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Post 2381

Bluebottle

Today's been hectic - typically people have returned from their week's off and started chasing us for everything that would have been sent to ask us last week all in one go smiley - winkeye

Hopefully the smiley - xmastree won't lean - I don't suppose we'll be able to take it back to the setting if it does... We whould have plenty of room for an smiley - angel, though - but the ceilings are lower than the house I grew up in.

Sadly the Puppet Club's Monday session was cancelled - not really surprising.

Good to hear you had a good time at the zoo, zoo, zoo and your mum could go too too too. Were the walking birds emus?

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SQ and BB

Post 2382

SashaQ - happysad

Ah, that is typical smiley - laugh I hope you are managing to field all the questions OK

Yes your new tree should be perpendicular to smiley - xmastreesmiley - ok Will be interesting for you to see what smiley - cat makes of it! That's good that there's enough room for smiley - angel on top. I think my ceiling must be slightly lower than yours, but my smiley - xmastree is only 1ft tall, so that's fine smiley - laugh

There have been quite a few fireworks today and yesterday - I can't tell where they are coming from, but I can certainly hear them... Have you seen any?

Ah, that is sad but not surprising about Puppet Club smiley - blue Good that people have been able to make youtube videos, though smiley - biggrin

They used to have ostriches at Chester Zoo, but they've been replaced by the Painted Dogs, I think. No emus, but there are some Cassowaries now. The birds that were walking round in Monsoon Forest were pigeons smiley - laugh (blue-crowned pigeons to be precise) - a photo will be in smiley - thepostsmiley - biggrin


SQ and BB

Post 2383

Bluebottle

It was good to be busy again at the start of the week, I managed to get it all sorted but strange how these things tend to gather together in clumps rather than get to be spread out nice and evenly.

If your is only 1 ft tall and you worry about fitting the angel beneath the ceiling, how big is your smiley - angel!?!?!? I can't see it dancing on the head of a pin anytime soon...

So, do you have any plans for the weekend? Difficult to make plans at present, though I know. We've not really, just taking each day at a time. The smiley - book should be on sale - that's a point, I'll have to add the link on smiley - facepalmsmiley - book later.

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SQ and BB

Post 2384

SashaQ - happysad

Yes, it is strange how work tasks clump together like buses smiley - bussmiley - bussmiley - bus Well done for getting it sorted. My Friday was waiting for other people and faffing with technology so I stayed late but didn't achieve much... My boss should sort things out by Monday, anyway.

"If your smiley - xmastree is only 1 ft tall and you worry about fitting the angel beneath the ceiling, how big is your smiley - angel !?!?!?" - smiley - snork

Today was good as I was able to go to a food resource centre on the Wirral again because we're all in the same tier now. Not sure what to do tomorrow, though. Take each day at a time indeed smiley - ok I saw the smiley - book link on smiley - facepalmsmiley - booksmiley - ok


SQ and BB

Post 2385

Bluebottle

It was very quiet between and over both weekends with regards fireworks - even years when it has been much wetter have been noisier (it ended up drying out by the end of last week, which means the leaves started to dry out and crumble to dust rather than turn into slippery mud, hurray!)

Sorry to hear you had a disappointing Friday despite working late, hope it all works out for you today. I'm still having frustrating access issues today, but c'est la vie smiley - grr

I've worked out that about 64% of my drawings since January 2019 are now available to buy online in 4 or 5 smiley - books ('Running Commentary', 'The Nativities are Restless', 'What the Dinosaur' and 'Livin' La Vida Lockdown' (either 2 books or omnismiley - bus edition) so there may be more out at some point, but I want to theme them and try and get to around 50 or 100 pages of each, and none are particularly near that. Well, I've done another 41 running themed pages but don't feel inspired to write another 9 smiley - run-themed pages at the moment.smiley - shrug
You can probably tell that much of my weekend was spent doodling, and I did a jogsaw too. Other than that our smiley - cat is unwell and had to go into the vets smiley - doctor today>, hopefully we'll learn more later.

