I havn’t been blogging for ages now but I have been Tweeting, which is so much easier from my iPhone, so I’m going to more-or-less shut this blog down and replace it with my Twitter.
Well, tomorrow is the last day of my work placement, time to go and buy some cakes.
For some reason, despite having no real friends here outside work and spending all evening doing nothing I still didn’t manage to find time to blog regularly. I guess you just find things to do to fill spare time.
Anyways, the company I’ve been working for have decided that I did a good enough job for them to offer me a retainer. Bascially they give me £3000 and in return I come and work for them after I graduate. If I choose not to work for them I then have to pay them the £3000 back.
It’s quite a nice safety blanket, and even if someone else offers me a better job or higher salary than they do I will have still got 1 year worth of interest on the money :)
Happy leap day everyone.
Or maybe that should just be “everyone who isn’t on an annual salary”, ‘cos if you are you will get paid no more this year than any other year but will work an extra day.
That never occurred to me, but then I’ve never been on an annual salary before.
Nevermind, I’m only working for a year so it makes no real difference to me.
I saw this a while ago but it was too dark to take a photo. I saw it again today and got a photo this time.
This is just going too far on the animal testing thing.
Would you really want to feed your pets petfood that hadn’t been tested on animals.
I give up :)
It really annoys me how much companies lie to get customers and/or money.
From a letter I got today from Littlewoods:
An amount of money has already been reserved for you … It could be anything from £15 … to £30,000 cash to spend as you wish. Waiting for the catch, well there isn’t one. We just thought we’d like to celebrate the lauch of our new catalogue. ... Along with your award we would like to send you a copy of our catalogue free of charge.
So what has been redefined in the english language to make “There isn’t a catch” mean the following. From the small print:
Your request for a catalogue will also act as a request for us to open a credit account for you subject to status. The awards are conditional upon being accepted for a Littlewoods credit account and on the return of a signed credit agreement. The £15 award is to be redeemed against goods purchased from the catalogue.
It really does infuriate me.
-> goes to watch the Simpsons.
Something for the monday morning blues:
I didn’t exactly make any new-years resolutions his year. The only things I had to do were learn to drive and loose some weight.
I’ve finally got back to the gym, having gone last Wednesday and Friday and I hope to go every Mon, Weds & Fri from now on. The worst bit of going to the gym is getting there. Once I’m there it’s actually not that bad. I go after work so I get to watch the Simpsons while working out which is cool.
It’s about the same distance from home to work as it is from work to the gym but unfortunately it’s in the opposite direction then making the walk home even worse, especially ‘cos most of me aches if it’s been a good workout.
It just seems a bit odd walking from work to the gym, walking and cycling at the gym and then walking back from the gym, past work to home.
To fulfil the 2nd part of the resolutions I’m going to choose a driving school on Monday and get some lessons going.
In work news the team I’m in has been split in 2 and 3 of us are being moved from the “Corporate Solutions Group” to the “Web Solutions Group”. The work isn’t going to change much bit we’ll be nearer the users of our solutions so it does make more sense. We’re not likely to move soon ‘cos there isn’t enough space on the WSG floor but that will make 2 office moves in 7 months which is fun.
It’ll be interesting to have a change in scenery but I just go where I’m told to go and do what I’m told to do so it’s all good.
How many people have had to go through something like this recently?
These final 2 are ones I found while looking around my camera. The one on the left is from a bus stop in sutton. What does it mean? What else can you do when a bus terminates at a stop? Nevermind.
The one on the right is a sign from a bus on campus a long time ago. It seems a contradiction at first but I suppose it does make sense after a moment’s thought.
Well, the new PC is almost ready. I just need to get a graphics card, which is out of stock at the moment, then transfer an HDD over from my current computer and then I’m all set to go.How For Now!
Christmas was good. I was at home with the family and had a christmas pretty much like last year. Nothing special but it was good.
I now have a DAB clock radio and a Digital Freeview Set-Top Box so I’m right up there in the digital age now :).
I’ve just been to Tesco and on the bus on the way back home I saw another rubbish sign on the bus.
It’s hard to take a good photo on a moving bus with a rubbish camera but you can just about make it out. It says “Please do not speak to or obscure the driver’s vision while the bus is moving” which is not what they mean atall. Rubbish!
