Re: Only just in

From: Give the dog a bone
Date: 01 Dec 2006
Time: 11:52:10 -0000
Remote Name: 84-45-245-18.no-dns-yet.enta.net
Churchill has just been appointed the new Science & Engineering Co-ordinator starting Monday. My head is spinning and now I have 2 weeks to get to grips with my new job before Xmas when the present incumbent leaves, plus they are not taking anyone on to do my old job so you can bet people will still be expecting me to do that as well. They have, however, offered me 7,000 a year more so I guess I can cope! xx

Good Dog! Let's Splurge...

From: let's crack open another bottle of Panda Cola
Date: 01 Dec 2006
Time: 12:12:55 -0000
Remote Name: user-54415c72.l5.c5.dsl.pol.co.uk
Many congratulations and great news about the pay rise too. I trust that you will still be able to carry on your real work on the forum and eBay in your new role? We shall have to go and celebrate next week now, shall we make next Saturday a definite date? (D permitting...)

How are you feeling today (euphoria not withstanding)? xx

Speaking of career moves... 

From: I know what I want to be when I grow up
Date: 01 Dec 2006
Time: 12:25:53 -0000
Remote Name: user-54415c72.l5.c5.dsl.pol.co.uk

A gangster. Me and Dan both came to this conclusion last night when we were watching 24 and Jack Bauer was asked to assemble a gun by a terrorist and I said "that's all your dabs all over that f**g piece now, Jack" or words to that effect. Dan then told me what I already knew deep down, I have missed my true vocation. xx

Re: Speaking of career moves...

From: happy puppy
Date: 01 Dec 2006
Time: 12:46:33 -0000
Remote Name: 84-45-245-18.no-dns-yet.enta.net
 

You could be an assassin, or possibly a spy, the female James Bond, anything with guns basically. Next Saturday is good for me, unless Darren changes his plans again, either way I shall be available for drinkies in or out, a celebration is indeed called for especially as I will be at the end of my first week and either sinking or swimming! I shall never settle to work now. As for how I feel, lightly nauseated though that may be as I haven't eaten today. Lunchtime for Churchill xx

Re: Speaking of career moves...

From: A Sniper! THAT's what I want to be!
Date: 01 Dec 2006
Time: 12:53:09 -0000
Remote Name: user-54415c72.l5.c5.dsl.pol.co.uk
 

Finally, after 38 years I have found my true calling. Shame it's too late to go to sniper school. Now that would be a cool school.

Yes, a celebration is called for, in or out. I shall be looking forward to it all week. So what is the plan for you now? Do you switch offices or can you stay where you are for a while? All exciting times no doubt.

9000 per hour

From: Nice little earner
Date: 01 Dec 2006
Time: 15:52:02 -0000
Remote Name: user-54415c72.l5.c5.dsl.pol.co.uk
 

When I was jawing with Stephen this morning he was telling me about a Lesbian and Gay Switchboard fundraiser he attended at the Botanical Gardens in Birmingham. The 'talent' was none other than that glorified pub singer come reality TV singer Jane MacDonald who did a 40 minute set and her fee was 3000 on the books and 3000 cash on the hip! Cheeky mare - and what a rip off. xx

Re: 9000 per hour 

From: Money for old rope
Date: 01 Dec 2006
Time: 16:13:42 -0000
Remote Name: 84-45-245-18.no-dns-yet.enta.net
 

Talking of celebrities whilst I was in the supermarket queue getting some choccie biccies for the good folk of Connexions I saw the front page of one of those gossip rags, "At home with Jordan and Peter" and there is a pic of her sat on the toilet with her kecks round her ankles and Peter frickin Andre holding a roll of bogroll for her!! What on earth possesses these people? Up there with that Kerry Katona on my scale of loathing xx

All ears

From: dog tired
Date: 04 Dec 2006
Time: 12:41:02 -0000
Remote Name: 84-45-245-18.no-dns-yet.enta.net
 

