Management (SAM) – Dave Kirk
The objectives of the Conference are to provide guidance and education. The GSE policies prohibit presentations that are focused on selling or promoting a product.  Instead, they should focus on technical issues. As an example, you could discuss a topical issue and how that issue can be resolved; you could describe enhancements to a product and how they can be exploited; other possible topics include explaining the mysteries of the mainframe to new technicians and students.

We look forward to receiving your suggestions for presentations at this year’s conference.

After Linux Mint Installation

Upgrading Linux Mint

A rather simple and cool way of upgrading Linux

Very intelligent and thought-provoking writing from Dannii.

Me, myself & I

You’ve probably never thought about it. I mean who would? I didn’t up to a few weeks ago until an article in the Metro discussed that exact topic “What happens to your online life when you die?” Nearly everyone including your friends, some family and possibly your pet goldfish own a social networking account,  everyone is somehow online and connected with the world. I’ve tweeted, posted and shared without thinking about the future of where all of my information might be going. Since reading the article it’s plagued my mind as to where all my stuff may go. I’ve even joined the loser crew by googling my name more often than is actually needed. You could say I am my own stalker. In the world of celebrity, the good the bad and the ugliest of ugly pictures haunt search engines image pages for eternity. I will never be…

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A Russian Joke

One of my favourite jokes is this:

Lenin, Stalin and Brezhnev are in a train that is running late. The conductor arrives and apologises that he doesn’t know wny the train is not moving. Lenin says, “Shoot all the owners of the railway company.” After a little while, the conductor comes back and says, “We have shot the owners of the railway company, but still the train is not moving.” Stalin says, “Shoot the workers of the railway company.” After a little while, the conductor comes back and says, “We have shot the workers of the railway company, but still the train is not moving.” Brezhnev ponders for a moment, then says, “Paint all the windows black, and tell everyone the train is moving.”

I was looking for the definition of prestidigitation, when one of the suggested words caught my eye – vivisepulture.

Now, it wasn’t the word that caused me alarm – it was the advertisements accompanying it:

I wonder what the advertisers’ message was… “Catch him and keep him by burying him alive on the beach, only 5 minutes away from a Costa Brava Beach Home!”

Hello world!


This isn’t really my first blog post. This is.

Why have I started a blog? Well, because I have an iPod and an iPhone now, and the mobile version is really nice!

So, welcome to my blog, and enjoy the ride.

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