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Amazing walk in Tenerife- El Teide viewΒ 

Spent a fabulous and exhausting day climbing up to 9000 feet today in Tenerife. It was really hard going for quite a bit of the uphill walk, but well worth it when we saw the view of volcano El Teide. Our guide was Andy Tenerife Walker who picked us up from where we are staying, took us on the walk with about 8 other walkers, and brought us back again. The walk we did was the Wow Factor walk. Can’t wait to come back and do some more…

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Middle Age Angst, a self imposed writing class or New Year’s Resolution? You Decide #300words

I don’t make New Year’s resolutions, but I seem to have made one this year. I’m going to write something every day, a blogpost a day even, just for the hell of it. And also to improve my writing. But what if I write drivel every day and my writing doesn’t improve? Well then I will laugh at myself and say that it was just an experiment, I wasn’t really trying or other such bullshit. I don’t want to look like a complete idiot.

I’m going to post a photo every day to complement my blog post, and I’m going to (really? this sounds a bit scary) talk about my innermost thoughts rather than the day to day stuff. I have no idea yet what that might be.

I’ve had an “interesting” life so far. The “hard” (it’s all relative) life of my early teens through my twenties has morphed into an “easy” (it’s all…) life now. I no longer go to sleep hungry nearly every night or worry about being murdered. I’m having a ball!

I’m going to pose a question every day too. (Can you tell I’m making this up as I go along?) Today’s question is:

“Why has our oldest cat Elsie suddenly started pissing up the dining room curtains every day?”

It doesn’t make sense.

I’m also going to restrict the word count to three hundred words per day. Setting boundaries on your work forces you to think harder about what you are doing. I read that somewhere once. 300 words also gives me a #hashtag πŸ™‚ and I do love a good #hashtag. I wonder if that smiley face counts as a word?

Well that was easy, today’s post is finished, see you tomorrow… does “…” count as a word?

I don’t know.

End.

#300words

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XMAS PRESENT IDEA!! A personally dedicated copy of Saving Bletchley Park

Live in or near London and want a personally dedicated copy of Saving Bletchley Park for a loved one for Christmas?
Order Saving Bletchley Park here now for delivery tomorrow:
You should receive it tomorrow – Thursday
Bring it along on Friday lunchtime at 1pm to the Royal Festival Hall Cafe, on London/s South Bank and I’ll dedicate it for you πŸ™‚
Please let me know here that you are coming here:
See you on Friday!!!
Merry Christmas!!!

Suffrage science at Bletchley Park on Ada Lovelace Day #adalovelacedayΒ 

It was such an honour to give the speech today at the #suffragescience event at Bletchley Park πŸ˜πŸ‘πŸŽ‰ so many incredible women who have achieved so much in maths and computing getting fabulous awards for their work β€οΈπŸ‘πŸ˜€
It was such a delight to wear my favourite #javascript dress πŸ‘— today on my favourite #AdaLovelaceDay day at my favourite place #bletchleypark with my favourite people #womenintech and talk about my life, overcoming challenges, getting an education in difficult circumstances, setting up #BCSWomen and how that led me to campaign to save Bletchley Park and now #techmums πŸ‘πŸ˜πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰

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Fabulous Saving Bletchley Park WCIT IT Livery business lunchΒ 

I had a really wonderful time yesterday delivering a speech to the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists at their monthly business lunch on board HMS Wellington on the Thames πŸ˜€πŸ‘

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I was so well looked after my the Beadle, the Master, the clerk and everyone else, it was an absolutely superb lunch. 


We all retired to a local pub afterwards and the conversations about the IT industry, technology, Bletchley Park and our incredible UK tech history continued until the evening. 


I had a fabulous time and can’t wait to go to more WCIT events πŸ˜€πŸ˜πŸ‘πŸŽ‰ 

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From UK Bletchley Park related #enigmaweddingproposal to NYC City Hall weddingΒ 

On 29th February 2016 my partner of 11 years finally proposed πŸ˜‰ and did it in such a fab, geeky way that I was completely blown away and so it seemed was everyone else! 


