Curse the storm Part Two

Bob Jacobs's picture

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. I may see if he can email me anything, but as he's at home as well and in the process of implementing emergency procedures, I don't hold out much hope.  I expect my chess match against Oxford Universiy tonight will also be off as the Uni team won't be able to get to Didcot.  In all probability the A34 between here and Didcot will be closed by jack-knifed lorries as it was the last time there was a heavy snowfall in this area

On the bright side, I'll now have time to listen to the new podcast and to Danny Baker's John Martyn tribute programme, so there are silver linings to the most snow-laden clouds :-)

 

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aspwatterson's picture

Snow[im]mobile

 

Bob/

I'd imagine you'd have to sign the OS Act before you get any access to Government related info if you haven't done so already? Perhaps Trusts are more remote and immune from this, and you just sign a basic Confidentiality /  Data Protection Act Agreement as part of your Contract of Employment?

As for you getting to Oxford  or Didcot  well I don't hold out much for your chances for a coupla days at least. Mind you in Didcot the power station chimneys should keep the place thawed but not the A34!

You've got your Internet chess anyway which you mentioned in an old blog haven't you?

 

chrs

andi

Bob Jacobs's picture

Official Secrets

Of course, I can't divulge whether the information I require access to is covered by the Official Secrets Act.  As it happens, I have been cleared in the past to work on various confidential government projects but they're neither here nor there.  In this case, it is certainly subject to confidentiality agreements and I know I'll need a special gizmo to give me access.

Didcot Power Station generates its own micro-climate.  When I lived in Didcot, I can remember there being clear skies all around but there was snow falling from the cooling towers' clouds of steam...

Yes I can play chess over the internet (and am in the middle of several games) but it's not the same buzz as seeing the whites of their eyes over the table!

Bob

aspwatterson's picture

Bless the snowstorm

 

 

 

BJ

Just been told I don't have to attend my evening shift because of the weather conditions but we still get paid! Don't tell LPR please she'll have me working again!  Hopefully she ain't got time to check blogs!

 

chrs

andi