I also made a great discovery of some mayo in Tesco. Not very exciting for most people but I love Heinz mayo. Previously I could only get hold of it by nicking handfulls of the little sachets (pictured) from restaurants and bars. Now I’ve found the bottles at Tesco my dream has come true. OK so I have to get the “Light” stuff because of the amount I eat but it’s still very good mayo and half price at the moment.
You may think me sad but, hey.
Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7150693.stm
It seems that BBC Radio 1 have now reversed their decision. All I can say is “Good”. I do have to pick up on this quote from the end of the article.
Veteran gay rights activist Peter Tatchell said Radio 1’s original actions were right. “The word faggot is being sung as an insult, alongside scumbag and maggot. In this abusive context it is unacceptable,” he said.
Grow-up! What has this got to do with gay rights? Gays have as much of a right not to be insulted as anyone else and you don’t hear any other rights groups compaining that they are insulted by this song.
Plus, at the time I don’t know if faggot even had the same meaning as it does now.
You can’t win!
This just got me so riles that I had to take a couple of moments out of my work day to blog it.
I just heard on the news that BBC Radio 1 have censored Fairytale of New York by removing the words “Faggot” and “Slag”. Listen here.
If I felt like it I’m sure I could come up with a whole list of words that Radio 1 boradcast that are far worse than those two.
It’s just rediculous.
Oh, and a by-point, Fairytale of New York is not a Christmas song, it is just a song that happens to be set at Christmas time. Kirsty McColl said so herself.
I’ve booked myseld into way too many TV recordings recently but they’ve all been quite good. I’ve got lots of “Two Pints …” tickets and a cople of “Would I Lie To You?” ones. I have also been to my 1st live recording and an amost live recording.I saw Marcus Brigstocke in “The Late Edition” which is live on the BBC. Also, today, I went to see the rehearsal for “Saturday Live Again”. You may remember “Saturday Live” (if you’re old enough) which started in 1986 and was presented by Ben Elton. This was a one-night-only resurrection presented by Marcus Brigstocke with some great acts:
Jimmy Carr couldn’t be there for the rehearsal because he was doing a live stage show but it was good fun. It also gave me a chance to see how an (as-)live show is done.
The main thing I remembered that prompted me to write another blog entry was something I saw on a bus. The advert says something like “Shrooms – Prepare To Get Wasted” then has the comment “It’s Like Blair Witch On Acid” ... surely it’s like Blair Witch on shrooms?? I hate stupid things like that.
If you’ve seen “Part Troll” you’ll know what Bill Bailey would think of this. If you havn’t seen it I’ll upload it soon (maybe).
Has it really been over a month since my last post. Hmm.
This week is going to be a busy week. I’ve got a ticket to a recording of “Two Pints of Laget and a Packet of Crisps” this evening, then tomorrow I’m going to a recording of “Thank God You’re Here”.
Thank God You’re Here is a brand new Paul Merton comedy show! In each episode four celebrities are dressed in an appropriate costume and must walk through a door into a situation which they know nothing about. They are greeted by the show’s ensemble cast and always with the line “Thank God you’re here”. They must then rely on their wits alone to survive the rest of the scene. At the end of each show a winner is announced. It’s the funniest, most original show on TV!
Then on Tuesday a recording of “Miranda Hart’s House Party” for Radio 4.
This British Comedy Award nominee promises an eclectic serving of comedy, song, dance and other guests. She’s had lots of rave reviews which is a very good reason for Radio 4 to record her house party. This lady of laughs has starred in TV’s Not Going Out and Hyperdrive. So laugh yourself warm this winter with Miranda Hart.
Then another recording of “Two Pints …” next Sunday and then “The Late Edition” which is LIVE.
Late night, topical and funny. Newsnight with jokes. And the only totally live comedy on television. Presented each week by Marcus Brigstocke with special guests. LIVE on BBC 4 on 29th November at 10:30 – 11:00
Oh, and speaking of Miranda Hart being in “Not Going Out” that was very funny. It was the christmas episode which was quite fun, and it’s got me in a bit of a christmassy mood now. I’m still agianst shops playing christmas music before December starts but then … what can you do?
The warm-up comedian at Not Going Out was the same one as at the recording of Crawford Park that I went to as my 1st TV recording. This did mean that I already knew half his jokes but nevermind. It was much more funny when Lee Mack did a bit of standup, dressed as a Policeman, during a long costume change, then handed over to Tim Vine, who was dressed as a Gangster, to do a bit more.
