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AGSM, Sydney, University of Liverpool School of Architecture, Fort Street Boys High School, University of Sydney School of Architecture
Internet Architect @ Yindi Systems
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Sydney, Australia · Member since November 2010
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We became (website hidden) hosts back in December 2010. I was originally an architect, but worked in IT sales/marketing for the past 30 years. Semi-retired now, but still manage consulting projects involving the Internet for small-medium businesses.

I call myself an Internet Architect on my business card these days. Most of my current projects involve marketing using social media tools.

A born and bred Sydneysider, I lived in UK for 10 years till 1984. I have done lots of travel in Europe, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, China, Vietnam, Japan, New Zealand, USA.

Studio Yindi incorporates the things I look for when selecting boutique hotels, pensions, hostels and B&Bs for myself - space, privacy, wifi Internet access, reading light at the bedside, comfortable and practical for working while "on the road", a bit unusual, a little surprise, value for money.

My own preferences are for adventure and off the beaten track, rather than luxury, international 5 star.

I love meeting travellers from all parts of the world, and helping them enjoy the experience of a first visit to Sydney.

Lots of experience assisting overseas based friends and colleagues to see the best parts of Sydney, using public transport, and avoiding the expensive tourist services.

Messing about on boats is one of my passions. I have a 7.2 m (24') yacht moored nearby on the harbour and know a lot about the nice parts of our extensive waterways, including its part in Australian history. I love sharing tips on how to see the best of the harbour, using inexpensive public ferries, plus strolls around Cremorne Point from Mosman Bay, or the 3 - 4 hour walk from the Spit to Manly, via Sydney Harbour National Park.

My major work project now as a volunteer Director of the Keeping Place centre for aboriginal art, culture and history. Our biggest challenge is finding a permanent physical home for 2000+ pieces of art and sculpture, plus 200,000+ photographs!