RTI: When to report and when to pay

December 24, 2012

At the risk of sound a little narcissistic, here’s an article that I was in last week on PayeRti.Org: www.payerti.org/news/view/rti-when-to-report-and-when-to-pay The next release of Gateway Solver, which is currently in the HMRC LIVE RTI PILOT, is due for release in early 2013 and will support all of the RTI forms. The website will be available […]

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Astrophotography 101

November 18, 2012

I recently led a four-hour practical astrophotography class for HantsAstro at the Petersfield Community Centre. It was a blast! I think it’s fair to say that we all learnt something and thank you to everyone who attended, and to Dave Woods at HantsAstro for co-presenting with me! If you’re in Hampshire and fancy learning more […]

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I made a (Great White Shark) pumpkin!

October 28, 2012

Well, Vicky and Dylan did most of the work …but I put the candle in it! It was a lot easier than it looks to make. At first, Vicky drew the outline of the shark’s features onto the pumpkin and we cut out the lid (leaving a triangle lip at the rear so it only […]

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Bullying & Suicide

October 19, 2012

It’s a tale as old as time, particularly in the digital age. Boy (actually an adult) meets (12 year old) girl. Girl is persuaded to send a nude picture to boy. Boy extorts girl with blackmail threats. Girl falls into depression. Boy releases picture, community bully girl, girl kills herself to escape the psychological torture. […]

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ScotteVest Review (Transformer Jacket & Travel Jacket)

August 31, 2012

If a picture paints a thousand words, then for a video is surely overkill. In this video I get covered in mud, hot water, cold water, man sweat and a cute (stuffed) kitten gets shot at. I’m reviewing the latest SeV ScotteVest Transformer Jacket and Travel Jacket. ScotteVest’s products are now officially available in the […]

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Goodbye, Neil Armstrong.

August 26, 2012

Your footprints will remain on the moon as a constant reminder to all of your courage and the achievements we can all accomplish if we direct our will towards it. I am thankful that the Apollo 11 mission was successful and that we can celebrate the first of a series of successful moon landings and […]

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Dead desk (Razer Sphex review)

July 16, 2012

Nine years ago I was doing the zombie shuffle in Ikea, looking for a new desk to outfit my home office. I bought the “Galant” pine desk, plus extensions on both ends and it’s been my home for most of all of my freelancing career. It’s also begun to get considerably worn down and over […]

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Farnborough Airshow 2012 – Validation Week

July 3, 2012

 It has started. This is our fifth Farnborough Air Show and almost all of these photographs have not been taken not from the airfield. I’m not even outside. I’ve just opened the window to my home office and took these photographs as they flew past. They really are this close, mostly because for safety reasons, […]

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“Two space telescopes, bigger than Hubble. Yours, no charge. Love – US DoD" xxx”

June 18, 2012

Well this was totally unexpected. The US Department of Defence, the government agency responsible for monitoring, controlling and killing people has just recently offered NASA, the government agency responsible for pioneering space, aeronautics and scientific research a couple of advanced space telescopes that it appears nobody, not even NASA realised that they had. These two […]

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Welcome, guest!

June 12, 2012

Hi there, I’m Mike. Please make yourself at home while I just put the kettle on. Do mind the cat (I hope you’re not allergic…). My little blog has seen quite a lot of visitors over the past two days, and I’m nearly out of milk: I have dispatched my minions (three cats and several […]

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