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That job

On Friday, i had my last day at my work, while i did not leave of my own accord (it was the end of 6 months fixed term contact), i can’t fully say i’m sad to have left the place.  It was nice to have that monthly pay check and to get in the big wide world of working. So now it’s ended and i’m back to being unemployed, i’m going to take a step back think about this job in a objective manner. It’s hard to see a job when your in it than anything other than bad. It was boring, i did not really get on well with one person there. The worse problem with the job, was that i struggled to have more than one conversation, with any one person, that did not directly involved work. I was at a place where even if i was not on a fixed term contract there would be no promotion opportunity’s how ever long i stayed, i stated as much to the manager and she did not disagree. There was also benefits too, some i doubt i will find in my next job wherever that may be. One it was a great location i had a 20 min walk to and from work everyday, quite relaxing. It also had flex time, so i had more freedom. It not a job i could have seen myself doing in any permanent way, i never even thought of Human resources as a career choice. So i’m not really sure if i’d have wanted to stay at that place, i think once i’m at my next job i will have my answer.

I’m now extreamly nervous for the future, i don’t know where i will be next. How far out it will be, what type of job it will be. It’s getting to me. I’m trying to enjoy this time off i will have at the moment, but i will struggle to do this knowing that my future has never been so uncertain. However i’m thankful for the fact i won’t be kicked on my ass, any time soon that is. At least that’s if i don’t do anything to piss off my parents. So the Job hunt is back on.

I still want to be a writer, but the more i read online and more i actually write, i start to think either i’m not good enough (click the pages at the side of the blog for a selection of my work and tell me your self) and even if i am it a near impossibility to make enough money with it. Ahhh well the silver lining is for however long i’m without a job i can concentrate on my writing, reading, cricket and rugby watching, and game playing.

Got a job!

Yep I finally got a job, it does not start till February. This is great because it gives me time to find out if I get another job that I have an interview for, which does pay better and have better prospects.

I have also gotten my writing “mind zone” back just hours after posting here that I could not find it. Wish it always worked that way!

A question pondered by many of us, is what happens when two of your favourite band collide? Not many of us will have that chance to see unless you are lucky and the form a super band. I’m very lucky to have seen this video of Tom Chaplin from Keane and Queen (well the remainder of them) sing it “it’s a hard life”

It all comes at once……………..

God i’m soo tired so just a quicky ;).

Made a lot of progress on the job front so far this week. Lots of interviews gone and coming up so hopefully with in the next few week I could have a job.

I feel so unproductive, I can’t write a proper blog, I can’t write period at the moment. I have lot’s of idea just (yeah just) writing them down at the moment.

That is all for today and probably this week unless i find my groove again soon.

Joel’s best of 2010!

Looking back the last year what are the best things of 2010 for me, in the form of a Interview.

1. Favourite album of 2010?
This one either between the Mt desolation album or the arcade fire album. Ummmm Arcade fire!

2.Favourite Television show?
Going to have to be Stargate universe of course. Outside of stargate? Walking Dead has been great real surprise hit for me this year, the event also had been very good.

3. Best Music gig I went to?
MUSE at old Trafford cricket ground. Really amazing and with support from Pulled apart by horses, band of skulls and the editors, awesome.

4. Best place I have been to?
Vancouver was lovely place, very beautiful, not loads and loads to do there and I had to sleep on sofa but was nice to see some place new.

5. Best Meal?
I had a crazy good chocolate pudding at this place near Huddersfield!

6. Best book i read?
Ohhh I have read a lot of books this last year. Children of Dune was a good read, well better than good. Boneshaker is another one I loved. There was also the novelette by John Sclazi -The God engines. I think Children of Dune takes the award though.

7. Best thing someone bought me?
I PAD !!! :)

8. Best thing i bought myself?
I got a nice coat!

9. The Best thing’s i have done this year?
I have really enjoyed doing this blog, while it’s not the most read thing on the internet (understatement) it been fun doing it. I had a good time at this years leeds festival but it was nowhere near as good as the one in 2009. I have wrote a few short story’s some on this blog. I made some progress on my novel but no where near the amount I wanted.

10. What I want to happen in 2011?
Some more writing, a job hopefully also a girlfriend would be nice. I would like some of the collaboration I have planned to come to fruition, me and a friend have a Andy Kaufman style play in the works which could be a lot of fun to do. I also want Leeds Rhinos to win the super league, challenge cup and the league leaders shield!

11. What I have planned for my blog in 2011?
Same sort of thing that i have being doing last year, a lot of nonsense, some top 5’s and maybe some more short story’s.


Quick post

It looked like yesterday I would have got a job, only for 2 weeks over Christmas, but still a jobs a job, however thing went wrong. So first off they rang told me the details and that I would have to go to the reeds office in leeds (you see the job was through reeds employment). They told me what some of the things I need to bring in me was (passport, bank statement, passport size photos and national insurance card) and then they told me they would send an e-mail out with the location of their office and a confirmation on what is needed to the appointment. So I paid for £5 for and got some passport size photos while I waited for the e-mail, guess what it never came. So I had to look on google maps to find the location of their office.
The Next day I get to the location and guess what? The building is closed down. “WTF!” was my thought, so i had to ring my mum to get her to ring them to ring me back to give me there new location, so after about half an hour of faffing about I final got to the location. It was quite a nice office located at Toronto square building, it was near to the location that i had my year 13 prom, I digress. Once in I proceeded to wait for over half an hour. Then when I finally got in gave them the “correct” documents they told me they would not be able to take it because my bank statement was over 3 months old! Honestly it was 4 months old and they would not take, maybe it’s not there fault, they did not make up the rules, there conducting the interview for someone else. Surly it would make sense for them to tell me before though, so back home I went, so it is there fault actually. Ahhhh so that was a big fail.

