Category Archives: The world of work

The Sherlock Holmes Book

Sometimes the perfect job falls into your lap. As a 13 year-old picking my GCSE options, I quite fancied taking chemistry. Until further consideration revealed that I was abysmal at the subject, and always had been, despite the concerted efforts … Continue reading

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Contributor to The Great Outdoors

Could anything be more pleasing than getting paid to go on strolls and write about them? Or to work for magazines that you read anyway? The Great Outdoors very kindly agreed to let me write a few North York Moors … Continue reading

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The motivational lessons of James Bond novels

There’s a tendency to underrate the perceptive capacities of thriller writers. You get so bound up in the pace and action of a plot that observations that would give you pause for thought in a more pedestrian work are left … Continue reading

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Employment and elevation

Our lifts at work are a hundred shades of shite. There are supposed to be six of them, but this number is reduced to at most four, and frequently three. They serve a fifteen-floor tower block in Vauxhall, and on … Continue reading

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Inky catharsis

No doubt psychiatrists and medication have their place in life, but as an outlet for a whole range of mildly negative emotions (frustration and boredom being chief among them), I have found since my schooldays that a biro and a … Continue reading

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Before sunset

I was obliged to move desks last week. My new desk is about two thirds the size of my old one, but I don’t mind at all. Because it is a window seat on the fourteenth floor of a tower … Continue reading

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Hallowe’en for geeks

Ever heard of a zombie webpage? Apparently it’s where a page is deleted from the content management system but still somehow appears on the website. A colleague of mine sent round an email about these the other day. He was … Continue reading

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Down the pipe

A morning commute can be a thoroughly unpleasant experience. Gone are those blessed mornings when I used to walk to work, or the later era when I was lucky enough to commute out of London on half-empty trains. These days … Continue reading

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It’s not what you’re born with

I started a new job last week, and as part of my induction process I have been required to complete various bits of e-learning. They have been the usual sorts of things – how to lift a box, fire safety, … Continue reading

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Nothing like a challenge

Apologies for the radio silence of late. A week away camping was preceded by a week of hectic social engagements, preceded by my most ambitious ever illustration job. A former colleague, long-serving and much-loved, was departing my old workplace, and … Continue reading

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