Saturday, April 23, 2005

Return of the Postie

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After 6 months away from the job, I am returning to my true vocation in life.

I have spent my time wisely learning something new but in the meantime I took stock of my life and questioned my goals and what makes me happy. Even though I have excelled at the Contact Centre and I am on course for promotion, I have realised that being a postie is the job I want to do for the rest of my life.

Some people are suited to telling others what to do or to rising as high up the ladder they can go , but for me I just couldn't do that. I've discovered that I am at my happiest when I am doing what I am told. Yes , it means the money is less and it's a "lost" opportunity but being a postie is what I am happiest doing.

I took a break to try something new but I wasn't so stubborn to go back to what I know is best. The 9-5 hours suit normal people but I'm far from normal and although every job I get they want to promote me, I've discovered that ahead of success is TRUE happiness. Why be a "teller" when being a "doer" brings the greater satisfaction?

Watch this space for more updates!

Desperate SpiceWives - Part 3

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"Desire can have a strange effect on each of our Desperate Spicewives - for one it can be the desire to be loved by her husband and accepted by the country that made her famous. For another it can be the desire to make a "comeback".

Making a "comeback" is big business  on Hysteria Lane and none of our girls have forgotten that - even David Beckham  is destined to make a career for himself as an actor (some may say he has already had lessons in this area with a former PA!) . Geri Halliwell is at the fore front of yet another comeback, even naming her next track record "Desire" in aid of her ambitions. The video returns to the "Look At Me" format but will the neighbours be left thinking it's time to put this pussy cat out for the night?

Melanie C would not be described as a pussy cat as her desire for one more bite of the apple launches the release of "Beautiful Intentions" - this is one hell of a tiger CD which has more attitude and bite than any wild tiger with such lyrics as:

"Something chews me up and then spits me out" "Why don't you kick me when I'm down"  "F**K your lies I'll never be a victim"

Be warned - this tiger has claws, and no they are not intended for ripping apart the other cats , they are to gain a good grip cos she's here to stay!

Our other Desperate Spicewives  are all busy working behind the scenes in various parts of the world waiting for that day when finally a Greatest Hits hits our shelves and ushers in a new wave of Spice in our lives, but for now we can watch as the desire continues............."

Monday, April 18, 2005

This Weeks Dairy

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Monday: Work, buy some food then relax online.

Tuesday: Sleep in and do a few jobs before work @12.

Wednesday: Job Interview then work @12 til 8 , home for "The Bill" , dinner then "Desperate Housewives".

Thursday: Work 9 til 5, then going pub/club with some friends I haven't seen since end of 2004.

Friday: Work 8 til 4, tonight I'm cooking dinner for my friends Andy and Kelly.

Saturday: Work 8 til 1, lunch and relaxation with the footie results about 4:30. Nothing planned for the evening.

Sunday: Must sleep in and be lazy or prehaps do lots of housework like ironing/washing/dusting...............

*edits: Sunday night I'm out bowling with some postie friends.

Movie of the Month

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"Bread and Tulips"

The Storyline:

ROSALBA IS A HOUSEWIFE IN Pescara with teenage sons, married since 21 to a plumbing supplier whose mistress is her sister-in-law. When a tour bus leaves her, and her husband calls to tell her to stay put, she rebels slightly and hitchhikes toward home, deciding on a whim to continue to Venice. She lucks into a room in the flat of Fernando, a diffident, formal Icelander, befriends Grazia, a holistic masseuse, and gets a job at the flower shop of Fermo, a cranky anarchist. Her husband sends a portly plumber to find her.

Will duty and maternal instinct win out, or will Alba stay in Venice, combining Rome's rationality with Greece's imagination to find her true Italian self?


My Thoughts:

This was a great non glitz non Hollywood film that left you leaving the cinema feeling happy and good about life, I was pleased for the lead woman in the film Rosalba, who broke free from the shackles of an ordinary life in favour of something a little bit more special and the risk was well worth it. A blend of humour and love inter-twined to make a brillient Italian movie. The subtitles didn't bother me after a while and I was soon into the storyline.

It goes to prove Europeans can make good movies too - and leave an impression on all of those that watch. In life we can live like ordinary people and have ordinary lives or we can do the most unexpected and find a whole new meaning to our lives....................


Monday, April 11, 2005

British Weather

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Trees in Springtime.

I was driving down my street about 19:20 last Monday on my way to my friends (Martin) and the evening sunlight shone through the clouds to reveal a golden shine to the budding to the trees that were just blooming.

I had to stop my car and take a picture with my phone before driving on, where in my rear view mirror I could see a rather large rainbow and dark rain clouds, while in front was sunshine. I really love British weather - each day can be so different. The British countryside looks lovely in Spring  - just thought I'd share that with you!!

Letter of the Month..............

Below is a copy of a letter that won a competition in UK as complaint letter of the year...have a laugh and read on.Complaint Letter of the Year. The British do have a way with words.... A real-life customer complaint letter sent to NTL (to their complaints dept....)

Dear Cretins,I have been an NTL customer since 9th July 2001, when I signed up for your 3-in-one deal for cable TV, cable modem, and telephone. During this three-month period I have encountered inadequacy of service which I had not previously considered possible, as well as ignorance and stupidity of monolithic proportions. Please allow me to provide specific details, so that you can either pursue your professional perogative, and seek to rectify these difficulties - or more likely (I suspect) so that you can have some entertaining reading material as you while away the working day smoking B&H and drinking vendor-coffee on the bog in your office:My initial installation was cancelled without warning, resulting in my spending an entire Saturday sitting on my fat arse waiting for your technician to arrive. When he did not arrive, I spent a further 57 minutes listening to your infuriating hold music, and the even more annoying Scottish robot woman telling me to look at your helpful website....HOW?I alleviated the boredom by playing with my testicles for a few minutes - an activity at which you are no-doubt both familiar and highly adept. The rescheduled installation then took place some two weeks later, although the technician did forget to bring a number of vital tools - such as a drill-bit, and his cerebrum.