Well smiley - goodluck for today my friend,

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SQ and BB

Post 2386

SashaQ - happysad

That's good but surprising that you heard so few fireworks this last couple of weeks, especially when you heard fireworks on Thursdays earlier in the year... Better for the animals smiley - ponysmiley - cat

That's good that your weather is drying out at last - slippery, squelchy leaves are not good at this time of year; dry, crispy leaves are much more fun.

Sorry you had access issues again today smiley - grr Today was much more productive for me - turned out that the e-mail I was waiting for was actually sent on Friday, but it didn't arrive until midday today because of some technical glitch. My boss and I got it sorted, anyway smiley - puff

That is an impressive publishing percentage smiley - applause Yes, good idea to have themes, and to build the books when you have the inspiration smiley - ok Not surprising inspiration for Running Commentary is lacking at the moment smiley - tea Good idea to do a jigsaw - I did a couple with mum during the first lockdown, which was very pleasant smiley - zen Do smiley - cat like to play with the jigsaw or did they leave you to it? Sorry smiley - cat is not well - I hope smiley - cat gets better soon.

It was a quiet Sunday, which was just right in the circumstances - mum got upset over the Remembrance Day service on the TV, but then we did some tidying up and then some crosswords, which was satisfying smiley - zen It has been a long year, and yet hardly any time at all...


SQ and BB

Post 2387

Bluebottle

I hadn't thought of that, but you're right - quieter on Fireworks night than it had been on clapping for carer Thursdays smiley - weird

Still not had VPN access since Thursday, but able to do most things I need to, even if it takes a little longer.

The puzzle I'm doing is a 1,000 piece puzzle of a smiley - bookshop which I borrowed from Chris, a friend I work with. Our kitten smiley - cat did try tapping several puzzle pieces and licked one or two to see if they were food, but other than that left them alone, though still always perked up at the rustling pieces noise, activating their hunting instincts. Hopefully we won't have an incident like that of a friend whose smiley - cat mistook a jigsaw puzzle box for a litter tray. Ollie has had most of her teeth removed as she's had a badly infected mouth, but exactly why isn't known yet until we get test results.

It has been the first Remembrance Sunday I've not been to a Memorial Service for several years - they had planned a special commemoration in Southampton to celebrate its 100th anniversary.

Yesterday afternoon I received an e-mail from my line manager's manager manager, which said essentially that everyone whose job was at risk in the first wave of redundancies has now been informed. As I'd not heard anything I assume that means my job is safe for the next six months, so that is a relief. No idea who is affected - as we've had it from him it means that at least one person in the wider department is at risk of losing their job smiley - blue - I think we'll find out more on Friday.

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SQ and BB

Post 2388

SashaQ - happysad

Glad you're managing to do stuff even without the VPN. Our e-mail system was behaving itself today, thankfully. Good to hear the e-mail you received is as positive a sign as possible for you smiley - goodluck

Sorry to hear about smiley - cat - I hope she makes a good recovery. As you might have guessed from the smiley - giftsmiley - gift I worried that something like that might happen, as something similar happened to our smiley - cat, so I'm sorry smiley - gift weren't good enough to prevent the problem. I hope the test results provide an explanation. We deduced what happened to our smiley - cat - an unscrupulous vet almost certainly infected the whole neighbourhood of cats so that he could charge £££ for monthly treatments...

"Hopefully we won't have an incident like that of a friend whose smiley - cat mistook a jigsaw puzzle box for a litter tray." - smiley - snork ooh dear! Ah, yes the sound of the pieces rustling is a good noise to attract a smiley - cat to be interested, but that's good that kitten smiley - cat mostly leaves them alone smiley - ok


SQ and BB

Post 2389

Bluebottle

I found out yesterday that my line manager, and other line managers in the office, aren't so lucky and are all officially 'at risk', though whether that means they are all going to be fired or whether they'll ask them to play musical chairs and apply for their jobs and one or more won't survive the round I don't know. Might find out more on Friday.

