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The news this week

Hallelujah! My working week is done. It's been a particularly gruelling one, what with the unpleasant annual performance evaluation euphemistically known as the Focal Point Review, but now I've got a nice long weekend coming up and I intend not to waste it. I haven't actually made any plans yet, but I'm sure I'll think of something to while away the hours that doesn't involve hanging around cold and dreary platforms waiting for a train or a bus that never comes.

We had an early Sinterklaas on Sunday and Romeo, that little rascal (who, incidentally, is 4 today) had the time of his life unwrapping his and everybody else's presents and yelling "Thank you Sinterklaasje!" after each package had been opened. I don't think he was too impressed with the cuddly toy I'd Sinterklaas had given him, but the rest of the family were (or professed to be) quite pleased with the gifts I'd he'd brought this year. Me, I got a chocolate letter H, a music DVD, and shoe pr0n -- i.e. a catalogue of designer shoes my sister had brought back with her from a recent trip to Paris.

The rest of the week was just busy with work, so busy that I didn't have time to update or check my flist. I'm woefully behind on all your news, but I'm hoping to catch up with what's been going on in all your lives tomorrow or the day after. Sinterklaas visited our office on Dec 5th, as is his wont, bringing several of his helpers, but I didn't stay around as I had a train to catch. Which in the end, due to a points failure, turned out to have been cancelled and so it took me almost 4 hours to get home that day. Anyhoo, you might like to see our good St. Nick and Zwarte Piet Nos. 1-8:


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especially if you're from that part of the world that has to forgo his yearly visit. Yup, that's him, the beardy old man in the mitre.

I had my FPR on Wednesday and it wasn't good, with Jobsworth telling me I really needed to ship up and although he privately was willing to accept that I may have had some problems over the last year, since apparently the company doctor (that snake in the grass!) had not concurred with my GP's assessment of me as suffering from burn-out, he couldn't excuse my lapses of concentration and productivity and felt it necessary to admonish me that my lacklustre performance would not be tolerated for much longer. So sack me -- at least then, I'll retain my right to benefit if I can't find another job soon. I hope I will, though. That commute is simply killing me. I'm just going to have to redouble my efforts after Christmas.

I saw Lord of War last night; it's a film I recommend you see. It purports to be an insider's look into the international world of gunrunning, and although I'm by no means an expert, I do believe it gives a fairly accurate account of a business that isn't quite legit, but isn't quite illegal either. Nicolas Cage and Jared Leto do great performances of the hardnosed yet conscientious arms dealer and his fatally flawed, but ultimately decent brother.

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curiouswombat
Dec. 8th, 2005 10:47 pm (UTC)
What great pics - and what a kill-joy Jobsworth is - good luck for a new job in the new year.
gamiila
Dec. 8th, 2005 11:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'll do my best to find it.
hesadevil
Dec. 8th, 2005 10:52 pm (UTC)
Seeing Black Peter reminds me of last year's fanfic marathon. Boggy and I are threatening to re-publish this year if we can get our act together in time.

I totally sympathise on the commute to work thing. I did that for 4 years and it nearly killed me. I eventually handed in my notice before I'd landed a job nearer home. I ended up doing supply work for a few years before a permanent post came up. I think your burn out has a lot to do with the daily hastle of the long commute (as well as a bullying boss).
gamiila
Dec. 8th, 2005 11:20 pm (UTC)
Boggy and I are threatening to re-publish this year if we can get our act together in time.

It'd be great if you could!
hesadevil
Dec. 8th, 2005 11:33 pm (UTC)
But you know how it ends!
gamiila
Dec. 8th, 2005 11:35 pm (UTC)
So? I've also got the print-out, but I can pretend I don't!
deborahw37
Dec. 8th, 2005 10:54 pm (UTC)
So Black Peter hasn 't been banned for being un Politically correct yet then? Great pics by the way


Sorry about the work stuff, may 2006 be better for you
gamiila
Dec. 8th, 2005 11:15 pm (UTC)
It's soot! Everybody knows his skin is darkened by centuries of climbing down the chimneys to deliver the presents!Aso, he's supposed to be Moorish, hence the curly black hair...

The only concession to political correctness that I can see having occured in my lifetime is that nowadays, the office of Black Pete is open to women as well as men. ;-)
deborahw37
Dec. 8th, 2005 11:20 pm (UTC)
Soot eh ;)

See I didn't know that Black Peter was Moorish .. LJ is a very educational place to play.


And I love your traditions, It sounds like such fun!
gamiila
Dec. 8th, 2005 11:24 pm (UTC)
Moorish, yeah -- since we believe (or, as children we are made to believe) that St. Nicholas lives in Spain when he's not here.

(although originally bishop of Myra in Turkey, in the Middle Ages his relics were stolen by the inhabitants of Bari in Italy -- which for some time was in Spanish hands).
hesadevil
Dec. 8th, 2005 11:32 pm (UTC)
Did you miss last year's fanfic collaboration 'Twelve Days'? I suppose we'll have to re-publish now, for educational purposes of course.
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