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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.
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