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Here we are on Fesdu Island, Maldives in March 1997.
The hotel thought it was our anniversary and decorated our table in the dining room with bougainvillea!
Can't imagine how they got that idea.......
We had a great time - click for
more info about our holidays.
- John's email address is: . Do drop me a line if you want to know more about our holiday resort reports, or if you have any comments about the web site, and how it may be improved.
- John's daytime phone number is ... available on application by email.
(We can also receive faxes at home, but you'll have to give us notice so we can fire up the PC and fax modem!)
We live in a village in Bedfordshire, England (email us if you want the full address).
We love our holidays - seeing exotic places, lying on the beach, eating in Greek tavernas, snorkelling on coral reefs, walking in the mountains. Click here for our Holidays page - resort reviews, accommodation tips etc.
Fresh air, exercise, wildlife ....
John learned to dive in the Maldives, where the water is like a warm bath (29°C all year round). The coral reefs are spectacular, and the marine life is just out of this world! John has swum with manta, eagle and sting rays, leopard, nurse and whale sharks, caribbean, white-tip, black-tip and grey reef sharks, turtles, barracuda, and hundreds of species of reef fish. Read John's reports of diving in the Caribbean, the Maldives, and Thailand.
When we both worked in London, we used to go to NatWest's Wine Society each month to improve our knowledge and appreciation of fine wines. Now we just drink the stuff...
Currently using Canon Digital Ixus 110 and Olympus 750 Ultrazoom digitals, with underwater housings, and a Canon EOS 550D with a Canon 18-200mm zoom lens. Check out our holiday reports for underwater pictures in the Maldives and the Caribbean.
In 2002 we got interested in our ancestors, using the (now closed) Family Records Centre in London and Web resources such as Ancestry, Old Maps, FamilySearch, FindMyPast and FreeBMD to research our ancestors. See how far we've got - John's Ancestors.
From 1973 to 1998 he worked for NatWest. In Feb 1998 he had the opportunity to grab a package and leave. NatWest couldn't manage without him though - it was subsequently taken over by Royal Bank of Scotland and driven into the ground by Fred Goodwin's megalomaniac ambitions.
From 1998 to 2001, he was a project manager with Admiral (subsequently part of CMGAdmiral after the takeover by CMG in June 2000) with responsibilities including project-managing the development of training, and managing the production of bids in the Defence and Government sector.
In October 2001, CMGAdmiral announced that it was making 10% of its work-force redundant. Because he had been attached for a six-month stint to a section that was disappearing anyway, he found himself without a role, and hence without a job.
Since he left they were taken over by Logica in December 2002 to become LogicaCMG, and the CMG part of the name was dropped in 2008. Tee hee.
And in August 2012, Logica were taken over by CGI Group Inc of Canada, and the Logica brand name disappeared shortly afterwards. The logica.com web site now takes you straight to CGI's web site, where Logica only features as a short paragraph in the "Our History" section.
In January 2013, doubtless amid the sounds of whalesong and with the smell of incense, the corporate brand planners changed the logo, making it "...enlarged and simplified to demonstrate a direct, powerful presence for CGI in the market going forward".
Back with NatWest, or rather The Royal Bank of Scotland, in 2001 on a contract with the very successful Streamline Merchant Services, part of the RBS Group. So the "dunbankin" domain name wasn't too relevant! Ended up project managing a £2m+ web project. While I was there, Streamline acquired several other UK, European, US and global brands such as WorldPay, Bibit and Lynk, and combined them all under the umbrella title of "RBS WorldPay".
Then Fred Goodwin destroyed RBS, and the EU insisted that RBS sell off the best bits of the Group as a precondition for the government bail-out. The whole RBS WorldPay group of brands, including Streamline, got sold off to a bunch of venture capitalists in 2010, and the "RBS" bit of the name was dropped. WorldPay still uses the "Streamline" brand, but the Streamline website has been replaced with the WorldPay website, and the old Streamline logo has all but disappeared, so the writing's on the wall...
In October 2015, Worldpay floated on the London Stock Exchange, and was valued at £4.8 billion.
In August 2017 it was announced that Worldpay was "merging" with US rival Vantiv. Vantiv will have more directors on the board, a greater share of the share capital, and the group headquarters will be in the U.S. So it's a "merger", similar to how Poland "merged" with Germany in 1939.
Now relaxing after leaving Streamline following the successful launch of his main project Streamline Online. Care - this link no longer works, as Worldpay have moved the website, and have not renewed the 'https' certificate. Your browser should pop up a warning as a result.
Linda also grabbed a package from NatWest in 1999 and then worked for a firm of solicitors, who seemed to appreciate her securities perfection know-how. Now also relaxing.
Making this Web Site!
A fourth-century Roman would know today's date as:
Check Paul Lewis' web site for an explanation.
Blogging software wasn't available when I started this site, so it's custom-made, and I continue to tweak it to look better. Converted the entire site from HTML4 to XHTML1.1 following W3C's guidance, then back to HTML5/CSS3 when fashions changed. Bought our domain name "dunbankin" in 2001 from Just-the-Name - a brilliant service which worked really well, until it was bought by BT, who suddenly decided to close down the service in 2017. So I've had to move both domain names and web site away to Namecheap, who seem to provide a good service at a good price.
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Making us multi-millionaires
Quite a way to go on this project unfortunately. We'll get there eventually though. Provided the Lottery smiles on us....
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