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A change of blog [Nov. 20th, 2008|03:36 pm]
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I have decided to remove some older posts about screenwriting and filmmaking and move them onto a separate blog: http://blog.eibonfilms.co.uk/ - as I doubt many of you LJ peeps are interested in that stuff.

The rest of my entries on here will now be friends only - only accessible to those who use and are logged in to Live Journal. Why? - because I want to say what I like and write what I fancy, and I doubt that people who don't know me would be that interested in my rants etc. If they do, they can join in and friend me so I can see who is reading this stuff.

Please do friend me, I may be ginger but that doesn't mean I don't want to friend people who are not of the ginger persuasion.
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Broadband is back! Phew! - deadline missed... sigh. [Nov. 7th, 2007|06:39 pm]
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I come home to find a near unintelligible message from an Irish call centre operative to say the line should now be working. It was. Joy! I called to find out what the fault had been, but was told it was far too technical for him, and therefore by association me, to understand.

We missed a client deadline today; on a course I had handed back to my boss, as I was swamped. It seems when I am away, no one cares about deadlines.... maybe that is what I should say when asked why I like to work at my present company? I should say "I like it that others coast along with their self-important time-filling activities and don't get stressed out by meeting pesky things like client deliverables and high priority invoicing activities! Otherwise it would feel too much like work wouldn't it?"...

Pity no one told the client that I had handed the course back to my boss, like my boss telling the client? Stupid me. I must remember:

Stop caring or get a new job.
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No spacking Broadband! WTF! [Nov. 7th, 2007|09:38 am]
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Monday - Went home after a nice pub meal with bun_egirl to find that our Broadband is inexplicably now no longer working! It was working fine all weekend.... I call the helpdesk after already performing all the necessary checks, only for them to ignore the fact that you have years of IT training and claim to already having successfully diagnosed the fault and make you go through it all again. Eventually get the plonker on the helpdesk to confirm I am right, he fobs me off with an excuse that BT know about the fault and are fixing it now, and can I check the line as often as possible, but assures me it will come back on magically very soon. I am no way near convinced.

Tuesday - Working from home, wake up with the dregs of a migraine and get up to check the router and find that the line is not magically working. Call the Helpdesk and I am on the phone to a complete spazz 'Mumbai' female for an hour. She doesn't believe that I can and did do the necessary checks by myself and the plonker from the night before did not log the call - no surprise - and insists I go through them with her, even though all I want them to do is perform a 'tone' test. I tell her that most of the checks are not relevant - like checking the Ethernet cable - as I am using the router wirelessly and the problem is that the internet/phone connection is not working. I haven't changed anything software or hardware configuration on my end, so the problem is either with BT or SKY. I tell her I know she is not IT trained, she is working from a fixed script, she doesn't have a clue how a router works and I do as I used to work in IT. Eventually she concedes defeat and escalates it to the 'real' Support - 2nd line support when she does the 'tone test' and realises the internet is not active on my line. Doh! It's hard being right.... always right.... I get three more calls from IT Support asking me to perform similar checks as each one believes the other staff members may have missed something out. Each time the outcome is the same, the line is still not active and I am still right.

Doesn't give me any satisfaction when I have no imminent solution to getting Broadband back. All I keep wondering is if this has anything to do with the muppets at Pipex and BT, cancelling my SKY broadband, due to confusion and a lack of all round brain power!

Life is a bunch of c*ck sometimes....

In other news I am asked to write a piece on why I like working at my current job - for a marketing newsletter type thing - I am stumped as to what to say beyond "huh? What? I like working here now?"
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Sleeeeeeeeeeep! [Sep. 8th, 2007|10:29 am]
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I slept last night people! Boy did I sleep. Apart from being woken by Felix at 5am for food, I slept like the dead. I still feel crap - bun_egirl reckons it's a virus, rather than the food poisoning I thought it must be, but whatever it is, I am still not 100 percent. Give me more sleep like that people and I will soon be back on form. Bring it on!

