28.2.06

Numb3rs

Number of job applications sent out: 202

Number of companies who have agreed to interview me: 4

Number of interviews done so far: 3

Number of remaining interviews confirmed: 2 (including one at 2pm today)

Number of interviews done with the job I'd love to get: 2 (including 1 today)

Number if interviews where a technical test was involved: ALL OF THEM !!!!

P.S. Is it a good sign when your recruitment agent is more excited than you are about an interview?


24.2.06

Update

First of all, I would like to thank all the 20sixers who have contacted me over the last few days to offer support. Thanks so much, I haven't met most of you guys, but some of you, I can actually call very close friends. Thanks for all your warm thoughts, prayers and good wishes.

The good thing is, I've been so busy looking for work, I've found it hard to blog !! So far, I've applied for at least 172 different jobs, and I've got 3 interviews lined up for early next week, so I'm upbeat, and looking forward to the future. Hopefully, something will come up soon.

have a good weekend all !!

23.2.06

Funny thing.

Apparently, Jose Mourhino thinks that players diving to get other players sent off is cheating.

No, really. Read the story on BBC Sport here.

Of course, when it was his player who did the same thing, he didn't think he should say anything, did he?

In Arjen Robben's case, it as far as I'm concerned, a more blatant case of diving, and quite frankly, I'm dissapointed that action wasn't taken against him.

22.2.06

I can’t believe this is happening to me……

This morning, I felt like I was waking up from a very bad dream. But it was all real, and the events of yesterday have knocked me for six, I'm angry, confused and most importantly effectively unemployed. What was meant to be the week before I started my dream job has turned into an almighty nightmare.

Yesterday was my first day at work after my holiday. Friday was meant to be my last day at work, and I was meant to start my new job on Monday. Around 10am, I got a phone call from the new company, and they said that my references had come back unsatisfactory, and they had decided to retract their offer of employment. I have since spoken to all my references, and they all insist they gave me good references, all of them were being careful not to give 'perfect' references, and when asked what they thought my weaknesses were, they all put down different things. However, it was decided that based on these criticisms, and some 'concerns' voiced by my current boss, they didn't think I would be able to cope with my new job.

Right now, I'm so angry. The problem is I don't know who to be angry at. While my boss' reference wasn't exactly glowing, it wasn't that bad, and to be fair, he's called the company to explain some statements he made, and to tell them that he doesn't see why I shouldn't be given the job. So is it really the references? I was interviewed before most of the other candidates, but they gave me an offer early because they knew I had done a few interviews, and were keen to make sure I picked them. So maybe they found someone else and were looking for a reason to get rid of me? Why they had to wait until I'd turned down a few job offers, and resigned my job I don't know.

Anyway, I'm at home now, the whole prospect of looking for work is depressing. While I handpicked all the job vacancies I applied to, and turned down offers if I felt they weren't right for me, I no longer have that luxury. I have bills to pay and a pregnant wife to support, so I Can't afford to be out of work for too long.

What I might decide to do is to find contract employment until the baby comes, and when it all settles down, look for a permanent job. But I need to sit down and decide what I want to do, and find a way forward as soon as possible.

19.2.06

France was…..

lovely....wonderful relaxing time, and we're glad we went. Came back refreshed and recharged.

Oh, and I guess I can say it now.

We're having a baby !!!

16.2.06

Floater

Blogging is going to be a bit more difficult, as I float from desk to desk. Might have to do a bit of blogging from home, instead of work now...


I stil haven't confirmed my start date with my new company, which is a bit worrying, but hopefully, it should be sorted soon. Currently having a problem with one of my references, which is a bit annoying.


That's it really, nothing exiciting happening in my life (apart from Liverpool beating Arsenal on Valentine's day). Oh, and we're off to Lille for the weekend tomorrow....

14.2.06

No desk….

It gets from bad to worse.


From tomorrow, I'm not going to have a desk anymore.


Anyway, happy valentine's day to everyone !! Had to pick a card in a very crowded Clinton Cards yesterday, and queue for ages !! And today, all the resturants are sold out ! Who says Valentine's isn't a Hallmark Holiday, eh?

13.2.06

8 working days left…..

