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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.

::: Tuesday January 31, 2006 :::

Weekends Away

Spent the last two weekends away from Auckland, went up to Matakana last weekend, and Opinoni the weekend before with the boys. There's some extremely high sand dunes on the opposite side of the bay from Opinoni, so we went across and the boys did some dune-boarding. I couldn't join in, as my left hand is still in a splint following my little tendon cutting mishap over Christmas - Which is possibly a good thing, as I only ever seem to injure myself when doing stuff with the kids (Severed tendon - watersliding with the boys. Broken elbow - rollerblading with the boys. Wrecked ankle - skateboarding with the boys..........). Did manage to induldge in some serious pyromania at the bach this weekend, nothing like a REAL barbeque on a charcoal fire..... Lou had to do all the driving on both trips, as I'm still not allowed to drive because of the hand.

Still unpacking my stuff from Oz, not a easy job.

Otherwise, same old, same old......going to work, going home, chilling out....

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::: Thursday January 12, 2006 :::

Eventful Holiday

I find myself too busy for regular updates these days, but a few quick words on recent happenings......

I had the boys over Christmas, and did something that they are likely to remember for a long time. Lou came up with the idea of cutting out bootprint stencils and making Santa footprints from an open window to the Christmas tree and back with talcum powder. Then reindeer footprints on the path outside were added, and there were two very excited little boys on Christmas day.

Between chrissie and new years, I took the boys to the local pool, and we were having a whale of a time, up to the point where I severed the flexor tendon in my left ring finger. So an operation was performed to re-attach the tendon, and I have twelve weeks of an immobilised (and very useless) left hand.

To top it off, the day after the op, my stuff arrived from Aus - there are things in there I was itching to get at, but now can't use for many weeks.

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