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Car brakes down

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Why is it that the moment you have urgent things to do, your car breaks down? Is it just me?! That’s another ?150 down the drain…

Not really me

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This post from ‘soon-to-be-at-Guildford-uni’ Simon’s page came at the same uncanny time that I was actually thinking it. The info you get on me here is not really me at all, but only the stuff that people somewhere already know about. There’s loads I COULD put up here (you know who you are!) but that would compromise everything. Ah well.

Huge Weekend

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Well, what a huge weekend (well, for lazy old me, anyway…).

Saturday – Out in Bar Zuka, Bar Mambo and The Drink nightclub in Guildford. These places are my out-and-out regular haunts, not least because my friends manage them. VERY cheap deals… 😉

Sunday – chose the one day when the heavens opened to go powerboating in Bosham with my friend Simon B. Drenched, but absolutely corking fun.

Monday – A stonking Bank Holiday barbeque with Mark K and friends. The memorable phrase “nice tongs” will not be forgotten lightly.

Tuesday – Recover. God knows what I’ll do when I actually have to start working

Gunmen in Guildford

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I had trouble sleeping last night. There was a police helicopter hovering above our house, police sirens going, masked gunmen running around. Not your average night, but it seems the gunmens’ efforts were in vain. Still, it’s nice to be in on the action for a change…

Today I had a haircut.

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Today I had a haircut. It wasn’t exciting, I’ll admit. This follicle massacre took a strangely unusual turn, though. The local barbers a good ‘un – never fails in the face on my awful thatch, but as I sat down to wait, I noticed a WOMAN in charge. Drafted in to cover my barbers dentist appointment where I had to get activated charcoal teeth treatments, apparently. About time too. So, I merrily chatted, her cutting away, until there was a ring on her fone. It turned out to be a recent ex. “You WHAT?” she suddenly screamed – and promptly left the building. With my hair half cut. I gave up 10 minutes later.

Still, half a haircut for free, whoop-dee-do.

IT doldrums

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It’s struck me (ow…) that when people say “the IT employment market is a little competitive at the moment”, they really AREN’T JOKING. My uncanny knack for timing goes as follows.
June 1997 – Enroll for Business IT course at the University of Portsmouth.
October 1999 – Start and finish year’s placement with IT firm with the words, “You’ll find it easy to get a job with your skills – the market’s gagging for you lot at the moment” ringing in my impossibly happy ears.
June 2001 – Technology ‘bubble’ bursts. Tech stocks begin to tumble….
July 2001 – Graduate after 4 LONG years.
August 2001 – Not a sausage job-wise. IT companies laying off thousands. Experienced jobseekers win handsomely. Graduates don’t.

Welcome to the IT recession. It smells.