Two weeks later, my cable modem had still not arrived. After 15 telephone calls over 4 weeks my modem arrived... six weeks after I had requested it, and begun to pay for it.I estimate your internet server's downtime is roughly 35%... hours between about 6pm -midnight, Mon-Fri, and most of the weekend. I am still waiting for my telephone connection. I have made 9 calls on my mobile to your no-help line, and have been unhelpfully transferred to a variety of disinterested individuals, who are it seems also highly skilled bollock jugglers.I have been informed that a telephone line is available (and someone will call me back); that no telephone line is available (and someone will call me back); that I will be transferred to someone who knows whether or not a telephone line is available (and then been cut off); that I will be transferred to someone (and then been redirected to an answer machine informing me that your office is closed); that I will be transferred to someone and then been redirected to the irritating Scottish robot woman...and several other variations on this theme.Doubtless you are no longer reading this letter, as you have at least a thousand other dissatisfied customers to ignore, and also another one of those crucially important testicle-moments to attend to. Frankly I don't care, it's far more satisfying as a customer to voice my frustration's in print than to shout them at your unending hold music. Forgive me, therefore, if I continue.I thought BT were shit, that they had attained the holy piss-pot of god- awful customer relations, that no-one, anywhere, ever, could be more disinterested, less helpful or more obstructive to delivering service to their customers.

That's why I chose NTL, and because, well, there isn't anyone else is there? How surprised I therefore was, when I discovered to my considerable dissatisfaction and disappointment what a useless shower of bastards you truly are. You are sputum-filled pieces of distended rectum incompetents of the highest order.

British Telecom - wankers though they are - shine like brilliant beacons of success, in the filthy puss-filled mire of your seemingly limitless inadequacy. Suffice to say that I have now given up on my futile and foolhardy quest to receive any kind of service from you. I suggest that you cease any potential future attempts to extort payment from me for the services which you have so pointedly and catastrophically failed to deliver - any such activity will be greeted initially with hilarity and disbelief quickly be replaced by derision, and even perhaps bemused rage. I enclose two small deposits, selected with great care from my cats litter tray, as an expression of my utter and complete contempt for both you and your pointless company. I sincerely hope that they have not become desiccated during transit - they were satisfyingly moist at the time of posting, and I would feel considerable disappointment if you did not experience both their rich aroma and delicate texture. Consider them the very embodiment of my feelings towards NTL, and its worthless employees.

Have a nice day - may it be the last in you miserable short life, you irritatingly incompetent and infuriatingly unhelpful bunch of twats.

Sent to me via email, worth the few minutes to read , sadly it sounds like it's a true tale. I've had ntl for many years and have been very pleased with my phone/net/tv. I still think it's BT that sucks for service!

Sunday, April 10, 2005

The Melanie C Week

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The week has started off with Melanie C entering the UK singles chart at #10 with "Next Best Superstar", which I'm really proud of. As you can see I bought all 3 formats, even though I'd normally buy lots of copies - I have no money but tried to show my support still.

The new album "Beautiful Intentions" is released Monday 11/04/05 and I know Melanie has been working flat out to promote her new material. Not bad for someone who runs her own record label - women everywhere should be damn proud of what Melanie has done, against all odds, she has returned with the music she wants to do and can now do it HER way!

On Saturday I'm popping over to Birmingham to see Melanie on the second date of her UK Tour, I didn't think I would be able to go this time around, but I couldn't miss it. Last year I got to do the whole tour, yet things are so much more difficult. Melanie C is such a good live performer and worth going into debt for. What a week this will be.................

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Bee in your Boxers......

OK, so we've had the story of my pants earlier in the Blogg, well here is a scary story that no man wants to ever happen ..............
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I was just quietly going to the toilet and having a read at the same time, when I felt something on my leg, so I brushed it off, only to look down and discover a massive bee was now inside my boxers shorts.

I quickly got up and took them off, with the bee inside and I went to the window, opened it and waved my boxers out of them. I bet anyone looking would think I was mad waving my underwear out of the window!

This bee was wasn't a pretty one like in the picture - this was one mother of all bees. But I wouldn't have killed it cos I like bees ....... I just don't like the idea of bees in my boxers!

Sunday, April 03, 2005

10 Days and 10 Days more

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The past 10 days have been FANTASTIC, Alex came to stay and we really bonded. It's hard to describe but we had such a blast. From lazy lie-ins to late night fun, we had a laugh. People may try and write the whole thing off but we are here to stay.

Alex is the best guy I've ever opened up my heart too. We can talk about anything and everything and I feel so safe (if that makes sense). When you talk about feelings you open yourself up to being hurt or showing a more vunerable side but in this instance - I don't mind.

It's been more hard for others, in some ways, than for us - we both know what we have and feel totally at ease with it but other people have had to come to terms with their own prejudice. Some people would love it if things fell apart but I can gladly report we are going to be around for alot longer yet.

Just 10 more days until we meet back up again..................

I love my city.........

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It is the city I was born in
It is the city of many cultures
It is the city with a great history
It is the city that is trying to become a better place to live.

Over the years I have seen loads of changes and yet certain elements remain the same. As the picture I took a few days ago shows, history can leave some impressive marks on our society !!
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