Do They Think It’s Christmas?
Although it wasn’t snowing yet, the sky was cold
And grey. I hurried on, my mind elsewhere
As Mondeo Man and his Lovely Wife set off
Armed only with an eager Visa card
To do battle with the problems encountered by
The affluent around this time of year.
Somewhere in the distance they can hear
A choir, or perhaps the Sally Army band, but still
They hurry on; the perfect gift is waiting
For them somewhere in a shop like this.
You’d never guess that long ago a child
Was born into a cold and hostile world
But quick! They join the shoppers
Fighting In the air conditioned mall and I wonder;
Do they know it’s Christmas time at all?
Fri 12 Nov ’04: Sent cheque to Otto’s Outings for his rally. Sent cheque to Southern Electric. At work, rang Allan H to ask about him being a sponsor for my OCCA membership. Ended up talking to his answering machine, and sent fax later asking whether he or Keith A would be willing.
14 Nov ’04: The government is to set up a pension scheme rescue fund of 400 million to help all those workers whose pensions were destroyed by company failures. T and N Limited has a deficit of about 800 million and 65000 people have lost their pensions.
Slouching Towards Mecca
Another steel behemoth appeared at work today;
Brought down from its wagon by tender cranes
It waits there in the yard, still half concealed
Beneath thin ropes and thick blue plastic
I almost want to hear the news
That war has been declared, and
To know this factory will from tonight
Be left abandoned while the metal hulk
Sleeps on, surrounded by neglect.
I remember how I saw you once
Standing on the corner of Radium Street
That November evening. You were
Hungry for something like meat as I recall.
Behind you an expensive poster showed
An ugly warehouse whose grey exactly matched
Your leather skirt and gloves.
And somewhere now, I see you (with a stranger
In a coffee shop) pretend to be amused
While your spirit slowly rots away
Beneath the blue tarpaulin of despair.
11 May 05: Tested the sample of choke paint form Dr Beck; Rob asked me to isolate the resin by centrifuge and get an IR spec. But we’re not going to be making choke paint from the end of this year – are we?
Carried out the QC test on VA42 red oxide varnish, SG turned out v low – 1.00 instead of 1.07. Paul W said take no notice of this. Then had a call from Rob asking me about the VOC level on one of our other VA, so I took him the results and mentioned the anomalous SG.
Dr Beck choke paint stays clean and white after stoving whereas our goes yellowish. Is ours made using TOFA and theirs not?
12 May 05: Went to Whitworth, interesting mix of works, contemporary textiles, William Blake, Durer, Picasso, Bacon and Freud, filled out questionnaire afterwards.
In the news: Several suicide bombers every day caused chaos in Baghdad; a gang of men raped and tortured two teenage girls, killing one of them; Malcolm Glaser has purchased over half the shares in Man U, to dismay of fans; Prince Harry’s ‘A’ level art paintings and essays were allegedly produced by his tutors.
28 Jul 05: Yesterday booked a day off to go to interview in Stockport; it went v well, I think. Returned to work today to find that Gill had left the hotplate turned on all night right next to a five-litre tin of solvent.
Today a 3-minute tornado hit Moseley and Kings heath causing massive traffic disruption and uprooting trees.
SMCC moving to ‘The Magnet’ cos the Whistlin Jig boarded up.
Rang Dave H about float – he says he thought we were having chains and car tyres on board. I’m sure Roger R said no, he would sort it all out…
They were very encouraging at the interview, saying ‘We should be in touch by phone in the next few days.’ Rather like Carrs turning me down after making a job offer.