Friday, 3 May 2013

Thank Firebrand it's Friday - Fourth Edition


Welcome to the fourth edition of TFiF (Thank Firebrand it's Friday). This week we talk Firebrand Babies, no tech related ridiculousness, this week is all about the Firebrand Family. Although, as tomorrow is Star Wars day I may just chuck in an awesome video at the end, "May the 4th be with you", as I won't be able to say it to you tomorrow. 

So let's get to it....

Firebrand Babies!

Friday 26th April was a momentous day for Firebrand, we were joined by 2 new miniature recruits. Please join me in congratulating Gary Fildes our Apprenticeship Instructor on the birth of his daughter Clementine and Tom McElroy our Apprenticeship Recruitment Manager on the birth of his daughter Skye Joy McElroy. We are delighted to have two new additions to the Firebrand Family.

To ensure the organisation and professionalism of the Apprenticeship department remained intact, it was agreed that both babies would arrive on the same day, outside contracted working hours of course.

The new Recruits

In the blue corner we have baby Clementine, weighing in at 6lb 12oz. Whilst over in the red corner we have baby Skye weighing in at 7lb 9oz.

Clementine Fildes
Skye Joy McElroy

A series of remarkable events....

Both births are remarkable in their own right, however it wasn't until Monday when Gary shared with us the series of events leading up to and after the birth of baby Clementine that we realised quite how special Gary's efforts were.

His exploits in juggling the birth of his first born child, whilst ensuring he was back in work on time to train the Apprentices optimises the dedication of our instructors to both their students and their families! 

Here is Gary's run down of a frankly remarkable and somewhat amusing series of events.

 “26th April 2013 - the run down

02:00 the action started happening at Wyboston Lakes
04:30 Massive contraction in Room 331.. When I politely told my wife to keep it down as there’s a guy next door who has a SQL Exam in the morning.
04:45 Run around the centre..writing instructions for the apprentices on the board
05:10 arrive at Hospital
06:12 Baby Clementine arrives with 6lb 12oz.

I’m back sorting out the apprentices now and will grab Mother and Child from hospital for fish and chip day at Wyboston.

Thanks for all the help, prezzies in the office and congrats.  Marketing guys..I wore the T-shirt all the way through.

Now that my friends is dedication! Here's the proof that they made it back for Fish & Chip day, I hope Gary changed his shirt...

Mr and Mrs Fildes with Baby Clementine
I'm also doubly delighted as a member of the Marketing department that not only do we have new additions to the Firebrand family, but also that in all likelihoods the first thing Clementine saw when she entered this World was the Firebrand Logo! (this is a joke, I'm not that crazy...)

May the 4th be with you...

Absolutely nothing to do with babies or technology, but seeing as it's Star Wars day tomorrow I thought I would share with you this awesome 60 second video summarising the first Star Wars movie, A New Hope. Which is quite fitting as we have two new hopes in the Firebrand Family (tenuous link?).

Happy Friday, hope you enjoyed this weeks instalment of TFiF. We're back next week with an amazing, undiscovered and FREE Windows 8 App creator. We'll also be taking a look at IBM wasting an inordinate amount of time and money on creating a miniature video at the molecular level, although I must admit it does look cool.  

About the Author:

Edward is a member of the Marketing team overseeing the Content Strategy for Firebrand. Working in the Industry for 2 years, Edward has experience with Microsoft Technologies including SharePoint 2007 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Edward writes for a variety of Blogs and Publications on all things Technology.