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September 16, 2008

A few thoughts

People at Lehman Brothers have just lost their jobs. Ordinary people, not just “fat cats”. Why are so many people so happy about this?

Also, why do people not realise that they (by proxy of their pensions and other “financial products”) are “greedy” shareholders?

Think, people, before you judge so quicky.


April 21, 2008

Group names

(e.g. murder of crows)

“Conspiracy of traffic lights”


March 23, 2008

Fence sitting

Gordon Brown is set to allow his MPs to vote against parts of a controversial embryo bill – if it means it is not defeated.

Is it just me or is that a little bit dictatorish? But this is not my point.

I have to say that this bill makes me a little uneasy. I’m not sure how I feel about it. Ethically it seems a bit wrong and worrying (although I may be watching too many films like I Am Legend), but I would like to see it help people. It’s a bit like the animal testing thing. There is a very famous person who, in the 60s/70s campaigned against animal testing. However, when a member of their family was very ill they changed their opinion. They were for the testing as long as their family member got well again.

What to do, what to do!


December 18, 2007

The best reason not to be a pilot…

Parking the damn plane.

I mean I can’t even really park my car, let alone a vehicle 10x the size where you can’t even guess where the wheels are!


November 26, 2007

You know that Christmas is getting really close when…

...you see the Christmas Coca Cola advert on tv.

I have just seen it and am now feeling incredibly Christmasy. I sit here (waiting for my new tv to arrive – what a waste of time off work), watching Christmasy stuff with a small (believe me it’s small!) Christmas tree in front of me. Ok, it’s still November, but I love Christmas! I’m still the 1st one up on Christmas day even though I have been an adult for many years and have known the non-existance of Santa for even more.

Less than a month to go :D


October 13, 2007

A little late, but still pissed off

So Royal Mail and their union have finally reached a deal. No details as yet. But this whole thing has me really pissed off. I really don’t have that much sympathy with them.

1) They are doing themselves out of a job faster by striking.
2) All businesses need to modernise to keep up with the market.
3) Most of the rest of the country only receive their pensions at age 65 anyway.
4) Although I am contracted to work 35 hours a week, if needed I am expected to work longer and receive no extra pay.
5) Apparently a 40 year old worker with 20 years service would lose more than £60,000 if the pension scheme was “scrapped”. Firstly, I’d like to see their definition of “scrapped”, next I would like to see the calcs behind this, and finally, show me a post office worker who has worked for 20 years in the same job and plans on working with them for the next 20 (which I can only assume is what they mean by losing £60,000).
6) They were offered a 6.9% pay rise if they accept the pension and working changes. Bloody hell! That’s HUGE!
7) Finally, the working conditions couldn’t be that bad otherwise they would do what everyone else in the workforce does if they aren’t happy with their job – go and get another one!

Sorry for the rant people, but seriously, I really cannot form any sympathy for them.

Rant at me back explaining their side, but considering the BBC seems to be on their side and not even they can convince me, good luck!


September 16, 2007

8 days and counting

This is the number of consecutive days that I have been in the office. Ok, fair enough, my life isn’t that hard and it’s because I’ve got exams coming up (joy), but still… It feels more like home than my flat does.

Just over 2 weeks to go now till they’re all finshed and then I can have some fun again. Really can’t wait! Last Friday I went to the pub, drank lemonade and was home by 8pm!

Bring on October 3!

Anyway, other than this, I’ve had a good summer. Prague, Scotland, Global Gathering, summer parties. Got a few things planned for post exams and New York to look forward too as well.

That is all.


August 09, 2007

Laugh a second, my life is

Step 1: go to google (uk version)
Step 2: type in “MFI”
Step 3: look down the entries. Go on… Have a proper look.
Step 4: laugh. giggle. smirk. s’up to you.


July 29, 2007

Global Gathering 2007

In a word – IMMENSE!

So many great memories. So little sleep. Just amazing!

Calming down a bit now, but still buzzing and listening to Radio 1 (online and live) not really helping matters. I don’t really care at the moment though. Might do tomorrow during work. Oh well.

Bring on Global Gathering 2008!


July 22, 2007

This time last year…

This weekend I have been decorating with the help of my parents. Basicaly, it came up in conversation what I was doing this time last year and how much has changed.

This time last year:
- I had just graduated.
- It was very very hot.
- I had the whole summer to enjoy.
- I had no job to go to every day.
- I was still living with my parents.
- Although I was looking for somewhere to live when I started work, I had not actually found anywhere.
- I hadn’t even contemplated buying somewhere to live.
- Decorating was the last thing on my mind.
- Hearing about those who were going to Global Gathering was absolute torture.
- Many of my friends were disappearing for the year on a post-uni gap year.

I’ve also had a look back on my blog and found a meme and a few things there have changed:

“How many keys are on your keychain?
two”
haha – now that I’ve moved I have 7 keys!

“How many suitcases do you own?
none”
I’m now the proud owner of a suitcase. Not exactly the most exciting etc thing thats changed, but at the time I remember thinking “why and when the hell will I need a suitcase”.