So what's been going on then with this Fenny, do tell I like a bit of gossip with my winalot. I had a weekend with E who was a sweetie but I will fill you in when you have spilled the beans xx

Re: All ears

 

From: Testing the waters!
Date: 04 Dec 2006
Time: 13:00:45 -0000
Remote Name: user-514c2c76.l2.c5.dsl.pol.co.uk
 

Well, Dan has said that he liked me and I had my suspicions but on Friday I thought I would test the theories. He was going for a drink with Dan after work and Dan asked me to go but I didn't want to gatecrash. The next thing Fen was shouting up the stairs for me to go and doing his best to persuade me. Then when we were in the pub I could tell I had his complete attention and on the way back down the road he put his arm around me. When back at the house Dan was messing with his new phone and Fen was putting his hand on my shoulder pretending we were now a couple because Dan was neglecting me. All kind of joking stuff but I detected it wasn't so jokey under the surface. And he was asking me why I was going out with Dan as well, again stuff that has an undercurrent to it. Next I have to go out with him and his girl Wendy, that should be interesting. It's not stuff that I normally pick up on but I definitely detected something under the ginger surface! xx

Re: All ears

 

From: Big ears
Date: 04 Dec 2006
Time: 13:16:56 -0000
Remote Name: 84-45-245-18.no-dns-yet.enta.net

Well, well I would say that was fairly conclusive, but the clincher is what he is like when Wendy is around. My weekend was much quieter, Santa on Friday which was OK till they started letting off fireworks and poor old Chelsea freaked out. Then we went to the pub but after half an hour sat at a table with E as she ate her tuna sandwich we decided to risk the bar, where all my mates were at which point E got bored so we left shortly after just in time to see that hilariously awful wedding brawl on Eastenders. Saturday up at the crack of and housework then we went to Wellington and saw Deb and Katie which was nice. Sunday up at the crack of again, Darren's "I'll pick her up early" meant "I'll pick her up at lunchtime" so Sunday afternoon I went and did my Xmas shopping and then me and K decided to go out for one or two and come back and watch school of rock, best laid plans and all that. Get to pub, loads of people in and all of them half cut then a fight breaks out, which I will tell you about in a mo xx

A fight?

 

From: Million Dollar Baby
Date: 04 Dec 2006
Time: 13:25:52 -0000
Remote Name: user-514c2c76.l2.c5.dsl.pol.co.uk

Tell me all before I go out and see mom and Aeryn...anyone I know? Hope so!

I spent most of Saturday in bed recovering from Friday night and Sunday I was winding Dan up by putting a picture of Windy in my new running mobile "for inspiration when things get tough", yeah, right. I think I need a detox soon but can't see one happening until after Christmas.

So, will there be a fight on Saturday night? And are we going to partake of a Christmas meal do ya think? xx

Re: If you are there

 

From: Magneto
Date: 07 Dec 2006
Time: 12:58:07 -0000
Remote Name: user-54427b56.l6.c2.dsl.pol.co.uk
 

