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RE: What are you thinking......... - 25/2/2013 2:43:06 PM   
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RE: What are you thinking......... - 25/2/2013 2:48:11 PM   
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Just been asked my thoughts on spending a couple of weeks in Singapore for work... never been, so I'm not sure!


Is there anyone at your work who has done it before that you could ask?


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RE: What are you thinking......... - 25/2/2013 2:49:46 PM   
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Just been asked my thoughts on spending a couple of weeks in Singapore for work... never been, so I'm not sure!

Ooh, how exciting! I was sent to India a few years back for a month for work and despite being terrified at going to a different continent on my own I loved it. I'd jump at the chance of being paid to go somewhere new


Well I certainly wouldn't say no to going (you can't turn these things down when they pop up), though I am usually happiest at home with Mrs UTB and our dog


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RE: What are you thinking......... - 25/2/2013 2:51:22 PM   
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Just been asked my thoughts on spending a couple of weeks in Singapore for work... never been, so I'm not sure!


My oldest brother has lived out there for years - I've had two trips to visit him (before my fear of flying stopped me doing another one). First time was for a month and the second time for three weeks.

It's a lovely place. I'd highly recommend going - so much to see and do. Sentosa Island, accessible by cable car or a little monorail from Vivo City (a shopping mall), is awesome. Beautiful beaches, and loads of activities - Universal Studios (which wasn't open when I first went, but sports an awesome BSG themed roller coaster), a butterfly & insect world, Fort Siloso (my favourite), golf courses, a luge ride, sea life centre, zip line, cafes..........

Singapore itself has so many parks, lovely river walks, an amazing zoo (and I'm not keen on zoos), a bird park, an amazing opera house built to look like a Durian fruit, the new marina sands casino building that has one of those sky pools....

The list is endless. I basically can't recommend it enough. Good luck trying to see and do everything in between working.

Edit: Well I quickly killed that convo with my rambling.

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RE: What are you thinking......... - 25/2/2013 4:02:33 PM   
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Sold!




But for the fear of flying. Had it myself a while ago and it is a horrible feeling (the fear).

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RE: What are you thinking......... - 25/2/2013 4:49:53 PM   
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But for the fear of flying. Had it myself a while ago and it is a horrible feeling (the fear).


That's ok. After having two major operations within two months of each other, and currently waiting on results to see if I require further surgery and chemo... If I get the all clear, I'm going to stick a big fat middle finger up at my fear of flying and I am going to see the world.

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RE: What are you thinking......... - 25/2/2013 4:53:54 PM   
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Yay good for you!

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RE: What are you thinking......... - 25/2/2013 5:07:36 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: UTB


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ORIGINAL: Hobbitonlass


quote:

ORIGINAL: UTB

Just been asked my thoughts on spending a couple of weeks in Singapore for work... never been, so I'm not sure!

Ooh, how exciting! I was sent to India a few years back for a month for work and despite being terrified at going to a different continent on my own I loved it. I'd jump at the chance of being paid to go somewhere new


Well I certainly wouldn't say no to going (you can't turn these things down when they pop up), though I am usually happiest at home with Mrs UTB and our dog



Fair enough. I don't have those commitments so was quite happy to be shipped off to another continent

Will they be sending you business class? That could help with the flying concerns?

Good for you Sway!!

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RE: What are you thinking......... - 25/2/2013 7:10:00 PM   
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I don't think I'm important enough enough in the business to warrant business class though I am certainly tall enough to need the extra room

My only gripe about flying now is that I am unable to sleep in anything other than complete darkness and silence so I never manage to get any kip on the over night flights. I did try to drink myself to sleep on the way back from Johannesburg a couple of years ago (it happened to be my birthday too) and just sat there wide awake going through turbulence and a hangover...

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RE: What are you thinking......... - 25/2/2013 7:15:48 PM   
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My only gripe about flying now is that I am unable to sleep in anything other than complete darkness and silence so I never manage to get any kip on the over night flights. I did try to drink myself to sleep on the way back from Johannesburg a couple of years ago (it happened to be my birthday too) and just sat there wide awake going through turbulence and a hangover...


I'm exactly the same. On a flight to Goa 8 pints of lager and a valium before the flight wasn't enough to get me to sleep. Instead I just felt like shit for the entire journey .

Anyway, I'm thinking I probably took an inordinate amount of pleasure in beating my daughter at Scene It Disney. I kept on getting High School Musical questions which I had no clue about and she was being really smug so when I actually rallied and beat her it took all that I had to not jump up and shout "In Your Face" whilst doing a victory dance.

