Category Archives: Work

Clear red water…..on pensions

People who know me also know that I hold the LibLabCon politicians in contempt. I think they are all, with very few exceptions,  arrogant people who couldn’t run a booze up in a brewery. An interesting division has opened up … Continue reading

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Google Nexus 7: part 2

I’ve had the Nexus 7 for a few weeks now. During that time I’ve found a good Flash Player, a file manager and an excellent piece of office software (all free) but I’ve still to find a file converter for … Continue reading

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Bureaucracy, bureaucracy everywhere.

Readers of my blog will know that I left the Higher Education sector last July to pursue the life of a capitalist oppressor of the proletariat aka become self-employed. Amongst the many reasons I left were a dislike of the … Continue reading

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CRB checks: Won’t someone please think of the adults?

I’ve just undergone my second CRB check in a year. Something I never thought I would have to do as I have great reservations about the ethos, the efficiency and accuracy of the process. To start with, the assumption behind … Continue reading

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Modern English Translated

Perhaps it is because I am a member of the ‘Grumpy Old Men” generation. Perhaps it is because I am reasonably literate. Whatever the reason I find the usage of some modern phrases or words to be incredibly annoying. Most … Continue reading

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Doing the decent thing…then and now.

I was prompted to write this blog by two things. Firstly, I came across “If” by Rudyard Kipling so I re-read it and it got me thinking about decent behaviour and how society has changed since Kipling wrote the poem. … Continue reading

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6 months of not being a wage slave

I can’t believe how quickly the last 6 months have gone. One day I was a University Lecturer, a Principal one no less, and the next I  wasn’t. Just plain old me. I’d always said that I didn’t define myself … Continue reading

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Public and Private Pensions: the myth and envy go on

So the Coalition is slightly backtracking on their plans to reform public sector pensions as reported by the BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-15549321 There are an awful lot of myths about public pensions. One of the most pernicious is the percentage of GDP they … Continue reading

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Life after wage slavery – first thoughts

I’ve been work-free for eighteen days now and I’ve now had six days to enjoy it. The first twelve were sent looking after my ailing cat. Anyhow, I’ve noticed three things. The first is quite odd. No more having to … Continue reading

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