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last post of the year [Dec. 31st, 2007|02:21 pm]
well, its been a funny old year, lots of high's some low's, many a wedding attended (minimal blubbing and shedding of tears too on my part!) and things are about to tick over to 2008


how come its come about so fast? It really doesnt seem like a year ago that I was merrily zooming along to head over to teh havens for a xmas/new year bash. Mum has a book of resolutions, and this last year has just gone by so fast that I hadnt even had time to consider what my resolutions were going to be, let alone meet any of them!

I guess 2007 hasnt been a bad year, all in all, its seen lots of things get started and a lot of things come to an end. In fact facebook can sum up both of those statements ... tis new to me, andhas been great to meet up with old friends again, but it has also been the ending of a very long crush. The first bloke that I ever fancied is on it, and though he is still a good looking man, he hasnt aged as well as my memory of him. Tis probably a good thing, now I no-longer have him on a pedastole maybe I`ll be willing to let other people have a chance and not be so critical ... but then again maybe not. I`m not really sure if I`m cut out for the whole relationship thang.

But thats a worry for next year, eh?

I hope everyone here has a good time tonight, celebrating/reminiscing etc in whatever way seems most fitting, and that 2008 is the year when your hopes take form.

Love and hugs

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OMG! an update! [Dec. 24th, 2007|08:18 pm]
okay, a very very short one, as am nicking me dads connection to do this ...

1) am still alive! Thngs are going ... well, going! some good some bad some great - the important part is that the goods are by far out-weighing the bads - woohoo!

2) have just set up meself on facebook, and fingers crossed will be able to play much more often on both this and FB in the new year :-)

3) Merry christmas/Happy Yule/Stunning Solstice!

love and hugs,

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BDAY NOTICE!!!!!!! [Sep. 11th, 2007|09:03 pm]
[mood |bouncybouncy]

Griff Bday Notice!!!!

Okay peeps, firstly, big thanks to fionnaghal for the access to LJ to be able to post *big hugs!*

and secondly ...

Tis my 32nd bday this coming weekend, so for those able and inclined, I'm offering up my bday as a valid excuse for going out, socialising, having a laugh (at me if ya fancy!) and mayhap a drinky or two.

Anyone interested?

Details are:

The beer garden of the Lansdown Pub
Friday the 14th of September
7.30 onwards

All welcome and would be nice to see ya'll

(apologies for thr short notice)
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The man from training ... he say ... [Aug. 17th, 2007|05:15 pm]

I'm on the course, which will be starting mid septemberish, so back to university for me for 3 years to do a foundation degree in contact centre management (effectively the first 2 years of the business management degree from plymouth university)! All paid for and supported by work as well - so thats just a mere £4.5 - £5,000 investment that they have committed to make in me!

Happy griff :-)

The interview with the director was an informal affair ... as in I spoke to her for 6 seconds, then she headed of for a conference call and I had what was more of an informal chat than anything with 2 people from the training dept.

Rather bizarre

But I got told today that I`m back of to university ... 3 years of hard work, and 3 years of having NUS cards! Woohoo!
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the womn from the college, she say ... [Jul. 26th, 2007|06:05 pm]
[mood |bouncybouncy]


Yeap, I had a call at work from the college and they want me on the course! Even my written academic assessment(which I thought was quite pap) they were really impressed with!


Just one final interview left, which is a week tomorrow with the personnel development director!
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unrelated good news and bad news [Jul. 19th, 2007|05:28 pm]
the good news is how much I love my friends! nicnac sent me an email yesterday letting me know of a package that was on the way that was looking like a mummified toddler ... and it arrived today at work and everyone who has seen it agree, its so cool! Apparently the ladies on reception, who know me enough to not discount anything, had doubts about what it was - Mucho funny!

the bad news is that work have restricted access to things like LJ and facebook ... so no more posts from e from work for the foreseeable future :-(
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2 tough questions - courtesy of Gertie [Jul. 18th, 2007|04:11 pm]
[mood |contemplativecontemplative]

Question 1:
If you knew a woman who was pregnant, who had 8 kids already, three who
were deaf, two who were blind, one mentally retarded,and she had syphilis,
would you recommend that she have an abortion?