Last night I had a chav/stupidity overdose. After the most excellent Armin Meiwes inspired episode of the I.T. Crowd, and My NAME IS EARL, I watched crap like Booze Britain and Worlds Stupidest Stunts; flicking from channel to channel, I laughed myself silly as people alternately drank too much and made complete d*cks of themselves or attempted great feats of stuntery and made complete d*cks of themselves - or died hilariously. Darwin in action; you've gotta love it.
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SKUNK FU - Cut the cheese! [Jul. 31st, 2007|07:22 pm]
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PLAY THE SKUNK FARTING GAME!
-thanks to bun_egirl for that one. (and she always puts on this proper mature grownup front... now we know your secret)

Worked late again today... but I can feel the holiday is that much closer to landing! If only I could drink to celebrate the fact....

Loving DEXTER, still a cracking series.
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All work and no play... well apart from DRAGON TIGER GATE, RIDING THE BULLET and DEXTER [Jul. 30th, 2007|12:44 pm]
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This post is sponsored by the Let Rumour_man drink all the boozes foundation...

Worked late for the [g]ayjob till 8.30 on Friday night, then did some editing, before grumpily retiring to bed to watch DEXTER on my laptop at 11.30pm. I am loving that show. It's episoding tale of a Serial-Killer-who-kills-Serial-Killers and masquerades as a human by day; as he works for the Miami Police Forensics lab. It really entertains. It is a very clever and witty, yet hearfelt, bit of drama - unusual for the yanks. It almost made up for not being lashed, but not quite. I am really missing the boozes. Fridays are not the same without it! And missing peeps' leaving do's is not a good habit to adopt...

Saturday - was insanely grumpy at being made to get up and go take measurements for curtains at the house we are looking to buy. Feeling the warmth from the sunlight streaming through the conservatory roof made up for it though. That place is a right little sun trap. Nice.

Spent the day editing, before watching DRAGON TIGER GATE - a daft Manga style Kung Fu comic adaptation flick starring Donny Yuen. It's real name is LUNG FU MOON - which makes it sound like a Wheezing Asthma inspired Kung Fu style... Great fight scenes and cunning CG FX, but hokey drama/heartfelt stuff made me giggle and shake my head in disdain. All hopes of chilling out were ruined by bun_egirl's Mum and Sis coming round for a social visit. Was nice to see them, but not while I am sober and having difficulty feigning normal social niceties. They all cruelly drank in front of me... as if taunting me. I consoled myself with more DEXTER till 1am - although thoughts of the cheaper bottles of Duvel currently on offer in Sainsbury's haunted me through the night... gently calling my name!

Sunday was spent doing more c*cking work for the [g]ayjob. Worked till 4.30pm and then did more editing, before a workout and watched the dodgy Stephen King Short Story adaptation RIDING THE BULLET. That film is laughable, sadly not for the comedy content in the film... it is clearly a short story that has been stretched beyond belief to the point where constant flashbacks and flashforwards and fake possible realities just end up getting right on your tits. Let's not even mention the hamfisted college quality direction and knowing wink-wink type humour. What a waste of a rental! Did not appreciate bun_egirl being able to enjoy a glass of wine in her bath....hrumph! I need the boozes people!
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Must not work late! Must not work late! [Jul. 27th, 2007|08:53 pm]
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Y'know when I go on about working in the evenings and weekends, and how I shouldn't do that.... well give me a good kicking, because I can't seem to avoid doing it!

Just finished. Need boozes! Can't have boozes! Life sucks.
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Can't drink for a week! [Jul. 27th, 2007|01:07 pm]
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Got antibiotics as my left ear is still f*cked. Luckily I can fly, but will need waterproof ear thingies if I am to go swimming. The real bummer - besides the antibiotics making me feel a bit sick - is that I can't drink for a week!!!!!!!!

Arse! Not good!

