Apr. 8th, 2011 10:41 am
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This job is proving quite difficult to get used to. Essentially I'm running my own little operation, and have only the vaguest management structure above me. If I decide to go to visit another lab or go to a meeting off site all I have to do is enter in the joint calendar that I'll be away. Similarly, if I fancy working at home, or leaving work at 3pm or something, I don't need to tell anyone unless I have commitments in the department that day. Coming from a previous employer with quite a culture of 'presenteeism', this is rather odd.

Manningtree and surrounds are really nice now that the spring is here. The last 2 weekends were parental visits and we visited Dedham Vale (where Constable painted the Haywain) for a walk, Colchester Castle (more Roman stuff than you could shake a stick at), Aldeburgh and the coast (pebble beach, fish & chips, the sunken town of Dunwich) and finally punting down the river Cam in Cambridge (Chris knows how to do this from her time there, I nearly fell in the river...).

The downside is that it takes forever to get anywhere. On Wednesday I made a quick visit to Liverpool for some meetings - 4h 30 each way in the car. On the way back, the killer is the extra hour and a bit further easy I had to drive after passing Cambridge. May limit our northern activities a bit.

Date: 2011-04-08 01:05 pm (UTC)
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I know what you mean about moving from a presentee culture to a more relaxed one. Its much the same for me, especially as we dont actually have any offices in the Oldham area! The company does but not our division, so we have managed to sort out some meeting rooms we can use at least. Other than that I do a lot of desk hopping...

Until we move, you're welcome to use BIrmingham as a break off point for northern journeys.

Once we move there'll be a house warming party, you will get priority on the spare bed!

Date: 2011-04-08 01:07 pm (UTC)
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May well take you up on the stop-off option sometime. How's the house selling going?

Date: 2011-04-08 01:09 pm (UTC)
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Mutter, council, mutter
The hold up is buying the freehold. The council have sent a price, I have accepted it, the housing team have sent it to legal, and its entered a black hole. My solicitor is trying to chase them but they dont answer phones...

Other than that its all ready to go. We're ready to move. The buyers are ready to move. The people we're buying from are ready to move. But British property law is holding us up.


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