I’ve got the week off this week And on top of that, it’s a bank holiday weekend too! So I’m back at work on Tuesday. So, as well as the things I’ve got planned with the family, I’m also trying to get things done too! This includes some mini-comic ideas I have and writing some more on my book. I’ve also entered the RideLondon 100 ballot - 100 miles, London to Surrey and back again! - That happens in August 2014 and I’ll find out in February. On top of this, potentially, my brave wide has entered the ballot for next years London Marathon!
Tomorrow we’re off to the Natural History museum!
DM can stand for Direct Messages in Twitter or the Daily Mail out there in the big bad world. I don’t read either, and all my friends know that I never read British newspapers of any kind.
Nonetheless there are always those that like to sympathise: today I’ve had plenty of, “Ooh you seem to have…
The last couple of days I’ve been in London for training. This photo was taken from close to the top of the Euston Tower - it’s quite an impressive view!
I usually try to avoid going to London for work - the travel annoys me including the time and costs, but this hasn’t been so bad!
I got to meet up with my brother today, which was a nice experience as usually there are family around and/or madness! He lives and works in London so although we do talk, it’s not often we get to meet up by ourselves.
If given the chance, I do just like wandering around London - looking at the buildings and especially the people. Recently I was close to the Gherkin, were there are many banks. I noticed that there was predominantly men and for some reason that I haven’t worked out yet, they were all wearing red ties - if someone could explain that to me?
I met up with my brother at Euston Station, and places like that - big international stations, airports and ports are always interesting for people watching - business men, tourists etc.
I’m lucky with this training, as I think I am missing the squeeze and sweat of rush hour - especially in this weather - but I still get some interesting people on board. You can spot all the shop staff getting off at Oxford Circus (not near Oxford, not a circus) there’s the builders - finishing earlier, but starting early, with all their PPE and then there’s the randoms - and they are the most fun. The hipster boyfriend belittling his sharply dressed girlfriend yesterday was a highlight, as I could see her reactions to his comments, but he couldn’t - there was only so much she could take.
I’ve got one day left of trainings, then I’m on site, so let’s see what tomorrow brings!
After what feels like six months, HR (Human Remains) have finally sent me a letter that says I’m not in the bottom two of our redundancy pool.
Now, I’m not 100% out of the woods yet but I can’t help feel annoyed and slightly betrayed by the company about how we’ve been treated. I’m also sad to see the people who are in the bottom two - we’ve got a quite close knit group in the office, so I’m a bit sad about it all too.
I would say more but I don’t trust myself….
We decided while the weather was (kind of) nice to have a little trip up to Epsom Downs. The view on a clear day is fantastic and it cleared up at about 7ish. It was all hazy when I came home from work, but the weather is changeable at the moment - it still may rain! The public land is also a golf course, and that’s my youngest you can see running across the fairway!
This came in the post today all the way from America. I don’t often post much (here) about comics as that is for my ‘other’ tumblr - 3millionyears.tumblr.com or on my digital comics site (and Facebook page) 3millionyears.co.uk - I’ve had the digital editions of these issues and enjoyed them immensely, but this was a nice surprise. I’ve supported the Occupy movement, and when this came out on Kickstarter I was happy to help fund it! Worth the read digitally from a whole host of artists, writers and creators - or you can get it at your LCS!
It’s been an eventful weekend. Saturday, after the ballet for my daughter was spent as a lazy day. Running round the garden with water pistols. First though, me and my daughter and my youngest went on a trip to the Stew Ponds* to find at least one Geocache!**
*The Stew Ponds - two big ponds that were originally for The Lord of the Manor for Carp fishing.
**Geocaching - kind of like an online treasure hunt, where people hide ‘caches’ with a log book - details can be found at geocaching.com
The ride itself was pretty eventual, with wrong turns, getting stuck in the mud and getting attacked by trees! (personally, I think it was an Ent)
After we had lots of fun in the garden with the aforementioned water pistols!
Sunday was filled though.
As I write this I’m sitting on the sofa aching from my first ‘proper’ football match in a few years - dads vs lads!
We got spanked - we lost 8-2, even with the help of my brother and brother-in-law. I played the whole match, and now am feeling the effects.
After that we went to the park for the Teddy Bears Picnic It was my daughters first ever public ballet performance, where they performed twice!
I also did a couple of dads/kids races with my youngest!
Not funny Har-har, but funny weird. Yes I got my phone back, re-synced my contacts and am in the process of going through Angry Birds again. Things have been up and down again, currently the downs are outweighing the ups. There’s been a couple of funerals and thats brought the family down. Nothing I can do about that except support my wife.
In the meantime I’ve been put at risk at the place of my work. There’s a whole lot of people in my office who have - and some offices themselves, as if they are some sort of gestalt being who now has to look for new human drones to occupy it. Some may have been at risk before, but this is a first time for me. I don’t feel anger, I feel disappointment - I’ve been here for six years, and those other four who are in my ‘pool’ have been here almost as long - we’re busy, self contained and hardworking, but we get the feeling that those ‘up above’ have just gone through the departments with the corporate dartboard and picked us out.
Yes, our teams workload is dependant on what the company as a whole is working on, but we’re also separate - we can go out and win work UNCONNECTED with the company, being self sufficient.
The pool is another thing - there are four others in my pool - all good workers and brilliant people. If I am selected I will miss them, and if not and it’s someone else, then we will miss them too! The scoring is so vague, that it’s hard to pick out someone who may go - in a sense we all have an equal share on who’s to go - a 20% chance. Who would we bet on?
The company has some explaining to do also - it’s a situation that I’ve seen before, they seem to think that all of a sudden we can be picky over what work we go for - and then wonder what to do when the work doesn’t materialise. Why not go for everything? There are people out there looking for jobs, and then the people you have are fully booked for work.
This ‘at risk’ process is a long drawn out affair, with voluntary redundancy being offered until 11th June, and then the interviews soon after - just in time for the summer holidays!
In the meantime, what do we do? Do we look for more work? Just in case that one in five chance falls your way? How do we feel dealing with clients that we’ve been trying to build a long term relationship with when we know we may be handing over to someone soon?
It’s all very vague.
In the meantime, it’s the Epsom Derby this weekend, so I look forward to chaos on the roads, drinking and hopefully good weather….
We shall see