A short introduction: My name is David Owen and I am 31 years old. I’m a Virtualisation focused converged infrastructure pre-sales architect working for a global company. I’ve worked in the IT Industry since 2003, and worked for several companies including JP Morgan, Barclays Bank PLC and BAE Systems as a Virtualization Consultant. I have worked across a wide variety of fields including finance and UK defense and am SC cleared. I am currently working my way towards my VCDX amongst other qualifications.

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VMware vExpert 2011/12/14

HND Computer Science (distinction), Degree – BSC (hons) Computer Science, VCP3&5, VSP, VTSP, MCP, ITIL Foundation,VCDX_VI3 (Ent Exam), Cisco Data Center Support for UC Specialist, Cisco Unified Computing Technology Support Specialist, EMCPA.


What Is a Mackem?

‘Mackem’ refers to both the people of Sunderland and their accent.

It is worth noting that there is a small but noticeable difference in pronunciation between the accents of North and South Sunderland, for the word something it is not uncommon to hear a Mackem speaker from north Sunderland use summat whereas a south Sunderland speaker may often prefer summik.

To people from outside the region the differences between Mackem and Geordie accents often seem marginal, however it is usually noted that the Geordie accent is more rough and difficult to understand; this is especially the case between the younger generations of North East England, but there are many notable differences.

Other North-Eastern Nicknames:


A Smoggie or Smoggy is a name given to people from Teesside in North East England. The term originates from outside the community from people who missunderstand local heavy industry and chemical plants which produce smog-like emissions

Monkey Hanger:

According to local folklore, the term originates from an incident in which a monkey was hanged in Hartlepool. During the Napoleonic wars, a French ship of the type chasse marée was wrecked off the coast of Hartlepool. The only survivor was a monkey, wearing a French uniform (presumably to provide amusement for those on board the ship). On finding the monkey, some locals decided to hold an impromptu trial on the beach; since the monkey was unable to answer their questions, and many locals were unaware of what a Frenchman may look like, they concluded that the monkey was in fact a French spy. Just to make sure, the animal was thus sentenced to death and hanged from the mast of a fishing boat on the Headland.

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