Intro

Welcome - I am Darren and this is my website - I have a number of sites and social media connections so this is my internet hub where it all comes together. As mentioned I have a number of passions and this is where I keep all the things I am doing, have done and want to do, up to date.

Software Testing and Web Development

For over 15 years I have been a Test Analyst. Testing front end websites, back end systems and mobile applications, both iOS and Android. I am currently working as a Senior Test Analyst based in London for the Momondo Group. I am ISEB qualified to an advanced level and a Certified Scrum Master. In my spare time I have set up a few websites for friends and family. This is not my full time job and I mainly develop on my commute to work. Please see below some of my projects I have worked on.

Running

I am also a runner, I run in a number of events, 5k, 10k and half marathons and I'm always looking to improve my times - which are no where near the front, so I have some work to do. I belong to my local athletics club, Medway and Maidstone AC and train with some elite runners, although I am not even close to some of these. I am a qualified Leader in Running Fitness and I lead a run club at work and run at lunchtimes in London's Regents Park.

Photography - Nutrition and other interests

I have an interest in photography and invested in a half decent camera a few years ago which inspired me to take it up as a hobby. I have posted some of my favourite photos online, please see my gallery below. I have done a course and assesment/exam on nutrition and have spent many hours researching different types of food and nutrition. I have some pages dedicated to what I believe to be a healthy diet and regard myself now as a foodie. I also, enjoy blogging and have a couple of blogs, one for my running and one for my bucket list.

And then there is Instagram...

Here are a small collection of photos taken with my favourite app, Instagram.
Feel free to follow me at @Lefty_75

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Morning Cobweb

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Sleepy Alys

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Day at the beach

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Snowy morning

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Sailing

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Country Wedding

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Summer '13

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New Forest bluebells

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Chvrches gig

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Morning run

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Sunrise

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London

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Foggy morning

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Tulips

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Winters day

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Autumn

Web Development

Another hobby of mine is to develop websites, I am not a full time developer, far from it, but have built a few sites for friend and family in my spare time. If you would like to know more about web development, please click the button below.

  • Code
  • Testing
  • Photography

Example Sites

Here are some example sites I have built in my spare time for friends and family.

Shawn Moore Building

Shawn is a local builder in Medway, services include kitchen and bathroom fitting and any general building work.

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The Brown Jug Upchurch

The Brown Jug in Upchurch is a delightful family pub with great food and an even better welcome.

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Jemma Arbin Photography

Jemma is a part time photographer and has a portfolio of weddings, family photo shoots and general photography.

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Iced Illusions

Iced Illusions - cake decorating by Endla. Cakes can be designed and baked to any requirement for any event.

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My Running Blog

My running blog, from my own experiences and personal goals to tips on what to eat and do on race days.

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My Personal Site

This is my personal site where friends and family can get in touch and a chance for me to experiment with code.

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A Little More About Me...

  • I am a Software Tester - my full time job in London and something I have been doing for over fifteen years.
  • Internet fan - nearly everything I test is internet based, so naturally I need to be a fan. Amatuer developer - when a friend asked me to build them a website, I thought, yeah, why not. They like it anyway
  • Foodie - my first nutrition course in 2005 opened my eyes to a world of food that is both good and bad
  • Runner - Something I am actually good at, I belong to my local athletics club, have competed in a number of events, I am a qualified Leader in Running Fitness with UK Athletics and run a work running club
  • Amatuer photographer - something I am not so good at, but I have a fairly decent camera and can take one good shot out of a hundred
  • Dad - to the most amazing daughter
  • Blogger - I have a running blog and a bucket list blog, see above for details

For more about me, please see my full story.

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