Archive for September, 2012

Three Men In A Boat – Jerome K Jerome

Posted in Books on September 25, 2012 by thecognitivekey

A classic tale of three men’s trip up the Thames at the end of the nineteenth century. Excellent observation. Well worth a read every now and again.


Snuff – Terry Pratchett

Posted in Books on September 15, 2012 by thecognitivekey

A Sam Vimes novel. Discworld is good, the Watch and Sam Vimes are better. This one is OK. Sam is forced to take a holiday on the family estate in the country. He is soon involved in the local scene uncovering murder and organised crime. A new lifeform on the Disc is introduced, trolls. This is a patchy novel. Some parts of it flowed well and the plot raced along and I just wanted to get to the next part, unputdownable. Then there were other parts where it seemed to skim over what had happened and I had to re-read it to check that I hadn’t missed something. Usually I hadn’t, so there are odd bits of the book where the plot is extremely thin. Not one of the best, probably not one I will read again.

Mott MacDonald – The End of the Line

Posted in Work on September 14, 2012 by thecognitivekey

Today I handed my notice in. My final day will be 12th October.

It’s all a bit sudden really but it’s tied in with the death of my mother.

She died in the early hours of the 18th August. It was a Saturday. I had a meeting on the Monday with a chap coming down from London so I text my manager to get him to cancel the meeting, and to let him know I would be needing the following week off.

A quick text back told me that the company would only give 2 days compassionate leave. I went back to work on the Wednesday. When my mother’s funeral was arranged, I said I would need the day off. OK they said, I’d have to take leave for that, paid or unpaid. I can take a hint. I decided there and then I’d be leaving as soon as I could. I have since been told that I could have negotiated…haha, there are times when negotiation is not appropriate – this is one. I read the situation as not being valued, so time to leave.

My Autobiography – Dickie Bird

Posted in Books with tags , on September 1, 2012 by thecognitivekey

I like Dickie Bird. He was an excellent umpire. This is his story and it’s written in such a way that you can imagine it’s actually him speaking the words. That doesn’t make it a good book though. It’s entertaining in parts, though towards the latter chapters my interest flagged markedly. I think there must be a template for sportsmen’s autobiographies, this one follows the pattern closely. More stats on his playing career would have been of value.