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We are strangling democracy in the UK

Today I feel the terror of the world. Our politicians in the UK are about to vote in parliament on May's brexit deal. And it will likely be defeated. A deal which would have left us tied to the EU will be knocked back. In turn, they are threatening to either keep us in or … Continue reading We are strangling democracy in the UK

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Why do all online daters claim to love travelling?

Why is the online dating world obsessed with travelling? Chloe had leaned on this conversational crutch; she was not the first, of course, nor would she be the last. Indeed, I have caught myself harping on about foreign lands (any old foreign land will do, but as a general rule it is best to opt … Continue reading Why do all online daters claim to love travelling?

The day my boss threatened me

After accidentally insulting a well-connected woman at a networking event, I had to face my boss's wrath -- "Oh, look, it's the male Carrie Bradshaw. Good morning." Jess was sitting at her desk, fiddling with her phone. "Why do I tell you anything, Jessica? Honestly." I threw my man-bag down. "How are you, good weekend … Continue reading The day my boss threatened me

How our phones own us

I recently got a new phone. And I won't lie - it has been an amazing experience. Revelatory, even. I now know of at least 20 new ways to waste my time, be it through new games, 'productivity tools' or cruising fake news, I have truly enhanced my ability to procrastinate. I know at this … Continue reading How our phones own us

I accidentally insulted my date

This is the story of how I accidentally insulted my date via text. -- The second date is always a quandary. I never quite know where to go - in the literal sense. The first date is easy. I have a rolodex of venues in my head (well, I would if it were the '80s, … Continue reading I accidentally insulted my date

I tried to reinvent myself in the office

I walked into the office on a sunny Monday morning. It had been just over a week since my networking meltdown and - as I was yet to reap the whirlwind - I began to relax. As usual Jess was in before me. Unintentionally slamming my faux-leather satchel down, I greeted her with a salute. … Continue reading I tried to reinvent myself in the office

Gender pay gap reporting: HR’s perennial obsession

In the U.K. organisations over a certain size have to report on their 'gender pay gap'. Leaving the veracity of it all aside for now, I have to say I am fed up with the way 'gender equality' (in general) is handled by HR departments. I left the following comment on the linked article below. … Continue reading Gender pay gap reporting: HR’s perennial obsession

Why we fire people

I run the HR team in a corporate office. Today one of my people, Esme, said she stopped a manager from arbitrarily firing someone. "But he can't do his job," the manager said. "He's been here two weeks," Esme said. "And you haven't actually spoken to him about your concerns." The manager shrugged. "But he's … Continue reading Why we fire people

I ridiculed myself at a networking event

This is the story of how I was forced to 'network'. And how it nearly ruined my career. --- Rita, the HR director, summoned us to the grey inferno that was her office. She was a tall, skeletal brunette with razor blue eyes. After some cursory chat about our still-broken air conditioning she commanded my … Continue reading I ridiculed myself at a networking event

A ruinous date in gentrified South London

After several failures I decided to start online dating - again. --- Jane met me at Brockley station. We walked into the Vineyard to find it only half full of people. And yet you could say the bar was packed - with reserved signs. At every table sat a tiny sign with someone's name, 'Sam' … Continue reading A ruinous date in gentrified South London