Author Archives: marcus

Ruby, really?

We’re using Ruby to write cucumber step definitions in our test framework, a colleague was banging his head against a wall last night and posted this, it really is quite scary!  

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Aeolian Islands

In July this year we chartered Maria Elena a Bravia 36 for a week from Sant Agata in Sicily. The attraction of this holiday was not just about sailing but also the volcanoes! Having travelled by train from Catania we got to Sant Agata in the evening. … Continue reading

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Dalmatian islands in the Adriatic

In the first week of May through our friends at Bareboat Sailing Holidays we chartered Nana a Gib Sea 37 for a week starting and ending at the Sail Croatia base at Kaštela Marina, near Split, Croatia. Date Location Wind Distance travelled (miles) Notes Sat 3rd  Kaštela Marina 0 … Continue reading

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Please take action by visiting Watch Jon Snow, CTC President, on the CTC’s campaign page or YouTube. See also Build it & they will come: Jon Snow on cycling Last week my 6 year old daughter joined me on my commute with the … Continue reading

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VHF Licensing and Operating

I need VHF license to go #sailing in Croatia – should have checked before I booked! Anyone offer a course in next few wks!? #RYA #course — Marcus Howarth (@MarcusHowarth) February 26, 2014   Thank you Ofcom (and the Oban … Continue reading

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Recruitment agent relationship paradox

Last month my position was made redundant and I found myself in the market. Well, to be honest it was nicely timed for half term and gave me time for a few DIY projects! With hindsight though, I could have … Continue reading

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Action For Advocacy : Find an Advocate

A few years ago I developed the site for Action For Advocacy and they have since ceased operational activity, so the site at is no longer maintained. As a result the page Find an Advocate now states the service is unavailable. After recently … Continue reading

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