| Monday 30th June 2003 20:48MDT | → 0 Comments |
From the Guardian: Kennedy in the doldrums after battering on Iraq . As far as I’m concerned he lost the plot when suddenly switching to supporting the invasion of Iraq. Maybe he should go? I don’t know - I haven’t studied the Lib Dem shadow cabinet closely enough to determine if there are any decent replacements.
I have to go to the other office again on Wednesday. Boo! If only they could wait until Monday and I’d have my own wheels. Then I could avoid such potential horrors as this (the train I catch goes via Redhill).
Currently reading ‘Hello, My Name is Scott‘. A signed copy too!
| Saturday 28th June 2003 17:08MDT | → 2 Comments |
Woo-hoo! One Suzuki Jimny has been purchased. That’s the picture from the dealer’s website (I hope they don’t mind!). It was as fab as I expected. It has the option to switch between two and four wheel drive, though I doubt I’ll ever use that.
I’m not too fond of the ‘bull bar’ thing on the front so I may investigate getting rid of that - it’s actually part of the bumper so it’s not just a case of taking it off.
I’ve just sorted out the insurance already with Direct Line. They agreed to send a copy of the certificate to the dealer so the tax can be sorted in time for me to pick the car up by next Friday. That would be cool as I need to travel up to see my family next weekend (ref: bad news mentioned earlier) - a non-negotiable date.
| Friday 27th June 2003 21:54MDT | → 0 Comments |
Going to see the vee-hicle tomorrow. Valentina is taking me to the dealer in Ripley and we’ll probably lunch there too.
- Joint Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights
- The Ambient Ping
- Eyeteeth - a leftist blog by someone I suspect lives in Madison (or at least South Central Wisconsin)
- Rent Chris Pirillo’s chest!
| Wednesday 25th June 2003 20:59MDT | → 0 Comments |
Just come back from a nice evening walk, which I needed as I’ve received some bad news (more later) and wanted to calm down and contemplate in pleasant external surroundings.
I wandered around the fields nearby (I live in the edge of Guildford next to lots of countryside) and was struck by the quietness of it all. Usually when I’m outside it’s walking to and from work along roads with the ever-present sound of traffic. It made me wonder about how much traffic noise is adding to my overall stress levels and how, ironically, having a car will improve it as I’ll be able to travel in my own cocoon of quiet.
My loan for the car has been agreed but not signed. I hope it’s sorted by the weekend so I can go and look at a prospective vehicle.
| Sunday 22nd June 2003 22:43MDT | → 1 Comments |
It’s thundering quite a bit. I’d hide under the bed except I don’t have an ‘under the bed’.
I also motivated myself to work on the website and went in for a bit of self-congratulation on incorporating CSS for the first time (only five years after everyone else). Netscape 4.x customers will not be happy.
Now when will I build up the courage to get rid of tables?
Currently listening to Polygon Window “Surfing on sinewaves”
| Sunday 22nd June 2003 7:56MDT | → 1 Comments |
Yesterday was Valentina’s birthday party (also doubling as a house-warming party). It was a very cosmpolitan affair with four Brazilians, two French, two British, one Dutch and one Australian. You only need to put at least two Brazilians together and the critical mass for exuberant party time is there. The food was fantastic (very yummy mango mousse) as Valentina is an excellent cook. A fab time.
Now this morning its been rain and thunder, hopefully reducing the temperature a bit.
| Thursday 19th June 2003 20:28MDT | → 1 Comments |
I should add that it’s such a relief that this has been decided and I can go forward again. Essentially my life has been on hold for the past two weeks and I could think about nothing but redundancy.
Now I’m looking to future plans, such as visiting boyf, having my mother over to stay and possibly buying a car (as I’ll need to do a lot more travelling to the other office).
| Thursday 19th June 2003 10:43MDT | → 0 Comments |
The axe has swung and missed me for a fourth time.
The bizarre thing was I only know because no-one has said anything to me. I now have to go down to the other office for a presentation on the ‘new organisational structure’.
| Wednesday 18th June 2003 17:31MDT | → 0 Comments |
Numbers announced today. The other office was told who today; my office will be informed tomorrow.
27 applied for voluntry redundancy, of which 10 were turned down. 6 will be made compulsary. One of them could be me.
I received my first ever Nigerian ‘419′ spam. Mr ‘Ubanga’ offered me a share of $16M currently held in a ‘Suspence Account’. Make money fast!
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| Tuesday 17th June 2003 15:47MDT | → 0 Comments |
From talking to people at work, it looks like I’m one of only a handful of people who’ve not applied for voluntry redundancy. Management are going to decide numbers (and project, departments, etc.) tomorrow. How will it all come out? Who can tell.
It may also affect how soon I can visit bf again.
I think I destroyed my frying pan in the process of crumpet making. A bit of trial and error later and the optimum strategy turns out to be to have the pan hot but not too hot. The next batch should be perfect.