“Do any of your friends have children?
not that i know of (thank god)”
Although none have children yet, a good friend has got married and this has slightly scared me.

“What post code are you in right now?
CV35. tis nice”
Now it’s B1 – city centre, I know! Brilliant for work and I love where I live.

“How many siblings do you have?
none, zip, nada etc…sigh”
Thank goodness this has not changed – that would just be scary beyond words!

“What is the weather like?
sunny and (too) hot and getting hotter”
Haha – do I even have to go into this one?! One thing though – my parent’s village made it onto the national news and even got pictures on the BBC website!

“What personality trait is a must–have in your preferred gender?
its been said before, but someone who can make me laugh, and someone who can cheer me up when im down”
Think that I now havet to add “must be as ambitious as me or at least likes the same things” to that list. Just cos I’ve found out a few things about myself this year.

“Do you like your living arrangement?
not the best, but not the worst”
I love it now. Seriously love it!

“What celebrities have you been compared to?
Mena Suvari. never worked out how they got to that one”
And now Angelina Jolie – I’ve n-e-v-e-r seen such extreme alcohol blindness

Anyways, this blog entry is basically a trip down memory lane and has been a nice recap of the past year of my life. A lot has changed and, although I didn’t think it would be for the best, it has been.

Here’s to another good year of growing, learning and memorable times!


July 12, 2007

chair math

6 people plus 1 equals 7 people.
6 chairs plus 0 equals 6 charis.

Hmm… I may have a problem.


July 07, 2007

Why?

Why am I awake at this time in the morning? Oh, I know – its all the caffine alcoholic drinks I’ve consumed tonight. As well as only getting back about an hour ago. I’m tired and drunk and have so much to do this weekend. Oh well…

Going to Global Gathering though :D


July 05, 2007

How to destress…

...and forget about the crap that is life sometimes.

Take one bath. Add water.
Take one glass. Add wine.
Take one book.
Get in bath, drink wine, read book.
For added luxury, eat strawberries.


July 01, 2007

TV fest

This weekend I have mostly be watching tv. I needed a weekend off – I’ve been travelling the country every weekend for the past, erm, long time (can’t remember how long now). This entry is basically a round-up of the tv I’ve watched. Sad, I know, but what are you gonna do about it?

Big Brother

Unfortunately I’ve got addicted to this this year. All in all I don’t think that it’s been really great and now that Billi has been voted out it’s going to be even more boring. Him and Charlie would have been a great duo – arguing and bitching together. Would have made great entertainment. But no. Instead Tracy and Carole are left in. To be fair Carole has grown on me. A Few weeks ago she was annoyingly mummy-ish but now she’s joining in the fun a bit more. But Tracy… I think the amount of airtime she has had says a lot. She isn’t that entertaining except when it comes to nominations. Basically I think that she’s clever (can come across as very wise) but she doesn’t really add anything to the house.

Dr Who

Omg – Saturday’s episode was fan-bloody-tastic! In fact the whole series has. And definitely one for the ladies. There are so many programmes with eye-candy for blokes, but this series (especially the last 3 episodes) has really been nice to look at (and watch of course)!

Hickstead Derby

Yes, I’m one of the few that likes watching this, but I have an appreciation of the skill and bravery involved. And this year’s weather… I’m glad I didn’t have to do go round, even if they had lowered the jumps! Also, glad that Geoff Billington won. ‘Bout time!

Diana’s concert

Erm, I have a slight problem with this. It just makes me uncomfortable having a concert in her honour. But I’ll not go into that for fear of being shouted down. A lot. One thing that is funny is seeing the princes dance! Generally blokes dancing makes me laugh but when they’re famous it makes it even funnier!


June 29, 2007

Young 'uns

Just got ID’ed! At 23!

I’m still young!! :D


June 27, 2007

You wha?!

On my way to work this morning I passed a sign saying:

Canal locks temporarily out of order due to lack of water.


June 21, 2007

In pain again

May have to swear off a few things for a while. As does everybody once in a while.


Feeling like a student again

Cos I get my actuarial exam results tonight :s

p.s. don’t judge the actuarial-ness – it is an interesting job!


Bizarre hobbies

Fishing in a canal.

Why?!


June 10, 2007

How to make shopping embarassing

Step 1: go bra shopping – never the funnest type of shopping.

Step 2: go into a lingerie shop – check no one you know sees you.

Step 3: walk round said shop, probably in circles because you’re like that.

Step 4: notice that all the shop assistants are now looking at you because you’re walking around in circles.

Step 5: hastily chose a bra that you would not mind purchasing so assistants stop looking at you.

Step 6: go to the changing rooms to try said bra on.

Step 7: panick because the bra fitter is someone you know from school.

What can you do in this situation?
  1. run away? No, because then you look stupid and rude.
  2. have a nice long chat to them about bras? Erm, no, I think that the fact that I’m already embarassed about this pretty much means a big fat no.
  3. have a nice awkward hello and exchange of friendlies then hide in the changing room? Unfortunately, this might be the best option.

And so it happenned.

sigh