To pay for the vet we had to pay in advance and hopefully claim back on the insurance, which meant I had to go to the bank to get the money smiley - 2cents organised. It was weird going through the town centre with most of the shops closed and shutters down. (I inadvertently typed 'i' for 'u' first time - don't do that when writing 'shutters') though essential shops were open. Banks (though reduced hours), supermarkets (does Poundland really count as an essential shop? I suppose they sell food, though mainly snacks? Either way they were open), chemists - and the pop-up Christmas shop...? I definitely doubt the Christmas shop that is only there for a month or so a year counts as essential - it isn't essential enough to be there in July in an ordinary year after all - but it was open.smiley - weird

It was funny - when I opened the conversation your £ showed as lira and then when I clicked reply they've turned to pound sterling.

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SQ and BB

Post 2390

SashaQ - happysad

Ah, could well be 'musical chairs' - I know it well... Yes, Friday will hopefully give you useful information smiley - goodluck

smiley - laugh yes, some typos can be very unfortunate smiley - flustered

That is fascinating what 'essential' shops were open - the Christmas shop does seem like a stretch given that eg bookshops are closed for now, and yet bookshops are usually open all year round... Poundland sell smiley - tea so that must explain that smiley - laugh

That was funny that you were able to see the lira for a short while - very strange... Do you use Firefox too, or a different browser?

I went for a walk at lunchtime today, which was lucky as the pavement was rather dirty and I would have stepped in stuff if I had gone out after dark.,.. Several cars were parked on the pavement, which made it look like someone was having a party, but it must have been coincidence unless someone has opened an essential shop from their house smiley - laugh There was enough room for me to get past the cars, but not enough room for me to go round the smiley - pony poo so I had to very carefully put my wheels either side of the patch smiley - laugh


SQ and BB

Post 2391

Bluebottle

At home I use Chrome but on VPN I use IE for BB and Chrome for h2g2 Editors (as Chrome works for Trello but IE doesn't). I do have Firefox at work but it didn't work with many of our main systems. I usually prefer to use IE because the keyboard shortcuts work (particularly back space to go to previous page, rather than having to click 'back') which is very handy when checking links work.

I finally got back into my work PC today, someone had apparently switched my PC in the office offsmiley - grr Mind you, this week I've been spelling my name with a Thorn to see if anyone noticed (but what does 'þ' look like to you?) but no-one has commented on it or replied using the Thorn.

That said, it is a very tense workplace. We are quite literally being decimated - a tenth of the workforce is being fired now with another tenth in the summer to meet the 20% staff reduction. But no-one is supposed to talk about it yet because if you say you are officially at risk it implies that others in your team or at your level are at risk also, which is against their data protection rights, so no-one really knows what to say to anyone as anyone in any team may be at risk and unable to tell us.
This morning I've already had one e-mail reply about something which on 21st October we had a meeting and it was agreed that their team would be looking after that area, only to be told today 'I can confirm that we will shortly be changing our processes, as a direct result of the impact of staffing, changes to our processes will be communicated when we have put them in place.'
So even already we don't know who does what any more smiley - shrug

Y'know, I've never bought smiley - tea from Poundland. I've been a few times but usually I see the size of the queue and if it is a nammet time I would rather spend an extra 20p smiley - 2cents in a shop without a queue then ten minutes queuing. I'm convinced the reason they can afford to sell things cheaper is because they have fewer tills and staff - same with Aldi and Lidl - and even before Covid contagion queues were not something I enjoyed participating in if there was an easy alternative.

Do you live near a lot of smiley - pony then? Is it unusual to have it on the pavement - does horse manure count as an essential item? Mind you while in theory it is a good idea to outlaw pavement parking it isn't always practical in built up areas that weren't designed for cars, and not every road can be made one way to try and resolve the cars passing each other issue. But if more and more people work from home, will the need for cars decline? Seems unlikely in the immediate future anyway... Did you have the same issue coming back or did you return another way?

