Mar26

Written by:Driper
Thursday, March 26, 2009 

Well when it rains it pores (and not literally). It's been nice weather here for the last week or so, sun is out, temp is just below nice. Have had a few celebratory drinks tonight because as of last Friday as I am employed. Have found a contract for 4 to 12 weeks for a medium size site looking to do some cleanup and updates and cover a sick staff member. It has been a bit of a whirlwind looking for jobs. I made the mistake of looking at permanent and contract roles which of course meant that I have a permanent role which is in its final stages and a contract that offered. Oh well. Money in the bank. I am lead to believe by a few people that on your second contract you are likely to increase your income significantly (if you took average money to begin with like I did this time) assuming you have the experience (I hope so). Eventually the permanent role (CEO) turned me down, oh well. Guess I made the right decision to say yes to the contract and see what happened. Have now been working in the contract for 4 days and it's awesome to be doing something other than looking for a job for the first time in 5 weeks. People are great, boss is even letting me talk to other roles at work because he knows he has a limited timeframe for me. Have managed to impress the boss (IT Manager) and I am fairly confident that I will be in the contract for its longer expected duration which is perfect. I think having shown him that his virus protection was 5 years out of date, Active Directory is a mess and backup wasn't working to the point that it was not restorable has probably won me some points.

Well when it rains it pores (and not literally). It's been nice weather here for the last week or so, sun is out, temp is just below nice. Have had a few celebratory drinks tonight because as of last Friday as I am employed. Have found a contract for 4 to 12 weeks for a medium size site looking to do some cleanup and updates and cover a sick staff member. It has been a bit of a whirlwind looking for jobs. I made the mistake of looking at permanent and contract roles which of course meant that I have a permanent role which is in its final stages and a contract that offered. Oh well. Money in the bank. I am lead to believe by a few people that on your second contract you are likely to increase your income significantly (if you took average money to begin with like I did this time) assuming you have the experience (I hope so). Eventually the permanent role (CEO) turned me down, oh well. Guess I made the right decision to say yes to the contract and see what happened. Have now been working in the contract for 4 days and it's awesome to be doing something other than looking for a job for the first time in 5 weeks. People are great, boss is even letting me talk to other roles at work because he knows he has a limited timeframe for me. Have managed to impress the boss (IT Manager) and I am fairly confident that I will be in the contract for its longer expected duration which is perfect. I think having shown him that his virus protection was 5 years out of date, Active Directory is a mess and backup wasn't working to the point that it was not restorable has probably won me some points.  

We have had some adventures over the past few weeks with renting. It appears that a deposit here isn't the same as a deposit in Australia. If you get a reference (aka deposit) done they check that you can afford to pay for the place for the duration of the agreement, this is fairly normal. What is different is the reference company are not only checking that you can pay but will put up the cash for rent in the event that you cant pay (to the landlord). You are no doubt removed from the premises but the landlord still gets their money.

I have enjoyed hour on hour of Top Gear. Freda is somewhat over it but hey. Looked at getting tickets to see it and found out there is a 2 year wait for tickets. Should have booked those from Sydney... We have of course been out and about a little bit more. A few nights on the town, some I don't remember as well as I should. Just like in Sydney there are trouble makers here when you go out. I was somewhat intoxicated at the time but long story short this tightly packed club meant that you were going to bump into people. I am dancing away (if that's what you can call it) and there are four (Deirdre, Ryan, Freda and I) of us in a circle facing each other. This THING behind me gets security saying I am to close etc etc. They guy next to me is to close too but you don't see me saying he is hitting on me...Oh well, made for a bit of a story and proved that people here are just like people in Sydney, all different. There are some exceptionally nice people here who help strangers up stairs, open doors and all that. There are those who think your in their way and there are those looking to get in your way, just like home (I have been shoulder barged by a guy who clearly saw me and just didn't want to change course and knew I couldn't, nice:)

Have learnt one important UK rule. Don't use the tube map as a map. It's not to scale and it doesn't represent how far things are in any way. What is even more interesting is you can often walk to the destination quicker than you can take the tube to it. There are obviously a number of other transport methods (bus, overground train etc) but its interesting to realise that the 30 minute, change 3 times tube ride you took is also a 30 casual minute walk.

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