Well, I am just finding life is getting beyond a joke. I waited in all day yesterday for the BGas engineer to look at the oven. The painters were in the living room and I was in the bedroom. Because I was next to the road I was listening out for every van or car that pulled up and checked to see if it was the gas man. It never was. The day wore on and at 3 oclock I thought I should call to check that everything was OK because they are normally at my house early on. I couldn't use the land line because the decorators had the phone unplugged and I couldn't even get a signal to send a text message on my mobile, not even when I went outside around the corner. So I paid the painters and they left at about four oclock and then I plugged in the phone and called BGas who said that an engineer had called and there was no-one in! I told the woman this was impossible and she treated me as if I may be lying! So I get another appointment for this morning between 10-12 oclock. At 11 a lad called Liam rolled up and I let him in as he was saying "I don't like cookers"! Filled me confidence that. I gave him a hand to remove the oven from the unit and he poked about at the timer switch and declared that it needed a new one. He tried to get hold of one from his computer and couldn't find one so he called the depot up and I heard him saying "yes, it's definitely a gas cooker". Which it isn't. I said "no it isn't, did you not see that there was one power line into the back of it and no gas line?" Unbelievable. So he then says that it's down on my system as a gas cooker and he is a gas engineer and will have to ask them to call out an electrical engineer and did I tell them it was electric when I signed up for the homecare agreement? Why on earth would I lie about that for f**k's sake? So now I still don't have a clue what is going on - "they'll call you", yeah, right, but there was no way I was spending all day in the house again. And when the electric engineer does cvome I still don't know if it can be fixed! And last night I was humping furniture back into the living room (which cost 300 notes and he's not going to pay any of that) and Dan is texting me from Old Trafford bragging about the service you get when you get a box (company outing) and then moans this morning that he has to get up an hour early for work to get a lift with Fen as he wanted to drink at the football and left his car at work. And wants to know if I'll give him a lift to work. Well fuck that. xx

So we connected the electric to the gas

 

From: and the gas to the electric...
Date: 07 Dec 2006
Time: 13:06:13 -0000
Remote Name: 84-45-245-18.no-dns-yet.enta.net
 

Makes you wonder if the service agreement is worth the paper it is written on. frankly I am not heartened by someone who works for BGas and cannot tell a gas cooker from an electric one! Blimey, you would think thta would be day one! Poor you, and what a waste of a day. Anyway after all that it becomes crystal clear what we should be doing - setting up a painter and decorators called The Professnials. Have the music playing as we roll up in our Ford Capri, me in a sheepskin jacket you in a leather bomber, and we only decorate in 70's colour schemes, 150 notes a day each, cash in hand no questions asked, what a riot. Picture hanging a speciality xx

I

At least the living room looks nice

 

From: Open Wallet surgery
Date: 07 Dec 2006
Time: 13:13:46 -0000
Remote Name: user-54427b56.l6.c2.dsl.pol.co.uk
 

I must admit that the decorators did a great job. It took them two days and makes so much difference to the room. It cost 260 in total which included the paint and fillers and stuff to seal the walls and water marks. It is so nice now that I don't want to use the room! And I shall have to get the rest of the house done now I can see how much better a room can look when it's been done properly.

But yes, you would have thought it would be day one at Gas school, how to tell your electricity from gas appliances. The thing about the homecare agreement is that it saves you hundreds of pounds and certainly has with my boiler and washing machine but I feel like lately I am having the piss took out of me by everyone. Even strangers. xx

Men in Uniform 

From: ooohh yes!
Date: 08 Dec 2006
Time: 10:20:27 -0000
Remote Name: 84-45-245-18.no-dns-yet.enta.net
 

Just been up to Cosford to sign in some Science and Engineering Ambasssadors just the thing a girl needs forst thing to get the old heart pumping a 6'4" man in uniform and his loveley mates, shame that it will not be a regular thing. Just got caught typing this by the Chief Exec, best get some work done! xx

Re: Men in Uniform

From: I remember the days...
Date: 08 Dec 2006
Time: 10:41:05 -0000
Remote Name: user-5441a521.lns2-c7.dsl.pol.co.uk
 

I used to deliver steering boxes there, pity I wasn't enamoured of a man in uniform in those days. Silly girl! I get the wobbles whenever I catch one in the Co-op in Shifnal. When that one lived next door and I used to see him some mornings, I can understand how you feel now!

I am busy exchanging ring tones with Bob, the usual busy start to the day for me. We have "24" CTU ringtones now, we can all pretend we work for the Counter Terrorist Unit to pass the day away.

