Posts Tagged ‘London’

#34 Eat better, not more

In Food & Drink, White collar denial on March 5, 2010 at 6:15 pm

Several months of comforting myself with comfort food (see post #25) have left me feeling slightly uncomfortable. Not least around the waist area. So I have decided to heed the advice of my veg box supplier which is sending me leaflets saying ‘Eat Better, Not More’ and my local wine merchant which has recently emblazoned across it’s facade ‘Drink Better, Not More’. Read the rest of this entry »

#30 A Colombian-flavoured micro mini break at the Elephant & Castle

In London on February 4, 2010 at 3:03 pm

My postcode-centric lifestyle has induced profound cabin fever. Those who still have jobs may yearn for more time at home, but the daily routine of get up-> take kids to school-> sit at computer  while wondering how long you can stick it out before you have to turn the heating on -> fry up leftovers or pick from fridge for lunch -> computer -> get kids from school -> sit at computer while throwing biscuits at kids to keep them quiet -> make their tea -> start own tea-> get them to bed  while burning own tea -> eat tea-> clear up tea -> sit at computer to make up for time lost throwing biscuits -> bed, is just as monotonous as a daily commute. Read the rest of this entry »

#8 Drink Gin

In Down and Out, Food & Drink, White collar denial on November 2, 2009 at 7:24 pm

Madam Geneva, mother’s ruin, royal poverty,  cock-my-cap, Vera Lynn… gin is oft associated with the down-on-their-luck, as well as the colonial idler. Read the rest of this entry »

#1 Make yourself feel popular

In Jobseeking, Save cash on October 4, 2009 at 11:25 pm

If you no longer have the status of a jobtitle, you may be missing all of those emails you used to get. Signing up to job alerts can guarantee you several emails every day. Very few of them will be useful, but that muffled ‘ping’ will fill your heart with hope and offer the illusion that someone, somewhere still cares. Here’s a few I’ve signed up to so far:

womenlikeus.org.uk – a great organisation dedicated to helping women either get back to work after time off for childrearing, or find part-time work commensurate with their skills and training.

guardianjobs.co.uk – alerts every time a job is advertised on their website that fits your specified requirements. Frequency: surprisingly frequent.

gorkanapr.com – meteoric rise to indispensible status among journalists. Features details of all media moves, however trivial, with job alerts on Friday. Essential for knowing who to send your feature ideas to, new appointees to suck up to, and what to gossip about. Currently freelances promoting themselves outnumber bona fide appointments, with at lest one former London Paper employee in the (forcibly) freelance section every day. Job alerts are essential reading with big name titles advertising here, but beware the online section – there have been times when 50% of their ‘jobs’ were for unpaid contributions.

journalism.co.uk – journo jobs and professional tips. Frequency: daily, but it feels like more.

essentialwriters.com – fledgling site for tips, jobs, support and information exchange for journalists, novelists and anyone who writes.

bbc.co.uk/languages/spanish/mividaloca – brilliant online Spanish course with BAFTA award-winning drama. Worth watching even if you don’t actually want to learn Spanish. Frequency: weekly alerts, two lessons a week. Toatl length 12 weeks, but you can speed up if you want.

VoucherCodes.co.uk – lists of special offers, often featuring 2-4-1 at Gourmet Burger Kitchen or 12% off at Boden. Frequency: weekly.

Also http://www.vouchercodes.eu/ as recommended by a reader.

Be More – quirky things to do in the Borough of Lewisham. Like bat walks, ukulele troupes, gardening as workout, pedal powered cinemas, and, as they say, more. Frequency: weekly.

lovefoodlovedrink.co.uk foodie news and events. Frequency: weekly.

food4media.com – food & drink news direct from the PRs. Frequency: customisable.

And some jobs websites to check regularly:

www.london.gov.uk/gla/jobs – jobs at Boris’ house. If you’re quick there’s still a job going as PA to the BNP Assembly member. Salary £27,001 pa. You’d need to pay me a lot more than that to spend time in Richard Barnbrook’s company. All the applicants will probably be G2 journalists writing stunt stories.

www.london2012.com/get-involved/work-for-2012 – from builders to meets and greeters.

www.jobsatsouthwark.co.uk – vacancies at the local council. Most jobs are for social workers.

www.artshub.co.uk – UK jobs in all area of the arts.

www.london-jobs-online.co.uk – jobs. in london. listed online.

www.thebookseller.com – bluechip publishing jobs.

www.careermovesgroup.co.uk/publishing – publishing jobs via the agency Publishing Moves.

www.jobcentreplus.gov.uk – actually, you may find yourself woefully underqualified for even the most menial of these. I did.

Clearly there is still room in my in tray. Please feel free to suggest more to clog it up.