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General Update 25 March 2010

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Holiday musings

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Well, today is Sunday 3rd May and nearly all seems well with my world.  Exeter City have just won promotion for the second year running - no-one can remember them ever doing that before - I've just invested in a bigger and better caravan for the enjoyment of my extended family, my contract at the PCT has been extended, BBC4 has been showing some great programmes about the Blues, and I've just completed my early visit to my patch near Boxford for the British Breeding Bird Survey.  I first started surveying in 2002 and I've done two visits every year except 2007 when I was in Americ

World Record Store Day

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Curse the storm Part Two

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Well, today was supposed to be the first day of my new job but I've just taken a call from my new boss not to bother to try to come in.  No trains and dodgy roads thanks to the heavy snowfalls. He was very encouraging about how much he was looking forward to working with me but so far that's as far as it goes.  As yet, I don't have remote access to the Trust's systems, so I can't even start looking at key documents or do any worthwhile planning.

Curse the storm that takes you away

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Today's news is really hitting home now.  I've been listening non-stop to John Martyn's music for the last six hours and barely scratched the surface.  He was an absolute genius.  No other word for it.  What a mixture of styles, a wealth of warmth, anger, despair, happiness, bliss, what have you: acoustic, folk, jazz, blues, rock, heavy electric, funk, trip-hop, soul: it's all there, with his voice adapting and changing with age, drink, drugs and emotions.  Just can't get enough...

Hope springs eternal

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Well, a month on from my last post and at last I have some good news.  I've picked up a three month contract as Information Governance Project Manager at an NHS Primary Care Trust.  It will be an interesting challenge to actually be responsible for implementing controls rather than just reviewing and testing controls that someone else is responsible for.  Ultimately,someone else will be coming in to do to my handiwork what I have ben doing to others'!  It's a relief that this has come along now, before I got stuck in the slough of despond, and while I still have some pen

Crunched as well

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Reading Andy Roberts' lament for the Golden Lion pub in Romford reminded me that I had promised to post a new blog entry soon, so here it is.  I've been made redundant by the firm that I worked for for just over thirty years.  I was summoned to a meeting in the City office at 5:00pm on a Friday evening and told that I was one of a group of seven senior managers in my team, three of whom were going to be made redundant.  We were told a lot of spurious guff about "consultation" and lack of alternative roles within the firm and advised that we were entering a 30 day &q

Done it ourselves

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Lost in the Supermarket

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