What are the plans for tomorrow? Are we going for a meal or just the wine? xx

Couples Night Out

 

From: Greta Garbo
Date: 12 Dec 2006
Time: 14:47:56 -0000
Remote Name: user-514f04d7.l1.c3.dsl.pol.co.uk
 

It's finally happened, the big Couples Night Out is nigh. And there's no way out of it as it's happening in Shifnal and two of the couples have to get baby sitters. So there's no excuse for me and Dan who have no kids and live in Shifnal. There's going to be us, Nick & Auds, Fen and Wendy, Bicker and his mom, sorry, wife. So, a new outfit is needed, nothing short of looking gorgeous will do for this! xx

Re: Couples Night Out

 

From: Churchill
Date: 12 Dec 2006
Time: 15:11:42 -0000
Remote Name: 84-45-245-18.no-dns-yet.enta.net
 

Big night out eh? All those couples, the potential for discord is truly awesome. Over, rather than underdressed is definitely the way to go, surely the old pegs will be up for a showing by then with some TLC and a bottle or two of Johnsons Holiday Skin? And you have had those Faith shoes nealry 6 months without a showing, as well as your Roland Mouret dress. Are you off for a meal then or just a drink? And is it all back to yours after? Make sure you sit by Bicker's mum, sorry wife, and you are guaranteed to enhance your looks by 100percent without trying! xx

Re: Couples Night Out

 

From: Oddfellas in Odfellows
Date: 12 Dec 2006
Time: 15:20:59 -0000
Remote Name: user-514f04d7.l1.c3.dsl.pol.co.uk

I don't know if it entails food or not, if it does then the dress will not be the way to go. It's more of a standing up dress, definitely not a sitting down and eating dress. It will be in Odfellows I reckon, and it will be rammed in there as it will be break-up day, the 22nd. I hope that baby sitters will be calling them back before any chance of them coming back to our house. Except for Wendy and Fen that is. I have a bet with Dan that Nick & Audrey will pull out anyway...

Deary me, I need my bed, i really do, poor old Maggie will have a sleepy Lorne on her hands tonight. x

The Abbey Habit

 

From: Sister Mary Immaculate
Date: 14 Dec 2006
Time: 09:50:02 -0000
Remote Name: 84-45-245-18.no-dns-yet.enta.net
 

Comments

Right, well after the last minute change of plan I raced home and had a bath and got ready in 20 minutes (an all time record) off down the school disco and left E there to get picked up at half 7, down the Abbey Club, all the gang were there, really busy, couple of V&T's before dinner. Geraldine turns up with Geoff, she is wearing a strappy top, mini skirt and boots with a fake fur stole, not a great look, but the stole keeps slipping off her shoulders and G keeps putting it back up which is causing much hilarity in the crowd at our table, not a soul there has any time for Geoff, makes you (almost) feel sorry for him. Anyway G then takes the stole off and is hanging out of her top causing even more hilarity at G's obvious discomfort. Nice starter of goats cheese eaten, then a main of turkey, all top grub, loads and loads of red wine. Go out after the main for a fag and Geraldine comes out and starts telling me she has been off work 8 weeks with stress and is on Prozac, not sure how compatible Prozac is with red wine but she was well away. I ended up saying there are more important things in life than a job, and she should be looking for something less stressful if she can't handle the pressure, they have been trying to edge her out for over a year now so she is talking about industrial tribunals and all sorts. Quite frankly could not give a toss. Me and K had a lovely evening and a right laugh about stupid things. I ended up talking to Disco Stu, the local stud and counselling that a relationship with a 22 year old (he being 40 odd) was unlikely to work in the long term, especially as she is off travelling for 6 months at the moment. Home by 12 and I am exhausted today, plus have Pete Geoffreys carol service tonight, which I do like as we get to sing traditional carols, well i don't sing, more like mouth the words. Anyway how is the insomnia/Phil/Maggie/you ??

