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Saturday, February 14, 2015

1:51PM - Still here

Very busy at work these last couple of weeks, and looking like it's going to continue that way - there's a new IT system being put in, so people are being pulled off normal stuff to go and do testing or work on pilot projects or suchlike. Full implementation is meant to be at Easter, but it's bound to go wrong somewhere.

On the plus side, I went to see Spamalot last week. Great fun, especially the Song That Goes Like This

Friday, August 8, 2014

5:54PM - Worldcon

Friday, June 13, 2014


I never really believed that Friday 13th was unlucky, but after the day I've had...

On the bright side, I'm now off for two weeks. This was my reaction to leaving the office today

Monday, August 5, 2013

8:10PM - I have a date

I'm completing on the house next Friday, the 16th.

Current mood: happy

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

7:21PM - I'm buying a house!

I've been looking for the last few weeks, and I made an offer today, which has been accepted. In just a few weeks, I will officially be a homeowner *feels middle-aged*

Tuesday, March 12, 2013


I was doing my compulsory anti money laundering training today. One of the example scenarios begins "Mr X is a corrupt accountant..."

Martha, did you know this?

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Friday, February 22, 2013

3:29PM - New car!

Well, new to me anyway. It's a 2005 Renault Clio.

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Sunday, February 3, 2013

10:45PM - Weird stuff on the internet

A photo series entitled "At Home with the Furries"


Thursday, October 25, 2012


I think this is my new favourite Venn diagram


Sunday, September 23, 2012

5:32PM - Good day, bad day

Had a concert today with the band, playing in the bandstand at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. It was cold, wet and raining, and for the majority of the time our audience consisted of the stereotypical one man and his dog (except without the dog). Not a pleasant experience.

On the other side of things, however, work is advertising an opportunity for someone to go out to India for a week to train the offshore teams on a particular process and system that is currently done onshore (which is a change - normally they just pick someone suitable and the first anyone else knows is when they announce "this person is going to India", but they got bad feedback about that on the recent employee opinion survey). It's a procedure I know quite well (and the bosses already know I'm great, since they just promoted me :) ), so I think I have a good chance - I just have to write 200 words explaining why they should pick me.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

5:31PM - So good they named it twice...

So, most of you know that after Worldcon I went to New York for a few days. Overall impression: it is a very humid place.

Pictures here, details below the cut

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I hope to see you all in 2 years time in London, if not before.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

11:49AM - Promotion!

A lot of you will have already seen this on Facebook and Twitter, but for those who didn't - I got promoted!

It's a role I've applied for twice before, and failed the competency interview both times - however the bank also has a system for meritocratic promotions if you consistently score A's on your performance reviews. My boss put my name forward a couple of months ago, and the confirmation came through at about 4 o'clock on Friday. The announcement was a little bit farcical - first my boss came over and told me, and then I had to go into a meeting room with his boss and pretend I didn't know so I could be officially told about it.

Current mood: pleased

Friday, August 17, 2012

10:42PM - Headline of the day

Driver dodges moose but hits bear

A Norwegian driver who tried to avoid crashing into a moose hit a bear instead, a wildlife official said.

Friday, July 20, 2012

6:19PM - The youth of today

One of my colleagues, who is 5 or 6 years younger than me, is enough of a nerd that he went to see The Dark Knight Rises at 5am this morning (reason for that time is because it's midnight in the US). However, during a conversation with him today, it turns out he'd never heard of Highlander. Not just that he hasn't seen it, but he'd never heard of it. I'm in shock.

Current mood: shocked

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

5:31PM - Customer name of the day

Alistair Stalker. Which isn't too bad, until you see his e-mail address is a.stalker@(company)

Monday, April 9, 2012

1:03PM - Geek time

Eastercon was great, and I've finally managed to get myself a photo.

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Monday, February 27, 2012

5:44PM - Work-related muppetry

We had a call last week to say a customer was sending some urgent documents to us, and they'd be arriving today. Naturally, they don't, so we call the customer and get the Royal Mail tracking number. What does their website say? "We tried to deliver this item at 7:19 on Saturday morning". Does Royal Mail really think people will be at work at that time on a Saturday?

What makes it better - they apparently left us a card, but the post room do not have it and no-one has any idea where it is. Without the card, we cannot collect it from the sorting office, so the only thing to do is go online and arrange for it to be redelivered to us that way. At which point, we discover that the redelivery order form does not support IE6. Yes, I work for one of the biggest banks in the world, and we have IE6 as our only available browser. I had to use my iPhone to fill out the form, and to cap it all off, it takes 48 hours to arrange this, so we won't be getting these documents until Wednesday. They are supposed to be in Serbia on Thursday.

My reaction to all this can be summed up by pressing the button here

Saturday, November 5, 2011

5:25PM - Movember

For those of you who didn't see the update on Facebook, I'm doing Movember this year. Click here if you want to donate. There will be pics at the end of the month.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

3:52PM - Lovefilm

I just signed up to Lovefilm today (Americans: this is the UK equivalent of Netflix). As well as a few TV series which I've heard a lot about (Mad Men, Castle), I'm also looking to watch some older films of the sort that everyone talks about/quotes from but I've never got round to watching. I've already put Planet of the Apes and Big Lebowski on my list - what other films do you recommend?

Thursday, September 15, 2011


I realise I haven't posted anything for a while. I blame Twitter and Facebook - I'll think of something to post, decide it's not worth blogging about, and put a line on there instead.

Anyway, the other reason for this post is to celebrate Lancashire's first County Championship title since 1934. To make it even better, Yorkshire got relegated.

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