Read the next question before looking at the response for this one.

Question 2:
It is time to elect a new world leader, and only your vote counts.
Here are the facts about the three candidates:

Candidate A.

Associates with crooked politicians, and consults with astrologists.
He's had two mistresses. He also chain smokes and drinks 8 to 10 martinis
a day.

Candidate B.
He was kicked out of office twice, sleeps until noon , used opium in
college and drinks a quart of whiskey every evening.

Candidate C
He is a decorated war hero. He's a vegetarian, doesn't smoke, drinks an
occasional beer and never cheated on his wife.

Which of these candidates would be your choice?

Decide first... no peeking,

answersCollapse )
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courtesy of nomyx [Jul. 18th, 2007|08:25 am]

Your Score: Cheezburger cat

55 % Affection, 56 % Excitability , 62 % Hunger

Sure, you deserve one. You helped popularized lolcats from a running gag to an online sensation. Now mainstream media writes asinine columns on this 'phenomenon', students write theses on the topic, programming languages adopt the grammar, and losers write tests about them on dating sites. Now take your cheezburger and never touch the internets again.

Link: The Which Lolcat Are You? Test written by GumOtaku on OkCupid, home of the The Dating Persona Test
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thank god thats over! [Jul. 17th, 2007|02:22 pm]
[mood |relievedrelieved]

(and before you say anything, yeap dang, I've copied my email to you over to here with possibly a few ammendments!)

I think it went ok ... got there about 10 minutes early, cos ... well, its me, and the chances of me being late were non existant! So I got there early, and wandered about looking for the room, to find the 2 interviewers all ready sat inside and waiting - aparently the person before me wasnt very talkative so the interview ended early :-)

Anyway, we started early and the interview went on for nearly 1.5hrs, half an hour longer than first advocated - much laughing and joking occurred, including them already branding me as a trouble maker while we were discussing first principles and stuff ... I`m taking it as a good sign ... the laughing definately, the branding ... we'll have to see!

Sadly the academic assessment was being given 30 minutes with which to write on the topic "Discuss the impact of the bristol redevelopment on people and services". " main downsides to this ... firstly I had to do it by hand ...a nd you know what my hand writing is like, and secondly I know naff all about the redevelopment really, so just had to waffle about the philosophy of change.

On the upside, after the interview they effectively said that they would be expecting to see me in september ... or atleast thats how I interpretated it. All going well, next week I`ll get a date for the final part of this whoile process, where I have to do an assessment and interview at work.

*fingers crossed*

In fact as long as I get through this stage I`ll be happy. If the college says yes to me, then that mens they believe I have the ability and drive to complete a foundation degree in 3 years part time (just 1 day a week!). If work then say no, it just means that I`m not what work is looking for as a prospective manager, which isnt such a hardship.

Big hugs to all my lovely well wishers, was a major benefit for calming the nerves to know so many knew I could do it without falling to pieces :-)
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God I hate waiting! [Jul. 17th, 2007|10:18 am]
15 minutes before I head off for the interview … not so much nervous about what I'm going to say or how to say it, just the fact that its been 7 years since I`ve done an interview, which is admittedly a scary realisation in itself, and the only interviews I have been a part of are the naff ones at work where I`ve been the note taker.

But shall remain calm … have read over my reports that I`m taking with me to refresh myself as to what was written in them and how they were structured and why.

I don’t think I`ll have a problem with the interview, as I can usually talk quite happily with almost anyone about almost anything, so that should be fine once it gets going, but I am nervous about the academic assessment … I`ve done nothing technically academic for 10 years … nor have I been the one to be assessed!

Hmm .. don’t like this whole tables being turned thing!

Thanks for all the well wishes – my ladies at work have made me a card as well which is dead sweet

But on the upside, worst comes to the worst there is always the live WFRP game to be able to vent any frustration and annoyances through just a couple of days away :-)
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