All in all I’m really enjoying living this close to London. It means I can get to a recording any evening for only about £5, rather than the £15 from Maidstone or the £30 from Coventry.
I’ve recently got back from London where I was at a recording of Out To Lunch for BBC Radio 2. I spend most of the afternoon around London. I went to Clapham for no reason, Picadilly Circus to see the advertising screens ‘cos I don’t remember seeing the in person any time before. I then found out how close together some underground stations are on the surface by walking back from there to Tottenham Court road while just wandering randomly.
Later, at the recording, I now know where the BBC licence fee goes. It pais for the 2 free drinks for each audience member at this recording. I guess it’s go get us in a mood for laughing at some of the more weird comedy moments.
If you want to listen to the one I was at the recording of it will be broadcase on BBC Radio 2 at 1300 on Saturday 20th October 2007
To my great annoyance I just spilt red wine on the carpet of my room after saying to myself, “must be carefull not to spill any”. Well that’s not the most annoying bit. The most annoying bit is that I now don’t have a red wine stain, now I have a clean spot that means I’m going to have to clean the rest of the carpet. Hmph.
Well, it’s not been too long since the last post and not much has changed. I’ve been to the gym a couple more times and quite enjoyed it. I should have gone tonight but I think I pushed something a bit to hard last time ‘cos my left calf hurts, so I didn’t go.
Tomorrow I’m going to attempt to get into work an hour early so that I can leave early to be able to get to BBC Television Centre for 5:30. I’m going to the filming of another new comedy show (first one was Crawford Park). This one is in a similar vein to Crawford Park and is called Lab Rats.
A sitcom set in a university science laboratory written by Chris Addison and Carl Cooper. Somewhere in the tangle of rooms and corridors that is the St. Dunstan’s College science building work, and for the most part live, the occupants of the Arnolfini Research Laboratory. The Arnolfini is used by the University for flashy-looking projects, random research ideas and as a revenue-raising lab for hire.
The show stars Chris Addison, Selina Cadell, Geoff McGivern, Jo Enright, Helen Moon and Dan Tetsell.
I’m doing well with TV & radio tickets recetly. I went to a filming of “Bea & Sam’s Big Spread”
Bea and Sam invite you to their raucous show, as they hold celebrity culture by its ankles and shake it… hard. Through their charming, honest, self-deprecating stand up, savage sketches and ridiculous pastiche of songs from eighties cheese to West End hits, this is a toxic concoction
at Teddington Studios a couple of weeks ago and I also have tickets for a recording of “Out To Lunch”
Radio 2’s leading comedy showcase returns for a fourth series. Join brand new host Russell Kane (Big Brothers Big Mouth guest host, “His rise to meteoric heights is about to begin” Metro) for the best stand-up and sketches to hit the BBC this Autumn.
for BBC Radio 2 at a theatre tomorrow (with free drinks), a recording of another new comedy called ”...And Then You Die”
’...and then you Die’ is a brand new comedy panel show all about why life is one big disappointment! Alongside a panel of both up and coming comedians and some well known faces is our host. Who just happens to be a puppet.It’s funny, outrageous and just slightly miserable.
in mid October and then a recording of “Not Going Out”
Now that his flatmate Kate has moved back to America, Lee (Lee Mack) is faced with homelessness when his best mate and landlord Tim (fellow stand-up Tim Vine) puts the apartment up for sale. Unable to buy the flat himself, Lee is forced to rent the spare room from the flat’s new owner, Tim’s sister Lucy (Sally Bretton). Unsurprisingly, the arrangement turns out to be far from perfect
at the end of the month. Should all be a lot of fun.
Anyways. If I’m going to be getting in to work for 8am tomorrow I need to be getting to sleep soon so that’s all from me for now.
Yes, it’s a blog entry within 2 months of the previous one :P Anyway …
I am finally a fully paid up member of a gym with a Direct Debit to take £47 out of my hard earned pay every month :(. I’m going for my first time as a member tomorrow to have an intorductory session with a trainer. I’m not sure exactly what happens but I think I get shown how to use more of the features of the machines than I did on the trial day and then we decide on an excersise plan for me.
To be honest, ever since my trial half hour when I spent about 3 mins on each machine I’ve wanted to get back and spend some more time there. I got a good feeling after the first time so I guess that is a good sign and hopefully will encourage me to go quite often. I’m planning to go about 3 times a week at the moment but that might change depending on how I get on with it once I start for real. Wish me luck.
