Saturday, 26 May 2012

Each morning sees some task begun, each evening sees it close; Something attempted, something done, has earned a night's repose.

Thursday saw all the Collabora employees at Cambridge office go out and socialise at the beer festival. They seemed to have selected a wonderful day for it, the sun was shining and it was warm and blue sky day.

Alas, I had to attend some customer conference calls and work on some time sensitive research so I could not go to the ball as it were. At about eight my brain had run out of steam so I decided to call it a day and go and meetup with people at the festival for an hour or two.

The queue when I arrived dissuaded me from that notion. I asked one of the stewards and they indicated it would take at least an hour from where the queue finished.

So I decided to wend my way home along the bank of the Cam. I proceeded slowly along and to my utter surprise bumped into Ben Hutchings and his Solarflare work colleagues having their own soiree. I was immediately invited to sit and converse. Pretty quickly I was inveigled into accepting a glass of wine by John Aspden from his floating bar (AKA houseboat).

From here on my evening was a pleasant one of amusing new people, easy conversation and a definite pondering if the host would be discovering the delights of Cam swimming as he became progressively inebriated!

So although I missed the festival I did manage to have an enjoyable time. A big thanks to the solarflare guys and especially John who was the consummate host and provided me with far too much alcohol.

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