June 25th, 2008

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Last day at work

Yesterday morning, when I woke up at my usual time, I suddenly thought why should I leave things the way they had the day before? Surely my colleagues deserved a chance to say goodbye to me? So I stopped at a bakery, got a couple of cakes, and went back to the office. Luckily, Jobsworth had been so taken aback by my refusal to help him out that he'd forgotten to ask for my badge, and he wasn't there when I walked in bold as brass. I sent an e-mail into the organisation, and for the next couple of hours, hosted a farewell party at my desk. When Jobsworth showed up, there was very little he could do to spoil it. We had a little tête-à-tête at his insistence, in which he had nothing more interesting to say than the usual platitude that if ever I needed a recommendation, he'd be happy to provide one; then when the party wound down, the cakes were gone, and everyone that had wanted to come and wish me all the best had done so, he declared his intention to walk me off the premises, and revoke my clearance with security on the way. I gave him the slip, though...or rather, I told him I wasn't ready to hand my badge in just yet as I need it to get me into the Kung Fu Panda-preview on Saturday, and this confused him so much that I managed to get away and out the door without him holding onto my elbow.

Unfortunately, this means I will have to go back and hand it in next week, but I'll do so to the head of security directly. The fact that he never asked for my badge while he was scoffing cake speaks volumes, doesn't it? ;-)

Meanwhile, the outplacement services agency has contacted me, and we'll start getting me ready for life outside hp from Monday.
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The move

I went to view the home Dad has chosen for himself, although 'chosen' isn't exactly the word to be used seeing as how after viewing it, he never bothered to look at any of the others. Now that I've seen it too, I can honestly say I'm happy with this move. It has so much more going for it than the old place. For one thing, there is this well-kept, great big sunny garden that the residents can enjoy. There's a little shop, a hospital wing, a hairdresser, and theý're in the process of adding a library. There's a doctor's surgery every Wednesday. There's a shopping centre right on its doorstep (which includes a Chinese restaurant and an Indonesian takeaway, Dad's favourite cuisines) and best of all, it's less than 10 minutes cycling from my flat. And the room I've bagsied on his behalf is spaceous and has its own balcony! Unfortunately, out of the three rooms that were currently available, this one they were still busy doing up, and so we'll have to wait until they've finished painting and putting up the wallpaper before we're given the key and can call the removal men...but that shouldn't take more than a couple of days. Just think, provided I can sort out the paperwork without encountering any delays, I could have my dad (and his cat) moved in and settled within the space of a few weeks!
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Germany-Turkey 3-2

Poor Turkey. They ran rings around the Germans in this match, and were definitely the stronger team on the pitch, but in the end, Germany scored the winning goal in the very last minute of normal playing time. All I can say is, if they defend as poorly in the next match, then whoever they play against won't have too much to fear.
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