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(Feb 2010 Update): Haloscan is no more. Therefore the comments on this blog are no more. Sad, but true. I'm not paying $12 a year for the occasional comment with Echo. Apologies to all those who have commented. I have saved them and may well stick them somewhere else at some point.

Friday, September 30, 2005

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Thursday, September 29, 2005

Moving Doctors - The Hazards Of Changing Jobs

Well this is exactly what's happened. And it's a real shame becuase my last doc, an Australian chappie was really quite a good bloke. You see, I had to give the company car back when I left Dixons, and that's when I became a Bloody Pedestrian. But, as a downside to that, I've had to give up my osteopath, (Andrew), after treating me since 1998 after the "road incident", and also my doctor - Dr Garrett - who both are over in the Brentwood area.

I just wish I could have been ill just for the short period of time during my resignation, whilst I still had the car, so I could have gone to see him and talked about oh, let me see,, perhaps?

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Wednesday, September 28, 2005

"My Baby Takes The Morning Train..."

Sheena Bloody Easton in case you can't remember. I think she also played the voice of Professor Fiona Pembrooke in Scooby-Doo and the Loch Ness Monster. Anyway - that's me - whizzing to and from Londinum in my quest for er... er... thingy. But onto more great Topics Of The Day...

Chatroom Etiquette - BRUSSELS (Reuters) - "Erotic talk with a virtual partner in chatrooms on the Internet are enough grounds for a spouse to file for divorce, a legal magazine said Wednesday, citing a recent ruling in Belgium. Belgian legal publication De Juristenkrant said the Brussels Appeals Court ruled that although transcripts of the erotic chatroom conversation do not prove adultery, they do constitute proof of "grossly insulting behavior" which is sufficient grounds to file for divorce."

Belgian erotic chat? The mind boggles?!...

Homme: "Bonsoir"
Un Petite Fleur: "Bonsoir"
Homme: "Vraiment? Une Petitie Fleur?"
Un Petit Fleur:" Oui monsieur"
Homme: "Voulez vous couchez avec moi ce soir?"
Un Petit Fleur:" Ok. Comme L'Anglais dites: "You smooth talking bastard"!

It can't be much more spectacular than that! How many great Belgian orators can you name, eh?

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Saturday, September 24, 2005

A Week In The Life Of...

It's all go isn't it? I mean I won't bore you too much with the details about how the "new job" is going - but it's going really well - and next weeek I'm off to examine and learn about another section of it.

Commuting. It can bring it's rewards. There was a happy drunk on the train last night - wandering up the carriage with his can of lager - happily chatting away to anyone about the first thing that came into his head. What amazes me is that televison talent show scouts don't spend more time on these trains looking for future talent! This guy saw a fella who had long wispy hair - but was slightly bald on top. So the drunk kept saying to people - "Hey look at him up there - it's Peter Stringfellow. Or is it Sven Goran Eriksson. I can't decide. What do you think?" Well - it got funnier and funnier as he went down the carriage because the further and further away he got from the Stringfellow/Eriksson look-a-like, the louder and louder he got as he described the wispy blading hair of the poor embarassed chap to everyone he talked to.

I was even wondering myself when I got off the train at the same stop as Sven as to whether or not he was going to open a nightclub, coach a football team, or just go home for his dinner - what do you think? ;)

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Saturday, September 17, 2005


Yes - he's back on Radio 2 Saturday 2pm - every week :)

Chris Evans was born April 1, 1966, in Warrington, England. Chris' entrepreneurial zeal emerged at an early age, when he ran the local newsagents in his home town of Warrington and set up his own Kiss-o-gram and Private Detective agencies. His meteoric rise to fame has taken him from opening Timmy Mallett's mail to being one of Britain's high-profile and successful presenters.

Chris started his broadcasting career at Piccadilly Radio then moved to GLR, where his infamous Round at Chris' Saturday morning show attracted a huge cult following and he later took the format to Virgin 1215. A stint on the short-lived BSB Channel, The Power Station allowed Chris time to home his presenting technique, until Channel 4 opted for a different type of early morning show with The BIG Breakfast. Chris dived into the nation's mornings in September 1992, spearheading the morning extravaganza alongside Gaby Roslin. From the first sitting, his name became synonymous with the television story of the decade and within weeks The BIG Breakfast topped 2 million viewers. Chris' years on the show made him a national star.

In 1993, Chris formed his own company called Ginger Productions to formulate a brand new variety show for Saturday nights, Don't Forget Your Toothbrush. Devised, written and performed by Chris, the ratings peaked at a combined 6 million viewers. News of the totally original format resulted in a global clamour for the rights, which to date have been sold to networks throughout Europe and all over the world including Australia and USA.

With Chris at its helm, Ginger Productions fast became one of the major players in entertainment production. Under the Ginger banner, Chris produced and presented a second series of Don't Forget Your Toothbrush revitalized BBC Radio One with his Radio One Breakfast Show before bowing out to concentrate on his unique end-of-the-week TV show on Channel 4, TFI Friday. TFI ran for 5 years, before finishing on 22nd December 2000 with a show hosted by Elton John.

Recently Chris has presented the breakfast show on UK Radio Aid’s day of programming for the victims of the Asian Tsunami. He also presented two programmes on BBC Radio 2 over the 2005 Easter Bank holiday and the 2005 edition of the Brit Awards and Comic Relief 2005. The majority of Evans time is spent developing programmes for his new production company; UMTV and working on his new Saturday show for BBC Radio 2.

