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Who are we?
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 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, silvertip 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.
In October 2001, as the hi-tech bubble burst, 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.
And in January 2021 CGI had a further update of the brand identity "...to signify how it helps clients harness the power of technology to create value for their customers and citizens." This time the logo stayed the same. The Logica name now only occurs in CGI's Press Release archive, reporting on old contracts won, and the take-over.
In October 2015, Worldpay floated on the London Stock Exchange, and was valued at £4.8 billion.
Vantiv paid US$10.4bn for WorldPay.
The WorldPay name has been retained as a trading name of FIS, and is now (2021) known as "WorldPay from FIS", at least in the UK.
2015-ish Update: Worldpay has moved Streamline Online's website to their own domain, and given it a complete make-over cosmetically to fit in with Worldpay's corporate style. It's still the same web site underneath, though.
June 2021 Update: It looks like Streamline is now completely dead - clicking on the old "SOL.worldpay.com" link now takes you to a FIS page which says the service is discontinued, and inviting you to use FIS's own reporting tools.
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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