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Robert Desmond

Chief Technology Officer

Robert is Story Terrace’s CTO. Using his 15 years of coding experience on a range of projects spanning front- and back-end. He is always looking for the next challenge to improve our customer experience. Robert has a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge. Following graduation he spent a couple of years at Softwire, a leading London-based software consultancy, before turning freelance. Robert enjoys cycling and travelling and has documented his ride from London to Auschwitz in a Story Book.

Recently Robert has developed MyStoryStarter for Story Terrace. MyStoryStarter allows people to group-gift Story Books for their loved ones, whether it be for a Wedding, an parent or Grandparent or even a leaving gift for a colleague at work retiring. Not only does it allow the group-funding of a book, but you may also contribute your own photos and anecdotes that may be included in the book (as per the Story Teller’s request).

As the Story Terrace Chief Technology Officer, Robert enjoys bringing stories to life.

Cycling Through The German Vineyards

I checked my map again. Relief. Knowing that the small blue lines – indications of water – mean the source of a spring, which means on top of a hill, and the bigger bits of water (where the little ones join up) is going to be downstream. I found a path all the way to my destination adjacent to this comforting blue line. I began the descent, excited that I didn’t have to climb again soon. Hopefully not again today.

I was right. Lots of freewheeling. I turned my music up. The clouds parted as if the weather gods were granting me a prize for sticking at it through the hard climbs. The vineyards of Germany surrounded me as I descended at upwards of 50kmph (hoping not to get a blow-out again). I admired the scenery and let the sunlight warm my face.

Then The Rolling Stones played in my ear: “You can’t always get what you want. But if you try sometimes, you get what you need”. A British band with a great hit. Hurtling along the German countryside I sang loudly to the wind screaming at the top of my voice. I was extremely happy. Possibly the happiest I have ever been.

I started to think about this whole trip. The liberation path is just one part. The overriding thought is to remember the victims of The Shoah, The Holocaust. More than six million Jews killed. 6,000,000+. I realise how lucky I am to be doing such an amazing trip. I feel so liberated and free to do what I want when I want. Jewish and British. British and Jewish. It made me realise that I am doing this trip because I can. As a “F*** You” to those who tried to oppress others in the past. A “F*** You” to Hitler.

This was an extract from Robert’s Liberation cycle which you can read more about on his blog


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