My GP is so young and hip he actually said "It [Your ear] is still full of crap." - what is the world coming to when standards are dropped as soon as one spots your tattoos and thinks he can get in with the kids by swearing?
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Deadline met - Elfing complete [Jul. 26th, 2007|07:20 pm]
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Been working like a b*stard, but achieved another client deliverable. Will anyone notice or care? I doubt the client will appreciate the effort that has gone into it; nor the bosses... F*ck 'em.

I need to see the GP tomorrow to get my left ear checked out. Hopefully it will be sorted before our Holiday.

Please let me be free to move my other projects forward tomorrow.... ***praying to the e-learning Gods****... this Elf has done enough Elfing for one client, today!
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Clients are dumb - part deux [Jul. 25th, 2007|02:10 pm]
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Yes, everything I said yesterday is proved doubly true, Clients are dumb. A client sends me a new Word Script - a new version of my document; has faithfully tried to follow the stylistic conventions we set, but fails - and fails to use Track Changes to indicate where the changes were made. Dufus! I lose an hour of my life checking his changes, as this part of the course is hand-built, so we can't just 'Elf'* it through the system like we normally do or just do a Compare/Contrast on it.

*Elfing - the process of 'magically' making things happen. Clients assume that invisible Elves exist in e-learning companies to psychically understand every desire and just make it happen, even if it contradicts the rules laid out in the development meetings which state "if it aint on the page, it aint on the stage".

In other news... Still got the whining and stuffed up feeling in my left ear, but loving the fact that I have hearing in one ear and can now demonstrate enough balance to work out hard and sweat like a muthaf*cker!

Trying to read LISEY'S STORY by Stephen King... difficult to get into. Hardly the most engaging start to a book. Typical waffle take-all-day style of Oversized-book-Stephen-Kingness. At least it is not a multiple novel thang like THE DARK TOWER, God forbid!
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Ear ear! I can hear in 1 ear! yayyyyyyy! [Jul. 24th, 2007|01:29 pm]
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I had the dubious pleasure of having someone squirt warm water into my right ear this morning and within 2 seconds I could hear perfectly! Yayyy! Didn't even leave me feeling discombobulated so, even though I started work at 7.30am, feeling overjoyed, I rushed off to work to work in the office! Of course, as soon as the first c*cking client email landed on my desk I regretted ever having set eyes on the place.

Clients are dumb, repeat, Clients are dumb!Collapse )

If only they could have sorted the left ear. That one is still farked. Seems that my ear is still infected and too swollen to do anything with it. *rse!

Oh well. 1 ear is better than nowt! Let's hope the left ear is sorted before my holiday!
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I get paid to do this? coooooool! [Jul. 23rd, 2007|01:58 pm]
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Had a funny old weekend.

Friday was a very miserable rainy day at first - not fun being totally soaked up until Lunchtime, after being accosted by a torrential downpour on the way to work. But it turned out rather well in the end, when two clients started behaving, playing by my rules and then [to celebrate] we went for a few after work drinks. Couldn't get drunk though as I was filming the next day.

Saturday was mainly spent travelling - cursing the weather for disrupting tube and rail services and cursing tourists who happily got in my way, unaware of the potential violence I was eager to unleash upon them - or filming. Even with a very early start I was late on arrival in London.

I was filming the amazing Burlesque sensation Sugar Kayne in the Soho Revue Bar (for her showreel) and at times, as we filmed the various routines, I did have to wonder if we should have been paying her for the pleasure? It went smoothly, with us doing wide shots, then mid shots [handheld] and then closeups/isolation shots of key movements - all from two angles... Best shoot I have had to do yet, pity about the travel. Although Karl behaved himself on the shoot [surprisingly not going for any dodgy closeup shots] and then drove us home in the Lotus, which made up for the sh*tty train journeys. By the time I got back of course I was knackered [due to constant popping and pain from ears] and we had to bow out of seeing dave_morrison in Brighton as I wasn't fit for anything except drinking and sleeping. Sorry Dave!