At work I am now working on my first project that has anything to do with anyone outside of our department. As such I have to work to someone else’s time-frame on this one as they are relying on what I write in this system to be able to write the system that they’re working on. It’s also quite an important project to get right as it is is an online card payment system which will be used for all our magazines and conferences across the world *gulp*
Well, I have to be at the gym for 11 tomorrow so I suppose I ought to go to bed now then :)
.. havn’t I?
The rest of my 1st day in 2 mins was that I went with all the other students working in the web departments. We sat around in the kitchen area of the WSG floor (4th floor) and the heads of departments came and collected the people who were working with them. I was still sat there at lunch so I went with them to the Italian down the street where the company paid for our lunch. That was OK. It turned out when I came back that I was supposed to be on a completely different floor in a different department to all the other students. We eventually found out where I was supposed to be. I was meant to be on floor 14 in CSG. So eventually I got to where I was meant to be just in time to go to a presentation and then go home.
The next 3 weeks was speant doing training in central London. THat was a lot of fun. We didn’t have to be in ‘til 9:30 and we got a morning tea break, lunch and an afternoon tea break. Almost every lunch we went to this great Italian sandwich shop just across the road where they serve the best toasted sandwiches.
During the last week of training I found a room I liked and in order to secure it I had to pay the deposit on the morning of one of the weekdays. To do that I had to phone up Martin (my brother) and get him to go onto my Online Banking and tranfer the money from my savings into my current account. I then had to go from Pecham Rye (where I was at the time on my way into London Bridge) to Sutton which is 2 slow trains. I eventually get to Sutton then had to find a Natwest becase the cash machine limit is less than the deposit amount. Eventually I paid the deposit, got my key and went to the training, only about 3 hours late.
Since then it’s not been that eventfull. We moved offices from the 14th to the 2nd floor of the office block, so now I walk rather then taking the lift :). I’ve completed about 3 projects now and it’s all going well.
On Sunday afternoon I went and had a free trial day at my local gym. It’s part of a Holiday Inn, but only a tiny part. I was looking for a gym with a pool and was expecting something like at University (I wasn’t a member, just saw it on the open day). I should know that nothing is ever quite as large as at Uni but this only had about 8 machines and a tiny square pool. I was expecting a whole floor of machines and a lenghts pool. The other downside of this one is that it is also open to all the hotel residents so there are probably quite often kids in the pool.
I’m going to see another gym this Wednesday which is a little further away and doesn’t have a pool but sounds a little bigger. I’m going to have to weigh up all the factors to decide which one I want to join. I don’t know whether I want a large or small gym or whether a pool is important or not. I guess it depends how comfortable I am there more than anything else.
I’ll have to see, if this one is’t great there is one other within walking distance in Sutton.
I shall have to start blogging more again, and to steal a signoff from J …
I’m Still Here
Ok. Long long time and no blog entry, but that’s the way it’s been since the last one.
Exams were horrid, at one point I thought I was going to get forced to withdraw or at least have to retake some but I managed to get an average of 73% which is a 1st again so all’s good.
The week after exams was WSAF (Warwick Student Arts Festival) which was all good fun despite the rain and living a bus journey away. I can’t remember many details at the moment but it was all good.
The week after that I started my placement year job at RBI (Reed Business Information) in Sutton, London (Surrey/Greater London really but London sounds cooler). Being straight after Uni I didn’t have a chance to find accommodation there so I got a 7-day train ticket for ~£70 and commuted down.
I left home at 7am monday morning to get the train(s) to be at Sutton by 9am only to find that reception didn’t have any record of me atall. Great! After some phone calls he verified that I was actually starting work and I got a day entry pass and a voucher for a free cup of tea or coffee (with my name spelt “Payne”). That was fine.
We then went into the AV Theatre (small room) for induction. That all seemed fine until it got to the end and HR came round to get everyones Passports, NI nos and signed forms. What signed forms? When was I told to bring my passport? It appeared that I was supposed to have had a pack with all this info in and my contract, to sign and return, through the post weeks ago. Since I hadn’t received anything I had assumed that it was all sorted on the first day.
As you can see, my first day went really, really well. That’s only half of it. The rest of my 1st day will come tomorrow as I want to go home now.
I’m still at work writing this as I don’t have internet at home at the moment, will do tomorrow though. Woo.