we had our office xmas party yesterday. the theme was wild west.
my desk-neighbourhood went as characters from Outrageous Fortune, which is a top NZ TV show. i was munter (if you can’t tell from the picture)
and here’s the trip back home (taking the short cut to the motorway through some side streets)
by the way, i’ve had to cut the beginnings and ends off my commutes so they last around 10 minutes when speeded up. i don’t actually stop my car in the middle of the street and walk away from it.
so, yesterday was my last day at Sky / Easynet after 8 and a half years. i’m leaving on good terms, so that’s good.
most of last week was about saying goodbye and handing things over to Sky colleagues, but yesterday was about my old easynet chums. it was great to have lunch and chat about fun times. and we even recreated some of the classic slidey man game ?
it was my last day in the office before i get made redundant yesterday so i video’d my trip there so i wouldn’t forget it. here it is speeded up 4 times
sorry the quality is a bit rubbs. youtube has done the bad thing.
i went on an excellent bike ride yesterday lunchtime in aid of general fitness and wellbeing. i’d forgotten it was a bit dangerous to take pictures whilst riding a bike, even if you are wearing a tabard. so here’s a picture of us stationary at a lock.
i can confirm it’s much better than writing regulatory documents. jolly good.
those who track my twitter feed will know that i ended up presenting an award at an industry awards show on Wednesday night. carol thatcher was the compÃ¨re (her mum is mrs thatch) and we briefly discussed the volume of the music that was playing when winners were announced. luckily that stopped my inadvertent boogie !
Monday was a sad day at work as some of the old team gathered to say good bye to a piece of equipment which had served us well for almost exactly 10 years.
harry kicked off the proceedings by disconnecting his leechy computer thing from the big computery thing (stop me if i’m getting too technical)
people generally don’t say goodbye to equipment in these modern days, preferring just to buy the latest newer or more exciting thing, so it was refreshing to be able to say goodbye like this.
this wasn’t part of the proper switchoff procedure, but it was great to see a switch with a little plastic protective covering, so was worth a press anyway
i guess part of the reason for saying goodbye to this piece of equipment was just how big it was. you can’t just walk away from something the size of a ground floor of a building. your iphones/pods etc can’t compete with that for size
there were some excellent retro computer type things about to look at whilst the procedure to suck the life out of it continued
those who have been reading the blog since it started will remember peter, john, walter and harry from when the blog was more spontaneous and even updated in real time. feels like an age ago. because it was.
you can see a few more photos here
a strange chain of events concluded with me stumbling across these stirrers on double yellow lines. it started with me finally listening to a podcast from stephen fry which had been sitting on my podcast for months. it was all about broadcasting (specifically this) although i hadn’t realised in advance it would be. so rather than being just fun, it was unexpectedly work-related and fun instead.
in the podcast he referred to a sketch he did in his old fry and laurie days about multi-channel television involving plastic stirrers which is on youtube here (relevant bit is around 2mins, then just after 4 mins – language on video perhaps completely safe for work)
Anyway what should i see yesterday, but a load of stirrers. if stephen fry had been standing next to them then it would have been a perfect circle.
(disclaimer – views expressed above are not even my own, let alone my employer’s!)