In other news - we found out we got the mortgage agreed! YAYYYYY!!!!! and bun_egirl cheated on her agreement to save the new HPotter book until our Holiday and scan read it through before the day was over. BOOOO!!!!!! Whereas I am still saving my books for the beach.

Sunday Was a bit of a waste of time. Was too knackered still from no sleep all week due to my ears still playing up and the shoot the day before. I watched 3 DEAD GIRLS and enjoyed all the extras I had not seen when out in LA and then spent the evening watching OLD BOY whilst ironing. Such a Rock N Roll life.... Not!

Tomorrow I get my ears done! Let's pray my hearing is fixed and ears go back to normal!!!!!
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Shaven Raver - 'tis I! [Jul. 20th, 2007|11:39 am]
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I have shaved off all my lovely long hair. Did it last night! It took so long that I thought my old clippers were going to overheat and burst into flame, and burn me with it.

bun_egirl was not impressed, although she agreed to let me do it. After all I had wanted to do this many a time since growing my hair, but she always urged me to reconsider. Yesterday I was intent. It was hot and humid and had p*ssed me off for the last time. The straw that broke the camels back was that I kept getting Olive Oil into it, run-off from treating my ears [which are now much better thanks, but still need treating until my next GP visit on Tuesday].

I took some pics of the huge mass of hair - pic update soon. It weighed a bit too. Funny to think I carried so much of it around. But now I feel unfettered and totally free! Anyone who knows me, knows this is how I always used to look back on the scene. Either that or I had short and bleached or dyed hair.

In short - do not be surprised if I look different the next time you see me!

Funny seeing people do a double-take when they see me. Let alone Felix giving me a quizzical look... But it is worth it. It was so nice being able to go for a run this morning in the rain and not worry about my hair going frizzy! lol Or when I got soaked on the way to work and was drenched through.
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Useless errand - grrr - and top reward! - Yayyy!... PAINTED VEIL [Jul. 19th, 2007|02:32 pm]
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I just went to pay a check into our solicitors. It was out of my way, but I thought it was worth doing it sooner than later. How wrong am I? I mean, it was humid and close. By the time I got there, I was starting to get hot and sticky and then...and then... and more and then... they were OUT! I know! B*stards! How inconsiderate, to wait a week for one 5 minute visit from me and to not be there when I chance it in my lunch hour - with no prior warning.... The doors were locked, answerphone was off and there was definitely nobody home. Hrrumph!

That is not what I expect for a hired legal firm.

Anyway, after that I slogged up to the post office to find out what the parcel was and why it wasn't at the usual depot - and found it was a box full of this:



and stickers and postcards! Yayyy! The result of my LA trip in May has finally reached fruition. 3 DEAD GIRLS is here!!!!!! CLICK ON THE PICTURE AND BUY BUY BUY!!!!!!!

...I almost completed in my trousers at the glorious sight of it all.

We saw THE PAINTED VEIL last night. Was good, tragic and a tad depressing and had the wenches weeping, but was a good and beautifully shot film. Not my bag, and I will never watch it again, but was good. Recommended to those who like watching couples fall in and out of love, cheat on each other, contract Cholera etc. Y'know, normal relationship stuff.
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National Day of the stupid? [Jul. 17th, 2007|01:15 pm]
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I have just witnessed, the most mind-boggling of exchanges between two grown women.

You may remember I mentioned a pink shop I frequent in Brighton. Well the woman who runs it is nice, but mad as a bag of angry man-eating badgers. Anyway, she doesn't tolerate fools or simpletons and she also has ignored or possibly destroyed any book on customer service she can find. After all it is her business and she will run it as she sees fit! Not as someone else tells her to... Anyway, an Office Type Woman (OTW) enters shop, peruses the board for a long time and then requests "a Prawn Cocktail, sans mayonnaise, with Salad and a Baked Potato".....

