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What? You're not wearing a mask?!
V tired. Got back from hamburg yesterday then nick cave in Manchester (mazin)
It's gonna be a lean Christmas in the Epimer household. Lean, lean, lean.
If we'd have said "trick" would the mum have punched us in the face?
Got to work late so hoping our new boss will buy us all pizza
not boos even if it is halloween
he may buy us pizza and beer
Bit early to be drinking, no?
It was GREAT. Much better than the first one. And really funny. Laugh-out-loud funny! And a lot of it is set in London!
I was meant to be going to a guest-lecture on housing in post-Soviet Eastern Europe tonight but it was cancelled, I guess because of the academic strike :'(
Going to see it at the weekend.
I should have been off work (birthday) all day but I will be spending the afternoon prepping for a 50 min interview next Monday - one that will decide whether I get made redundant or stay in a job. I need to get the basic structure completed for this evening then I might take my lad trick or treating. Not how I envisaged spending my day but, hey-ho
Tip- think of your USP, what sets you aside form the others who may be in the pool whihc means that you can deliver greater value in the medium term. Good luck. try not to stress. I know it's hard, but you'll deal with whatever is thrown at you and if it doesn't go to plan, that's because there'a going to be a NEW AND EXCITING PLAN. :)
I've pretty much got the interview straight in my head (big picture-wise). Just need to mind-map the detail today. As I said, I can think of better ways to spend my 28th birthday.....
aren't alright at the moment, that's because it isn't the end
by taking your birthday off work.
Frankly I'm more concerned about taking the rest of the year off. Unpaid
people that go to work on their birthday: not to be trusted
Won the pub quiz last night by half a point. Feels good man.
Don't want to go to work.
will be at band practice instead of anything else Halloween based.
NOT ALL HALLOWS STEVE
Now I need to wake up and take my 11year old sister to the science museum for a birthday treat.
Then its girls names, Icarus line and others gig tonight. NNED MOAR SLEP.
(i think i know)
Why did I buy the barman a shot last night? How did I get home? Why didn't I eat something? There are all legitimate questions.
from an awful nightmare that I obviously won't go into, but it's safe to say i won't be watching any more game of thrones when I'm alone at night. I really need a hug. who can I ask to give me a hug? sharon the recptionist, she gave me some monkey nuts yesterday, she'll give me a hug. wah.
OK, manning up, back to the present, fucking nightmare. I need some help. I need to give a motivational speech at the posh Balmoral hotel this afterbnoon. the theme is 'investment in scotland' and I haven't a clue to say. I have four hours to get this nailed, and the buillets I've been given are:
How can we increase the supply of investment capital for growth and export businesses in Scotland?
- What are the current and emerging market gaps and how can these be addressed?
- How can we attract more overseas investors to invest in Scotland?
- How can we stimulate liquidity in the market [including corporate activity] in order to increase supply?
How can we increase the quality of investment propositions to maximise company performance pre and post investment?
How can we maximise international and exporting opportunities for companies to act as a catalyst for growth?
I'm meant to do this for a living, but this is like reading swahili today. Can anybody help? Any economists in the house? I knew I should have got my trainee to do this for me.
Hand out tiny Scottish flags to everyone.
I'm going to wear my mini kilt and tweed jacket. that should cover it, yeah?
Tartan ribbon in hair too much?
Is it too late to get your hair dyed tartan?
I might send the trainee out for a tin of tartan paint (oh the old pranks are always the best!!)
I'm googling it now and nobody seems to know what to do. Shit. I might jkust do a highland dancing sdisplay instead and flash my boobs and then go to the pub.
Then get tech start-ups to give me lots of money for doing their IP work.
but game of thrones! Where are you up to?!
i managed ot get the box set on sky on demand
I loved the first few episodes, but the one I watched last night made me cry.
Something about *bang for your buck* on capital expenditure?
Exploit regulatory and legal differences due to the Scotch having their own legal system?
Stimulate liquidity through more corporate to corporate direct lending, bypassing the banks and their tier 1 issues
Activist investors should get involved earlier in company lifecycles, allowing early adoption of best practice
Which don’t always look in their own backyard some bollocks like “next time you’re looking at investing in a Brazilian company, consider the cultural, regulatory, FX and language risks and costs then consider if a similar Scottish company can sit in your portfolio”.
A Scottish version of Silicon Valley with appealing deals for tech start ups. You can figure out the fine details once they're sold on the buzzwords.
I expect a cut of any profits.
They stole my idea 30 years before I had it. They must have some high level tech shit going on there.
Wisbech embraces new technology
UNless i cna make it all about boob jobs. come to scotland and we'lll make your tits massive.
Inverclyde's premier transgender burlesque act.
"I dont think that you can"
OK Im not an expert in scotland......but
IBM Greenock used to be the biggest exporter of manufactured goods made in scotland......naturally this is now done in china......so it would be interesting to try to explore the reasons that this was not able to be stopped and to apply lessons learnt to any remaining manufacturing exporters.....I know this is a bit negative, but you know
I think that shipbuilding is now really small
I think that it looks like petrochemicals/oil is not going to be expanding........so what has scotland got?
large potential labour force in a few areas and little elsewhere, plenty of coast, plenty of hills and water.
As far as I can see there is tourism. There are also the normal opportunities that anywhere else in europe could also have.....but you do have places where eco tech and power production could be refined. I would have thought tidal and wave and wind power production still needs constant improvement and Scotland offers lots of places for that.
