A Spell to End School

As requested by Katy, here is a poem I wrote in primary school, which was published in All Aboard For Lancashire. I suspect if I was at school now I’d get called in under the government’s Prevent program for writing a poem about exploding the school, not to mention the wrath of the RSPCA for […]

Goals for 2019

I didn’t do terribly well on my goals for 2018: Improve photography skills: Failed, I can’t even find my camera. Finish Configuration Management with Ansible training course and deliver it at least once: Failed, although I have added another couple of exercises. Read 50 books: Success! According to my Goodreads challenge, I managed 70 books […]

Rixort Wiki

Over the last few years I’ve built up a collection of notes in various places on the wide range of topics I’m interested in. So that I can keep them all in one place for reference and editing, I’ve setup the Rixort Wiki. Read access is public, but only I can edit. Yes, this goes […]

Goals for 2018

This year has been a poor one for achieving the goals I set in January: Improve photography skills: Failed, although thanks to Lesley I have some resources to help me now. KAM Tools (software startup): Failed due to a lack of available time. Company is now being wound up. Training courses: Partial success, in that […]

Life update

Life has been pretty busy of late, particularly on the business side of things. I’ve been fully-booked since the beginning of March and this looks set to continue until at least the end of May. The fact that I am selling my time means that my business doesn’t scale, which has led a few people […]

Goals for 2017

Posted here mainly so that I have a reference: Improve photography skills to the point where I can take half-decent photos of trains. Start selling licences for KAM Tools (software startup with a colleague from a previous job). Finish and deliver training courses on Configuration Management with Ansible and Version Control with Git. Read The […]

Winter clearout

Over the years I’ve accumulated lots of books, maps and DVDs which I’ve rarely used. I don’t have enough space to store them all so I’m looking to sell them on at a significant discount. All items are in very good or excellent condition and most have only been read/watched a couple of times at […]

Where to from here?

Today marks the one year anniversary of me leaving full time employment and starting my own business—something I’ve wanted to do since high school (in primary school I had slightly unrealistic ambitions, including World President). So far things are going well, I am ahead of my conservative forecasts, have regular work from several clients, and […]

November is Will Aid month

If you’ve been thinking of getting a will, November is a good month to do something about it. Will Aid is an annual scheme whereby participating solicitors have agreed to write basic wills for no fee, on the understanding that you make a donation to charity (£95-150). A basic will covers the vast majority of […]

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Life update

Four months in and freelancing is going slowly, though I’ve picked up another regular contract and received a few more enquiries now that the quiet summer holiday season is over. I’m also in the process of getting a custom design for my PHP Developer site, as I don’t think it sells me as well as […]