Imaging the gears and wheels that propel this planet around the Sun, suddenly grinding to an abrupt halt. Cue patronising and confused smile from Pink Lady (PL).

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I left before the resolution, eager to scarper and quickly tear into my baguette. Perhaps the incident may have turned nasty - ending with sharp stale baguette fragments in one's eye and a butter knife up the arris - I will be checking the news later, for stories of a missing woman, last seen buying her lunch in Brighton....

In other news... my ears are slightly better again although the left one still hurts and is frankly a bit sh*t. I have had no sleep and a migraine is still dancing around behind my eyes waving its ass in my general direction. I achieved nothing yesterday Except uploading these bits of my LA footage from Universal Studios:



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Ear ear part deux - this times its migraine too [Jul. 15th, 2007|09:28 pm]
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Well, my ears are better - but not 100% yet. At least I woke up for the first time in days being able to hear well [apart from the constant whining sound] and relatively pain free! Yayyyy! I could hear birds singing, mumbling dialogue on TV and appreciate all that it is good. The pressure in my head was lessened, but now it has all gone to shit. Now I have a migraine too! Big hairy minges and Penguin wings!

Why? What have I done to deserver this crap?

Last night was a b*tch, having to endure a complete lack of sound and pressure in my head and then watch two heavyweight boxers put on a piss-poor show on ITV. Luckily I saw the Michael Sprotts trainer give him a slap and shout at him, turning the air blue, because of the lame performance his fans had paid to see.... I would have happily slapped the two of them too, given half a chance.

I spent the day drilling holes and screwing new shiny metal handles onto our Kitchen cupboards. I feel thwarted that there is one cupboard door that I cannot change - it is not even a working door/drawer, but simply buts up against the sink. Meaning the only way to take off the old handle and add a new one is to get the sink out. Bah! I will leave that as a present for the landlord to do when we move out - after all he should really have been putting in the labour on my account as I am the tenant.... Even though I hate leaving a job unfinished, I feel like I at least achieved one thing today.

We watched MAN ON FIRE last night - a good Denzel Washington action flick, as alcoholic/suicidal hitman turns avenger when the family he is hired to protect gets targeted by Mexican kidnappers. We watched GHOST RIDER today, the Nicholas Cage comic adaptation about the Devil's assassin gifted with the power of hellfire, to collect contracts of corrupted souls. This film was slated when it came out and I can see why. It is a confusing mishmash of mythology and pop culture, with a gurning Elvis impersonator playing hero protecting Earth from a Goth trenchcoat militia of Evil henchmen intent on bringing forth the end of days.... blah! Some lovely stunts, special effects and some really fricking cheesy dialogue. Can't take it seriously. It's not so much bad, as just not good.... like the Ghost Rider himself, it treads a line between two worlds....

The question is can I slip this Migraine off and will I wake up pain free and able to hear tomorrow in time for work?
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Ears still f*cked [Jul. 14th, 2007|05:22 pm]
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Yes folks, my ears are still messed up. Now since I have to treat both ears - even though only one is infected - before syringing in a weeks time, I now have two clogged ears. They are both full of olive oil and ear drops. Sound only comes to me in unfiltered form when I burp, or or swallow and it is only fleeting. I hate not being able to enjoy music, hear conversation well, edit sound or enjoy films - those not without subtitles anyway. But even worse is the feeling of putting the first drops in when I get up in the morning; that makes me want to spew.

Not in a happy place. Thankfully this time around I am not losing my hearing for good as I caught it soon enough. But is it impaired permanently? Hopefully not! Again, not being over dramatic people. Last time it was that close.

I am hoping that in 1 weeks time, I can enjoy sound without a constant whining in my ears and that feeling of nausea and loss of balance....
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Fake celeb sighting - Chantelle [Jul. 13th, 2007|01:09 pm]
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I just saw Chantelle of Celeb BB - the fake wannabe celeb who's more famous for marrying a talentless dufus like Preston, only to not really have a career and then divorce him to get back in the papers. Apparently Brighton was the issue, she missed London and hated Brighton. Funny how I saw her in Brighton, getting out of her car and entering a small posh gated community house.....

