…especially from Doug Burns, I will admit to one and all that I am on call this weekend. Unlike production DBAs and apps support staff the chances of me being called are quite low – it does happen, in fact last time I had a weekend to cover I got called on a Sunday morning (six hours into a disaster) and had to manage the next ten hours whilst schedules caught up; but that was the first call in a year or so. This weekend is worrying as the clocks return to GMT from what is laughably called British Summer Time. And most of the systems I am responsible for are at their batch-busiest between 00:00 and 04:00, just when some misguided server changes it’s time.
I am also looking after the kids this weekend, Rosemary has gone to South Wales on bellringing outing with some of our ringing friends from Reading. For the majority of my readers outside of the UK (and possibly a few other cities with a historic British influence), bellringing or perhaps more properly change ringing, is a peculiarly British art form where a group of people ring four or more church bells in some sort of mathematical progression. So she will be trooping from church tower to church tower in wild and wet Cardiff and the valleys and I will be tucked up here catching up with a couple of papers I need to present to customers next week. If it is nice weather here I might take some Milton Keynes skyline photos to replace the Basel shot on the masthead to this page. Perhaps a pagoda here and a skislope there would look nice.