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Skomer Island Wales July 7th 2007

This past weekend Vicki, Redington, and I visited Skomer Island on the Pembrokeshore coast in Wales. This was a memorable place Vicki visited in childhood and especially so because of the Puffins there.

We got out on a late start on Saturday after several weekends of lousy weather. After spending a frustrating few hours lost around Milford Haven we finally showed up minutes before the final sailing at noon. We were told there was a coach load of Spanish tourists ahead of us but they may not go. Discouraged we queued up and gratefully boarded the last boat. The day was spectacular.

Skomer Island is maintained as a preserve with a small lodge for overnight visits. It is a favorite of twitchers (birdwatchers). In the summer months it is home to hundreds of thousands of nesting seabirds. Guilamots, Puffins, Manx Shearwaters, Oystercatchers and others. They nest on cliffs and in holes dug in the ground that peforate the island. The dark story about the island is the Manx Shearwater; a bird…

Paris Conference April 2007

This past April I went to Paris to give a paper at a wireless conference and had an afternoon free before I flew home. I havn't spent much time in Paris and the day was perfect. I walked extensively and these are some of the sites I saw. I need to go back an do things properly.

Paris is impressive. The scale of the city is bigger than say London and the public buildings gleam as if polished.

Paris Conference April 2007