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long time no see... [May. 4th, 2008|07:36 pm]
dancingllama
[mood |relaxedrelaxed]
[music |fanattica - czarne oczy]

many things have happened since i last updated: some good, some bad, some utterly unremarkable. In fact, most things fit neatly under that last banner.

technically, i'm homeless. which is less than fun, to be honest. Still it could be worse. as i was saying recently, i have many places to sleep, just none to live in. i only have to be the littlest hobo for a few weeks, so i'm not whining too much. honest.

so, onto sport, shall we? sheffield wednesday have again done their old trick of waiting until the least game of the season to give a team a good thumping. at least on this occasion we'd have been safe even if we had been lost, due to other results going our way for a change. i feel sorry for leicester, but not enough to swap. obviously. Also, Inter need to wait another week at least to be crowned champions of italy after milan's wonderful second half performance today. every time i write pippo off, he does something like that. so i'll just keep on writing him off.

music-wise, i'm really enjoying performing in a band, especially since i have so many people to hide behind (both literally and metaphorically - i can't even be seen in the pictures from the drive carefully gig in january). in stark contrast to this, however, i have decided to take the plunge and finally perform a freight logistics set. it's only a fortnight away and i've still got quite a bit of preparing to do, but i'm sure it'll be fine on the night. it'll be with friends and it's in honour of steff's 21st birthday, so i'm sure it will go down just fine.

well, that's about all i've got. i'm away for pesto pasta with portabello mushrooms. yum.
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hmmmmmmm... [Mar. 15th, 2008|05:01 pm]
dancingllama
[mood |frustratedfrustrated]

i can't seem to write lyrics at the moment.
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carlo, carlo, what's the score? and how old is maldini now? [Mar. 5th, 2008|12:31 am]
dancingllama
[mood |crankyunimpressed]

have milan ever been so poor over two games? i'm not sure. still, something good may come of it. Results haven't been good enough domestically for a few seasons and Ancellotti has been unwilling or unable to turn things round. he has blindly kept faith in an aging side and seemed utterly clueless as to how to regenerate the squad.

he has, however, had a happy knack of reaching champions league finals, which does tend to paper over the cracks somewhat. crashing out to an under-strength arsenal side at this stage means he has nothing to hide behind. maybe now, finally, we can get rid of clarence seedorf. put him out to pasture, as they say. or turn him into glue.
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26 still isn't old... [Feb. 29th, 2008|12:26 am]
dancingllama
i'm not really going crazy with birthday celebrations this year. i don't have the energy having just had proper flu (steff has told me to say she's been a good nurse, which she has). i'll be heading to npl, but that's about it, although i'm meeting my mum on my birthday for a meal since it falls on mother's day. and i'm nice like that.

goodnight all.
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bedtime... [Feb. 4th, 2008|03:18 am]
dancingllama
[mood |sleepysleepy]

as much as i didn't give them much chance before the game, from the start of the 4th quarter i could see the giants just doing that little bit more. i'm glad they did. they deserved it. 

i thought the bbc was spot on. gone are the days of itv's shocking coverage presented by someone who knows nothing about american football, joined in the studio by rugby players who know nothing about americn football. actually being at the game, not a studio in london, with genuine experts makes all the difference.

on a different note, i wonder how many of hillary clinton's super tuesday events in new york and new jersey will involve the giants in some way...

and off to bed.

p .s. i wish they'd stop saying "world champions".
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as john madden would say, let's play FOOTBALL... [Feb. 4th, 2008|01:16 am]
dancingllama
 i'm a bit disappointed with the superbowl so far. the giants were so dominant on their first drive (the longest in superbowl history) that i expected them to push on and really test the patriots. they have been so poor on every subsequent drive that a team of the patriots' quality should have torn them to shreds. they've only put 7 points on the board so far. i'm expecting more from both manning and brady in the second half.

more diappointing than the two offenses - tom petty is hardly prince, is he?
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it's in the air, repetition's in the air... [Jan. 28th, 2008|06:38 pm]
dancingllama
MR 28/01/08
please set assignee Postal Service

this is what i have been typing all day now my brain is mush goodbye
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i hadn't even heard of unifem... [Jan. 25th, 2008|06:30 pm]
dancingllama
[music |the delgados - 4th channel]

oh, i  just received an email from nicole kidman.

========================================================
UNIFEM.
========================================================

THANKYOU MESSAGE FROM NICOLE KIDMAN

========================================================


Thank you so much for joining me in saying "No" to Violence
against women.

Names are powerful, and the more names we collect, the
stronger our case to make ending violence against women
a top priority.

Please invite your friends to add their names to ours, too.
Together, we can help put a stop to this pervasive
human rights violation.


=========================================================

Nicole Kidman
UNIFEM Goodwill Ambassador

=========================================================

yeah, it was automatically generated, but that's not the point. i got an email from nicole kidman!

http://www.saynotoviolence.org/
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thanking you for lending me your precious time and comprehension [Jan. 25th, 2008|05:43 pm]
dancingllama
[music |the delgados - primary alternative]

i got a job, in case i didn't mention. it doesn't pay great and it's extremely dull, but i'll be earning more than i did for the last 3 weeks and doing more with my days than just playing endless football manager (i'm up to season 2013-2014).

i got home from work around 5:30. i left work around 5. this is unheard of. i'm used to at least 1 hour of travel at the end of my working day.

i'm doing admin-type stuff for the acca (association of chartered and certified accountants). it's every bit as dull as that sounds. people from all over the world who haven't received mail they were expecting email me to ask for it to be resent. presumably they send email because it''s much cheaper than international calls, but i think the most pressing reason is that's easier to get your point across with broken english. this leads to some hilarious phrases to brighten my day. such as "it is so much kind of yours immediate processing to send package and identity card to as early as possible so that i confirm as student" and "thanking you for lending me your precious time and comprehension".

apart from this, i also learned that the international code for nepal is... NPL! and on that note... see you if you're going.

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don't go back to rockville (and waste another year) [Jan. 15th, 2008|03:57 am]
dancingllama
[mood |disappointeddejected and rejected]

i can't sleep, so now is a perfect time to make the post i've been mulling over for a while.

it's been over a week since i was called on my way home from work and told not to go back the next day. i'm still quite angry about it but not as bitter. i regret not searching for a permanent job when i had the chance and remaining in a temp position. in fairness, i did really enjoy the work and the folk i worked with, but many of them worked their notice up to christmas or new year and went on to new jobs or courses. seeing them go, i did think i should be among them but i just hadn't gotten around to it. there always seemed so much on.

i'm not sure why i was let go. steff and i have been discussing it and i reckon it was either because i was ill or it was down to personality. all i was told was that it wasn't about performance. i can't really see either being a valid reason to let go one of the most experienced people left doing my particular job, especially just after christmas and especially when they were just about to hire some 13 new temps who had no idea what they were doing, but i can't think of anything else. if it was about sickness, it doesn't make sense that they waited until after new year. i hadn't missed any time for a while. ach, i just don't know but i'm still feeling about hurt by the whole thing. i miss the folk and the office and the banter and having a job where i can really connect with people. that's not something i've had before.

it's not all doom and gloom though. i have a second interview on wednesday. it's more money than i was on at baa but it is in uddingston, which is marginally more of a pain in the arse than hillington. the real drawback though, is that it's back to proper call centre stuff. i won't enjoy returning to that impersonal way of working - the mentality of getting them off the phone as quickly as possible and onto the next customer. i'm not really in a position to be choosy though. if i can get straight back in to work in two weeks without taking a step down in pay at this time of year, i'll have don well.
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