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Helga: The face that made a thousand ice-creams

20110425 Smiling ice cream maker lid 150x150 Helga: The face that made a thousand ice creams

It’s been a hot Easter here in the south-west of England and it’s come and gone for another year.

Easter has come and gone for another year and what a fantastic one it was; the weather was absolutely gorgeous and I managed to sneak in a couple of picnics.  Because of poor planning on my part I had already eaten before I turned up on both occasions but enjoyed the sunshine, the company and watching others eat: a picnic by proxy perhaps, or a proxnic.

With the Royal Wedding next week (that’s Kate Middleton and Prince William, I think…), those clever enough to have planned ahead would be benefiting from 11 days off in a row right now.  Unfortunately because of meetings I’m working this week, but it should be a fairly easy three-days.  I am banking on the fact that a lot of other people will be off and my inbox won’t be flooded with emails from people screaming information they needed “yesterday”.  You know, if only they (whoever they are) planed better they wouldn’t be panicking all the time… hey ho.

A lot of teachers will have to go back in for three days, but they will have had two weeks off, it being half term and all that.  My colleague’s fiancée is a teacher and I think she will only have worked three days in April.  I’m not entirely sure how that works…

 Chocolaty badness

So, did you gorge yourself on Easter eggs and other chocolaty badness?  I’m pleased to say I didn’t and this whole commercialisation malarkey seems to have passed me by.  I have been incredibly busy at work and I had almost forgotten it was Easter, were it not for the fact that someone reminded me.  Egg stocks at Asda had gone suspiciously low by Thursday evening, too, which was a dead giveaway.

Speaking of commercialisation, a lot of companies are taking advantage of the Royal wedding on Friday, selling all sorts of commemorative merchandise from sick bags to pies and beyond.  Good or bad?  Either way it means we get another four-day weekend – yay!


The weather has been unseasonably warm for April and the last time I remember it being this warm around this time of the year was 1999.  But that probably tells you more about my selective memory than anything else!  Hopefully the weather will hold out; it would be nice to have a nice long summer.  But before we get our hopes up, remember the barbecue summer that was forecast for the year before last?  Whatever happened to that?

Helga: The face that made a thousand ice-creams

The item in the photograph is an ice-cream maker lid and actually belongs to an old flatmate of a friend of mine.  I took this photograph a while back when I was at his house and have been waiting for an appropriate time to post it.

The lid is smiling, perhaps in anticipation of being used to create tonnes of ice-cream this year.  Perhaps she is smiling in contentment at the fact that she has had a productive life.  Perhaps she is Helga – the face that made a thousand ice-creams.

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Some say…

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Remember I wrote about the invisible man some time ago?  It was an article in which I mentioned my colleague, who rides a motorbike.  I was chatting to him about work-related issues the other day and noticed his helmet on the window sill with his gloves wedged inside and poking out of the “face bit” – you know the hole with the visor.  Oh, I don’t know what that’s called, as I ride a bike, but see for yourself.  The result is a rather interesting gorilla-like face with a cheesy grin, a big speckled nose and a bit of a squint.  The “hair” reminds me of Dr Zoidberg’s top lip.

 Said colleague sits behind me and we share a window with a blind, which we tend to roll up.  This means we get natural daylight (Well duh!), but we also get to see what happens outside, which can be quite interesting at times.

 Quite often we’ll see a guy who jogs everywhere and always seems to have loads of carrier bags or balloons and a Union Jack.  He waves, shouts and sings at people as he runs past and I’m told he is a bit of a local celebrity.  I’ve also been told he survived a pretty serious illness, which is why he is so happy.  Fair play to the guy and apparently he’s been pictured with various celebrities running the New York marathon.  If all the above sounds a little bit like the introduction to The Stig (“Some say…”) then I guess that links us back to the image of the helmet.

There are plenty of other interesting things passing by our window and I will write about those in a future post.  It’s easy to get distracted sometimes and maybe the face on the window sill serves to tell us to get back to work.  Back to work is where I will be tomorrow, fully rested and raring to go.  A short four-day week beckons but it is set to be a busy one and I am dreading the state of my inbox tomorrow…

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The invisible man

the invisible man 150x150 The invisible manOne of my colleagues rides a motorbike (this is relevant as you will find out later) and as well as doing his normal job he has the added responsibility of being our IT man.  If you have any IT problems, he’s the man to tell you to reboot your machine and check that everything’s plugged in properly. 😉  Every good company has an IT person and thank goodness for that.  In this modern age of computers, pencils and paper… and – wooooo! – pocket calculators (What a time to be alive!) it’s easy to spend entire days tapping away at a keyboard and fighting with IT equipment.  At a previous company I worked at, the internet would “break” at least once a fortnight.  One time this led to an interesting lunchtime, where – shock horror – people actually had to talk to each other, almost as if we had forgotten how to…  Oftentimes I find people are afraid to talk or simply can’t be bothered.  The result of this is an overflowing inbox and surely a less productive and less sociable (or dare I say it, human) existence.

We humans are incredibly clever; it’s no co-incidence that we call ourselves homo sapiens, or “wise man”.  We are so clever, we have the ability to use tools to make our lives easier.  So clever in fact, that we can communicate complex concepts to one another and pass on our knowledge of tools to others.  Sorry if that sounded sarcastic – that was meant in a sincere way!  But every problem solved brings about a new one.  Email is one such example.  We invented a medium to improve global telecommunications and we abuse it to a point where our ability to communicate is diminished.  We fix this problem by inventing social networking and as a result become more insular and spend our lives glued to computer screens away from other human beings.  This is the new “idiot box”.  I very rarely watch TV anymore, but will spend hours on the internet, blogging, reading up on PHP/CSS, checking the news, watching iPlayer, etc…  But I digress.

My colleague left his computer running to sort out some essential IT stuff, put on his motorcycle boots and left his office shoes by his desk.  This produced the curious illusion that he had turned invisible.  I chuckled, took a picture and returned to my computer screen, foaming at the mouth. 🙂

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