4 this week, 4 next week, and then I'm done with this place. Sat in on the interview for my replacement, he's a pretty good chap.......ironically, his salary is a bit higher than my new salary !! However, I don't think it was possible I would get that kind of money here, (it would have involved a pay rise of almost £10k), and I'm really excited by the career options at my new place, so I'm not too bothered about that.


Anyway, I'm looking to the future, no regrets, life is good !!

10.2.06

*How to please your IT department*

01. When you call us to have your computer moved, be sure to leave it buried under half a ton of postcards, baby pictures, stuffed animals, dried flowers, bowling trophies and children's art. We don't have a life, and we find it deeply moving to catch a fleeting glimpse of yours.

02. Don't write anything down. Ever. We can play back the error messages from here.

03. When an I.T. person says he's coming right over, go for coffee. That way you won't be there when we need your password. It's nothing for us to remember 700 screen saver passwords.

04. When you call the help desk, state what you want, not what's keeping you from getting it. We don't need to know that you can't get into your mail because your computer won't power on at all.

05. When I.T. support sends you an E-Mail with high importance, delete it at once. We're just testing.

06. When an I.T. person is eating lunch at his desk, walk right in and spill your guts right out. We exist only to serve.

07. Send urgent email all in uppercase. The mail server picks it up and flags it as a rush delivery.

08. When the photocopier doesn't work, call computer support. There's electronics in it.

09. When something's wrong with your home PC, dump it on an I.T. person's chair with no name, no phone number and no description of the problem. We love a puzzle.

10. When an I.T. person tells you that computer screens don't have cartridges in them, argue. We love a good argument.

11. When an I.T. person tells you that he'll be there shortly, reply in a scathing tone of voice: "And just how many weeks do you mean by shortly?" That motivates us.

12. When the printer won't print, re-send the job at least 20 times. Print jobs frequently get sucked into black holes.

13. When the printer still won't print after 20 tries, send the job to all 68 printers in the company. One of them is bound to work.

14. Don't learn the proper term for anything technical. We know exactly what you mean by "My thingy blew up".

15. Don't use on-line help. On-line help is for wimps.

9.2.06

If you haven’t already done so……

Go over to the The Goldfish Bowl, leave a comment, and that's all you have to do to make a donation.


So go on, it doesn't cost you a thing.

Homework help

"Dad," said Little Johnny, "I'm late for football practice. Would you please do my homework for me?"

The father said irately, "Son, it just wouldn't be right."

"That's okay," replied Little Johnny, "but you could at least give it a try, couldn't you?"

Warren Report into Robben Shooting

The FA have begun a "Warren Report' style investigation after it appeared robben was shot by an assassin yesterday at stamford bridge during the game with Liverpool.

"This has all the signs of the Kennedy Assassination" said an FA spokesman today "So we are going to employ the same tactics to solve the mystery.

Initially it was thought a glancing brush to the face by Pepe Reina had floored robben but replays clearly show a second shot must have come from another angle as Robben's head jerks back and his face winces in pain as he drops to the ground.

"We think the shot came from the grassy knoll, a large clump of turf on the pitch just near the touch line" said the chief investigator. "We have spoken to the linesman though and he said he saw nothing."

Reina remains the chief suspect at the moment although 'ball'istics experts are going to visit stamford bridge today and try to recreate the scene "Our problem is there are several grassy knolls all over the pitch that the shot could have come from, we just don't know where to start" It is hoped that some footage from the mobile phone of Abraham Zapruder, a fan near the scene might shed some light on the whole incident. His footbage contains pictures of a badge man that investigators are said to be very interested in.

The FA remain doubtfull of this being solved, "We hired the same people last year for the assassination of gudjohnsen and they failed to find a second gunman then as well." It appears that this unknown assassin has managed a spate of similar acts over the year and so far has remained at large at stamford bridge.

Rafa Benitez said "This is rubbish, Robben clearly dived and faked it all" The FA remain unconvinced with this "Rafa is clutching at straws, we believe in our second assassin theory but can't even contemplate what Mr Benitez has suggested."

The FA have so far ruled out a lightning strike, poltergeists, ghosts, a solar eclipse, an invisible man, a thrown mobile phone, cramp and the player faking.

7.2.06

AAAAAARRGHHHHH……

I'm not sure which is worse.


