Monthly Archives: October 2010

In which I wonder where my cheese has gone …

Most people don’t like change. And I’m no different to most people. Getting used to the idea of being made redundant has been the hardest personal and professional challenge I’ve ever had. The last few months have been a trial … Continue reading

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In which I settle down to watch the Punch and Judy Show …

This post first appeared in Patrick Butler’s cuts blog in Guardian Society on 21 October. It’s reproduced here by kind permission of The Guardian. I don’t often make the time to watch Parliamentary occasions but I thought I should make an … Continue reading

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In which I look back on a day spent battling the circumstances under which I labour …

It’s been an application day today. In every sense of the word that I can think of. I’ve applied myself to job applications using software applications after an application of gloss to my CV and career achievements. That’s a lot of … Continue reading

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In which there is still no news from Kualur Lumpur…

A Private Function is a favourite film in the RPS household. It’s set in a snobbish small Yorkshire town at the start of the 1950s and features three of my great loves: vintage clothes; food; and, pigs. It also has … Continue reading

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In which we hear from an old friend …

A long newsy letter arrived in the RPS household today from an old friend. She’s not a person for the internet favouring instead the old-fashioned virtues of a card, and envelope and a stamp. She’s that sort of person. Solid, … Continue reading

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In which I reflect on the storm after the battle …

It’s Trafalgar Day so you’ll forgive me a brief historical excursion. 205 years ago the British navy inflicted a comprehensive defeat on the combined fleet of France and Spain. It did so by executing a bold plan with rigorous professionalism. … Continue reading

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In which THE DAY arrives …

Well it’s here. CSR2010 day. After the leaks, the briefings and the scary TV graphics the UK will get some facts to chew on. It feels like a bizarre reverse Christmas in which we get to watch Santa on TV … Continue reading

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In which I munch my toast and wait (with everyone) …

*** UPDATE *** I know that I won’t be alone in wanting to wish each and everyone affected by the defence review announcements today the very best wishes.  All over the country families will be thinking now about what this … Continue reading

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In which my weekend takes a sad predictable course …

Sunday mornings are when I get most productive on the job application front. The house is quiet and I can beaver away with the Match of the Day repeat in the background. I have a chance to shift through all … Continue reading

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In which I warm my hands on the embers of that bonfire …

*** Bonfire update *** My attention has been drawn to the the Twitterfeed of the Secretary of State at CLG. Folks are bemused that Cabinet Ministers seem to think that claiming credit for the largest number of folks put out … Continue reading

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