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SQ and BB

Post 2392

SashaQ - happysad

That's very interesting about the browsers - my work computer has IE, and the VPN has Chrome. My home computer upgraded to Edge rather than IE, and then I have this Firefox. A colleague of mine complimented my keyboard shortcut skills today, as I was much quicker than him at cutting and pasting in a document smiley - laugh Much easier when typing, I think, than having to switch from keyboard to mouse and back again, but he prefers the mouse to the keyboard.

Gah, that was an unexpected problem that someone would turn the computer off so you couldn't log into it smiley - grr Glad it was sorted eventually... Fascinating about the thorn - on this Firefox it shows as a t with a cedilla c smiley - laugh

Yikes, that isn't good about the decimation causing so much tension and disruption already... smiley - blue Good luck with it all... Several more people have left here recently, but voluntarily. It is sad that they go without much of a fanfare, but there aren't those tensions that your workplace has - that's not good that someone talking about themself is akin to disclosing someone else's personal information smiley - blue

Yes, definitely no frills and minimal staff in Poundland to help keep costs down... Our local ones are pretty good, though - I've not had to queue for very long when I've been, but I don't go very often. I was usually stocking up on tombola prizes for horticultural society etc, so I got some smiley - tea and random stuff for myself while I was there smiley - biggrin Good to avoid queues if at all possible, though, yes, contagion or no contagion smiley - ok

There are a few smiley - pony around, yes - I live about a mile away from a menage a smiley - ponysmiley - ponysmiley - pony It is a fairly regular occurrence for the poo to be on the pavement these days - not sure whether it is because a child on a small smiley - pony rides on the pavement, or whether it is a larger horse that steps on to the pavement to let cars pass... There are a few people who consider horse manure to be an essential item and would collect it in a bucket, but I haven't seen any of them lately. Yesterday I had to traverse the poo both ways because the pavement on the other side of the road is too narrow for me to use it safely so there's no other way to go smiley - laugh There was torrential rain overnight last night, though, so the pavement was much cleaner today smiley - ok


SQ and BB

Post 2393

Bluebottle

I have Edge installed too but it is too independent and keeps trying to load up pop-ups and take me to the adverts if my cursor happens to pass in front of a link.

So we've heard that the first wave has been targetting a lot of levels of management and people I've known for years - including my first manager at the uni smiley - prof who interviewed me and gave me the job in the first place - are all being fired. In the big meeting with 50-60 people we were told for the first time that our team is also going to be disbanded, but we don't know what we'll be doing instead, but we are going to be split up, though.

So not the best day.

Hope you have a great weekend.smiley - ok

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SQ and BB

Post 2394

SashaQ - happysad

Ah, yes definitely need to avoid randomly loading popups... My firewall manages to keep it in check, but then that means it stops me from visiting some genuine websites - definitely need more than one browser, for more reasons than one.

Sorry your news from work was so disturbing smiley - hug

Sorry it's the hokey-cokey again - put you in one team, split you out again, in out in out shake it all about smiley - ermsmiley - tea

The weather forecast for the weekend is not very good, but hopefully I'll manage to get out and about somewhere in between showers. I hope you get out and about somewhere refreshing, too smiley - tea


SQ and BB

Post 2395

Bluebottle

We've no idea when we're going to learn more, so just trying to take each day at a time at the moment. The VC seems a very typical VC now in that having announced she is making 200 redundancies and that there's an employment freeze smiley - brr this doesn't apply to her as she's announced - in the very same time as the job cuts - she is increasing the number of Deputy VCs from 3 to 5. I'm not sure she's much of an improvement on the previous VC.

I didn't go out much but it was my wife's birthday so we stayed in to celebrate. Funny to think all the things we did to celebrate her birthday are strictly forbidden nowsmiley - yikes Life has changed.

Hope you managed to escape and get out and about.

