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Juliet's balcony, Verona
Roman amphitheatre, Piazza Bra, Verona
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Welcome is currently undergoing some revamping, so please forgive me if things look strange for a while.

About me (briefly)

Hello, I’m Darren, I work for Microsoft, play the guitar to a mediocre standard and go running when not injured.


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Photo credits

The photos in the slider above were all captured by me on various trips abroad (and a few closer to home).

Dell XPS 2720

Some people may find this a tale of horror. Why? After five happy years together I have passed my iMac onto a new owner (the current Mrs Adams), and I have replaced it with a Windows 8.1 all-in-one PC. I know that many of my readers are Mac fans and …

Adiós Lotus 1-2-3

These days it’s commonplace to learn about celebrity deaths from Twitter before hearing it on the actual ‘news’, but yesterday I read about another type of death on Facebook (from Phil Beresford-Davis). The death in question was not the demise of a person, but of a once much-loved product – …

Scottish ancestors

The print-out of my family tree has been rather lop-sided since I started tracing my roots. I have recorded sixty-six ancestors of my mother, going back seven generations and to the early 1700s (the oldest is my great x6 grandfather Richard Arman, born in 1718). I started the research in …