This week has been so strange, it started off with a huge high and has got lower and lower for me. Really hope the weekend is better.

Top 5 TV programs.

First up, I am really gutted that Leeds Rhinos season is over now, not much i can say about it just hope next season is better. UPDATE: It was.

Following last months post about my top 5 Sci-fi Books, I thought I would follow it up with another Top  5 this month. So this month is my favorite TV shows past and present.
But before the main list, another list of shows that just missed out on that most important of accolades, my personal top 5.

  • Fringe – A super cool Sci-fi mystery program, the reason it missed out was because there is so far only two seasons. If it keep up the standard in the next few season I could see it sneak in to the top 5.
  • Blackadder – Amazingly funny, well written and witty.
  • Firefly – Another one that came close, if there was just a few more season of it I’m sure it would have made it in. DAM YOU FOX.
  • X-files (seasons 1-5)- Yes another Sci-fi, the reason it’s season 1 to 5 is because I have yet to watch 6 to 9, but i have them on DVD so i will be watching them. A really good program, very solid and similar to Fringe.
  • Rome – Not normally in to the historical drama’s, the HBO style it makes very enjoyable, sexy and violent.
  • Family guy – Do i need to say anything?
  • Heroes – The first season was amazing, it failed to deliver after that.
  • Chuck – Comedy spy program, would recommend to anyone. Easy watching.
  • House – Love Hugh Laurie he really makes this show tick with his fantastic character. Every episode is very enjoyable.
  • True Blood – Not in to the whole twilight and vampire thing,  this show while very graphic is a great drama, another HBO hit.
  • Lie to me – Like House another show that has a British lead and a super character that makes the show.

I think that is everything but I am sure I have missed something out I have watched so many TV shows.

Right on to the list.

5) – Lost


Bad ending

Was really not sure whether to put lost in my top 5. After the ending which I don’t want to spoil for anybody, I really wanted to forget I ever watched lost. Was it that bad, yes, it was not awful by any means. Just poorly done, it was so predictable. Everybody said it would be something to do with the afterlife (sorry for the spoiler). I bet that after the first season when everybody said it was to do with the afterlife the producers shat themselves, so they say it’s not to do with that and it’s all hunky dory. They should have just kept there mouth shuts. But in fairness to Lost you can’t just judge the whole series on the ending and it was a great program, sure they made the series a little slow paced in season 2 and 3. The show had great mystery, writing, pace (after 2 and 3) and acting. That first season still rates with me as perhaps the greatest first season of any show, i suppose it could only go down from there.

4) – 24


He is so cool

Not a super smart spy but fucking cool. Jack Bauer maybe the toughest, bad ass TV character of all time.  The show builds tension like no other. Some shows might never let the hero lose, but 24 never lets the hero win sure he saves the day… some times (Lot of people will die on the way good and bad) but his life is never better for it. He normally has to go in to hiding at the end of every day because he beat the crap out of some witness or politician OR maybe he has to do some bad things to save his family.

One of the unique things about 24 is that it’s in real time 24 episodes, an hour each, all set in the same day. It’s a very clever idea.  My life got a lot less tense when they stopped making 24.

3) – Life on Mars

Life on mars

"You great... soft... sissy... girlie... nancy... french... bender... Man-United supporting POOF!"

The only English entry in to the top 5. Unlike 24 this is a very smart show. The story like Lost introduced a mystery and the ending was very similar but it was done right (Not just given 5 min at the end of 6 seasons :@).  While I was not alive in the 1970’s everybody I have spoken to that was alive during that period, does compliment how accurate it is, while sometime exaggerated. Lots of people credit the show success to Gene Hunt but i think the character of Sam Tyler is more interesting . A very enjoyable show that has given us some amazing quotes, some that I use more than I should.

2) – Farscape


Sexy in space

The most obscure show on my list. Anyone that has watched Farscape, will know that there is no other show like it. The show takes a present day human and puts him through a wormhole that takes him across to the other side of the universe where strange looking aliens live and human like aliens but they are cold blooded. You really have to watch the show to get it. It also has a great use of puppets which you expect with it being made the Jim Henson company (Muppet’s fame). A must watch for all Sci-fi fans, and even if your not a Sci-Fi I would still recommend it.

and at number 1 is ………………

1) – The Stargates


Universe Just one of the three stargate shows

I have a feeling that to my friends this is not going to be a huge surprise.
I really had to put all three stargate show in to one spot, it would not be fair on the other shows to have the top 3 spots taken up before they even started. It is a show i have watched since i was 7. The first show stargate SG1 took place after that blockbuster movie of the same name staring Kurt Russel. I am not going to go and on (Do i here cheers?) because being honest i’m a heavily biased stargate fan boy, that thinks the show can do no wrong, well it can’t. It really does have a mix of everything comedy (less so in new Stargate universe), action and hard science (more so in stargate Universe). While i am sure not everybody will like it as much as me, I am confident that if you try it you will enjoy it….. honestly.

Be sure to watch the second season of Stargate universe on SKY 1 on Tuesday Oct 5th at 8pm. You can watch the trailer for the second season in my last post.

Now a little quick life update

Looks like I am getting a cold again, most likely from being out in the cold for the Leeds match yesterday. Not been up to loads lately, anybody got any ideas for something to do? I am up for anything. Job Hunt is on going but no luck so far and again I am up for anything.