Monday, 30 November 2009
Sunday, 29 November 2009
Now absolutely knackered and think my arms about six inches longer from carrying so many bags! A marathon but successful trip.....need a spot of 'mother's ruin' to wipe away the trauma and deaden the pain from my poor feet!
Saturday, 28 November 2009
Thursday, 26 November 2009
Would it be wrong to fortify oneself with a drop of 'Mothers Ruin' beforehand?
Wednesday, 25 November 2009
"I’ve been made redundant. For those who can’t make my farewell drinks, I’ve put together a little FAQ:
Are you happy to be going? F*ck Yes! After you’ve been told that you’re going to be made redundant you go through 3 stages, grief (1 day), anger (1 week), and then euphoria (depends on your redundancy payout). I’m currently in the euphoria stage.
What will you miss the most? The people, and the apple crumble muffins from the coffee shop
What will you miss the least? The politics, the inefficiency, that fact that I get paid X but charged out at 5X, crappy IT, email waffle from management, the continual restructuring “to help us meet market expectations”, just the general Dilbert’ness of it all . "
Tuesday, 24 November 2009
Monday, 23 November 2009
Sunday, 22 November 2009
Friday, 20 November 2009
Thursday, 19 November 2009
Tuesday, 17 November 2009
…at the risk of sounding 'sad' I quite enjoyed Horizon tonight…quite philosophical as well as scientific. I was really chuffed with myself for picking up on how Plato related to it and could understand Schrödinger’s cat ‘cos of work but the best bit was the constant look of bewilderment/confusion on Alan Davies' face all the way through the programme...bet he wished he'd just got a ruler.
Years ago when I managed the Corporate graduate attraction and recruitment we did an advertising campaign based all around famous scientists and engineers…we did T shirts with logos including; ‘No, no, no Galileo’, ‘Put Pythagoras in a corner’, ‘F*ck Freud’, ‘Burn Bunsen Burn’, ‘Have you seen Schrödinger’s pussy’ & ‘Pavlov’s my b*tch’ It was a really creative, off-the-wall campaign...loved the idea of playing on words and possible double entendre for such a seemingly stuffy subject. We had a game on the company website called ‘Find Einstein’s Relatives’ (viral marketing - definitely the thing for students!)… I remember having to present it to the grey-suited, middle-aged Board and them being completely shocked and ‘anti’ the approach initially until we showed them the research we’d done with the target group and they finally, grudgingly relented. It was a bold move from the Civil Service mentality…such a good campaign which won quite a few recruitment advertising awards…. miss the chance to be creative…
Monday, 16 November 2009
Sunday, 15 November 2009
Friday, 13 November 2009
Did a spot of shopping in the West End. The Xmas windows in Liberty and Selfridges are fab - the latter are based around Pantomimes but with a risqué edge - very clever. The 'Look Out He's Behind You' in particular made me laugh...you probably get the gist ;o) Love the buzz of the shops over the build up to Xmas and sometimes think wistfully back to my days in retail management especially when I ventured into Top Shop - that really brought back some happy memories. Didn't manage to do any major retail therapy as I had a train to catch but picked up a couple of bits for the girls Xmas pressies.
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
Friday, 6 November 2009
Thursday, 5 November 2009
Something terribly British about standing round muffled up in the cold, sulphur tinged air, with the glow of the fire warming your cheeks whilst your toes feel like they're about to drop off with frostbite...or is that just my masochistic tendencies coming out ;-) Won't be able to take the mutt for a walk tonight as he'll be too nervous with all the noise. He's pretty good about most things but this completely freaks him out. Same way as a pair of pumpkins outside a local house spooked him to such an extent he diverted across the road!
Tuesday, 3 November 2009
Panda who works for Thales was at a grad recruitment fair in the Steel City today so scheduled coffee and a catch up with the starving student :o) They had a bit of fun trying to meet up ‘cos there were Anti War protestors outside & on the roof of the venue. You’d think they might realise the defence companies don’t actually instigate wars and I can’t help wondering if they think those oganisations are really less moral than other commercial companies eg Nestle or the big mining corporations. Have they really considered the ramifications of having no defence industry say in terms of terrorists or even basic stuff like employment or freedom of speech etc. Then there's the other angle like the technology that these firms develop being used in everyday items such as mobile phones, foetal heart monitors, airport radar and car/plane engines etc...hmm, maybe not...