The Workplace

The Fishy Paypacket

April 15, 2014

I’ve had a varied career; games marketing, music management, publishing, web design, icing doughnuts, labouring, gutting fish. I guess for some reason I don’t really talk about the last few much, so I thought it was about time I took you on a little tour of my first working experiences. For school work experience I managed to get a week in Boots. Rather than spending …

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The Underground Pie Fight

October 17, 2013

I snapped tonight. No, I’ve not been doing yoga again, this was on the commute home. If you’re a regular reader you will know this has been coming for some time, my journey to the Tube an ordeal because of inconsiderate brolly owners and religious zealots, and my journey on the Tube a constant source of fury because of selfish twat commuters. Well, tonight I fought …

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The Swedophile Ring

April 30, 2013

With the Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Malmo, Sweden this year, I’m already well-prepared in advance for the festivities, with a Swedish flag and a Swedish sash with Sweden written on it. Now some of you might think that I’m the kind of person who has national tat for every country in the world stocked up in my cupboards “just in case”. You’d be …

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How I Got My PlayStation

March 17, 2013

So I’d left my job as the world’s most smartly dressed web designer as described in an earlier post, and intended to set up business for myself, tired of the thankless grind of corporate life and of the fact that despite doing it every day for two years, I still couldn’t tie a fucking tie properly first time. Or second or third. Every day I …

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Airport Insecurity

March 16, 2013

Me and airports don’t really get on. I think it stems from the notion of having to be there at a certain time (my timekeeping is legendary for all the wrong reasons) and also because there is such a grey area surrounding exactly how early you need to be. Do I really need to be there 2 hours before, can I get away with 1.5 …

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The Problems With Having A Website

March 9, 2013

When I started this blog, I intended it as an efficient way to keep about 6 people up-to-date on the latest shenanigans in my life without having to tell them, call them or e-mail them individually. A noble ambition. Now with literally “some” or even “dozens” of readers, I’ve realised my ambitions were too muted. Now I want to run an international Polish t-shirt printing business, …

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Left Luggage [Guest McCannecdote #1]

March 8, 2013

It came to me in a moment of inspiration. The problem with updating this blog is it’s so time-consuming to write my posts; how could I resolve this? Easy. Get someone else to write them. Hmmm, but then I’d need to tell them the story, then read it and check it so I wouldn’t really save time. So I came up with an ingenious solution, get other …

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Welcome to Birmingham

February 24, 2013

My first job was in Birmingham and I lived there for two and a half years between 2001 and 2003. It’s a misunderstood place, not quite the shithole everyone is led to believe, but it never gave itself a chance by having its main coach station (and one of the UK’s main coach stations) not just in the worst part of town, but probably the …

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Sitting On Your Arse Playing PlayStation All Day?

February 10, 2013

Sadly, I can’t tell many of my stories from work, because either a) you had to be there, b) you wouldn’t know the people or the backstory, or c) they are commercially sensitive. And I’m all too aware that gaming journos watch this website keenly waiting for the day when I might spill the goss on the inner workings of the world’s premier entertainment business. …

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The Blue Shark & The Frisbee

February 10, 2013

Café Sol in Clapham was an old haunt of mine when I used to work in the area. In fact it was a Friday night mainstay for about a quarter of the company. A Tex-Mex restaurant by day and evening, the tables vanished as it got later and it became a lively and crowded late-night cheesy dancing hovel. Among Café Sol’s unique selling points was …

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The Ironman Tequila Shot

February 4, 2013

In my tequila days I was pretty much open to any tequila-based dare. I was at a leaving party and I was targeted by a tequila terrorist – a rather gnomish former colleague who dared me to do an “Ironman Tequila”. Never heard of it. Apparently: 1) you snort the salt – it’s just like cheap cocaine right? 2) you drink the shot – the easy part, …

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The Man Who Was Just Looking For The PlayStation

February 3, 2013

It was just before Christmas and I had a half day so left work about 2pm, and walked past the London Palladium on my way to the Tube and up Chugger Boulevard. Chugger Boulevard, aka Argyll Street, is not one of Soho’s seedy regions, but rather is a key territory for the Oxford Street vicinity’s many packs of chuggers. Chuggers are the “charity muggers” who stop …

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