Category Archives: 2011

In which I get revisionist (it’s the cowboy in me) …

I am very fond of the western movie. So much so that, as Mrs RPS will tell you, I’ll watch any old rubbish involving a bloke on a pony waving a gun in the air. Of course I like to … Continue reading

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In which I count my blessings …

Yesterday found me in conversation with one of the many generous, kind and talented people with whom I’ve come into contact since being launched towards redundancy. During our chat it occurred to me that there are many blessings to have come … Continue reading

Posted in 2011, bad news, blogging, Coalition, job hunting, kindness, Redundancy, success, Thank you | Tagged | 17 Comments

In which some doors open …

I have found myself in some weird places and odd situations over the past few months. There’s nothing like redundancy for throwing up opportunities that would never have otherwise come your way. Of course it’s not something I would necessarily … Continue reading

Posted in 2011, business start ups, economy, kindness, Redundancy, success, war on the deficit | Tagged , , , , , , | 5 Comments

In which the wheels of the bus go round and round …

The wheels of the bus go round and round. Round and round. Round and round. The wheels on the bus go round and round. All day long … I heard the singing before I saw the singer. It was a … Continue reading

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In which I hymn praise on bureaucrats …

That’s right. Bureaucrats. I’ve been struck over the last couple of days by an oft-repeated phrase. I’ve heard it so often I think it must be part of the media training that our political classes get these days. The phrase … Continue reading

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In which I get out and about …

As my notice period has worn on and work dried up there’s been fewer reasons to leave home each day. Of course most of us are pretty fully focused on trying to sort out what happens next so having time … Continue reading

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In which I get sorting …

I finally got around to several things I have been putting off getting to grips with. There’s a point in the break-up of most relationships when you have to move beyond the emotional turbulence to deal with the practicalities. So … Continue reading

Posted in 2011, Coalition, CSR2010, fairness, Redundancy, rejection letters | 5 Comments

In which I take comfort in small things …

Well I wasn’t sick. Nor did I pour my confidently requested hot drink into my or anyone else’s lap. I didn’t giggle in an uncontrolled manner or hide behind the houseplant in reception. Nor was it necessary to drag me … Continue reading

Posted in 2011, bad news, CSR2010, interviews, job hunting, Public sector, recruitment consultancies, Redundancy | Tagged , , , , , , | 9 Comments

In which I take some inspiration from The Ashes …

The Saturday papers are full of good news from Downunder. The joy of waking each morning to hear of more overnight success has been a real fillip in these dog days of winter. And for any cricket fan who has … Continue reading

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In which I might get to ask the questions …

I have had a happy morning sorting out a list of questions on starting up a business. I’ve got a couple of telephone conversations coming up with organisations that support budding entrepreneurs like me. Curiously as I was sorting my … Continue reading

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