There's a lot of change a work this year, exciting changes. Some things I can talk about right now and some things that will come out very soon.

Am buzzing and it feels like I've caught my second wind on top of a big increase in my business visibility these past few years as well. Seems like everything is coming very nicely together.

The first piece of news is that we have taken on a lease of a unit over at the Dorset Innovation Park near Wool. It's very rural, very quiet and a bit of a distance away. In many respects this really benefits the work that Datacenta does and it gives us a much better location for a data centre hosting facility.

The ever-popular vintage festival Shake and Stir was postponed by the organisers until 2020. Always well attended and the music on the high street was a big draw - Mungo Jerry definitely brought the crowds out. Not for me to go into the reasons why it was postponed because the organisers have released their own post on their website and social media to explain.

This then left a hole in the summer events for Southbourne. We had recently had a great write in the Bournemouth Echo about how Southbourne high street has been doing really well compared to other areas around Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole. Against that backdrop and momentum, it would be a big shame for it to lose a big summer event, with the risk of October’s Frankenfest event should that suffer the same issues.

There was a lot of comments from the local community about the loss of that event, but also huge support for another one if it could happen. With that in mind, myself and Tony Hughes stepped forward and said we would take on the challenge of organising a smaller vintage relaxed summer event just in Fishermans Walk.

This wouldn’t be easy as we both have day jobs to do, but we are lucky in the flexibility that our positions and work gives us. I will be honest; Tony does all the real work and I do the sabre rattling on social media.

We are also strongly supported by the Southbourne on Sea Business Association, the Coastal BID, and the local business and levy payers of the high street. Bournemouth Council’s (BCP now) events team were also very supportive of our endeavours.

For some, seeing one event postpone because of various factors and then a new one pops up instead brings a suspicious mind on social media and hence the mention of brown envelopes in the title.

We can categorically say no brown envelopes have been exchanged, just our hard work and personal time in order to host something fun for the community. We both love living in Southbourne and I hope our record in participation at the local level speaks for itself. We are too young for OBEs anyway.

So, Southbourne Revival was born. It will be held over the weekend of 27 and 28 July, 2019, solely in Fishermans Walk. There will no closing of the high street and hence the security issues are smaller. There will be live music on from the bandstand on both days, with more vintage and rock and roll stuff on the Saturday, and laid back jazz vibe on the Sunday.

There will be bars, food stalls and general traders to keep you going through the day.

If you can, please take a visit to the Southbourne Grove high street and let any shop that you go into know that you’ve come because of the Revival event. This is important for us because the high street traders are generously supporting an event that is actually not on the high street. We need to show the support in both directions, which is important as a community event.

So, our fingers are crossed for a successful event. I think I can talk for Tony and say that we would rather try, than not try at all.

Facebook Page: Southbourne Revival

JustGiving Page: Southbourne Revival, to put on a free event still costs a lot especially when it comes to the management and security. Donations are part of the funding plan and all donations are received with huge thanks.

 

I found a couple of online manuals that seemed to show how to change your user alarm code for a Scantronic 9448+ system, but the first few I saw weren't correct.

They were nearly correct but did not say that you had to enter your old code twice.

So, here's what you need to do.

  • Press 6 and then Enter key.
  • Enter your current code, then enter that code again (4 digits)
  • Enter your new desired 4 digit code
  • You should then hear a double beep to confirm all accepted

The reason why I had to change it was that the old key used one of the numbers twice, so over time it got dodgy in even recognising that keypress, which sometimes lead to setting the alarm off annoyingly. I change it to use a set of unused digits.

I've added a post about my recent trip to Girona and Barcelona, flying from Bournemouth just before the Easter holidays.

Just a few days in a different place, with good food and drink, is so good. We also smashed the hell out of two cocktail bars in Barcelona, so read the post for more details.

Full Article: 2019 Bournemouth to Girona and Barcelona

This was preceded by a cheeky lovely little lunchtime visit to the Ned hotel for their Sunday Feast.

Last October was European Cyber Security Awareness Month and I took the plunge and organised an event at Bournemouth University.

It was my first public event of this scale and didn't really know how well it was going to go and if anyone would turn up to such a thing. It's not the most glamorous of events to go to on Halloween itself, the day I arranged it for.

I spoke to Darren Slade from Bournemouth Echo about it, he did a piece on it and I stuck in on Eventbrite. In the end it had 81 bookings, but as always there was slightly less on the night.

This all came about because I had been hearing more and more stories of friends and their families, plus local Southbourne residents being affected by scams and fraud that I felt a huge compulsion to do it. There were no other Dorset events listed on the European website so I thought why not, let's mark the good work that businesses do in this space with an event that would represent the region.

The University were so receptive in working with me and ended up with these contributions on the night.

The students are already talking about doing the 2019 event.

Gordon Fong presenting, showing case study of £350,000 being paid to a different bank account

There were seven presenters plus contributions from two local MPs and one Police and Crime Commissioner.

For me, the real crux of the night is that technology can only do so much, we have to be able to stop and think, to check if something is as real as it seems. Also, even though we might be tech savvy and feel we wouldn't fall for these scams, it is then the vulnerable people around us that we need to protect - our friends, or family and our neighbours.