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Hi Sam from Opera in Xi’an, China

Posted by stuff4sam on December 8, 2008

Hi Sam from Opera China

你好 Sam,

Been a while since I sent in a photo but here I am in Xi’an (西安), a Chinese city at the start of the Silk Route, in China. I changed jobs in September and almost immediately went to China to visit lots of universities to talk about web standards with my new company Opera.

Xian is an amazing place and one of the oldest cities in China (ancient in fact) with a large Chinese Muslim community called Uyghurs who make delicious spicy lamb stews and flat breads. Xi’an is probably most famous for the Terracotta Warriors (兵马俑) which were created in the Qing Dynasty in 210 BC and buried with Qin Shi Huang the First Emperor of China. They were forgotten about until they were discovered in 1974 by local farmers drilling for water – probably with tractors 🙂

In the photo we’re all taking it easy with a beer after talking to over 200 students and Xian University. From left to right there is Richard Gao, Henrick Lexow Thruth and Zi Bin.

Henny xx

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Hi Sam from Germany

Posted by stuff4sam on December 8, 2008

Dear Sam,

fiona, sonja, tonia say hi from germany

fiona, sonja, tonia say hi from germany

The picture I have sent you is from Germany, it shows my girlfriend Fiona on the left, my sister Tonia on the right, and me, Sonja, in the middle. My sister lives in the house in the back and we stayed with her and her family. She has 3 boys, they wanted to say hello to you, too, but they were too cold to come out. As you can see it was very windy that evening and it is always a little colder in Germany than it is here in England. 

It was a really special weekend the second November weekend 2008, my fathers 60th Birthday. I went to Germany to celebrate him. He lives with my family in a little town called Huellhorst. I grew up in Huellhorst, but that is not the only interesting fact to know about this little village. Huellhorst is almost 800 years old and has a big history of farming culture. In fact, when I was little we had pigs and ducks in the back garden, sometimes even goose. My grandfather was a real farmer, he had 12 brothers and sisters. They all have families who still live in Huellhorst, so that half of the village is related to us. That makes family parties always rather big. The same happened this time, but fortunately my mother runs a pub restaurant were we could host all guests easily.

Next time when I go to see my family I will make a picture of the wonderful view from my window. 

Best wishes

Sonja

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Sale update

Posted by stuff4sam on December 4, 2008

The selling continues – Neil sold more cakes yesterday, Sharon is cracking on with the raffle and Debbie’s sales technique is working its magic. It’s looking like the grand total from the sale is likely to be closer to £700! When we’ve counted it all up, we’ll let you know the scores on the doors.

For all you stats fans out there, totals from our previous sales were:

  • 2007 – £729
  • 2006 – £840.

You can read all about the previous events by clicking on the sales4sam category in the right-hand column.

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Hi Sam from the Sleeper train

Posted by stuff4sam on December 4, 2008

Hi Sam,

Hugh asleep on the sleeper train

Hugh asleep on the sleeper train

we went to Cornwall on holiday but as it is such a long way from London, we went on the overnight train. We left Paddington at 11.45 on the Friday night and got to Cornwall at 8am the next day. It was brilliant to be travelling while we were in bed!

love m and h x

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Results of the sale

Posted by stuff4sam on December 2, 2008

A good time was had by all at the sale today. It was lovely to see so many stuff4sam supporters and friends.
The busy sale

The busy sale

We had full tables of tempting cakes, hand-made cushions, fetching jumpers, cards, books, jewellery and other stuff. Our fun stall featuring a lucky-dip, guess the number of pennies in a jar, guess the name of the doll and raffle was also a big hit partly due to great prizes but also down to Sharon’s excellent promotional skills!

Tempting cakes

Tempting cakes

The grand total on the day was £550! More is expected from further raffle ticket sales and other ongoing activities.  Watch this space for the grand total before Christmas.

As always big thanks to all who made or donated something – too many to mention here but to give some numbers we had nine cake bakers, eight prize donors, numerous crafty people and stuff donors. Thanks also to those who organised and staffed the sale (especially Debbie, Neil, Rachel, Clare and Sharon) and to those who came and spent. As a result of all your efforts we are that much closer to our big target!

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Sale 2008

Posted by stuff4sam on December 1, 2008

Tomorrow is the date of the 2008 stuff4sam sale featuring tasty cakes, jewellery, knitted flowers, cards, books, a raffle, lucky dip and guess the name of the baby.  Many things have been donated or made for the sale so it should be a great event. We’ll update with pictures and totals once its all over and we have tidied up!

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Hi Sam from Dublin

Posted by stuff4sam on November 25, 2008

Hi Sam,

Hi Sam from the Guiness factory sign

Hi Sam made up of the Guinness letters

We went to Dublin a couple of weeks ago but did our usual trick of forgetting to take your poster with us so we used these letters from a big sign on the wall of the Guinness factory instead!

love
Dan & Rach

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£29,000!

Posted by stuff4sam on November 7, 2008

Totaliser showing £29K

Totaliser showing £29K

Today we hit the mighty £29,000 mark! The latest £1000 was from donations, books and the Peterborough sale. Huge thanks as ever to all involved.

Now the big 3-0 by Christmas sounds realistic! Our big push will be at the Judd Street Christmas S4S sale / event on 2 December. If you have a talent for making stuff we could sell or have something to donate to the raffle please get in touch – stuff4sam@gmail.com We want to hear from you – don’t be shy! Don’t forget that every penny of the money raised goes straight to Sam.

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Hi Sam from Vang Vieng, Laos!

Posted by stuff4sam on November 7, 2008

Hi Sam

We know you’re a big fan of tractors, but you’ve probably not heard of tubing. Basically what you do it take a old tractor tyre (or tube), go to a big river, chuck the tube in, hop in and then float down the river, stopping occasionally for refreshments or to jump off slides. Every backpacker in Vang Vieng spends a a few hours floating down the Nam Song river and getting sunburnt.

Daniel, Jane, George, Laura and John tubing in Vang Vieng
Daniel, Jane, George, Laura and John tubing in Vang Vieng

We also stopped in to say Hi to Mr. Lao-Lao and his amazingly smiley wife!
Hi Sam, we love you from the group

Love

Daniel, Jane, George, Laura and John

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Hi Sam from Durban

Posted by stuff4sam on October 28, 2008

Hi Sam!
Hi Sam from Rach's computer in Durban

Hi Sam from Rach laptop

I spent two months in Durban, South Africa this summer. When it’s summer here in England, it’s winter in South Africa so everyone kept telling us how cold it was but it still felt hot and sunny to us! I’m sorry the Hi Sam picture isn’t great. This was the view from my hotel room balcony, looking out over the Indian ocean. I saw some amazing sunrises from here in the mornings and lots of people surfing in the sea. Some days I sat and watched groups of dolphins and killer whales swimming past too.

This is a picture of the team I was working with, looking out over the city of Durban.

 View over Durban

View over Durban

The other picture is of a special kind of nest, built by a bird called a Weaver Bird. They make their nests by weaving grass together. We liked this one because it is heart shaped.

 Bird nest in shape of heart

Rach

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