Thanks are due to Rob Cole, Graham Knight, Steve Hailes, Ian Wakeman, James Cowan, Mark Handley, Atanu Ghosh, Alina da Cruz, Nermeen Ismail and Dave Lewis for many an evening's lively discussion. Thanks to Nigel Edwards from Hewlett-Packard and ANSA. Thanks to George Michaelson,Andrew Campbell, Paul Barker and Steve Kille for standardizationalism. We also enjoyed the presence for many years of the Reality Checkpoint on Parker's Piece.