Hey folks,

Just a quick note to let you know that Kimberly and I will be offline from this weekend for four weeks. We're going on vacation – taking the kids up to Alaska to explore for two weeks and then Kimberly and I are taking an ex-Russian ice-breaker with Heritage Expeditions over to the Kamchatka Pensinsula in Siberia and up into the Arctic Circle to Wrangel Island in the Arctic Ocean.

The island is a polar bear breeding ground (actually with the densest population in the world) and fabulous bird life (see the Fauna and Flora tab here). We'll be tweeting and updating our Facebook pages from our sat-phone while we're up there, and we should have some fabulous photos to share here when we get back.

In the meantime, Brent will be holding down the SQLskills fort – any queries sent to either me or Kimberly will go unanswered until we return. Give him hell! :-)

Hope you enjoy the rest of your summer!

Cheers