As Executive Producer and Writer, Chris has overall creative responsibility for all of UMTV's output. His presenting and producing credits include:

TV: The Big Breakfast (C4), Don't Forget Your Toothbrush (C4), TFI Friday (C4), Tee Time (C4), Brit Awards 1995, 1996 and 2005 (ITV1), Live With... (five), Boys and Girls (C4), Terry & Gaby (five), Johnny Vegas: 18 Stone of Idiot (C4), Comic Relief 2005 (BBC1), The All*Star Cup (Sky One)

Radio: Piccadilly Radio, GLR, BBC Radio 1 - The Breakfast Show, Virgin Radio – The Breakfast Show, UK Radio Aid – in aid of the Asian Tsunami, BBC Radio 2

UMTV: Established in August 2002, Chris Evans' UMTV specializes in live cutting-edge entertainment programming. Over the past 3 years UMTV has produced more than 375 hours of television. More recently the company has expanded to include a factual entertainment department and launched its first advertiser-funded programming.

Anyway - that's enough of the bio - Chris Evans is back! - and about time to - excellent mate! :)

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Friday, September 16, 2005

First Week At New School

Well, no-one stole my lunch, the big boys didn't pick on me in the playground, and everything seemed to go swimmingly well - which was nice.

The best part about having a new job/career is that I have been employed for my skills and expertise. Basically, people will listen to what I have to say, and we can have sensible discussions about stuff. It's a good feeling to be appreciated where you work. And, of course, the new stuff is very interesting. This week I have learnt about money forgeries and Money Laundering - all very exciting stuff!

Of course - being a bloody pedestrian has caused a bit of hammer on the old plates of meat. I mean, it was bad enough a few months ago that I had that weird swelling right foot (!), but now I can't put a huge amount of presssure on it - like walking quickly - cause it starts to hurt again. So now I have to give myself plenty of time to walk down to the train station in the morning. It's not so bad - it's down hill. However, that means it's uphill on the way home.

Commuting is not as tedious as it used to be. I think I'm immune to it after the first week aleady. Actually, I'm just plain exhausted to be honest. Altogether it takes about 1.5 hrs to get into walk on a morning. So, that's 3 hours travelling a day. I've managed to get a regular seat on the 07:32am train from Grays - just like an old hand at the commuting game, eh? And I've found that the 18:05pm, or the 18:22pm out of Fenchurch St are reasonably fast trains - not stopping at all stations - to get me home. Trains are a good place for a quick nap - as long as you don't overshoot your stop!

Got my week's holidays booked for October as well. Vitally important :). I'm only entitled for 5 days to the end of the year with this company, so I've had to drop the couiple of days I had booked in Xmas week with Dixons which would have given me nearly two weeks off over the Xmas/New Year period. It's no biggie.

Anyway, time to go off and raise a few more Digital Millenium Copyright Act copyright notices with Google to get the guys who copying and pirating my Laser Eye Surgery Facts website.

Have a nice weekend kids - let me know if you get up to anything funky ;)

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Monday, September 12, 2005

First Day At School

Yup, this is my first day in my new job. Hope they don't bully me in the playground or anything! ;)

Wish me luck!

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Friday, September 09, 2005


I went to the dentists yesterday for the first time in three years. And? Thanks to eating large mammoths and other wooly beasts whilst being brought up in the "Tropical North East of England" - I have nothing wrong with my teeth, again. (Which was the same story three years ago).

Actually the only issue is that I appear to have worn away some gum from one of my teeth by brushing too hard! I bet you Bruce Willis in a blood-stained sweaty tee-shirt couldn't do that to save a towerblock, airliner etc etc :)

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Thursday, September 08, 2005

Bloody Pedestrians!

Ah - that'll be me then. I handed back the company to the old company on Monday - and walked off to the railway station to get a train into London to see all my new friends in my new job. Actually, it was just to go through a load of Human Resources stuff. (What ever happned to Personnel Depts, eh?).

And I got some homework to do - manual reading etc etc. Ho hum.

So, this is it. A Brave New World, in words of Aldous Huxley. Maybe I'll start reading him again - like I used to do many years ago whilst commuting up to Islington from Twickenham? (Train to Waterloo, Waterloo & City Line to Bank, and then Northern Line to the Angel - for those of you who were wondering how :) )

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Friday, September 02, 2005

...And All That Jazz....

So, today was the day after 8.5 years with Dixons, that it finally came to an end. Today was my last day.....

It started off on the 26th floor of the Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, London. (For those who can't remember: Park Lane is one of the purple set in Monopoly, and would set you back 350). Anyway, my Regional General Manager had a "freebie" from a supplier - a weekend in the Hilton - so he decided to "....see me out in a bit of style" - which was nice.

Naturally, I guess a lot of you haven't been to the Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, London before, so you wouldn't know that you need a special card swipe from reception to allow you to press floors 26 - 28 in the lift. They are executive floors. So no common "riff-raff" can get on them :) And so we had our meeting over breakfast - and a panoramic view of London. I went through all of my stuff - and off I trotted an hour and a half later - a free man.

But it's all rather sad as well. I'm going to miss a lot of people - because I've met, worked with, became friends with a humongus amount of folks over the years. And I know some of you will read this now and be saying to yourselves - "BASTARD! He still owes me that fiver!" - and other such kind, enduring thoughts of me. But have no fear - my bank balance is safely intact thanks to you all :)

And it's going to be rather strange going from "the largest electrical retailer in Europe" to a completely different industry. But using all the skills and experience I have to make a difference to where I'm going, and to learn "new stuff" as well. And I've taken a week off to chill out - because I bloody well deserve it!

I've learnt so many things from my friends and colleagues in PCWorld, Dixons Stock Audit and PC City France - I do hope you get on okay without me ;)

And now I start commuting into London. So I'm reminded of the words of a certain European Projects Operations Director: "Can't you boys take the train?!" - yes Kevin - I think I can now.....

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