 

The WM Agreement 

From: The Negotiator
Date: 14 Dec 2006
Time: 11:03:28 -0000
Remote Name: user-5440b6e1.wfd77a.dsl.pol.co.uk
 

Comments

Maggie is fine, Phil is fine and after you texted me to stand down from babysitting duty I went over to Wolverhampton and bought me a new oven. I took it back home, ripped my old out and wired in the new one and it was cooking two different meals for Dan and I within the hour. To acknowledge my Kitchen miracle I demanded to be rewarded with a Windy calendar in the kitchen next year and which Dan has to buy as well! After a few more concessions I have my wish! I bet it's full of horrible old photos but it is a sweet victory! Although I have said he can take it down when his mates are round!

Geraldine give you your money? And that's a good way to releive your stress, go for a industrial tribunal. Sounds like Fen's girl Wendy. Glad the night out was fun, and you got your lie in as well! Geraldine's outfit sounds a treat, any pics? xx

Re: The WM Agreement

 

From: Magento'll Fix It
Date: 14 Dec 2006
Time: 11:43:39 -0000
Remote Name: 84-45-245-18.no-dns-yet.enta.net
 

Comments

Is there no end to your talents, you remind me of Marcus, he sees a problem and sorts it out, like changing all the radiators in his house as the old ones were too small, or building a porch using materials bought on ebay. Not got any German in you have you? All I can say is I wish you lived with me. I am going off for my lunch shortly dropping off E's syuasage rolls for her class party this after on the way. There may well be pics on John Mangum's website though may have to wait a couple of days, lovely one of me and K with K with his hands over his face. i have offered to do Xmas cards from us both for peopl in the pub but am thinking of including a disclaimer saying "This card in no way signifies the existence of a relationship between the two persons mentioned herein" xx

Re: The WM Agreement

 

From: Hopeless romantic
Date: 14 Dec 2006
Time: 11:55:32 -0000
Remote Name: user-5440b6e1.wfd77a.dsl.pol.co.uk
 

Comments

K sounds like me when he's having his photo taken! Great idea for a Christmas card.

I like sorting out problems, I can't stand having things in the house that don't work. They eat into me! Have a nice lunch and let me know when you are back. xx

Hotel Burstin

 

From: Churchill
Date: 14 Dec 2006
Time: 15:47:43 -0000
Remote Name: 84-45-245-18.no-dns-yet.enta.net
 

Comments

I am back, stuffed to the gills, need a bit of fresh air and some exercise, lovely meal though, even though I had to sit next to my new boss who is not what you would call dynamic. I am now killing the time til 5 with some research for the new post which becomes mine proper on Monday, thank god it should be dead next week, though have another chance to get up to Cosford to meet a guy with the great name of Roly Love xx

With a name like that

 

From: it's the forces or nothing
Date: 14 Dec 2006
Time: 15:54:48 -0000
Remote Name: user-5440b6e1.wfd77a.dsl.pol.co.uk
 

Comments

Roly Love is the kind of name they all have in the RAF. I remember old Clinton Breeze who emailed us at work a few years back. Squadron Leader as well.

So just E's dinner to cook tonight then? Sounds like you have had your fill of Christmas cheer already. Where did you go for your meal? I am hungry so am filled with jealousy. All I've got here is a yoghurt and not a very large one either.

When are you breaking up from work? And I'm free most of Twixmas week I reckon for a Christmas gossip xx

Re: With a name like that

 

From: he should have become a doctor
Date: 14 Dec 2006
Time: 16:10:40 -0000
Remote Name: 84-45-245-18.no-dns-yet.enta.net
 

Comments

We went to the Valley, top plate of turkey with all the trimmings; trouble with eating at lunchtime it just knocks me out, all I want to do is sleep not run around after E, especially after last night. Did I tell you it is Pete Jeffrey's caol service tonight, whihc I do quite enjoy, but I just want to lie on the sofa and do nothing, no peace for the wicked. Plus the house is a tip and I can't settle with bits all over the carpet but Chelsea has been systematically destroying a tennis ball so there is fluorescent fluff all over. Roll on 5pm. Twixtmas drinkies will, as ever, rely on Darren's schedule so I will know more next week, but hey we can always stay in! xx

Who'd be the boss?

