22 June 2006

Which Operating System are you? 

BBspot - Which OS Are You?

12 June 2006

Sam's Three Peaks Challenge (Update) 

Hi Dad,

It went really well but I am glad it is over. 6 out of the 9 of us did the
Three Peaks but unfortunately not in 24 hours but 30! The difficulty was
that there was a vast difference in fitness levels which made a huge impact
on our timings.

On my way home from work on Thursday someone tripped me up at London Bridge
and I fell directly on to my knees and my left one took the brunt of it...
you can see where this is going. I was fine up and down Ben Nevis and up
Scarfell but felt a bit of pain going down, about two thirds into Snowden
it went but I was damned if I was gonna turn back and by the time I got to
the top I was in agony and going down was a trauma to say the least -
probably the first person to descend Snowden either backwards or on my

It was really good and am glad that I did it. I was disappointed going up
Ben Nevis that a few were holding up the team but then on the way down we
passed them and they looked so determined but knackered that two of us went
back up to the top with them and walked down together - after all it was a
team event.

The views were stunning and the weather was gorgeous still had snow on top
of Ben Nevis which was mad. Only I didn't take a single picture for some
reason I thought that I had forgotten my camera but found out back at the
hotel that I lugged it up and down all three without knowing. Will get
photos off the others.

Was in a state yesterday but the pain in my knee has got a bit better today
but I have trouble going down stairs.

I'll give you a bell tonight.

"Ben Whiting"
Subject: 3 Peaks
12/06/2006 08:15

How did it go?


Cheques should be made payable to "Compliance 3 Peaks Objective" (C3PO).
I'm going to try and get the bank details for the account we have set up
for any internet bankers who wish to pay electronically. Good spot - the
sponsorship form isn't very clear.

You could send them to me to pass on.(Ben the Ed)


Tomorrow I will be joining a small team from work who will be attempting
the Three Peaks Challenge.

The object of the Three Peaks Challenge is to climb the highest mountains
in England (Scarfell Pike 978m), Wales (Snowdon 1085m) and Scotland (Ben
Nevis 1344m) all within 24 hours. This is a combined climb of 3,407m. To
put this into context the climb from Lukla airport to base camp on Everest
is 2,680m in comparison.

This is a marathon undertaking not just because of the distance travelled
in the ascent and decent of the mountains but also in travelling between
them as the mountains are some 500 miles apart and will take at least 10
hours of our time.

The reason for attempting this madness is of course to raise money for
charity and the team members have chosen the following three charities to

Medecins Sans Frontiers is active in over 70 countries and seeks to offer
medical aid and humanitarian assistance to populations in danger. MSF is
determined to provide aid to whoever needs it regardless of race, sex,
religion or nationality. As well as providing care they also speak out to
raise awareness of ongoing atrocities and human suffering. Their reputation
for being the ‘first in and last out’ of the world’s danger zones earned
them the Nobel peace prize in 1999.

Cri du Chat Syndrome is a genetic disorder caused by loss or misplacement
of genetic material from the fifth chromosome. It is named after the
distinct sound made by the babies and young when they cry. The charity has
three goals.
· To provide support and advise to parents and carers
· Raise awareness of the syndrome amongst the medical profession and
· Raise funds to promote research

Shelter helps 100,000 people a year fight for their rights, get back on
their feet and find and keep a home. They attempt to tackle the root causes
of Britain’s homelessness by campaigning for new laws, policies and
solutions. They also provide advice through their housing centres and
practical help through their many projects.

I hope that you will be able to support these charities by sponsoring us
using the attached sponsorship forms.

(See attached file: TPC_Sponsor form_ver4_220306.pdf)

Thank you very much.

Sam Whiting

Groan! But it only hurts when you laugh (Via Mac) 

1. Two antennas met on a roof, fell in love and got married. The ceremony wasn't much, but the reception was excellent.

2. A jumper cable walks into a bar. The bartender says, "I'll serve you, but don't start anything."

3. Two peanuts walk into a bar, and one was a salted.

4. A dyslexic man walked into a bra.

5. A man walks into a bar with a slab of asphalt under his arm and says: "A beer please, and one for the road."

6. Two cannibals are eating a clown. One says to the other: "Does this taste funny to you?"

7. Doc, I can't stop singing "The Green, Green Grass of Home!"

That sounds like Tom Jones Syndrome.

Is it common?

Well, "It's Not Unusual."

8. Two cows are standing next to each other in a field. Daisy says to Dolly, "I was artificially inseminated this morning."
"I don't believe you," says Dolly. "It's true, straight up, no bull!" exclaimed Daisy.

9. An invisible man marries an invisible woman. The kids are nothing to look at either.

10. Deja Moo: The feeling that you've heard this bull before.

11. I went to buy some camouflage trousers the other day but I couldn't find any.

12. A man woke up in a hospital after a serious accident. He shouted,
"Doctor, I can't feel my legs!" The doctor replied, "I know you can't - I've cut off your arms!"

13. I went to a seafood disco last week...and pulled a mussel.

14. What do you call a fish with no eyes? A fsh.

15. Two fish swim into a concrete wall. The one turns to the other and says "Dam!".

16. Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire in the craft. Unsurprisingly it sank, proving that you can't have your kayak and heat it too.

17. A group of chess enthusiasts checked into a hotel and were standing in the lobby discussing their recent tournament victories.
After about an hour, the manager came out of the office and asked them to disperse. "But why", they asked, as they moved off.
"Because", he said, "I can't stand chess-nuts boasting in an open foyer."

18. A woman has twins and gives them up for adoption. One of them goes to a family in Egypt and is named "Ahmal."
The other goes to a family in Spain; they name him "Juan." Years later, Juan sends a picture of himself to his birth mother.
Upon receiving the picture, she tells her husband that she wishes she also had a picture of Ahmal. Her husband responds,
"They're twins! If you've seen Juan, you've seen Ahmal."

19. Mahatma Gandhi, as you know, walked barefoot most of the time, which produced an impressive set of calluses on his feet.
He also ate very little, which made him rather frail and with his odd diet, he suffered from bad breath. This made him... (Oh, this is so bad, it's good)... a super calloused fragile mystic hexed by halitosis.

20. And finally, there was the person who sent twenty different puns to his friends, with the hope that at least ten of the puns would
make them laugh. No pun in ten did.

01 June 2006

Rome Trip May 2006 

A flavour of Rome.

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