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By stark (Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 08:47:22 AM EST) brighton, photos, parents, water damage, worry, persistence, meh, footy (all tags)
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Went to Brighton with the gf and her parents. Very bright, cold day, with a visit to the Royal Pavilion (fantastically, wonderfully over the top), a wander around the town's Lanes district and brief sojourn along the pebbly beach. Took quite a lot of photos; the light was really good and I was playing with my new lens.

My folks are currently on a long holiday in distant climes. Unfortunately when they were away, the cold water tank in their loft overflowed and went through to the bedroom below and the lounge below that, as my sister discovered last weekend. I don't think there's any structural damage, but the carpeting is completely ruined, as are a couple of pieces of furniture.
I am picking them up from the airport at 6.30 am on Monday morning after a long overnight flight. I'll be sitting them down with a cup of tea, and then asking them to phone my sister (who has all the details).The parents can get very stressed and emotional, and I'm really not sure how they'll react. I've inherited their talent for worrying - and I'm really starting to worry about consoling them or stopping them from driving when tired and upset.  <sigh>

Work: am feeling incompetent. Every so often I make progress but the speed is glacial, especially compared to one of my new colleagues who is relatively experienced and has a lot of talent for stubbornly working his way through a problem. I tend to give up much more easily. Meh.

Approximate recollection of a conversation at work:


Colleague:    We always win against Arsenal, though.
Me:        Is this like your theory that you always lose when you're on the telly?
Colleague:    Yeah, that's true as well.
Me:        What happens when you play Arsenal at the same time you're being filmed? Does the universe cease to exist?

I can't remember what he said next, but I'm pretty sure it was funny.

Poll: perhaps only for people working in Canary Wharf. This article might go some way to explaining what I'm referring to.

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WIPO: what? by Rogerborg (2.00 / 0) #1 Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 09:23:24 AM EST
Are those running on the Old People channels?

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RTFA by stark (4.00 / 1) #2 Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 09:40:43 AM EST
Try reading the last two sentences of the diary, kthx
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Apologies for the brevity of the last comment by stark (4.00 / 1) #3 Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 10:09:09 AM EST
My only excuse is that I was writing via a mobile phone on my way home from work. I'm quite surprised it managed to actually post successfully.

Also, apologies for replying to my own post, but I thought my rudeness required a response.

Finally, apologies for the content of my previous post. I evidently wasn't clear enough in my diary and it was rather a specialised poll, anyway.

I would also like to apologise for the disgraceful conduct of my people in the war.
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U.S. Patent 5443036 concerns a device for encouraging a cat to exercise by chasing a light spot.

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Kind of sick of those ads by jump the ladder (4.00 / 1) #4 Fri Mar 10, 2006 at 02:40:04 PM EST
Even worse are the ones giving examples of really terrific ideas that Barclays people come up with like talking to the customers, duh.

The same theme continues once you're in the new building. On the plastic coffee cups, "i'm a Barclays person and I'm no mug". Grr... Probably the most annoying campaign I've ever seen by bank.

Plastic cups? by stark (2.00 / 0) #5 Sat Mar 11, 2006 at 12:47:33 AM EST
Bleurgh. Corporate propaganda really shouldn't ever be that unsubtle.

I think they should go for something with a bit more bite - perhaps, "Barclays people are good lovers because they're used to fucking over the customers"
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U.S. Patent 5443036 concerns a device for encouraging a cat to exercise by chasing a light spot.

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