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No doubt you've googled "melbourne" and "collingwood", and arrived here by mistake. First off, yes, I have the same name, and yes, I'm in the same city, but this website has absolutely nothing to do with the pies. Now that we've got that out of the way, let's continue.........

Right, You've landed in my world. I am Frank Collingwood, youngest son of John and Pat, brother of Chris, Gerard, Pete and Teri, father of Chris, Jason and Marc. Now a resident of Melbourne (Australia, not Florida), but previously of Auckland (NZ), Frankfurt a.M. (Germany), Stone Cross (UK), Stevenage (UK), London (UK, not Ontario), Johannesburg (SA), Durban (SA), Pietermaritzburg (SA) and Bulawayo (Rhodesia). My two favourite passtimes are scuba diving and flying, with flying taking the front seat at the moment.

I moved here permanently in Jan 2004, after seperating from my ex-wife. I wasn't new to Melbourne though, having been over since May of the previous year, flying back to NZ for weekends. Now to confuse some more.......I'm not a sheepshagger, and was only in NZ because the company I was working for in Germany went bust. I'm not German either, but was in Frankfurt because my skills were needed there, and the UK Telecoms industry was a bit wobbly. But.......I'm not British either (Well, I am, we'll get to that later), having arrived in the UK as a backpacker from Seth Efrika just over 10 years ago. I'm not South African either, having been born in a little country called Rhodesia.

"Where?", I hear you ask

Rhodesia. A country which doesn't exist anymore. So, seeing as the only passport I have is British, and the place which really played the major part in forming me as I am today was England, I consider myself to be English. Simple.

Update: I've been back in Auckland since Jan 2005, it was just all too hard being so far away from the boys. I'm enjoying the contact with them and look forward to the weekends I have them.

UPDATE 17/10/2006: Some spammer scumbag has been sending out spam with forged headers showing the sender as being from the domain.


Now that I've got that off my chest, if you are receiving spam that seems to come from an address on my domain, please check very carefully the IP address where it actually originated from, that is where you will find the culprit, and where you need to complain. If you don't know how to read email headers, just google it, there's plenty of information out there on the web.

::: Friday October 22, 2004 :::

Site Update

So I've loaded Blosxom on the server to make my life a little easier. The next thing to do is to write some more CGI that will allow me to upload text and photos from a browser, and have then automagicaly linked, commented, etc. Anything to make life simple.

I've also split out the various categories that are of particular interest to me, but it's not a forgone conclusion that I'm going to revisit the old entries and recategorise them. At the moment I just couldn't be arsed.

Anyway, it's been a while, but worse things happen at sea, you know... There's not really been a whole lot to report on, I've sorta calmed down since getting together with Beth. We tend to do the more civilised stuff, like head down to Church Street for a light dinner and bottle of vino, or a lovely sunset picnic on the beach, which is 5 minutes away from the house. We have had a weekend down in Portsea, and a long weekend in Sydney (Last weekend), both of which were rather fun. Anyway, that's about it from me for the present, I will upload some photos and do more stuff over the weekend (Maybe - I'm putting some network cabling in the house, so it's doubtful if I'll have the time.

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::: Tuesday October 05, 2004 :::


A big break in updates, what can I say.....I have been very busy getting settled. Did the Flinders Pier dive with Brad and Helen (See pics below - As I haven't yet installed a decent photo editing package, they are still showing a greenish tinge....), first time I'd met them, they are a thoroughly nice couple. Hopefully will do some more dives with them. It looks like both are avid underwater photographers, so I may just pick up some tips. They showed me some of the photos they took on a recent holiday, absolutely stunning shots. Also did the shark dive; Pics to come - my Olympus battery went flat halfway through, as I hadn't charged it after the previous days dive, but Beth was in the viewing area with the Canon 300D, so she got some good shots.

Pregnant Male Weedy Sea Dragon Pregnant Male Weedy Sea Dragon
Pregnant Male Weedy Sea Dragon @ Flinders Pier
Nudibranch on Pier Support Nudibranch on Seabed
Nudibranch on Pier Support Nudibranch on Seabed

The full size shots of most of my photos are here

We're heading off this afternoon down to Portsea for the weekend, and although the weather is foul, going to try to get at least one dive in. Teri & Paul are coming too. Glad I'm not going to be flying in the miserable weather this weekend.......

Found a good site, shows Melbourne's weather radar

Also found out that the photo I took of the sunset over Port Phillip Bay is going to be published in issue 23 of Digital Photography Made Easy

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