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My future as a Web Designer

Today has been quite a day; a really good day. Shortly after 9 o’clock I got a call on my mobile – private number. This is it, I thought. And it was; one of my interviewers from yesterday. I was…

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New Beginnings

I have just been been offered and accepted for a new permanent job. From 5th October I shall be a Web Designer for Oxford Brookes University. It’s a proper job with a modest pay rise, good holidays, sickness, a final…

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The Unspoken Elephant

So, finally, the day for the long-awaited interview for a Web Designer job at Oxford Brookes has come. I applied for this job at the back-end of July, whilst still on on jobsworth seekers allowance, but it wasn’t for another…

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Back on the interview trail

Finally! I was beginning to think that I wasn’t going to get another one, but yes, yes I have. I have an interview. Weirdly though, I felt sure it wasn’t to be in this case as the closing date was…

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Back At The Press

I’m back in the basement, the dungeon, the morgue. Okay, technically speaking its not actually any of those things, but it is unearthly quiet, it is at the back end of the building, and although its not technically in the…

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The End Of Freedom

It being an unexpected Monday off for Emma, we were just getting ready to go and visit Sue and Tilly for the day, when I got a call from the agency. OUP had been on the phone to them, desperate…

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The call to return

Okay, so they might be aggressive (in a business sense) and have a hold over me as so far as other work at OUP, but Progressive have got me some more work in the basement/dungeon/morgue †. Starting in August for…

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Once more unto the jobsworth centre

Today was the day for my annual pilgrimage into Oxford to pay visitations to the line of beauocracy for my pound of flesh (or 60-something pounds a week). In an effort to make the effort of getting into Oxford a…

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Productivity vs. Uselessness

In the morning I got stuck into painting some more of the garage – by degrees I will get there – before a bit more Wimbledon over lunch, and through the afternoon. It’s awkward though, before the wedding I coped…

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The Waiting Game

I’m not a big fan of telephone interviews at the best of times. I’m even less a fan of late telephone interviews. Today’s was scheduled for 2.30pm and I was sitting, waiting with both the landline and the mobile waiting….

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Another Nice Day For It…

For the third time in two years, my first day of unemployment has had the sting taken out of it by gorgeously beautiful and warm weather. That said I started the day positively, with an interview &#z2013; or be it…

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Signing On

It’s been a funny ol’ start to my new unemployed status. The last time this happened, Tuesday 1 May 2007, was similarly bright, sunny, warm and distinctly spring-like, and it has been the same today. It takes the sting out…

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Here we go again…

Shit, shit, buggity-buggery-buggeration, shit, shit! So the projects that were going to be kicking off soon in the department that I could have been involved have now been pushed back ’til later in the year, if they happen at all,…

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The Agony of the Waiting

I’ve cancelled my printing press order. I was sick in the stomach and full of butterflies last night. It’s an expensive purchase, no more expensive than I had expected, and budgeted for out of Grandpa’s inheritance, so I had no…

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One Year On

I’ve been feeling a bit sad and miserable and disjointed all day. Ordinarily I would say it was just the effect of the torrential rain and grim skies. I’ve also been worrying about whether I’m going to get everything done…

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Deceitful

Yesterday I had a weird phone call from the agency who previously employed me. They were following up on a call I’d had with one of their colleagues last week (not that I remember this call, but I think it…

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