 

From: It's hard when you like a gossip
Date: 14 Dec 2006
Time: 16:25:35 -0000
Remote Name: user-5440b6e1.wfd77a.dsl.pol.co.uk
 

Comments

Bob has just been on maoning about the standard of workmanship off Doug but I feel like I can't intervene because Doug told me this morning that his wife has just left him and only I know. I don't think now os the right time to be giving him a bollocking, God knows how he'd react. Just before Christmas as well, she left him a note and one for each of the kids. xx

Re: Who'd be the boss?

 

From: Bruce Springsteen?
Date: 14 Dec 2006
Time: 16:38:05 -0000
Remote Name: 84-45-245-18.no-dns-yet.enta.net
 

Comments

Christ, that's a bit rough. Did I tell you the lovely Alyssa's mum and dad had finally split up after he assualted her? I think I did. it seems Christmas time is crisis time for a lot of a relationships, I have certainly been there, hopefully this year will not be too bad, though I am not sure when wifey may raise her head, not heard much on that front for a while. It is nice to have a non-combatative relationship, it was like at lunch today when one of the blokes said he was off to Amsterdam with his mates but had told his wife he was going to Wales! What is the point in that? And imagine if something happened to him? On a complete tangent I have noticed Dai has started parking the Porsche not outside the house but right up the road where anyone could get at it! xx

Don't put ideas in my head!

 

From: Dangerous when drunk
Date: 14 Dec 2006
Time: 16:43:11 -0000
Remote Name: user-5440b6e1.wfd77a.dsl.pol.co.uk
 

Comments

The spray bottle of brake fluid has popped back into my head now, just a quick squirt and job done.

I shall be in most of the day tomorrow so the forum may see a little action to finish off the week. I had better go out into the shop now and calm Bob down.

Have a nice sing

All hail the webmaster

 

From: Churchill
Date: 18 Dec 2006
Time: 15:20:03 -0000
Remote Name: 84-45-245-18.no-dns-yet.enta.net
 

Comments

Your a freakin genius Griffin, tht is brilliant, even with the slightly faded logo. Two things that made me laugh this weekend 1. I was washing up and realised my plates were from Churchill 2. the Guardian media awards in which Leo won for acting like a grown up in the Departed xx

Re: All hail the webmaster

 

From: I Hate Thistles, me
Date: 18 Dec 2006
Time: 15:27:20 -0000
Remote Name: user-54400502.l5.c3.dsl.pol.co.uk
 

Comments

The thistle is faded because it comes from a page of the website where it is faded into a watermark. I thought it would be better to copy a page of the site instead of the home page itself. I think I copied a page about the Ambassadors. But I can do a page with the full on thistle if you think it would be better.

I have really enjoyed it, it's been tough as I have taken their set up of page divisions and had to make it a frameset which is why it's disjointed in places. I know it can be done better than this but it's not in my repertoire at present! xx

Re: All hail the webmaster

 

From:
Date: 18 Dec 2006
Time: 15:38:33 -0000
Remote Name: 84-45-245-18.no-dns-yet.enta.net
 

Comments

Well it looks fantastic and business like enough to fool most of the people most of the time, the high spot of what has been an uncomfortable day, too used to having my own space, and more importantly my own work to do - and very little of it xx

My pleasure

 

From: Gladys Worthit
Date: 18 Dec 2006
Time: 15:43:07 -0000
Remote Name: user-54400502.l5.c3.dsl.pol.co.uk
 

Comments

I am pleased to be of service. I went home on Friday reluctantly as I was so engrossed in this project!

Anyway, my tree is now up and so I have now fulfilled all the requirements to have my calendar up next year which is just as well as it arrived today. When are you breaking up for Christmas? Friday lunchtime? xx