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kneeshooter
kneeshooter
This job
... has its perks.

Despite having to spend the weekend tidying (again) in order to fit a desk in on Monday, today has been a good day. I've been to Oldbury, bus-train-bus, and despite the most unhelpful woman in the world at the ticket desk in New Street and a loooong delay at Sandwell and Dudley on the way back I feel energised by a bit of exercise and a bowl of Ice Cream.

Despite a very dull day training I have had three clarifications about my job:
  • I should claim car mileage for cycling (which I'm not sure I'm going to do)

  • Instead of paying for my home network connection (which is £25 a month) they have agreed to pay £25 a month towards my connectivity - so I've promptly upgraded to Telewest's 2Mbps service. Which, because of their "extra 50% free" offer means soon I will have 3Mbps of Internet coming into the lounge. A tad excessive? Perhaps; Nominally more than a FE College? Definitely!

  • Paying for 50% of the OU course I want is approved. Probably won't start until November but this is both a good thing, and "goodbye" to all my free time for another 12 months.
Also, have confirmed I can take my camera to the SBA gig next Wednesday - which should be good - especially if I actually get there from Swansea...

Figaro was good last night, not the strongest performance of Opera I've seen, but enjoyable and nice to see everyone. Finally, in case people don't know - ephraim has passed on his HDM ticket, and boglin is coming instead in order not to let lupercal get out of her sight (except when he's at work and teenagers with guns separate them).

Current Music: Theme from Farscape

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purplewizard From: purplewizard Date: May 21st, 2004 09:52 am (UTC) (Link)
"Nominally more than a FE College? Definitely!"

Hah - only until all the schools get fitted with the new 8Mb connections that are coming soon, so nurrrph to you :-)

Mind you that's behind horrible school filtering systems and shared with X million little brats most of the time so ho hum..
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: May 21st, 2004 09:56 am (UTC) (Link)
FE are still only getting 2Mbps paid for.

And my link will be shared with x million other Telewest customers in the neighborhood - so it'll be equally shite.

Actually for your schools, if they are in urban areas, you should be asking for LES10 links (10Mbps) not 8Mbps. The latter is more expensive in many areas.
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kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: May 22nd, 2004 01:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Ssssh! I use it as an excuse never to do the washing-up ;-)

I did really enjoy the last one - even though some of it I felt was a very...slow...pace... but it was a relatively low-level course with a range of student ability.
ikkleblacktruck From: ikkleblacktruck Date: May 24th, 2004 01:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hmmm. Having lived with someone who did 3 years with the OU, I'd have to disagree - seemed to take all his free time. So much so that now, he doesn't know what to do!
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