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By anonimouse (Sat Jun 06, 2020 at 05:41:40 AM EST) fuck (all tags)
...or is that light at the end of the tunnel an oncoming train? 

Work, Money, CurvyGirl, Polls - what more fun could you ask for a weekend?


So at the start of April I thought I was going back to work for the Dept of Work and Pensions (DWP), and I believed security clearance to start a Home Office role would arrive Any Day Now.

I'm such a sucker.

DWP Update 

Going back to the DWP didn't happen, and I got asked to return my development kit, but I told them they would have to arrange a courier as I was not schlepping up to Manchester unpaid to do it. So I sent off details of how to pick it up ... and nothing happened except that two weeks ago I got contacted and told to hang on to my equipment as they believed they had a good chance of funding for another project. So I had high hopes except that something that was going to happen 'in a day or two' lapsed into a few weeks, only to be told on Wednesday that funding for the project had been refused. I'm kinda hoping they may forget about the MacBook and Surface Pro after all this shit.

Summary: Fool me once - shame on me, Fool me twice - aww fuck!

Security Clearance Update

So that didn't happen either, and about April 25th I got contacted by the service to say they were just starting to process my application and had a few questions about my stepfather, (who has been deceased for about 10 years and according to the rules on the form didn't need to tell them about). Weirdly it turned out that both my stepfather and stepmother had both been born in the same small district in Lancashire.

So time passes and multiple 'is it done yet' email exchanges later, and I finally get my security clearance on May 22nd. So I can start work now!


Getting a start date out of the agency and the Home Office is met with cricket noises until Wednesday (3rd june) when I'm told I can pick up my equipment the following Wednesday but I'm still not given a start date.

But there is good news

I have been finally told I am getting furlough money thanks to the fact i had to stop working through a limited company for the DWP due to the IR35 regulations coming in. I also contacted an investment company that I thought I had a small amount of money with and it turned out to be nearly £15k, so I'm stealing some of that for the time being. Although one of my side projects didn't start, another one will also be paying me at the back end of this month so I hopefully will be starting my new job only slightly battered. I just have the delights of experiencing the London Underground on Wednesday.

Just in Case

Backup job applications submitted in the last 30 days: 69 on JobServe and about 30 others.

Interviews obtained: 0 (well 1 but it was cancelled as the project got downsized)

Slowest Breakup Evah!

As I mentioned, I broke up with CurvyGirl in September, and last visited my apartment in February. I did tell her that whilst I did want her to move out, she could take her time, which it seems she is doing, but hasn't responded to text or calls since my last visit, so I'm not sure what the fuck is happening there. Just hope my apartment is in one piece...

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Here in USia by wiredog (4.00 / 3) #1 Sat Jun 06, 2020 at 05:59:49 PM EST
Once you’ve got the clearance the contractors won’t leave you alone. Well, if it’s one of the useful clearances anyway.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

I was a federal contractor by Orion Blastar (4.00 / 1) #2 Sun Jun 07, 2020 at 01:48:59 AM EST
who had clearance for the computer systems used in logistics and provisioning for the US Army.

A friend of mine joined the Army and did the same job I did.

It is mostly statistics and algebra keeping track of helicopter parts using the NSN National Stock Number.

"I drank what?" - <a href="">Socrates</a&gt after drinking the Conium
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true by dev trash (2.00 / 0) #5 Sun Jun 07, 2020 at 08:02:11 PM EST

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Yes by jump the ladder (4.00 / 1) #3 Sun Jun 07, 2020 at 02:27:32 AM EST
I've found it hard too although I got a fair few interviews. I'm on my final interview for a permie job. This'll be my first permanent job in 20 years if I get it. The salary is decent even if not at the contracting levels.

unfortunately inside ir35 by anonimouse (2.00 / 0) #6 Tue Jun 09, 2020 at 02:53:38 PM EST
 But the rate for the role is reasonably high and with  rapid weekly payment so I cannot grumble too much

Girls come and go but a mortgage is for 25 years -- JtL
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sounds about right for clearances. by dev trash (4.00 / 1) #4 Sun Jun 07, 2020 at 08:00:50 PM EST

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