Tuesday, 27 April 2010
had been due to fly out to Iraq via Dubai but we now have a new flight policy. Apparently the airline were were using from Dubai to Baghdad have a decidedly suspect safety standing, so much so we're not allowed to use them any more due the terms of our company insurance policy. It's caused complete chaos for our poor travel department who are having to cancel & re-book the significant number of staff who fly in and out of the country either on brief business trips or basic rotation (terms for Ex-pats tend to be 9wks on & 3wks off)!
Looks like I'll be going out via Istanbul...always fancied a weekend there :o)
Wonder if I'll manage to squeeze in a trip to the Blue Mosque..?
Monday, 26 April 2010
Thursday, 22 April 2010
Wednesday, 21 April 2010
..definitely different this job ;o)
Sunday, 18 April 2010
Friday, 16 April 2010
Thursday, 8 April 2010
Been happily ensconced in my ‘Billy-no-mates’ office today ploughing through emails and sorting out paperwork. Got down to 53 outstanding but seems as fast as I get through them the in-box fills up again :o/ Had company in the next office as one of my colleagues from HR is up here today & tomorrow so not quite as quiet as usual. Decided that the approach of a couple of days in London full-on dealing with issues and meetings, followed by a couple of days in my base office playing catch up works pretty well. Starting to feel like I’ve settled in a bit now and the travel has become pretty routine, although much as I quite like being in London, I still hate the tube journey. Tore a shoulder muscle last week strap hanging in rush hour :o/
Still school hols…Minor Mayhem's been at the Gadget Show Live today in Brum with friends (came back with all manner of new gizmos/techie bits) whilst the girls have been doing course/homework and chilling out. That’ll mean I’m on document review duty later for Strident Student so far this vacation I have fed-back comments on whether utilitarianism advocates slavery, as well as a debate about whether porn as a medium for female subordination...Heavy stuff! Fortunately have a get out of jail card for Miss Sensible’s Maths as I’m so rubbish. Can’t help on the science side either as I was 'pants' at that too…just hope she goes for Arts subjects at 'A' Level or I’ll be no help whatsoever.
Wednesday, 7 April 2010
Tuesday, 6 April 2010
Had a brief sojourn to the Ribble Valley for my friend Smelen's wedding which was absolutely great... a chance for everyone to get together and celebrate the fact they've finally formalised things. So pleased that she's met someone who's such a good match & quite obviously thinks the world of both her & Elizabeth. What made it so special was the heartfelt speech Elizabeth made about her Mum & Des which left everyone with tears in their eyes.
Some comment has to be made about the costume changing, cross-dressing DJ for the evening 'do' who managed to get everyone up on the dance-floor but was very nearly over-shadowed by my 12yr old whom he got on the stage to demonstrate the 'moves'...