Today, along with a number of other Newham colleagues, I was at the funeral of Paul Bull, our Printing & Reprographics Manager who had bravely fought cancer for the last 14 months.

Gary Sussex a eulogy, mentioning Paul's vision for the Council's printing service that has now been realised at Newham Dockside. Paul and his wife Evonne, who worked alongside him at Newham, shared a love of Ballroom and Latin American Dancing, Gary said, as well as of travel. Paul will be sadly missed, and our thoughts are with Evonne

On a more cheery note , there will be at least a 400% increase in public sector representation at this year's Byte Night London Sleep-out in aid of Action for Children, as Geoff Connell, Gary Sussex, Shane Mills, John Friend and I will be joining me in a Team.<

Private sector companies' work on behalf of the public sector will become subject to FOI, Legal experts have warned.<

With the publication of this story - IT leaders oppose large-scale outsourcing - I feel I, too, can finally speak openly.

I agree with David Tidey and Phil Pavitt, and would go further; I don't think it's possible to identify any successful IT outsourcing! "I'm a serial insourcer", says Phil; "I run things cheaper than any outsourcer can". He should know, as he was involved in setting-up ITNet (now part of Serco) when at Cadbury Schweppes!

Well, the sun's out , and the forecast for the weekend is great. Have a good one.