Archive for May, 2009

Saturday night’s alright (for working)

Sunday, May 31st, 2009 | Life

Yesterday there were no less than seven of us on the close.

I mean, what do you even do with that many staff? This only actually had an effect from 10pm or so onwards as we had a reduced night shift because of it but it did mean we walked out a little over half an hour after closing – the fastest close I’ve ever done.

With all the post-close drinking and talking I didn’t actually get home until gone 3:30 though where I found John, Tom and Michelle still up drinking after a rather eventful evening containing such wacky events as Liz punching B in the face. Crazy times.

Tweet me

Sunday, May 31st, 2009 | Tech

Vodafone started sending out tweets via SMS a few weeks ago but they never started arriving to my phone despite me having turned device updates on for several of the people I follow.

The solution in the end was to delete my phone and re-add it which seems to have worked a treat and now I am hapily receiving updates on my phone. No longer do I need to be sat at a computer 24/7 to see people’s updates – now it’s just because I want to be sat there.

Running dry

Friday, May 29th, 2009 | Humanism, Life

Last night with HAG we, for the first time ever, ran out of coffee. I’m not sure whether this is a good thing or a bad thing as it means there are plenty of people to once again receive said coffee but this can be put down to the fact that our Thursday night excursions have been a bit patchy recently and so the issue has managed to gain a foothold again.

It can also be attributed to the fact that I only made half as much coffee as normal because we only get through half of it at best usually. Luckily we didn’t have to turn anyone down though, we just cut the night short. This resulted in us being back in time to watch Question Time so it all worked out in the end 😉 .

New headers

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009 | News

I’ve been playing around with a few new headers for a week or so now and have finally got round to adding them to the site. There is now a total of 18 (9 of which are new) all of which can be viewed in the shiny new gallery.

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Wednesday, May 27th, 2009 | Events, Humanism

Tuesday night saw us screen Dogma for another relaxed night of de-stressing between revision periods. This was of course followed by the usual social at The Terrace though I think the best attended all evening was actually the committee meeting.

Dogma screening Nicola posing Laura and Chris

The kids these days

Monday, May 25th, 2009 | Life


Having an affair with someone who is engaged is one thing but would you then post on their wall knowing full well their other half is on Facebook? Am I just getting old? Is this the socially acceptable thing to do these days?

There’s beauty in the breakdown

Monday, May 25th, 2009 | Life

Back when I first commented on Si’s similarly titled blog post I was unaware of the where the title of the post was taken from. Since then I have become familiar with the details of Details which enjoyed an extended residency in my car stereo.

I must agree however that I do not share the affection found in breakdowns particularly when they are mechanical rather than metaphorical.

This was brought to light on Friday night when the freezer at work broke down. At 12:30am. As such myself, Danny and Neil spent the next few hours shifting several thousands of pounds worth of stock to a different store.

Having already done my usual day at Open Door this wasn’t exactly what I needed at this time of the night though we got off a litter easier than Rich who was there shifting stock back once it was up and running again until 7 am (though to be fair his day still wasn’t as long as mine).


Friday, May 22nd, 2009 | Humanism, Life

As usual myself, Nicola and Rich headed out last night for our traditional wander round even given there are so few people out these days (what can I say, we’ve just too good at solving problems).

Annoyingly we ended up walking past the appartment I got beaten to bringing up some bad memories (it was so perfect, I’m trying hard to move on but I’m not sure I can) but otherwise it was a good night, we kept the focus on it being a good mix between helping and gossiping about people which was always the dream really.

New job

Thursday, May 21st, 2009 | Life

On the plus side, I have landed myself a shiny new job.

I will be sad to leave Open Door but it’s all about moving on and up and I am looking forward to starting my new job and encountering some new challenges and opportunities at my new company starting at the end of June.

It also means I might not have to file for bankruptcy which would be nice 😀 .

More Than a joke

Thursday, May 21st, 2009 | Life

I got my insurance renewal quote through from More Than the other day.

They want £1,600 from me.

Why? Because according to them I was involved in an accident and admitted fault to it. Of course, I wasn’t in an accident nor did I admit fault to it, it would seem rather silly to given I didn’t even know about it.

This is supposed to have happened in July but I didn’t find out about it until August. So I phoned them and told them the situation.

They said they would sort it out for me. I phoned them back a few weeks later to check it had been sorted but it hadn’t but they assured me it would now be sorted. But apparently not.

So I phoned them when I got the letter and sold them the situation. They said they couldn’t help me and I needed to phone a different number. Who only open during office hours so had closed by this point. Fantastic.