Memorable days

  • Bar be cue on West Dale beach, facing the setting sun & shore break followed by a stroll back across a moonlit field
     
  • Twelve pitches of rock climbing to the summit of Anika Kuk, it's half past nine, the sun is about to set - the clearly marked path is disappearing in the dusk and we're benighted (No, not beknighted). A cold May night with coiled rope and dry leaves for a blanket turns into a new dawn and a new day - we drop down into the valley and drink beer for breakfast.
     
  • Stepped out of academia and presented my Masters thesis research at  Internet World Show in 2002 and was subsequently invited to present to Amnesty International's Secretariat team.  A follow up lunch with Amnesty International's communications and campaigns manager made me appreciate the sheer determination and patience involved in changing vocation from Nigerian soldier to volunteer to team lead for an International charity. 
     
  • A cardiologist taught me about consequences of software design and development. The taxonomy in his appointment booking software didn't differentiate between the problems he specialised in and those of his colleagues. With his patients freed to choose appointment slots they needed, they didn't necessarily receive the specialist attention required. Feedback mechanisms and loops are vital. 
     
  • Meeting a couple of local Chengdu businessmen over spicy noodles for breakfast and attempting to hold a conversation in Mandarin. Both refused to believe I was English stating that my Mandarin had an eloquent French accent.
     
  • Scaling the heights of Humanility in Krabi, Thailand - two pitches of tree, several pitches of karst limestone, two scary looking caves - rather like eyes looking down from the top
     
  • A community art fair in Louvain-la-Neuve, organised by a.s.b.l. CETH where I supported art, ceramics and bakery classes.   
     
  • Watching a tall German drink a pint from a huge hospital FRMI magnet - for the purpose of recording the BOLD responses of my mirror neurons. 
     
  • First out in the water but rapidly disuaded by the fins of a poisonous unidentified fish, shooting pains, pool cues for crutches, foot in steam bath, pouring over dive books trying but failing to identify the culprit hidden in the sand. 
     
  • Coronation Street, October 1st, leading two pitches in one, bypassing the Shield, continuing on up, passing tourists wearing a full rack but no shoes on the way back down.