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  • Vivaldi Team

    Hi all, It seems the recent [url=]article about our Vivaldi office in Gloucester[/url] caught your interest. We are very glad that you enjoyed getting to know a little bit more about us and Vivaldi. We will keep you updated on everything of interest that will be going on. But just like you are interested in us, we are interested in knowing about you also. Therefore, while we have new articles in the works, we would like for you to write a little something about your hometown, city, current location or vacation spot (some photos added would be nice). Publish it in your blog, post link in comments below and I will share your article with the whole community!

  • Hi Ilya,
    I'm in the money laundering business.

  • Vivaldi Team

    Ha-ha, seems nice πŸ™‚

    A few months ago I had the same task - money laundering. I was on Fiji and had found in the sand the Australian coin - 50 cents. But this coin was very rusted. And I spent a few evenings for cleaning it by using some chemical mixes. Probably, you can hire me as consultant πŸ™‚

  • I am richard , small person and a SEO outsourcing ,i am also good looking which some people say but i don't believe them ^__^

  • Vivaldi Team

    Hi, Richard,
    I hope, on you can meet many people that you can trust πŸ™‚

  • Vivaldi Translator

    I live on the south of Cornwall where the coast was once divided by 3 fearsome pirate kings, that even the English navy paid so they may cross their waters :evil:

    In the years since Johnny Depp donned a tri-corn, this place has been full of grog and swagger at the drop of a.. 3 cornered hat, with any excuse to buckle swashes, and blister barnacles.
    The accent most people associate with pirates is my native Cornish drawl, so the English holidaymakers do feel like they are getting the real-deal here, and indeed the historic port of Falmouth often has tall-ships anchored in the bay.

    The sea-shanty festival can drive you a bit mad, if you live in the middle of it (like I do), as you hear the same songs all day.

    The odd weather here often gives us semi-tropical conditions in some places, so we grow many of the early crops for the UK, and I get to walk around streets lined with palms and plants from exotic places.
    This is also why the Cornish population has an ever growing percentage of retired English immigrants.

    The Cornish make up less than half of the population, due to our tendency to travel, and the desirability of quaint Cornish houses, in a quaint old town, which we can no longer afford, because our quaint old wages are somewhat below the UK average.

    I actually struggle to think of someone I know that is Cornish.
    Almost everyone I know socially is from elsewhere.
    Many artists come to live here because of the light quality and the nice views.
    It is easy to see why people come here when you see what it looks like out of my window, first thing almost every summer morning.

    Drama in the sky almost every day before the people are awake.
    Even the dock yard and industrial side of life looks surreal when set in a backdrop of tranquillity with or without clouds.

    I have started putting some of my photos of Falmouth onto Vivaldi but there aren't that many yet. I doubt I will upload all the ones I had at MyOpera, but I will be using my old collection for reference.
    Currently I have more available on Panoramio, so they show up in Google maps/earth.

    BTW. Falmouth strangely also boasts the UKs largest gamer cafe/bar (8-bit bar), so I have a geek-friendly place to play some games and drink some rum.
    …Yes I actually drinks rum I does.
    Arrrr, finest o' rum fit fer the Captain o' any pirate ship...
    clears throat
    Yes well, I think I'll sling me hook now... :whistle:

  • Vivaldi Team

    Wow, it's a very nice introducing πŸ™‚


  • Vivaldi Team

    Thanks for sharing beautiful photos, Dr.Flay.
    I have to admit that I didn't know anything about south England till now. (I've only been to London, cambridge, and Brighton where my cousin lives.)

    Your post got me curious so I read a bit about Cornwall. Looks like a wonderful place to visit.
    I think I will try to visit there next time I am in England!

  • Vivaldi Translator

    My pleasure :cheer:
    I feel a bit of history is in order though πŸ˜‰

    It is a common mistake that Cornwall (Kernow) is English due to the size and location, but it is actually one of the Celtic countries like Scotland, Ireland and Wales.
    Old Cornwall actually has more in common with the Brittany region of France than England.
    Kernow was once known as "West-Wales" and the language has many similarities.
    Cornwall once reached all the way to Wales (include Devon and Somerset as old Cornwall), but the English gradually chipped away at the border, until we only have a tiny bit left.
    As a child I grew up in a very anti-English culture, and it was still common until the 1970s to see slogans on bridges or walls outside the big towns, telling the English to go home.

