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This message is for those of you who knew my girlfriend who went by the tag "miniproject".

Regretfully she passed away on 22 April 2013.

She was a wonderful girl and much loved by all. She will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her.

I knew her for 17 years having first met her when we were at college together.
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The Selection Event Volunteers for the London 2012 Olympics have just finished the first 3-month block of interviews, interviewing over 10,000 Games Maker applicants.

All the SEVs were invited to an end of block party and the London ExCel Conference Centre where the interviews take place.

We had a surprise guest speaker; Ben Hunt-Davis MBE, who won a gold medal in Rowing for the British team in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.






I was quite chuffed at how friendly and approachable he was. We had a bit of a chat and I was able to get a few sneaky pics of him and the medal.

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I went to up into the hills and mountains of the Lake District this weekend and wanted to take my camera. But could I find it? NO - Grrr!

I had a Pentax Optio H90 which I bought from Duty Free on my way to Canada last summer. I'd got a good deal on it and the specs were a reasonable 12MP with 3x Optical Zoom and 720i HD movie mode as well. I actually got a Canon EOS 550D D-SLR at the same time but I returned that as I wasn't sure I could justify the huge expense for the snazzy piece of kit that it is.

What annoyed me most was that this was a brand new camera which I'd actually bought for my sister but could use whenever I wanted to as well. Since she couldn't find it the last several times I asked to use it I thought I'd bite the bullet and just get another one.

So, just before heading off on a 650 mile round trip I made a quick stop at Currys to see if I could get something reasonably cheap.

I ended up getting a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS10; 12MP with 5x Optical Zoom and HD Movie mode, all for about the same price as the one I bought less than a year ago. I was expecting to get at least a *little* more for the same amount of money but I guess I was wrong - unless you consider the slight difference in the zoom.

I don't think I'm overly excited with the specs on the new camera, particularly as they're the same as the camera I had before, and I think I'm going to get a D-SLR next time I got through duty free; in June en route to the Prague Quadrennial or possibly in July as I'm likely to have to be going abroad again then too.

I tend not to like Sony as a brand but my girlfriends 14MP CyberShot, which I recently took apart to fix, is a pretty neat toy. She thinks I'm a "techie geek" which I suppose I prefer to being seen as a nerd. IDK. As far as Laptops go, Sony has the most complex way of taking their machines apart - followed closely by Toshiba.
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I think I'm going to start keeping an e-journal of my time as a London 2012 Olympics Games Maker Selection Event Volunteer.

Whoa, a bit of a mouthful to start with eh. OK, for those of you who don't know, the Olympics are made possible only with the help of volunteers, a process pioneered at the London 1948 Olympics. Now the Olympics return to the Capital and I've been selected to help recruit some of the 70,000 volunteers needed to make the 2012 games possible. These volunteers are dubbed Games Makers as without them, the games just could not go ahead.

The people who interview the potential Games Makers are part of a team called SEVs; Selection Event Volunteers. I actually became aware of the SEV position through my application to become a Games Maker. I was shortlisted and then successfully recruited in late 2010.

I have yet to receive my interview date but will post on here when it comes through.

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