It's been a long time now since I was in an office with other people, nearly a year and a half, in fact, since we were told not to come back to the office as the COVID-19 pandemic took off last March. I was a mite daunted to begin with, as the idea of working at home was not something I'd ever particularly felt attracted to. But, with the launch of the various financial support schemes, I was kept busy enough, and it was quite satisfying to be of real help to people in need. Spring turned to summer, summer ...

Posted by Mark Valladares on Liberal Bureaucracy

Is dancing in a suit in a nightclub at the age of 54 a sign of a midlife crisis? You could pick a number of flaws in my question like, 'so what if he was in a suit?', or 'can't a man in his 50s go to a nightclub?' You would be right in each ... The post Is this what a male midlife crisis looks like? appeared first on A Midlifer in London .

Posted by Jane on A Midlifer in London
Mon 30th

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Mon 30th

Lydiate's 1994 Centenary

Lydiate Parish Council celebrated its centenary back in 1994 and a civic service was organised to mark the milestone. Parish Councils were created via Gladstone's 1894 Act of Parliament, Lydiate is one of the original 1894 Civil Parishes.* Above is the front cover of the pamphlet produced for the event. I recall many of the names on the Parish Council back then as I was, back in 1994, a neighbouring Maghull Town** Councillor. Some of the members from 1994 still live in Lydiate whilst others have sadly passed on or have left Lydiate***. I've not scanned the whole pamphlet into ...

Posted by Cllr. Tony Robertson on Sefton Focus

With the haulage industry and british agriculture amongst others, struggling in the face of a massive labour shortage, the government's solution has been for businesses to invest in UK workers. However the Institute of Directors has hit back, stopping just short of suggesting Ministers are living out a summer fantasy. The Guardian reports that the IoD believes the idea will not solve short-term labour shortages that are increasingly putting retailers and supply chains under pressure. They have called for new, flexible visas that would allow foreign workers to step in to fill crucial roles, particularly as lorry drivers, after an ...

Posted by Peter Black on Peter Black

From 1996 until 2014 I was a geophysical engineer and, to be more precise, a borehole seismic engineer. I was forced out of that job at the insistence of a particular manager. It was partly my own fault though. For the sake of my partner I had put my own career on the back burner to enable her to move forward with her own. In short, I had ceased to grow. While it was nasty losing my job in 2014, I wasn't unduly worried. Sure enough, I had a new job within seven weeks. It was a wrench but I ...

Posted by Martin Veart on Martin's View
Mon 30th

November 2012 books

This is the latest post in a series I started in late 2019, anticipating the twentieth anniversary of my bookblogging which will fall in 2023. Every six-ish days, I've been revisiting a month from my recent past, noting work and family developments as well as the books I read in that month. I've found it a pleasantly cathartic process, especially in recent circumstances. If you want to look back at previous entries, they are all tagged under bookblog nostalgia. Just one trip this month, to New York for a work meeting. This was just after Hurricane Sandy, and the last ...

The second peak of the third wave of infections in Shropshire looks to have stabilised and may even be falling. In the Shrewsbury area, the infection rates remain higher than those of the second wave - around 25% higher than they were during January. In Ludlow, infection rates have grown to the level they reached during the second wave and the latest data for seven days ago suggests rates are still rising. Research has shown that the now dominant Delta variant leads to higher hospital admission or emergency care attendance risk for patients compared with the alpha variant. The main ...

Posted by andybodders on Andy Boddington

From the City Council : THE ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984 - SECTION 14(1) THE DUNDEE CITY COUNCIL AS TRAFFIC AUTHORITY being satisfied that traffic on the road should be prohibited by reason of Scottish Water mains repair works being carried out HEREBY PROHIBIT the driving of any vehicle in Annfield Row (from its junction with Annfield Road for a distance of 35 metres), Dundee. This notice comes into effect on Tuesday 31 August 2021 for 5 working days. Pedestrian thoroughfare will be maintained. Alternative routes for vehicles are available via Annfield Road / Annfield Street / Peddie Street. For ...