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Piers and Lin du Pré are the owners of the Fleming 55 Play d'eau, based in Beaucette Marina, Guernsey in the Channel Islands at N49° 30’.197 W002° 30’.350.

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Double First Ltd wins Queen’s Award for Enterprise

Queen's Award for Enterprise

Double First winning the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise has provoked me to write a post after seven months of posting silence.

As the founder of Double First Ltd, I can’t tell you how proud I am of the staff’s achievement to have produced Engage, a School Management Information Software (MIS) which is respected worldwide by leading fee-paying schools. …

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Meet Sparky

Our new unltra-thin Sparky

Have you tried driving in Guernsey? If so, you’ll certainly know the roads are narrow and that you often have to mount kerbs to avoid oncoming traffic.

It was obvious, really. We had to sell the Jeep Cherokee and find a thin car. But how thin was thin? …

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Josiah comes of age to travel

Josiah waits for the command to 'Fire!'

Our grand grandson, Josiah, had reached 12 years old and was able to travel unaccompanied on a plane. So, our present was a ticket from the mainland to Guernsey’s International Airport!

We planned to fire a cannon and protect the SW shores of Guernsey by manning a huge restored gun near Pleinmont Point. …

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An Engagement

Kimberleigh's engaged

‘I’m engaged!’ whispered Kimberleigh to Lin and I.

We were staying in a small boutique Johannesburg hotel where Head Chef Kimberleigh had been feeding us far too well …

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A deafening silence

africa falls asleep

‘The silence is deafening. What have you been doing?’ asked a friend of mine when I hadn’t posted anything on the Play d’eau site for three months.

I started to explain only to be met with the comment, ‘Excuses, excuses, …

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Joey wasn’t feeling well

A cold winter's evening sky

‘We regret to announce a delay to Aurigny’s 1300 flight to Dinard,’ came the announcement over Guernsey Airport’s public address.

Sadly, Joey wasn’t feeling well and had to be taken to Sick Bay in his hanger whilst a replacement Trilander was found. …

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Frozen Shoulder

Having drawn pretty pictures on my shoulder, two incisions were made

I know it’s winter but it has nothing to do with a Frozen Shoulder – really. It’s where the range of shoulder movement becomes progressively restricted.

Having had my left shoulder operated on successfully in November 2011, my consultant at the time advised there was a 20% chance of the Frozen Shoulder condition migrating to the right shoulder …

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I flew on Joey

Joey, the courageous Trilander of Aurigny Air Services

I had to attend a 3 hour meeting in Dubai the other day. The round trip took 6 days.

The route from Guernsey was to Dinard, Rennes, Paris de Gaulle, Dubai (for the 3 hour meeting), Paris de Gaulle, Rennes, Dinard and finally home to Guernsey, using small, big and huge planes, taxis, hire cars and hotels. …

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A flash of orange and turquoise

A kingfisher watches for his lunch near to Play d'eau

It was a sudden flash of colour that caught my attention. Orange and turquoise. Looking up, I espied a Kingfisher on the wall by Play d’eau.

You never have a camera to hand when you need one, do you? So whilst Lin brought me the camera, changed lenses, I kept watch on this bundle of colour. …

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Post prostate

Claudine and a selection of her nursing staff

Having so enjoyed my stay in The Victoria Wing of The Princess Elizabeth Hospital, Guernsey, where I was so thoroughly spoiled by the nursing staff and Chef Dave, I returned to take some pics of the team and Chef Dave’s food.

The upshot is that du Pré Guernsey Ltd has been engaged as an advisor to the CEO’s team to re-design The Medical Specialist Group’s new web-site, and also that of The Victoria Wing …

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