Bletchley campaigners Enigma code wedding proposal 

Paul’s proposal to me ended up in all the UK national papers and was also featured on The Knot, a NYC based wedding website. 


Computer scientist says “yes” to encrypted proposal using WW2 Enigma machine simulator

The news also trended on Twitter for a couple of days worldwide. It was absolutely crazy! πŸ˜€

After all the excitement calmed down we had a chat about where to get married. Neither of us wanted a big wedding, and we already had a big family wedding coming up, my son Olly was getting married to his long term girlfriend Tony. We thought for a while and eventually decided that we wanted to get married somewhere we both love ❀️, In a simple straightforward ceremony, with no fuss. City Hall NYC for the bill perfectly πŸ˜€

We got married on 26th August last month 😍 It was really easy to arrange and an absolutely wonderful day. I’ve posted some pics below. I’m going to write a follow up blogpost soon about how to organise a stress free wedding in NYC πŸ‘

Pics by fabulous and highly recommended photographer Ebbe Sweet photography, and wonderful friends Heather Taylor and Bethany Jacobson ❀️

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United we stand, the future starts now…Β 

I woke up this morning realising that the referendum and its outcome were a schoolboy game that went horribly wrong. I didn’t understand yesterday why Boris Johnson was so subdued and different from usual. I’ve realised this morning that it’s because the game that he and David Cameron (old school chums) were playing didn’t go the way they planned. I don’t know all the ins and outs, I’m not well versed enough in politics, but I’m sure that as always it was about power and money. I expect it will become clear in the next few days and months what the game was. They didn’t expect the result that we got, they expected us to send a message to Europe, but they didn’t expect to get a “leave” vote. 

It’s extremely sad that we have all been pawns in a political game played by two of the most privileged people in the UK to further their own careers. It’s extremely sad that we have sent a big message to people and countries in Europe and across the world that they are not welcome in the UK. It’s extremely sad that people across the UK have been lied to and manipulated. It’s sad that a game played by two wealthy and privileged people has seemed to divide our country.

The referendum has highlighted the disconnect, in England at least, between those living in urban and rural areas. Between those who realised that UKIP and others were lying, and those that didn’t. Between the young and the old, the comfortably off and those living in poverty. It highlighted the differences between us and encouraged us all to feel different from each other. Divide and conquer. 

In these times when collaboration and cooperation could not be more important these two very privileged people sought to divide and conquer. And it worked! For one day. For one day, manipulated by the elite, we went along with it, and look what happened, we washed all of our dirty laundry in public, and some. 

Today however, is another day. Today we know the pain that people in the UK have been feeling. Today we have a better insight into how people have been affected by the awful government cuts. Today we know that we have a job to do to sort everything out. Today we know the voice of the people. Knowledge is power. 

Now that we have this knowledge we can start to build a better United Kingdom. One that is built on collaboration, cooperation, love and trust. Now we know what we are dealing with we can make sure that we never have another day like yesterday ever again. 

I look forward to working towards a bright new future. I look forward to discussions with anyone else that is interested in bringing people from across the UK together. I look forward to a better future, one in which we are all empowered to live happy and successful lives. Where we celebrate our differences, help our neighbours, champion our strengths and build a better life for ourselves, our children and our grandchildren. 

We can build a better future. The future starts now…

Love and hugs to everyone ❀️

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20/5/2016 – On BBC Woman’s Hour then off to Buckingham Palace to get an OBE πŸ˜€β€οΈπŸ‘


Jenni Murray interviews me on BBC Woman’s Hour – 35 mins inΒ 


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Thanks Maserati for the wonderful car and chauffeur for the day πŸ˜€


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Β My wonderful family πŸ˜€β€οΈπŸ˜€

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What a fabulous day!! One of the best days of my life πŸ˜€β€οΈπŸ‘πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