Tag Archives: strangeness

In which yet another letter comes and we ponder our dongles …

Leaving your employer sometimes feels just as complicated as leaving a long-term partner. Some of the organisation’s behavioral quirks that seemed almost charming once upon a time now drive you rapidly into a paroxysm of face-twitching rage. Of course leaving … Continue reading

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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

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In which I storm about a tea-cup …

Sunday mornings are my catch up time for all the bits of the papers I’ve not managed to get to yet. Me, the terriers, coffee, bacon sandwiches and the Andrew Marr show. Bliss. I particularly look for reasons to be … Continue reading

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In which I become a small business …

Some peculiar things have happened to me over the last year. There have been strange meetings with exotic folk in outlandish spots. Furtive telephone calls. Outrageous claims – that’s the cv – and counter-claims – the rejection letters. But none … Continue reading

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In which my flabber gets gasted …

Outside the realm of celebrity few of us choose to advertise to the world what is going on in our lives. Our routine response to the ‘How do you do?’ asked for form’s sake is to offer an equally formulaic … Continue reading

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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 do some admin …

Bureaucrats get a bad press. But it seems to me that any human system doing complicated – or even simple – things needs a paper trail. Of course that’s particularly true when the system is spending public money. The paper … Continue reading

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In which the snow becomes general …

One of the upsides of sliding inexorably towards being fired is that my diary is rather empty. What was a fertile plain of meetings, events, conferences and the like is now an empty tundra. Of course there’s stuff to do … Continue reading

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In which I celebrate another unwanted milestone …

The inevitability of today arriving doesn’t make it any less unreal or unwanted. Today is the last day of the first half of my notice period. More simply, at the witching hour tonight I will begin the down slope which … Continue reading

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In which Cher helps me put the clocks back …

A lack of care on my part has meant much of my Sunday had an internal soundtrack provided by Cher. It’s my own fault. I got up to discover, of course, that all the household clocks needed to be put … Continue reading

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