Crown’ed in glory

DWS weekend away has been & gone. This was a 3-hour corporate function / conference – with an added bonus of a 2 night accomodation & meals package – and lots of interesting fun & games.

Friday night

  • Arrived on Friday arvo in our beat-up 1989 Nissan Pulsar – some amazing looks from the hotel bellhops – and VIP parking attendee/s !! Mazda had a blown water pump (more on that later).
  • Cameron’s first weekend away from home – although found out at 4.30 am that he doesn’t really like the stale, stuffy air-conditioned hotel rooms at Crown Promenade (but who does)

Saturday morning

  • Conference session – group team-building exercise with every attendee having a bongo drum on their desk – and had an African tribal drumming lesson. Truly incredible to hear 220+ people all in sync. Lots of metaphors – “work together”, “sounds great when everyone’s in sync”, etc
  • Guest speaker – Jeff Kennett – introduced as “the guy with the biggest shed in Victoria”. Great insights & thoughts on the world – and about his “National depression initiative” – Beyond Blue
  • Further drumming – with colour-coded PVC pipes – which were a different “note”
  • Presentation by DWS-MD Danny Wallis – and question & answer session

Afternoon on Saturday

  • Video games session at Galactic Circus – until Cameron got freaked out by all the lights & noises
  • Photo shoot for the C9 guy – from Microsoft / MSDN Channel 9 – photos to follow

Saturday night

  • Corporate function – but not a “sit-down” event. More of a walk-about, stand-up, drink & eat affair. With band room, Karaoke room, disco room – and baby-sitting provided for Cameron & other kids
  • Karaoke highlights – “New York, New York” – and “Highway To Hell” – by yours truly… 🙂


  • Hangove cure – Yum Cha with friends in ChinaTown
  • Took Cameron for a guided tours of the sights of Melbourne – Captain Cooks cottage, Fitzroy gardens, Birrarung Marr, Federation Square, Southbank markets, Yarra river – and back to Crown Casino.
  • BUT – Cameron slept the whole way !!

More to follow – interesting news about Windows Vista, Namco games on XBox-360, Indigo/Avalon – and training course planned for next week – with Readify.


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