She's only 7 .

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RE: What are you thinking......... - 25/2/2013 7:21:29 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Harry Tuttle

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My only gripe about flying now is that I am unable to sleep in anything other than complete darkness and silence so I never manage to get any kip on the over night flights. I did try to drink myself to sleep on the way back from Johannesburg a couple of years ago (it happened to be my birthday too) and just sat there wide awake going through turbulence and a hangover...


I'm exactly the same. On a flight to Goa 8 pints of lager and a valium before the flight wasn't enough to get me to sleep. Instead I just felt like shit for the entire journey .

Anyway, I'm thinking I probably took an inordinate amount of pleasure in beating my daughter at Scene It Disney. I kept on getting High School Musical questions which I had no clue about and she was being really smug so when I actually rallied and beat her it took all that I had to not jump up and shout "In Your Face" whilst doing a victory dance.

She's only 7 .


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RE: What are you thinking......... - 25/2/2013 8:09:19 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Harry Tuttle

quote:

ORIGINAL: UTB

My only gripe about flying now is that I am unable to sleep in anything other than complete darkness and silence so I never manage to get any kip on the over night flights. I did try to drink myself to sleep on the way back from Johannesburg a couple of years ago (it happened to be my birthday too) and just sat there wide awake going through turbulence and a hangover...


I'm exactly the same. On a flight to Goa 8 pints of lagerand a valium before the flightwasn't enough to get me to sleep. Instead I just felt like shit for the entirejourney .


that must have seemed like a long flight!!

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RE: What are you thinking......... - 25/2/2013 8:34:57 PM   
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quote:

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My only gripe about flying now is that I am unable to sleep in anything other than complete darkness and silence so I never manage to get any kip on the over night flights. I did try to drink myself to sleep on the way back from Johannesburg a couple of years ago (it happened to be my birthday too) and just sat there wide awake going through turbulence and a hangover...

I can't sleep on planes either. My flight back from India the second time I went was about 10 hours and it left Chennai at 1am. Spent the flight standing at the back of the plane with the other insomniacs drinking tea

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RE: What are you thinking......... - 26/2/2013 7:53:24 PM   
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A couple of the big brass from the London office are visiting tomorrow.

At first I didn't think anything of it, but now I have the fear.

What if we're being made redundant? What if they're relocating us?

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RE: What are you thinking......... - 26/2/2013 8:41:37 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Hobbitonlass


quote:

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My only gripe about flying now is that I am unable to sleep in anything other than complete darkness and silence so I never manage to get any kip on the over night flights. I did try to drink myself to sleep on the way back from Johannesburg a couple of years ago (it happened to be my birthday too) and just sat there wide awake going through turbulence and a hangover...

I can't sleep on planes either. My flight back from India the second time I went was about 10 hours and it left Chennai at 1am. Spent the flight standing at the back of the plane with the other insomniacs drinking tea


That sounds like fun

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RE: What are you thinking......... - 27/2/2013 1:32:21 PM   
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So, going back to the Krispy Kreme discussion a few pages back.....

Just delivered in to the office, 10 big boxes of a variety of Krispy Kreme's and 15 boxes of Muffins for a team meeting this afternoon......................

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RE: What are you thinking......... - 27/2/2013 6:05:37 PM   
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Positives from today:

Decided to put on a lottery ticket online. It requires a minimum of 10 balance in your lottery account to be able to do so, so I transferred a tenner over from my bank account. Put 5 worth of lines on (I only occasionally play) then decided to play instant scratch card type games with the rest of the money. Ended up winning a tenner. So I now have 5 worth of lottery tickets and I'm not out of pocket.

Negative:

Got a call from the hospital today giving me a date to come in for my results. Apparently they'd sent out a letter to my 'home address' with an appointment for today, but we never received a letter here at my parents house, and a letter never arrived at my flat either. Frustrating to know I could have known my results by now... And yet instead I'm just feeling sick to my stomach worrying about the impending day.

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RE: What are you thinking......... - 27/2/2013 6:27:02 PM   
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RE: What are you thinking......... - 27/2/2013 11:16:22 PM   
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Seeing Les Mis tonight for the millionth time (or 7th);

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RE: What are you thinking......... - 28/2/2013 11:09:56 AM   
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A couple of the big brass from the London office are visiting tomorrow.

At first I didn't think anything of it, but now I have the fear.

What if we're being made redundant? What if they're relocating us?


I knew I shouldn't have tempted fate. For the last few months I've been telling people that work is the one stress-free thing in my life.

And now they're moving us to Salford in the next five to six monhts.

