All The Family Huddled Around A Glowing Laptop

The times when the kids were growing up it was a tradition to have the laptop on and the Northern Hemisphere family watch as the presents are open. A lot has changed since this photo in 2017, the kids are young adults, my Dad is in a home, the Swedish side aren't allowed to travel to Wales due to COVID, and I won't be around the kids this Christmas Day. It's not so much the change, the kids were always gonna move on and with the divorce new rituals have been created. It's more that it's happened in 3 years, 2017 seems both a long long way away (as does January, remember then?), and yet close enough to touch. Whatever your routines are be prepared to change them, but keep the rituals . 

[Updated] Wellingtonista: Wellington social networker going for US$1m

Original posting at: Wellingtonista - Wellington social networker going for US$1m


Sometimes, just sometimes, there is an actual reason to joining the plethora of social networking sites springing up like weeds. Facebook has led a few long forgotten friends towards Wellingtonista Towers, Bebo has managed to keep the family in touch for some of us young 'uns and Flickr supplies the best Wellington photos being taken by you all.

But how many have joined up a social networking site to be greeted with, "Be in to win US$1m" ... not I but Chiaradina has.

Chiaradina, a proud new comer to Wellington, is in the running for US$1m ($1,000,000) from the Kiwi developed iYomu. Of course I could leave you with a link for you to sign-up and vote but that would be boring.

getting a share of $30,000 for yourself is the not so boring part!

Chiaradina and Eduard (her partner in crime and camera) are not being boring. They are using the challenge to film some awesome Wellington based vids - watch, and have fun (and vote)

Chiaradina and Ed intend to add more Wellington vids to the list:

This is what Chiaradina is going to do with the US1m:
  • $100,000 will go to the next 3 contestants ($50,000 for second place, $30,000 for third and $20,000 for fourth place).
  • $30,000 will be split among those iYomu user voting for me (3x $10,000).
  • $100,000 will go to my parents, thanking them for all their unconditional support on so many levels throughout my life.
  • $100,000 will go animal welfare. Currently I am thinking of donating to SPCA Auckland and Animal Spirit.
  • I will use the remaining amount to rebuild my life and start anew.