Saturday, 25 September 2010
Friday, 24 September 2010
Interviewing for a reasonably senior post in one of the hostile environments. Generally I find the experience pretty interesting listening to the candidates talk about their experience etc. but the last session of the afternoon floored me completely. The guy had plenty of relevant skills and had worked in the country so, so far, so good, as we got to the end of the interview and I explained the next stages of the recruitment process and the vetting involved he said,
"I need to declare to you that I've got a criminal record"
Some offences are time limited so I asked if it was something which was likely to be 'spent' at some point...staring me right in the eye he responded..."it was downloading offensive images."
....NO idea how I managed not to react and professionally draw things to a close but apparently the Director who was with me was impressed with my composure... Hmm... only hope I don't ever have to deal with that scenario again...
Monday, 20 September 2010
- that they have to eat more vegetables than is considered reasonable (which brought to mind a comment made by the Middle Eastern Correspondent to my mother many moons ago as he lifted the lid on a pan of Broccoli, "I don't 'do' green things")
- there is a predictability about the next days dinner...
Saturday, 18 September 2010
Friday, 17 September 2010
Wednesday, 15 September 2010
Monday, 13 September 2010
Tuesday, 7 September 2010
- first time on a plane with propellers. I can now proudly state I have been on a Dehavilland Dash 8-400 Turbo Prop. Got to admit I thought that type of aircraft was a relic from the 1970s but it seems not. It was incredibly noisy but had it's advantages; cruising at 1700ft you're able to see the countryside spread out below like a patchwork quilt, and test your geography by trying to recognise places like Southampton from an aerial view.
Monday, 6 September 2010
Insomnia’s been back with a vengeance for the last couple of weeks. Nothing worse than lying in bed, tossing & turning and watching the clock slowly edge forward to the alarm call knowing you’ve got a heavy week ahead of you. As you’d guess I’ve got ‘stuff’ on my mind and much as I might try to distract myself and bury it, it’s there like an elephant in the corner of the room. Ironically when I’m lying awake it’s not the 'biggie' which occupies my thoughts, my brain kicks into life and manically throws up all kinds of trivia, never stopping long enough to actually focus on one thing, almost as if the constant activity is purposely trying to distract from thinking about what’s actually bothering me, meanwhile in the background there’s always music; this morning laughably it was ‘Compulsion’ by Doves. Wonder if I'll fall asleep at my desk today and even more importantly how long this spell of sleeplessness will last…might have to resort to the magic sleeping draught tonight.