We Are Norwich and Otther Stuff

It has been rather long since I last posted, but I hope this will compensate for the wait.

To clear the decks for the We Are Norwich stuff, I will deal with the other stuff first:

  • Asperger East Anglia AGM happened on Monday night – lots of interesting news, and for the first time in living memory I won a raffle prize, although it was the last to go and of exactly the quality you would expect something in that position to be
  • On Tuesday I had an interview for an Administrative job at Manor Park Holiday Village in Hunstanton (I only got the call asking to me to come on Sunday afternoon)
  • Learning Works continues to go well. On Monday I will be starting a Deskop Publishing course

We Are Norwich came into existence because a crazy church responded to being barred from distributing Islamaphobic filth by inviting the Eejits, Dimwits and Losers (EDL for short – I reckon my version of the full name is more accurate than theirs!) to Norwich. We Are Norwich is the group that is ensuring that when this happens (November 10) there will be a large reception committee to tell these thugs that they are not welcome here.

This Wednesday evening there was a public meeting in the main hall at the Vauxhall Community Centre in Johnson Place (I travelled direct from Learning Works to Norwich to be there on time) at which over 100 people in total were present. A coachload of us will be going to Walthamstow this Saturday to help make it clear to the EDL that they are not welcome anywhere, and I fully expect a four figure turnout on November 10 at Chapelfield Gardens.

Here are some photos:

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Ryder Cup and World T20

At 10-4 down with two Saturday evening fourballs out on the course and twelve Sunday singles matches to come Europe looked dead and buried in the Ryder Cup contest at Medina Country Club. Victories for Eruope in the those last remaining fourball matches made it 10-6 to the US, and Europe merely needed to equal the greatest final day comeback in Ryder Cup history.

Gradually through that astonishing final day the impossible became merely improbable, then possible, then probable and finally materialised. When Lee Westwood won his singles match Europe were ahead 13-12, and were all square in two of the remaining matches, and as defending champions a 14-14 draw would be enough to retain the cup. One of the three closing games was firmly under US control, but when Martin Kaymer won the 17th hole in his match to go one up with one to play Europe were favourites for the first time since Friday morning. The US gained their expected point in the third-last match, to make it 13-13. When Tiger Woods won the 17th to go one up on Francesco Molinari the pressure was on Kaymer to win his match and settle it for Europe. Twenty-one years ago a German, Bernhard Langer, missed a five-footer on the 18th at Kiawah which would have retained the Ryder Cup for Europe, now, another German, Martin Kaymer faced a putt of the same length to retain the cup for Europe, and holed it. Woods then missed a short put moments later to give Molinari the final hole, a halved match and outright victory for Europe.

England’s men are out of the World T20, beaten comfortably by Sri Lanka, who therefore qualified for the semi-finals alongside the West Indies who had beaten New Zealand in a super-over eliminator after the main match finished tied. The Women’s team meanwhile are carrying all before them in their tournament.

As usual I have some photographs for you…

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Many things

I wiill be covering a lot of ground in this post, so to enable people to pick and choose should they so wish, I will be starting with the trivial stuff and dealing with more serious matters later.

The cricket season is over, with Warwickshire (county champions and losing fnalists in the CB40) and Hampshire (winners of both limited overs competitions – the CB40 and the T20) taking the honours. Derbyshire have brought to an end the longest spell in the second division since the two division structure was introduced by winning the second division. Also congratulations to Joe Root and Nick Compton (the latter following in his grandfather’s footsteps) on being named in the test squad for India this winter. These two will fill the gaps left by Strauss’s retirement (Root, an old fashioned Yorkshire opener with a first class double century already to his credit) and Pietersen’s fall from grace. The World T20 championship is under way in Sri Lanka. The hosts marmalised Zimbabwe in the first match, while Australia spearheaded by Shane Watson (3-21 off his four overs and 51 off 31 balls) accounted for Ireland. Afghanistan, whose presence at the tournament is a minor miracle in itself, made a brave though losing start against India, winning themselves many friends in the process.

Virgin Media have earned themselves several demerit marks in my book. I had passed the first two stages of their recruitment process and was all set to attend the assessment sessionin Peterborough when that was postponed due the assessor being ill. A week later I was told that they were looking to reschedule the assessments and asked about my availability for the following week. I then heard nothing for two weeks, at which point I phoned the agency who were handling the vacancy and was told that they (Virgin Media) had filled the vacancies with internal candidates. The person I spoke to at the agency did have the grace to apologise for the fact that I had not been inforned of this.

Last week I spent a day at Learning Works’ centre in Spalding. Spalding is a small market town set in the flattest expanse of land I have ever seen, in deepest Lincolnshire. Getting there for the start of the working day involved catching the 6:55 bus from Lynn, which should have arrived at Spalding bus station at 8:18 but was delayed ten minutes by roadworks on the way in to Spalding. Learning Works’ Spalding Centre is in a building that was once part of a huge factory that dominated the entire town, which means that there are no windows, which makes it a very curious place to work. Unlike certain organisations I could name Learning Works did pay my travel expenses (a mere bagatelle of £6.80)

There is a major database project in the offing at Learning Works, which if they decide to go for it, they would have to pay me for. I cannot reveal any detail about this project beyond that, and the fact that to enable me to work on producing a prototype database with complete security they will either be provding me with one of their laptops, or with a copy of the full version of Office 2010 to load on to my laptop.

Enjoy these photos from my archives…

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Sport, Heritage and Norfolk Councy Council (Boo)

This is going to be a big post (you have been warned!)

