Wednesday, 17 December 2008

Silverlight in Sydney

I have just arrived in Sydney to deliver a Silverlight for Developers training event for Microsoft to some of their partners in Australia.

This is the first time that I have made this journey and now that I have arrived at my hotel and opened the mini bar, I sit down reflecting on my journey.

Start : Saturday. 4am GMT

Tetley Tea and Tesco Croissant in my kitchen (Burnley)

Latte and Cafe Nero Croissant at Manchester airport

Coffee on the shuttle to Heathrow

Mineral water at Heathrow

Champagne as I boarded QF32

Smoked Salmon over Prague

Beef Wellington over Kiev

Cheeseboard over Kharkov

Wash, toothbrush and into my Qantas pyjamas over the Caspian sea.

Took two 'special' tablets and activated my Q-Branch seat/bed/pod thing.

Awoke to the smell of bacon over the Indian Ocean

Freshen up and change back into my clothes in time to watch an episode of House before a 1 hour stop over at Singapore.

Managed to send a couple of emails before re-embarking to another glass of champagne.

Somewhere over Indonesia (I think) I had eastern pork entree followed by braised beef.

Tried to watch a movie but fell asleep.

Awoke to a prosciutto and 'something' over Alice Springs.

Add to that, a few litres of water and two beers, that just about sums up my journey.

I will NEVER fly Economy class again !

I arrived at my hotel (The North Sydney Harbour View Hotel) 9pm Sunday. And guess what: it really has a harbour view!

Finish: Sunday 9pm Sydney

As my friends and colleagues will attest, I usually have something  to moan about following a trip. But so far (and this was the bit I was concerned about), I have to say that my day spent in the hands of Qantas has exceeded expectations !

The only possible complaint (and actually, it isn't) is that on the two occasions that I plugged in my laptop to try and do some work, I tripped a technical thing in the automated in flight entertainment system and cut all entertainment for half the passengers!

So to those people who had to cope with the best part of 30 hours without any form of entertainment other than a hand me down copy of the Independent newspaper, I am truly sorry !

Here is where I am right now:

I have just taken this from my window.

I picked this off the hotel's website. The room could be mine, but the dress isn't!

So I have a day to sort my body clock out, iron my shirts and do some last minute prep.
Nah ! I might just go walkabout !

Hold it. You'll never guess. Rolf Harris is playing the Sydney Opera House this week! Can you believe it?

Right if off to book !

I will tell you about my wife and son appearing on Animal Hospital another time.


In the meantime should you require any training in Silverlight, QA offer the following courses:

Extending Microsoft SharePoint Solutions with Silverlight 3

Developing Rich Internet Applications Using Microsoft Silverlight 4

Developing Silverlight Applications with Visual Studio 2010 and Expression Blend 4

See you soon

Phil Stirpé
"I don't do average!"

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