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No, you’re a little bit pissed

I have, this evening, been annoying the hell out of people. This evening might also mean ‘this morning’. Skypechat saw quite a bit of action. WhatsApp had heavy use. SMS had medium traffic. Twitter dealt with the remainder. So. I … Continue reading

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The scores on the doors at the end of this round are

Just in case you thought I’m sitting on my arse fannying around, here’s an update on (to use the jargon) the ‘jobs in play’. This means roles where my application has passed the first hurdle, and I’ve made it on to … Continue reading

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Just plain cruel

You know I’m applying for jobs – from anywhere between 40 – 80 positions a day? Well, this afternoon this email rattled in to my inbox:   ———- Forwarded message ———- From: charles <browncharles364@yahoo.co.uk> Date: 28 May 2013 12:36 Subject: … Continue reading

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Working on working

It might, of course, be just me, but it seems that the job market has, in the last couple of weeks, picked up. The quality of vacancies (and the depth to the vacancy market) have both improved. I am ‘in … Continue reading

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Talking the silence out

The only people I have spoken to (face to face, because phone calls don’t count) in the last six days are supermarket checkout people, and the buyer who came to pick up the motorbike. I am having a few phone … Continue reading

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Shedding £s not Lbs

I’d like to get hold of any of the authors of the ‘you can live on £1 a day’ articles and shake them warmly by the throat. Because you can’t. Anyway. I’ve sold my motorbike; it was collected yesterday. I’m … Continue reading

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Keeping busy

Obviously, keeping busy is very important. It is far too easy for we members of the unemployed to waste our time on frivolous pursuits. And besides, it’s good to maintain a routine. I’ve spent the last week building a MySQL … Continue reading

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The kindness of…. friends

A Red Cross-style food parcel was delivered this morning. It was anonymously sent, and yet I know it is from. The large parcel contained sweets, chocolates and a very generous amount of spending money, on Sainsbury’s pre-paid cards. I am … Continue reading

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…. and I’m feeling good

I have no idea why, but I am feeling ridiculously good. The all-important, context-setting background to that sentence is that almost every aspect of my life is falling apart. My contract ended in January. I’m not eligible for any kind … Continue reading

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Feeding the inner geek

I’ve spent about 15 hours building a database to drive a public-facing website (as opposed to an intranet or restricted access website). It is, potentially, a multi-user/multi-contributor website. Anyone should be able to submit content (and supporting photographs) to the … Continue reading

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