The Paralympics have finished, having managed to outdo the Olympics which preceded them. The noise that greeted Peacock when he won 100m gold (in a race that was of such quality that the great Oscar Pistorius finished out of the medals) was far louder even than the noise that greeted the triumphs of Ennis, Farah and Bolt. David Weir brought the games to suitable conclusion by winning the wheelchair marathon, for his fourth gold of the games. Meanwhile in the pool, where the British olympians had been almost uniformly disappointing, there were some incredible moments. China dominated, as they dominated the overall medals table, but Ellie Simmons took two gold, a silver and a bronze medal from her four events, and established four new world records along the way.

Meanwhiile at the US Open, in spite of the tournament organisers worst efforts, which have led to a Monday finish (Murray vs Djokovic in the final tonight), the tennis itself has been magnificent. Laura Robson showed the sky is the limit for her by taking out two grand slam winners before finally losing a humdinger of a match to the defending champion. The women’s final last night was a quite superb match, Serena Williams winning 7-5 in the final set to confirm once again that whatever the rankings say she is the best in the world.

Saturday saw a double header of T20 cricket (there is another today), which started with England Women dismantling the West Indies (winning by eight wickets with over half of their overs to spare) but unfortunately the men could not match that against South Africa, losing emphatically.

Yesterday I got to have a look around the Red Mount Chapel, one of the buildings that was open was part of a heritage day. Inside it is quite astonishing, with all manner of curiosities (see the photos at the end of this piece).

The Support Group I run for Adults with Asperger’s Syndrome will need to find a new meeting place because Norfolk County Council have cut the funding that Asperger East Anglia used to get for these groups. We will find a way to keep the group running (I have already been in touch with King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council and the Lynn News), but our current meeting room is too expensive to retain in these circumstances. Of course, AEA are being thoroughly supportive, and we will still be able to have regular visits from them once we have sorted out a new room.

Photos as usual…

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More on jobsearch frustration

On Saturday I visited Norwich to take advantage of the fact that I had received payment for attending to my Aunt’s house while she was away and I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

Yesterday I sent wn email to the Guardian about the job descriptiion that recently aroused my ire (having carefully constructed a reasoned argument about it). This morning at Seetec during my jobsearch there another job identical in all salinet respects including location cropped up. I decideed on the direct approach and actually applied for it, detailing in the process why i considered their requirement of own transport unjustified and inviting them to justify it if they could. Watch this space!

Enjoy my latest photos….

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Plants, Jobsearch Frustration and Other Stuff

As today’s photos will make clear, the Nicotiana and Geraniums that featured earlier in this blog are in magnfiicent fetle, helped by the belated arrival of some proper summer weather.

The following job description comes from Friday’s job search, and was a source of considerable annoyance:

Description

We are currently looking to recruit an enthusiastic and highly efficient candidate to work within our team. Day to day tasks will include scanning, filing, photocopying, post runs and assisting in the smooth running of the office. You will be highly organised with a strong work ethic and have experience of working in a busy office. A full driving licence and basic computor skills are essential. The position is a full time position however part time applicants will be considered. The vacancy has an immediate start date.

How to apply

You can apply for this job by sending a CV/written application to Karen Farrell at Mick George LTD, Second Drove, St Ives, Cambridgeshire, PE27 4YQ or to karenf@mickgeorge.co.uk.

Most of the job description is standard fare for an office job. The bit that aroused my ire is the demand for a full driving licence in his context. A few seconds on Google maps confirmed that the location is not such as to make a demand for a full driving licence defensible. Yes the job requires getting there for an 8AM start, but leaving King’s Lynn on the 5:46 train and changing to he appropriate bus at Cambridge would see me getting there at 7:42AM (and this would not represent the earliest start I have ever had to make to arrive at work on time). Full details can be seen by clicking the link below:

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en&tab=wl

If there is a VALID reason such as a location hat is genuinely inaccessible oher than by car, or the job actually requires driving then no problem (evidence as to why a driving licence is a necessity would be a big help), but requiring a driving licence for an office job without justification is a form of discrimination agains both those who are officially barred from driving due to a medical condition, and those who better than to trust themselves in sole control of a ton of metal with people’s lives depending on the outcome. Given the failure to explain this requirement and the fact that a trifling amount of reserach on my part made it clear that location is not a proper explanation I am disinclined to be charitable. As a final point, there is no contest as to who is more likely to be punctual out of me, with a clearly worked out public transport route, or any motorist relying on an estimate of how long the journey will take them, and it is not the motorist who wins.

After the rainout in Cardiff on Frday, the ODI series between England and South Africa should get underway properly today.

The promised photos…

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Of Peterborough and Postponement

I travelled to Peterborough yesterday to provide Hays Recruitment with some proofs of ID as required for the vacancy that I was supposed to be interviewing for today. Peterborough is a surprsingly pleasant place once you get away from the area round the bus and train stations, which is even more hideous than the corresponding part of Lynn. I got back to Lynn to find an email from a Hays consultant asking me to phone them. It turns out that the assessor is sick and no replacement has yet been found, so I now endure a wait to find out when thi interview will be happening.

Belated congratulations to South Africa who outplayed England conclusively in the recently concluded test series and thoroughly deserve their world number one ranking. Jonathan Bairstow, replacing the ostracised Kevin Pietersen in the side contributed two fine innings (95 and 54), but the top order failed in both innings. The other youngster in the side, James Taylor, showed that he has the temperament for the big occasion, and was unlucky in the second innings when his senior partner, Jonathan Trott, caused him to be run out. Surrey kept alive their hopes of qualifying from thier group of the CB40 (Clydesdale Bank 40 overs per side competition in full) by winning the Tom Maynard memorial match against Glamorgan on Tuesday. I listened to this first on my radio, and then on the computer when the powers that be decided that spoilt babies in football kits (yes, they are back in action for the new season) took precedence on 5 live sports extra.

I have some photos for you as usual (please note that the first and last pictures were taken through the window of a bus)…

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