Then all of a sudden
from out of a pond
Leapt a dripping wet frog
with a dripping wet wand.
He dropped it politely,
then said with a croak
(as the witch dried the wand
on a fold of her cloak),
I am a frog, as clean as can be.
Is there room on the broom
for a frog like me?"
"Yes!"cried the witch, so the frog bounded on.
(From the superb children's book, Room on the Broom, by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler ISBN 0-333-90338-2)
It's a great story and one that came to mind when I saw the first work that Robb Armstrong, our latest software engineering recruit, completed. He turned up, on a strong reference, but very polite and understated, not like a frog in appearance, but like one in the way that he quietly and peacefully went about his business somewhat camouflaged in our offices in the rainforest near Auckland.
His excellence in web design is just like a magic wand. He took some graphic design work from the most wonderful SwordFox.co.nz in Queenstown, that was already excellent, and added a certain "je ne sais quoi". I use the French, not just because it suits better than any English phrase I can think of, but because Robb is also a linguist who can speak several different languages!
It's a pleasure to find such superb talent hidden in Auckland's suburbs, and it's a pleasure to welcome Robb on board. He most certainly is a gem of an employee and I look forward with great confidence to introducing our diamond engagement ring online store in October 2008.
About the author
Richard Prout is the CEO of 1791 Diamonds Ltd