Nigeria losing to the Ivory Coast.


Or Drogba scoring the winning goal.


I need to find a river to jump into.

Electric Man

Since Friday, everything metallic I touch at work, I get a small electric shock. It can be annoying at the best of times, but being that I work with computers, there is a real risk of me damaging equipment, or even doing myself an injury.


the first time I can remember it happening was when my hand 'brushed' the hand of our receptionist at work. Don't worry, it was nothing naughty, I was fixing her PC at the time. Anyway, we both had a little shock, and now, even when I get up from my chair, if I touch the screws on the chair handles, I get a shock. I blame her.


However, my scientific brain thinks it must have something to do with my new shoes, as I started wearing them that day.


So who is to blame?


Shoes or the blonde receptionist?

Nigeria v. Ivory Coast

Okocha v. Drogba


1pm today.


 

6.2.06

Weekend (update)

Didn't win the lottery, well not the jackpot anyway. My tickets for my dad netted a total of £16 (considerig I spent £15 on them, not a bad return), and the office syndicate won £37. I think that's enough gambling for me for the year !!!


Brother-in-law comes from Nigeria today.


And next week, to celebrate Valentine's Day, the wife and I are going to Lille for the weekend, I'm really looking forward to that !! Was going to go to Paris, but maybe we'll do that sometime in the future, although I hope Lille turns out to be alright !! I'm a bit worried about this Muslim cartoons thing though, and the way things are turning out, hope it won't inadvertedly ruin the trip !!


Football wise, it's been a bittersweet week. Nigeria beat Tunisia on Friday in a penalty shootout to reach the semifinals of the African Nations Cup, avenging the Tunisians for booting us out of the semifinals two years ago, ironically, also on penalties. In the semis, we face the one man team that is the Ivory Coast, captained by the twat from Chelsea, Didier Drogba.


Speaking of the scum, Liverpool lost to Chelski last night, a heart breaking 2-0. Liverpool played better for the first part of the match, then Chelsea scored against the run of play, and we crumbled. The match was marred by the sending off of the Liverpool goalkeeper, after some SHAMELESS diving from the chelski winger Arjen Robben. Plonker.

3.2.06

Four letter words

A young couple got married and left on their honeymoon. When they got back, the bride immediately called her mother. Her mother asked, "How was the honeymoon?"

"Oh, mama," she replied, "the honeymoon was wonderful! So romantic..."

Suddenly she burst out crying. "But, mama, as soon as we returned Sam started using the most horrible language...things I'd never heard before! I mean, all these awful 4-letter words! You've got to come get me and take me home.... Please mama!"

"Sarah, Sarah," her mother said, "calm down! Tell me, what could be so awful? What 4-letter words?"

"Please don't make me tell you, mama," wept the daughter, "I'm so embarrassed they're just too awful! Come get me, please!"

"Darling, baby, you must tell me what has you so upset. Tell your mother these horrible 4-letter words!"

Still sobbing, the bride said, "Oh, mama...words like DUST, WASH, IRON, COOK...!"

Euro Lottery

£125 million ? You must be joking. If I won that kind of money, I would go mad. Run round the cold streets of London with nothing on.............


I'm part of a lottery syndicate in the office, we've bought 90 tickets. I'm buying 10 tickets for my dad, so I reckon, with a stake in 100 tickets tonight, I have to win something !!

2.2.06

Foreign Laguages

A Swiss guy visited Sydney, Australia, and pulled up at a bus stop where two locals were waiting.

"Entschuldigung, koennen Sie Deutsch sprechen?" he asked.

The two Aussies just stared at him.

"Excusez-moi, parlez vous Francais?" he tried. The two continued to stare.

"Parlare Italiano?"

Other than a glance at each other, there was still no response.

"Hablan ustedes Espanol?"

Still nothing.

The Swiss guy gave up and drove off, extremely disgusted. When he was gone, the first Aussie turned to the second and said, "Y'know, maybe we should learn a foreign language."

"Why?" the other replied. "That guy knew four languages, and it didn't do him any good."

1.2.06

Remember…

those Hush Puppies shoes I bought a few months ago?

The ones that were meant to last forever? Well, they need replacing.

The left sole has worn, and makes a sqeauky sound whenever I walk, which has frankly become embarrasing......