She's shorter than I thought she'd be, her fake extensions are almost down to her bum. Doesn't look as munting as she does on TV in real life though....

- My ears are hurting like buggery again! This is not how half days off are supposed to be!

I am going to watch HOW TO KILL A CHILD... it just arrived from the US, after 4 months of waiting.... is it uncut? we will see...
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Friday (the 13th!) half day madness - ear ear! Harry Potter & the Order Of The Phoenix [Jul. 13th, 2007|11:30 am]
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Ear ear! What's that I hear? You're taking a half day today? - Why yes indeed - now get the f*ck out of my way! Let me run to the station forthwith!

My team have done brilliantly and delivered the course to Alpha. It is going out today! A few minor issues with it, but mainly to do with the scripts and 1 gif image - which I know the client will have opinions on. But we expect that when they just dump it in our laps and say "Just.F*cking.Do.It!" and only bother to pay attention at this late stage in the development?

Because I am shattered and I am owed back the time, I am shooting off to spend the rest of the day as I please. I need to rest and recuperate. I have editing to do.... My ears are still fucked - but slightly better for having drops from the doc and olive oil dripped into them. I can now chew and swallow, cough and sneeze without clutching my noggin' and squealing like a 5-year-old-girl.

I saw the new HARRY POTTER last night - THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX. Okay, no Gold stars, no cigar. Many plot points introduced and forgotten, many others not explained. Think cuts were made to keep the length down at the expense of the story. Expect a more complete version on DVD.... The experience was not improved by my smuggled beer going warm as the place was so hot and foetid, nor when the film went into blurred double visions when the focus/tension on the gate went. Until other people got up and questioned the projection, I thought I was the only one who was losing it! I thought it was down to the excrutiating pain in my left ear.... haha, no that was just an extra bit of joy in my world.

PS - Todays word of the day is - Triskaidekaphobia \tris-ky-dek-uh-FOH-bee-uh\, noun: "A morbid fear of the number 13 or the date Friday the 13th."
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Owww! Demons out! [Jul. 12th, 2007|01:52 pm]
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My head hurts! I have an ear infection in my left ear. It would be a relief for dulling the tinnitus in that ear (seem to have bad Tinnitus in both ears, had it for 2 months already!), except it hurts like royal buggery. Have had no sleep in days and every cough, burp or sneeze brings a special price to pay! I have narrow ear passages, and fear that this is nature's way of telling me that I need to get my ears syringed and get antibiotics for the infection, or I will go deaf - as this almost happened 5 or 6 years ago - I sh*t you not! I do have a gift for the dramatic, but this is true.....needless to say I was less than enamoured with Felix's whining yesterday, so he was banished from the living room all day, while I worked from home. He got his cuddles later on though. He hates not getting some loving.

In work related bo-larks - this crappy Car Finance related course is looking like a real course now that it has the odd 'shiny' graphic and working interactions. Ironically - nearly a week after I sent out an email to my bosses to warn them how it was slipping out of scope - almost doubled in size, beyond the original client estimates - now the bosses are concerned! Tough sh*t homos! I warned you way back, you left me to it and I got the job done as I saw fit! Live with that you arses! Teach them not to listen to me early on or check their emails more regularly. I was interrogated as to why such and such had happened, but I wasn't too bothered. Fire me or get f*cked! Either I just do my job, or I manage things as well - which is what I do. I would be happy being a drone and just '9-to-5-ing' it - then we'll see how they like to work for a living! I know how the game works, I play it the best I can. With the right tools I can get satisfactory results. With turds I can merely polish them a bit.

We are supposed to see the new Harry Potter film tonight, but I am off to the Doc's first. Depends if I am pain free and without discomfort; if I can bear the rustling of crisp packets and munching of popcorn in a cramped theatre tonight.
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