Education tourism......come foreigners, come to our universities...look how beautiful the countryside that you can explore to unwind is
Actually If when you devolve, you could appoint a scottish monarch.....get them on the stone of scone, get that into edinburgh castle.....and make the crown out of antlers......then you would have a pretty unique and very touristy royalty.....sorry Im probably being facetious.....but its that list of bullet points of yours.....it makes me go into silly mode, if you tried to be serious about that you'd go mad
I think te challenge of emerging markets is an important one and we need ot be mindful of what we're up against. Alsi, we can't just magicv skills and talent out of thin air- there has go be a structured development plan.
I think food and drink will continue to be our biggest exports tbh- we're trying to become competitive at life sciences, but I'm not sure that will be our specialty long term.
Cheers creaky <3
Rifght, I need to run for the train now. EEEEP.
how did the interview go?
today i am data researching and doing other things. Playin some chess later
not sure i can be arsed with the job tho lol
you are such a #LAD
Had to clear up our garden after the ABSOLUTE carnage of a chav party and picked up: one beer can. Truly hell in a handcart with this feral generation. Today just sitting around waiting for employers to beg me to work for them (I havent had one call back from 23 applications on Friday)
Those kids really know how to raise Hell
this morning they were all dressed up
Top Ten Reasons Why Trick-or-Treating is Better Than Sex
10. You are guaranteed to get at least a little something in the sack.
9. If you get tired, wait ten minutes and go back at it again.
8. The stranger you look, the easier it is to get some.
7. You don’t have to compliment the person who gave it to you.
6. Person you are with doesn’t fantasize you’re someone else, you already are.
5. If you get a stomach ache, it won’t last nine months.
4. If you wear leather and chains, no one thinks you’re kinky.
3. Doesn’t matter if kids hear you moaning and groaning.
2. Less guilt the next morning from over-indulging.
1. If you don’t get what you want at one place, you can always go next door to get more!
, not just yet ;)I don't really want to talk about stuff in a public arena
sounds a bit like saying "well done" afterwards.
(assorted Nutrageous and Sticks) as they're currently 30p in Waitrose. Gym tonight.
Also will be getting quite a potentially upsetting bit of news which might fuck up my thinly-veiled's family forever (potentially his dad needs eye surgery leaving him blind). Fucking sucks.
Hope he's ok
I can't really imagine the effect it's gonna have tbh. He's already only got peripheral vision in one eye, and now the same thing's happening to his good eye (laser surgery will leave a scar allowing peripheral vision too). He's just retired and my TV's mum already is the sole carer for his nan... Fingers crossed it's not as bad as we fear though.
was late for work today
idc about hallowe'en
today will blow
might drink a beer tonight. insights.
Might just sit in bed and watch films.
i don't know what to believe. not enjoying this brew tho #pray4viney
But I'm feeling knackered. I'd prefer to go see some Halloween old movie at the BFI or something instead.
I plan to ignore the fact that its' halloween entirely. (Although my sister did send me a great picture of my niece dressed as a bat yesterday, for her AquaNatal halloween party).
How's the pug!?
also Vampyr as well, unfortunately not with the Year Of No Light score (which is excellent).
my costume is amazing...no wait...
I don't really want to go as:
1) it's not halloween themed
2) I'm mad sick yo*
*feel a bit under the weather, ex-werewolf flu
Reminders to future self:
- You can't drink more than three pints
- You can't drink on an empty stomach
- When you need to make up a quid for the card limit, buy crisps, not shots
It's 11.09 and I want to drive to burger king for lunch.
god help me
Is at the Oxo Towers with a free bar/dinner etc etc.
They've sent me an invite saying, 'You and your partner'. Bit presumptuous, I don't have a partner and the rest of my team are all taking their partners. I'm sure I can ask a friend or hire a gigolo for the night. O maybe I shouldn't go. Ended up groping the CEO's butt last year
I don't want to be the only one there without someone.
Ooooooh, the impending loneliness.
or you mum. take anyone. you've got a plus 1.
So my advice it tak her (up the Oxo Tower).
Just for one night. Like that time they are actually romantic when they go to Italy.
Doesn't last, but that's a nice episode.
He is charming company, can keep up in the boozing stakes, and he has a fantastic tailor.
I'll accompany you MITS, I brush up pretty well.
were they giggling when they sent that?
want to play with my new toy now please. Actively starting to resent my once beloved old phone.
He's bound to be grateful.
One of the rounds was 'we'll tell you the title of a film, you tell us the porn film that punned off its name'.
That round was fucking rubbish. One of the films was the general's daughter. Never even heard of it (or the porn version).
Give us the real titles, and we'll come up with porn versions.
to persuade us it was necessary to write down Snoop Dog's/Lion's most recent alias was a particular personal highlight.
Still not entirely sure how serious he was being, his impending uncle-ness(unclehood?) must have affected him more than we thought.
was glorious. shame london can't keep it's collective mouth shut when it watches awesome bands. discussed the unsuitability of the phrase 'balls deep' as an analogy for an extreme commitment, the veiled feels that all sex should be/probably is balls deep therefore representing no more commitment than usual.
mucking about at work today, i thing i was involved with has gone well so mucking about a bit now.
horror films and pumpkins later, surely.
discovered that odd bins do regular wine tastings if you wander in of an afternoon. Just loaded up on a lot of strong red and am back in the office feeling like a king; looking like a mental.