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More Hoarse-manship

Well, the choirs performance at the Commonwealth Day Observance Ceremony went really well.

Jordan and I both leant our voices to the ensemble (about 60-ish voices in all) and the sounds from within the Cathedral were again, really quite stirring. A great place to sing and as much fun as could be had at one of these events was had by all I am sure ;).

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Priestess of the White (Trudi Canavan)


Oh we do like to be beside the sea side

What a lovely time we had yesterday. It was a bright sunny day so we grabbed a bunch of picnic stuff, one of Jordan’s mates and we all headed off down to Day’s Bay beach in Eastbourne (the other side of Wellington Harbour). The kids had great fun jumping off things into the ocean or otherwise lolling about on boogie boards, I got to finish the Black Magician Trilogy (by Trudi Canavan – it definately warmed on me) and Jen went for a lovely beach stroll. Nice one.

Tonight we get to sing in front of a bunch of diplomats and MPs at a NZ state occasion at Wellington Anglican Cathedral. I am quite looking forwards to it. Will update on that one soon.

Those ever productive folks at MS

The guys at the SQL Server 2005 Blog have just posted that the much anticipated (at least by me) SQL Server 2005 Performance Dashboard Reports are now available here.

“a set of Reporting Services reports that will help DBAs diagnose potential performance problems. These reports were designed to leverage the new Custom Reports functionality in SQL Server Management Studio (Service Pack 2)”.

I look forward to trying these out :).

Thanks guys.

Slightly hoarse now

Not really, but continuing the theme of a previous post.

This weekend Jordan and I were again performing as part of the Wellington Community Choir (her first public performance with the choir – the Cuba St Carnival didn’t count as she was too busy giving high fives 😉 ), this time at the Newtown Fair. We had a half hour slot and sung a really nice selection of African tunes accompanied by some West African Palm Drummers (I think that’s right). which together sounded lovely from my perspective – and Jen, who was in the crowd, said that she noticed a real difference in the warmth and energy being generated by the choir. Could be she was just enjoying the sun too :p.

Last night, we got to rehearse in the Anglican Cathedral in central Wellington, which while it is a modern Cathedral (by England’s standards at least) the acoustics were quite lovely. This is, of course, where we will be singing two numbers for the Commonwealth Observance Ceremony (apparently this is a State ceremony). Heh – should be fun.
We also (finally) got a chance to light a candle to those still dearly missed, which I know Jordan appreciated. Every time we had tried to do this in the UK, there were numerous obstacles (churches shut outside of service times, candles no longer available etc). I always felt this was a great shame (perhaps necessary but still a shame) and it was really nice to finally be able to do this again.

Back to the singing, it turns out that on the 24th we have two performances – one at the Te Papa museum and another at the Michael Fowler centre in town both of which look like great venues so really looking forward to those as well. Performance schedule is starting to busy up now, wonder how far this will continue :).

It’s official – keeping fit adds to global warming

In a very tongue in cheek suggestion, 2 researchers from the University of Bristol reckon that stopping breathing may help reduce the effects of global warming.

“If we merely cut out one breath in three, we could decrease the amount of CO2 entering the atmosphere each year by a staggering 0.63 gigatonnes. That’s the same effect as saving five million acres of land (an area the size of Wales) from deforestation”

“When we undertake strenuous exercise our metabolic rate tends to increase by at least 50%. So during a 30-minute bout, we could be expelling an extra 8.3g of carbon dioxide.”

“So the key to reversing climate change and saving the planet is simple: do nothing. Absolutely nothing. In an ideal world, we’d all just sit around keeping our breathing rates as low as possible, skipping the odd breath here and there just to help matters along. That way we’d all be minimising our carbon output.”

Nice one guys, I now have the perfect excuse for staying out of the gym – I’m saving the planet! 😀

This story courtesy of the guys at The Register.