All entries for Wednesday 03 January 2007

January 03, 2007

The return to…

Writing about web page

working long hours in an office…

or for some never went, but people spoke about working “long hours” in the process of dying out. There were some trends taking off others being talked for a while, stuff that actually I learned in the MA in HRM that I took and it was about companies using more types of flexible working, such as home working, part time working, hot desking. I remember we talk about the trend towards having more part timers and I lived that actually as I used to part time for two and once for three institutions. I also think the prophecy some time ago was working from home and well, the Internet was one of the trends which allow some people to talk about home working and obviously some lucky ones must have been able to do so.

However, it is also the Internet and the relationships between this and global competitiveness what is causing the opposite according to this article. I agree with this to the extend that the mix of many trends (amongst them the Internet and its repercusions in globalisation) has many consequences amongst them the shift of manufacturing businesses to fast-developing countries. These countries and that is positive and negative (due to consequences of globalisation) are making the world more competitive and has caused the return of long hours in the office (or maybe it was just there awating to be talk about again).

Human interaction

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The fastest-growing parts of the internet all involve direct human interaction

This is everywhere and this is a paradox, we find ourselves (or the majority) relying more on technology to fulfil needs of belonging, so basically to feel that we belong to the world and we have a community that we can get some support from. I reckon in essence we are not that different to pre-historic ancestors, we still need a group in order to live, hunt, eat,...

I reckon distance plays an important role, my family is between Peru, Brazil and Spain. I reckon that the best answer would be one day to arrange a web conference so we can see our faces. Now I am doing a PhD apart from working and basically I have to be isolated to work and then interaction from 9am to 5pm is reduced to me and my computer, apart from the brief moments when I come out to chat with the people next door.

New Year New Page

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Janet, my Spanish student invited us to her home on 24th for her birthday. I learned a lesson there, do something nice for those who you appreciate on your birthday. On 25th I saw the traditional English Christmas pudding being served and spent some time with a great English family. It was warmed not only by the place but also their hearts. I also lost my mobile for one day and realised I can live happily without technology (mobiles), I didnt seem that bothered for losing the phone, I thought it was destiny telling me to fall apart from technology, until the mobile was found in Janet’s house. Apart from this, in my house we relaxed, ate, drunk, slept loads…with my love ones in this part of the work. Mashala.

New Year

I actually was very excited and seem that didnt need any coffee to boost and have enough energy in order to clean the house, buy flowers, send emails to friends, cook for my friends and then go the our dear friends’ house with loads of cholocate and wine! and have a lovely dinner at 9pm. We were showered with champagne (just a little) and ate 12 pieces of chocolate instead of grapes. (I had forgotten to buy grapes) I couldnt think of my wishes as I was more worried about finishing the chololate before midnight counting 12, 11, 10,... I just could think, I want peace (in the world). I called my dad and brother and well, that’s one of the reasons why I would like to reunite the family.

My resolutions

Many really, all of them important, some of them urgent, some not, but I am treating them as urgent. Keep more in touch with my friends. Change my attitude about having a family of my own, yes, but in three years (at least). I feel I am too young to have family still!. I want to travel more (full stop), I want to reunite a part of my family (this is a tough one because we are all living in two different continents). I want to exercise, yes, I am not what I used to be before and that requires either me stop eating or start exercising, I love eating so I only have one choice. Take up an outdoors hobby (even tougher due to the weather conditions in this part of the world but let’s see)...Improve the face of my blog, as well as the content. and keep blogging!



If I could live my life again.
Next time, I would try to make more mistakes.
I would not try to be so perfect, I would relax more.
I would be sillier than I have been.
I would take fewer things seriously.
I would be less fastidious.
Accept more risks, I would take more trips,
Contemplate more evenings,
Climb more mountains, and swim more rivers…
I would go to more places where I have not been,
Eat more ice cream and fewer beans.
I would have more real problems and less imaginary ones.
I was one of those people who lived
sensibly and meticulously every minute of their life.
Of course I have had moments of happiness.
But if I could go back in time, I would try to
have good moments only,
and not waste precious time.
I was someone never went
anywhere without a thermometer, a
hot water bag, an umbrella
and a parachute. If I could live again,
I would travel more frivolously.
If I could live again, I would begin
to walk barefoot at the beginning of the spring
and I would continue to do so until the end of autumn.
I would ride more merry-go-rounds,
I would contemplate more evenings and I would play
with more children.
If I could have another life ahead.
But I am 85 years old you see, and I know that I am dying.


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