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January 28th, 2006
Put your left leg in…

I was reading a job listing on the company intranet the other day for a Plant Controller. Nothing terribly exciting, the job requirements were similar to ones you’d find in any financial role. Except of course, the “physical” requirements:
“While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee frequently is required to talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, or crouch. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.”

Posted at 8:33 pm | 1 comment | Category: General

January 23rd, 2006
Doctor Doctor II

Remember my doctor? Well he mysteriously disappeared recently. Hmmm, suspicious but not surprising.
They still haven’t replaced him and after the plague of locums that I’ve had to put up with, I’ve finally made the move to another surgery. There are all sorts of procedures one must follow to make such a transition but by far the most “interesting” is giving a urine sample. There must be an easier way, you know, one that doesn’t involve the use of a yoghurt pot.

Posted at 9:23 pm | 7 comments | Category: General

January 18th, 2006
Wilkommen Backen

This site would have been back up yesterday had it not been for a powercut two seconds before I was about to save all my hard work. Them’s the breaks.
I’m not too keen on the dark so when everything went pitch black and I realised I was all alone upstairs I started frantically searching for a torch in my room. Then I remembered that it was in my coat pocket from a couple of months back when I went out in the dark to see if I could fix the satellite dish. I get ambitious moments like that sometimes.
There’s not much to do without electricity so once we managed to find candles and gather the family in one room we just sat there. Then someone suggested a shadow puppet show but that was soon nipped in the bud when everyone had the same idea and started making rude hand gestures. Except for mum of course, who was trying to make a butterfly shape but it just ended up looking like two weasels having a really good time.
In the end I called up the electricity company and this guy picked up who sounded like he was on a mobile, stood in the middle of a field somewhere. He transferred me to the relevant department which was just another bloke in a field. In fact, it might have just been the same guy putting on a fake voice but not trying hard enough to sound different. I did eventually get through to the right people who told me power would be back sometime at midnight so we sat back and just chatted as a family and discussed all sorts, from power cuts in Pakistan to power cut precautions in Pakistan. Varied subjectage.
Apparently, there will be many many more power cuts in the near future due to energy shortages. Stock up on candles and practice your shadow puppetry.

Posted at 10:04 pm | 36 comments | Category: General

January 16th, 2006
Site Redesign Alert

Happy New Year. I’ll be back soon.

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