So I have the options of voluntary redundancy or moving three hours away from my son.


Seriously, I really did think my run of bad fucking luck was over.


FOR FUCK'S FUCKING SAKE.

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RE: What are you thinking......... - 28/2/2013 11:20:58 AM   
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Ah that sucks matty.

Did you happen to kick a gypsy's cat through a mirror whilst walking under a ladder in the last year by any chance? You really have been put through the wringer this last year.

It's not as if commuting over that distance is really an option either is it.

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RE: What are you thinking......... - 28/2/2013 11:30:43 AM   
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That really sucks Matty! What a horrible position to be in..

You're a subtitler right? Is that quite a niche market in that there aren't many jobs about?

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RE: What are you thinking......... - 28/2/2013 11:38:33 AM   
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Yeah, pretty much. Certainly none in the north-east, so I'm looking at jobs where I can make the argument that I have transferable skills.

But they're coming back up in a couple of weeks with figures for a redundancy offer, which is an absolute last resort at the minute. I hated every minute of being unemployed and have no desire to return to that state if I can help it, particularly in this economic climate. I'm trying to keep calm and logical and tell myself that I still have a job, and I will do until I find a job back up here. So any move I'm forced to take will hopefully only be extremely short-term.

They've also taken onboard all our various situations, so there might be some leeway to splitting shifts between Salford and doing work from home. I'm not counting on anything though, so a spruce up of the CV is in order.

Harry, I don't remember kicking a cat lately, but if I see one today it's getting my boot.

Fucking hell.

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RE: What are you thinking......... - 28/2/2013 12:02:33 PM   
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That's shit Matty, you must have been a proper cunt in a previous life.

You've said yourself that it's not totally bad news, you still have the option of a job. Would it mean moving house completely?

Here's hoping for a 6 figure redundancy package for you.

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RE: What are you thinking......... - 28/2/2013 12:04:34 PM   
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I'm thinking, to Tough Mudder or not? Seriously tempted but there's only 5 months to get in a bit of better shape.

Has anyone on here done it? I'm thinking Ginger Dan possibly has.

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RE: What are you thinking......... - 28/2/2013 12:15:27 PM   
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I'm pretty sure Dan has either done Tough Guy or Tough Mudder!

Do it! You know you want to be electrocuted or run through fire I'm doing Dirty Weekend which is (apparently) like Tough Guy and Tough Mudder put together (but with no electrocution or fire!)

Isn't YFU doing it?

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RE: What are you thinking......... - 28/2/2013 12:16:22 PM   
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That's shit Matty, you must have been a proper cunt in a previous life.

You've said yourself that it's not totally bad news, you still have the option of a job. Would it mean moving house completely?

Here's hoping for a 6 figure redundancy package for you.


I have no idea, Chief. If there's an option to only do two or three days down there and the rest of my work I can do from home, I would just get a cheap hotel for however many nights necessary. But it's all so up in the air that it's hard to say what it's going to involve.

I mean, I was all set to fire off some job applications tonight for anything, but I think it might more sensible to hold off for the time being and see what kind of offers are put on the table.

But I am trying to hold onto the fact that a) I'm not losing my job and b) I still have a good few months to find a job before I would have to move.


And, yes, I was obviously Pol Pot in my former life.

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RE: What are you thinking......... - 28/2/2013 1:32:16 PM   
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I've just been told my secondment at work is likely to be extended for another six months.

I do get the feeling that there's something I'm not doing that I'm unaware of though because I'm finding this job ridiculously easy and I can't understand why I'm being paid more for it than I get for my normal job. I get paranoid that I'm overlooking something big and it's going to come and bite me on the ass before too long.

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RE: What are you thinking......... - 28/2/2013 3:03:17 PM   
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Harry, I don't remember kicking a cat lately, but if I see one today it's getting my boot.

Fucking hell.


And then where would you be? In a pickle with your job AND one boot down. Think of all the extra socks you'd end up going through. It'd be a downward spiral I do not recommend. Leave no boot behind, matty.


On a serious note, I'm really sorry to hear about this situation, especially after all you've been through over the past year.

To try and make you feel a bit better, here's a picture of a cake of a lamb. I thought I'd google search 'lamb fuck' to see what would appear, and the actual pic from here was amongst the first images! I thought I'd go for something different. So, lamb.

Edit: That pic was HUGE.

Have some lamb cupcakes instead.



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RE: What are you thinking......... - 28/2/2013 3:14:16 PM   
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I do like cupcakes.

Although a lamb should be ideally drizzled in gravy and mint sauce.


Thanks, though.

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