I was born in Leigh at First Maternity Home in 1968 (13th October – Sunday).
Firs Farm existed in 1828 and was then bought in 1843 by John and William Hall. The Halls built Firs No. 1 Mill and as a result, many houses were built in the immediate area to accommodate the growing number of manual workers needed to work there.
About 1871, Ralph Tunnicliffe bought the Firs estate and by 1875 had built The Firs as his home. He built Firs No. 2 Mill and formed a joint stock company, Tunnicliffe and Hampson. Ralph died in 1880 and the estate was offered for sale, but it didn’t sell, despite the net income being over £3000.
5 years old…
Add a zero to make 50…
Fifty (50) years old this month. My Top 30
#Film ‘s to celebrate this moment. #Movies I have selected https://mark-whitfield.com/videos/top-30-movies/ #MovieList #IMDb #FilmTwitter #Cinema #TopMovies #IMDbList #MovieBuff #Top100Movies
My Top 30 Movies in no particular order…
1. El Cid
2. Song of Bernadette
3. The Matrix
4. Warlock (with Henry Fonda)
5. The Caine Mutiny
6. The Eagle Has Landed
7. Hard Times
9. The Godfather
10. First Blood
11. Die Hard
13. Groundhog Day
14. Shawshank Redemption
16. Terminator (1 & 2)
18. A Matter of Life and Death
19. Forbidden Planet
20. Somewhere in Time
21. Wall Street
22. The Bourne Ultimatum
23. Erin Brockovich
24. Husbands and Wives
25. Pulp Fiction
26. Galaxy Quest
28. Thirteens Days (with Kevin Costner)
Player: Russell Newton
Hole: 11 (Old Gilly)
Length: 144 yards par 3
Stroke Index: 14
Other Players: Ian Slack & Mark Whitfield
Course: HART COMMON GOLF CLUB, Wigan Road, Westhoughton, Bolton, BL5 2BX
The Eden Course, St Andrews – 17/09/2018 –
Winner of the ITL Non-Invitation – Ian Slack with 42 (6’s)
6250 yards, par 70. Only slightly more forgiving than its contemporaries on the seaward side of the Links, the Eden Course was built in 1914 by Harry S. Colt whose use of natural boundaries and severe bunkers provides a course full of character.
Eden Clubhouse (Eden, Strathtyrum & Balgove courses), St Andrews, KY16 9SF
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As part of my 50th birthday celebrations and a yearly, informal golf competition amongst friends, I visited St Andrews and played a number of courses including the Eden Golf Course adjacent to the Old Course. We also stopped off at Penrith Gold Course and played 18 just before Storm Helene arrived. Helene travelled across the Atlantic and weakened from a tropical storm to an ex- tropical storm but could be felt on the drive back to Preston.
Three Sisters, Wigan – My Aston Martin V8 Vantage Driving Experience
Activity: ASTON MARTIN THRILL @ THREE SISTERS RACE CIRCUIT
During my time working in Salford Quays as an IT Project Manager, I took a good number of photos (and movies) of the @MediaCityUK build (literally from the ground up). The pictures were taken from 2007 when the dockland was flat and unused, through to 2010. MediaCity UK is now home to the BBC and ITV in the north west and the University of Salford.
The 200 or so pictures represent an abridged timeline of the build selected from a few thousand starting with the most current picture first…
Deluxe Data International Operations (formally The Software Partnership)
Deluxe Data International Operations, Wingate House, Northway, RUNCORN
I started work at 12pm, September 3rd 1990. The Runcorn office started life as The Software Partnership (first at Wingate Drive in Timperley and then Norton House in Crowngate and subsequently Wingate House in 1992 on Northway) in the mid-eighties (co-founded by Nigel Walsh) but was purchased in 1994 by the American company Deluxe Electronic Payment Systems. This in turn is part of Deluxe Corporation which is one of the largest cheque printers and debit transaction processors in the US, and a major supplier of secure card management systems. The company changed to EFD eFunds in 2000 and is now Fidelity National Information Services (FIS) (at 2007) based in Daresbury, Warrington. The Software Partnership started out developing on-line banking systems for Tandem and UNIX systems.
Some great and free Agile SCRUM online videos for those looking for good insight…
Exactly 23 years ago, I left Deluxe Data International Operations in August 1995 and then as a Senior Programmer joined a software house in Salford Quays, Manchester called Insider Technologies Limited (ITL). The company was founded in 1989 by Steve Tanham and Jim Chapman. Insider specialised in HPE NonStop software for both monitoring (Reflex) and batch scheduling (MultiBatch) on this this mainframe platform. Insider also provided software (RTLX, Sentra) to enable the monitoring, querying and reporting on the ACI BASE24 Classic ATM / POS application using the transaction log files.
1995 – 2004:
As a Senior Programmer, I co-developed a number of platform health, diagnostic plug-in modules for Reflex (also known as Reflex 80:20). These included ‘Console’ for HPE NonStop EMS event viewing and filtering, ‘Status Monitor’ for monitoring HPE NonStop platform components (CPU, Disk, Process, File, MQ, XPNET, TCP/IP to name but a few) and ‘Service Monitor’ for building multi-line, rule based analysis of grouped HPE NonStop components to ascertain overall application / service health. Read more…
A few years ago I set-up a Project Management group on LinkedIn for the North West area of the UK. We now have nearly 2,500 members and growing. Here is the link.
A HPE NonStop article I wrote in 2013 while I was working for Insider Technologies Limited in Salford Quays. I was working with a bank client in Saudi Arabia at the time who required a browser based solution for querying terabytes of transaction log data downloaded from a HPE NonStop mainframe. I themed the article on sci-fi movies. PDF version – page 12.
Episode IV – A New Hope
(…for both Archived Legacy and Real-Time Transactions and NonStop EMS Alerts)
A long time ago (well, 2010) at an EBUG conference far, far away (I guess it depends on where you’re coming from but anyway, Madrid)… Cue anthemic signature music and then, as the strings slowly fade away, pan left to a NonStop hand held aloft on the back row of a technical track presentation and an Insider speaker raising his eyebrows to acknowledge… ‘Yes, at the back’… a qualified voice is heard and a question is raised… ‘Can I store and query on 10 to 15 years’ worth of legacy, tape archived BASE24 TLF and PTLF transaction log data?’… the qualified voice continues… ‘I would also like to query on related EMS messages, POS and ATM administration data’…slight pause… ‘Oh yes, and display appropriate standard and custom tokens for EMS alerts, TLF and PTLF transaction data’… and one last volley of questioning tone ‘with consideration towards on-site directives for PCI DSS compliance?’… read on…