View from Janus’s potting shed

Logo for www2006 conference - a thistle
The logo of the WWW2006 conference to be held in Edinburgh in May — and one of the things I’m looking forward to in 2006.

Well, that’s almost another year done (2005 for those of you not paying attention) and typically Australia get to 2006 before us. Again.

The year of our Lord two-thousand and five has been a funny year in many ways. We’ve had our share of ups and downs. We bought the house in Cellardyke in late-2004 and spent the first quarter of 2005 decorating and furnishing it, the second quarter enjoying it for ourselves, and the third and fourth quarters worrying about it as we let it out to visitors. That’s pretty much dominated our lives and bank balance this year.

Highlights of 2005 included:

  • the Make Poverty History march in July,
  • our onslaught of lovely visitors during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August,
  • and visiting Ireland for the first time in September for the wedding of my cousin Stuart.

Looking ahead to 2006:

  • Next month I move from St Salvador’s, Stenhouse and take on new responsibilities at St Ninian’s, Comelybank for a few months as they begin a period of transition in ministry.
  • I need to find a new job, and perhaps even direction. Much prayer is need for that.
  • One thing I’m really looking forward to — and hope that I can attend — is the WWW2006 Conference which is taking place here in Edinburgh! One of the main speakers is my Dad’s old friend, Sir David Brown, and of course, TBL will be there: the one and only Tim Berners-Lee, grandfather and founder of the World Wide Web.
  • I also need to get fit. No excuses this year. I need to lose stones, not just pounds.

I’m sure there’s loads more, but that’ll do for now. There’s some serious Scots comedy (Chewin’ the Fat) to watch on TV before cuddling up with my wife for the last time this year.

I’ve enjoyed sharing this year with you, lovely people of the Blogland region of the Internet. I’ll see you next year! x

ps I’m pleased to say that I managed to get my new menu bar (above) working before the year was out. I was keen to give it ‘sticky’ tab-like buttons, and the PHP script was much easier than I’d feared. I’ll share that with you all sometime. There will be much coding to be done next year, but I’ll enjoy that.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 46 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Latterly, web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall. Currently on sabbatical. I am a priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, and I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir.

One thought on “View from Janus’s potting shed”

  1. The first day of 2006 here in Australia has started off EXTREMELY HOT. 40 degrees C!! I hope and pray that there won’t be any bushfires today but the conditions are real ‘bushfire’ conditions. It is 11.00am 1/1/2006 and I have returned from Church to sit by the air conditioner. The congregation was down this morning, probably a combination of heat and hang-over.

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