Last updated on Sunday, February 3, 2002
Most of my spare time seems to be spent slaving at the computer
trying to get this web site finished or editing the ever growing backlog
of videos and photos
Away from the computer my main relaxation is to get out on
the bike. First there's a decision to be made on which bike - a choice of
six and counting. There's the road bike, the fixed wheel bike (built from
my 21st birthday present), the full suspension mountain bike for hardcore
offroad, the front suspension for lighter duties (upgraded from my 40th
birthday present) and the fully rigid mountain bike. And then there is the
tandem for going out with a friend.
Once a year I get to indulge in my other main sport of skiing.
The trouble with skiing is its getting increasingly difficult to keep up
with Kathy and Gemma, who've been skiing since they were four. You can hear
my old knees groaning in response to "Let's go through the trees Dad"
What happened to all this ageing with dignity stuff?
To warm up after there's nothing like diving in warm waters.
None of this "turning blue with cold, can't see you hand in front of
you" British hard man diving. If the water's not warm enough to dive
in a t-shirt and trunks forget it. The Caribbean, Seychelles and Maldives
suit us down to the ground. Sue wields the Nikonos and I take either the
video camera or more recently the marvellous little Olympus digital camera
in its dive housing.
In what little time is left over I run Southampton University's
commercialisation office dealing with spin out companies and technology
transfer. After 15 years of being an entrepreneur involved in starting three
successful companies, its time hang up the airline gold cards and contribute
my experience while others put in the 100 hour weeks.
A good timewaster for a summer's Sunday afternoon
(watching not driving that is!)
Diving in Grand Cayman
Smile and you might see your photo here!