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SQ and BB

Post 2396

SashaQ - happysad

Ah, that isn't good that the 'Do as I say, not do as I do' attitude has occurred and your new VC is morphing into the old VC... smiley - erm Our VC seems to be a bit 'Marmite', hence so many people (including 2 of the 5 deputy VCs) left voluntarily, but we can see she's doing her best to steer a smooth course through the choppy seas, which is what we need at the moment... Good luck with it all smiley - goodluck

A strange birthday for your wife indeed, but glad you had a good 'staying in' celebration smiley - cakesmiley - ok Doesn't seem like 12 months ago that she was the first of us to become fort-y...

I did have a good weekend. The supermarket was very busy, as if it was a bank holiday, and there had been panic buying of kitchen roll, but there were plenty of toilet rolls! I got absolutely soaked on the way out, though, as it was fine going in, but torrential rain when I finished. Luckily I soon dried off at home. Sunday was good - I went to Burton Mere for a walk round and managed to avoid the worst of the weather, so it was pleasant. Nothing very exciting to see, as the hides have had to close again, but the smiley - tit and robin were quite tame and sat close by smiley - biggrin


SQ and BB

Post 2397

Bluebottle

Well in some ways normality has been restored - as for as in the recent decade or so on the 16th November I've started writing the Christmas crossword. I've completed the grid in Excel now, just adding the questions to the word document. Unfortunately due to lockdown I've not got access to the work printer to run off copies to send to people, so might have to rely on e-mail and social media? Hmm...

I've had a very strange experience that I'm not sure what to do with. When I was in Primary School my best friend was someone I shall call Steven (as that is his name) but in 1988/89? I went to Sandham Middle School and he didn't and we drifted apart, but about a decade(ish) ago we caught up on social media, have exchanged Christmas cards and occasional comments and even did a parkrun together a few years ago, though he couldn't stay after for a chat in a cafe as his wife was unwell. Sadly his wife, who I never met, died early this month after a long battle with cancer, and I've been invited by my friend to watch her funeral on Youtube. Which to me seems weird.
If I had been invited by my friend to attend her funeral I would try to go, to show support and sometimes just being there can mean something. I don't see how that applies to watching something online. But I've been invited and would want to do what I can to support - and definitely not snub - a friend at this time. Once a friend always a friend. But how is watching a funeral of someone I've never met online being supportive? Feels intrusive. Have I actually been really invited or was it a case of inviting all his contacts?

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SQ and BB

Post 2398

SashaQ - happysad

Hmm, yes that is more tricky for you to distribute your crossword... I could print myself a copy if you e-mailed it to me, or maybe there's a way that people could fill in the cells on the computer... smiley - goodluck

That is a new aspect of modern life - not surprised you're not sure what to do with it... Yes, in person your presence could provide support to Steven directly, even though you never met his wife, but online it is very different... Does seem intrusive... Highly possible you were invited as part of a larger group, and it does depend what Steven is looking for - maybe he wants to see lots of views on the youtube video, or maybe he wants comments on the video, like a book of condolence... All the best with whatever you decide to do.


SQ and BB

Post 2399

Bluebottle

Well, the crossword is an Excel spreadsheet, so the spreadsheet could be e-mailed out but you can't share a cell easily with the numbers and letters...? smiley - erm

I did have a bit of problems with one answer this year, which may have had unfortunate consequences but fortunately was avoided.

The funeral was at lunchtime today and in the end I decided that watching the funeral online would be a bit voyeuristic, so I thought the wisest approach would be to make a donation to the charity they mentioned they were raising money for to show support instead. I don't know if that was right or wrong, but it was something I felt comfortable with doing.

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SQ and BB

Post 2400

SashaQ - happysad

Ah, yes that is tricky with the clue numbers already filling certain cells... I found this and don't know if it is of any use but you might like to have a quick look http://acrobat.adobe.com/uk/en/acrobat/how-to/create-fillable-pdf-forms-creator.html

Making a donation instead was a good idea indeed - shows you were thinking of them, and benefits the charity, so that can't be wrong. smiley - tea


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