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I am now employed! [Dec. 22nd, 2007|11:52 am]
[mood |excitedexcited]

After many long months of searching, I finally have a job! Yes indeed, from 21st January I shall be working for the Quality Assurance dept of Codemasters! Put another way, I am now a Games Tester! Not only that, but I don't have to wear smart clobber for work anymore! I can wear my jeans and t-shirts! Alright the money isn't spectacular, but who cares?! I get to play computer games for a living!
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I've just been robbed... [Jul. 6th, 2007|10:30 am]
[mood |infuriatedFucking Furious]

...By Royal Fucking Mail.

I've just been to collect a parcel sent to me from the US and I've had to pay an outrageous charge of £11.51 on a parcel that's only valued at £20. I was about to complain to HR customs yesterday, but then I discover eight quid of the charge is actually a Royal Mail 'International Clearance Fee'!!! Customs only charged me £3.51 VAT!

Exactly what am I paying £8 for? They didn't even deliver it, I had to go and collect it! If it was only one or two quid, fair enough, but EIGHT POUNDS for the privilege of going to pick it up myself from their shit heap of an enquiry office?! Come on!?...

What kind of a charge is that anyway? I could probably get FedEx to deliver it to my door for less than that (I already paid £5 delivery to the company I bought the items from). Also, I notice this charge was sneakily introduced without telling anybody, I didn't know, and nobody I know knew about it either!

Paying £8 for bugger all is nothing short of daylight robbery and I want my damn money back. Fucking pirates introduce charges like that, and they wonder why people are using other services for their mail...
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Tragic Triop Update [Jun. 11th, 2007|04:23 pm]
[mood |sadsad]

Crusty Bob unexpectedly died yesterday, from old age we suspect. We are all upset by this, but we are content to know that he is now in the Halls of Valhalla with his ancestors. Unfortunately we couldn't give him a proper Viking funeral, as we don't have a pond. Or a small longship. So we wrapped him up and I dug his grave myself.

Goodbye Bob, you are missed.
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Triop update [Jun. 9th, 2007|06:20 pm]
As promised, a few pictures of my pet beast.

Isn't he awesome! :D

Unfortunately he's a bit of an old boy now, they only live for around 50 days, and he's about 40 days old :(
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The Great Escape, or...not... [Jun. 6th, 2007|10:01 am]
[mood |cynicalcynical]

Finally, it's over. I've got away from that accursed university. Now however, I need to find a job, unfortunately Coventry is shite for jobs. Lets look through the jobs pages in the paper shall we?
*opens paper* *flicks pages*
Hmm, Sales, *flick* administration, more sales, *flick* accountancy, some more sales, *flick* sales, *flick* fucking sales, *flick* more admin, grrrrr, *flick* sales....

Three weeks of this. Sigh, looks like I'm gonna have to get a mind numbing shop or office job like all the rest of the peons in this god-forsaken city/country.

On another note:

Triop Diary - Day 38
Crusty Bob is no longer a tiny crustacean critter, he is a huge beast who I've had to move to a bigger tank! He's grown to about 4cm long (not including his wispy tail bits). I hope to post photos soon. Also, I bought him a bag of sand. He looked a bit bored with the few scraps of sand and dirt from the smaller tank. He's now happily digging away in his new sand all day long. Awww!
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Triop Diary [May. 14th, 2007|04:38 pm]
[mood |bouncybouncy]
[music |Hunting Song by Korpiklaani]

My Triop Diary

by Dan, aged 25 ½

Day 1 - Monday

Filled tank and put in the eggs and dirt. Got to wait 24 hours for the eggs to hatch.

Monday morning - Nothing has appeared yet, have to wait til tomorrow now   :-(

Day 2 – Tuesday
Still nothing :-(

Day 3 – Wednesday
We have one Triop! :-D Woot! Added a bit of food.

Being a crustacean, it is hereby named; Crusty Bob!

Day 4 – Thursday
Cleared the floating dirt from the water and changed half the water for fresh. Removed the old bit of food and added a fresh bit. He's getting bigger, but also slower. Hope he's been able to eat the food…

Day 5 – Friday
He's even bigger this morning! Seems like he might be eating the food I put in now, I think he's big enough to. Much more energetic too, he was a bit lethargic yesterday, I feared he was dying or something.

Day 9 – Wednesday
Bob is getting very big now, he's about 2cm from head to end of tail. Changed half the water today, he's making lots of messes!

Day 10 – Thursday
Had a bit of a scare, Bob wasn't moving much and seemed to be drifting lifelessly in the water. He twitched when I moved the water though, so I quickly poured most of the quite dirty water away and put more fresh water in. He seems to be ok at the moment.

Day 11 – Friday
Bob is fine this morning, he's eaten all the food I put in yesterday morning and he's moving about normally.

Day 12 - Saturday

It's laying eggs! And it's got pretty big, about 3cm from head to end of tail.

Sunday 13th – Monday 21st
Kel looking after Bob. It's laying more eggs though...
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My new site [May. 8th, 2007|05:35 pm]
[mood |geekygeeky]
[music |Angels With Dirty Faces by Sum41]

I recently bought a domain for my miniatures gallery site:
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My New Pet [May. 1st, 2007|04:22 pm]
[mood |hopefulhopeful]

I bought a new little pet yesterday, it's called a Triop, a decendant of the extinct Trilobite crustacean type critter that you see fossils of all the time in shops and museums.

They look like this:

Apparently they are often sold to children as interesting science projects.

Go figure.

Anyway, you put the soil and microscopic eggs in a little tank of water and wait for them to hatch. So I have, we shall see what happens.
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Bill Bailey pwnz!!! [Apr. 28th, 2007|04:18 pm]
[mood |excitedexcited]
[music |Sayonara by Operation MD]

In November, Kel and I are going to see the man, the legend, Bill Bailey!!


Who wants to touch me?!
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Christmas and the New Year [Jan. 4th, 2007|11:57 am]
[mood |worriedworried]
[music |Sonata Arctica]

Well, I've had a rather nice Christmas, got lots of nice presents including the World of Warcraft board game, a signed Bill Bailey photo, loads of books (inc 7 Black Library novels, already read Double Eagle!), a Sonata Arctica CD, Star Wars eps 5 & 6, five Warcraft tcg starter decks and lots of other stuff!

The new years get together was good too, went round Steve and Catherines house again, not as many at this years get together, but still nice.

However, I've only got about 9 days left before I'm packed off to university again :( And I've done next to fuck all work for the assignments that need to be handed in the week I go back. I knew this would happen of course, but for some reason (perhaps, I dunno, because my course is shite) I just can't summon the motivation to complete (or start?..) some work.

Yes, I'm certain that when I fail my exams and drop out as a failure, I'll get depressed, look back and wished I'd just done the work. But, since I'll never meet my future self, I don't rightly give a shit at the moment. I'm also bitter because all of my other friends seem to be having a whale of a time at their universities, whereas my experience could quite possibly be the worst university experience I could ever have been cursed with.

Finally, although I can keep track of what some of my friends are up to via myspace or livejournal, I still miss them. I've not heard from or seen Paul, Little John, Mole, Grant or any of the old guard. Not only did the dissolving of the old Bulko club disperse many of us, the recent disbanding of the new DreamDealers club has made things worse. All I can see at the moment is the cracks appearing in every aspect of my social life. :( Many of my old friends have moved on and although it's been happening gradually for a while, it's really starting to get to me now.

I don't know what to do, it's been a nice Christmas holiday, but the new year seems to hold only misery, disaster and despair.
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