    The Vikings, Romans and later the English never invaded Cornwall, and instead chose to trade with the Cornish for tin, and the expertise in mining and metallurgy they lacked.
    This means that archaeologists keep finding random bits of Cornish tin all over the world, and odd-ball trinkets from far-flung lands often turn up in Cornish digs.
    It is also why you will not find any straight roads here !
    The few bits of straight road in Cornwall are well known to the local bikers 😎

    Penryn was once the most important port/town in the British Isles, as it is the port that brought Christianity here.
    It was the site of the first Monastery and the first college. There is only a small monument left, and it is now a small field where people walk their dogs.
    Education to the masses came from here, but ironically later on when Gutenberg upgraded from potato-printing, the Cornish were not given the Bible in their own language like everyone else, but had it in Latin, or English.
    This heralded the beginning of the end of the Cornish language, and the last native Cornish speaking person died a few years ago.

    There was never an official agreement or document signed, handing Cornwall to the English. At some point Cornwall was given to the Prince of England in an underhand deal, and has been property of the crown ever since.
    Strictly speaking, the Cornish people are still the sole property of Prince Charles, and not answerable to the English government. This is why
    Cornwall gets called a "County" for convenience, because the modern political system is not geared up for things like a "Principality" or "Duchy".

    I got to know a chef from Catalonia, working here in Falmouth.
    I told him our history, and he told me theirs.
    needless to say, we became good friends and drinking buddies while he was here.

    The fishing ties with France, Spain and Italy show in our food.
    Cornwall is also where Ice-cream came to Britain, because of an Italian that settled here.
    An Italian also brought us the Scampi, but adapted it for the fish we catch, instead of Atlantic prawns/shrimps, as they are too small.
    Traditional Cornish scampi would be made from strips of Monk-fish/Angler-fish tail.
    We now have the teeny-tiny English prawn scampi, which does not compare in size, texture or taste.
    Spian brought us saffron at some point, and Cornwall is the only place in Britain where you find saffron used in the local recipes.
    Same for ginger, though I have no idea how or who brought that here.

    OK enough history of a place most people don't even know exists, or I will continue to tell you about how we invented motorised transport years before the train and car, and…
    yes enough! :whistle:

  • First of all, thanks Dr.Flay for the pictures and all those informations, quite interesting πŸ™‚

    And now rather boring πŸ˜›

  • Hello,

    i am a IT Speciallist and Zumba and Spinning Instructor
    from Germany

    Vivaldi is gerat πŸ˜ƒ πŸ™‚

    Greetings from Germany πŸ™‚


  • Hello,

    I'm from Quebec, Canada. I'm a horticulturist. I'm married with children. I like languages, history, Willie Nelson and mexican beer.

  • Interesting Dr Flay, I have to admit to knowing little about Cornwall, so you're post was very informative. Just add that the bible wasn't available in English anywhere in England until the 16th century, when Henry the 8th decided it should be.

  • Vivaldi is making waves, Webuser : is sugesting people ditch Chrome and switch to Vivaldi.

    And a little about myself. I'm an Englishman called John, to old to want to mention my age, I'll just say I saw the very first episode of Dr Who. I can't think of much about myself that's interesting, except perhaps that I like drawing, and am enclosing a small sketch I drew with a biro.

  • I'm from Hamburg, Germany. Which just happens to be the most beautiful city in the world (highly subjective statement! πŸ˜› ).

    What else is there to say? Oh, I'm married and my wife likes Vivaldi as well (she was using Opera before that, just like me).
    We like to travel a lot, have been in Scotland a few times, in Singapore, Faorese and of course Iceland:


  • Can we post our portfolios here? πŸ˜›

    I just released a version of mine, now developed primarily for Vivaldi. No other browser renders it so well. :woohoo:

  • Community Manager

    As we're in the process of launching the new forum, we're re-organizing some the forum categories. This topic is quite similar to "Introduce yourself" so please introduce yourself there instead. For that reason I'm closing this topic. Looking forward to meeting you there. πŸ™‚


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