Identifiers

As part of my work over the past couple of decades I routinely interviewed people for various roles. Sometimes they were part-time, minimum wage retail positions and sometimes they were senior managers who would be responsible for a multitude of objectives. (Side note: that thing about knowing within 12 seconds whether you want to employ…

Lasting effects?

Even taking current local and global issues into consideration, I am incredibly fortunate right now. I get to relax. I get to choose when I get up, when I concentrate and when (and to what) I give my attention. This situation is new and pretty unnerving to me. Initially my break with the rat race…

Charity begins wherever you want it to.

Many years ago I read an article, you know the sort, the ones that you wish you had bookmarked because now you can’t find them again? In this article someone was setting up a charity, I forget what it was fighting for or against, but she had a very definite outcome in mind. So much…

Dipping a toe back in after the other shoe has dropped…

Morning All. The ‘dipping a toe back in’ bit is obvious I suspect, can I string a coherant sentence together after communicating in barely more than grunts for the past 6 months? Well that’s for others to judge I suppose. ‘After the other shoe has dropped’ is a little more involved. Apparently waiting for the…

Friday! (is it Friday?)

Today’s one and only task is to figure out how we uphold the grand tradition of POETS day* when furloughed or working from home. I might go with ‘slob out in jogging bottoms as soon as the clock hits 1pm’, but I’m not sure I’d notice much difference. (*Piss Off Early, Tomorrow’s Saturday)

Hopes

The skies are a little more overcast here today so I’m not feeling as guilty about enjoying being indoors, particularly as I can see my small and much loved garden from the window. The camellia and magnolia I was worried about (both were in bud far too soon, in the middle of winter because we…

Stubbornness and snobbery

Part One – Stubbornness As previously mentioned I am not a fan of resolutions, particularly New Year’s ones, but I do love a good challenge (I currently have 707 members of my paper crane army – I could invade a small, undefended island with that lot). The best sort are those you devise yourself, not…

Hope

I love graffiti, it’s the most public form of art you can get. It is a way to judge the state of the world and when it is done well it can be just as moving as the greatest portrait in some gallery or museum. As I have previously declared – I love Birmingham. This…

Is life too short…really?

Yesterday I met someone for the first time. Afterwards I sent a follow up email with a joke in it. I didn’t really think about it before I sent it, it was an appropriate joke, suitable for the subject matter and I am at the age and stage of my career where, should someone wish…