1. Straight from the pages of Kickstarter comes the Stickman project.
The upshot is that Jason is looking for a pound (90p after fees) to buy a pencil to draw a stickman. The risks? Jason makes a mistake and needs a rubber.
So far £2 has been pledged (200% funded!) and still 8 days to go (as of the 29th July 2014)

    Straight from the pages of Kickstarter comes the Stickman project.

    The upshot is that Jason is looking for a pound (90p after fees) to buy a pencil to draw a stickman. The risks? Jason makes a mistake and needs a rubber.

    So far £2 has been pledged (200% funded!) and still 8 days to go (as of the 29th July 2014)

  2. Before it disappears forever - here is the full text of a real job ad for a Noise Safety Technician

    As an existing employee has turned traitor and decided to leave us for pastures new, (or so he thinks - put it this way, we will have a nice new concrete patio behind the office in a few weeks and he may mysteriously never be seen again), we have a vacancy for a fine person to work primarily on our noise assessment and hearing testing services.

    Although we are based in Tewkesbury which is verging on the Softie South, we are looking for someone based up north. (The website won’t allow a generic ‘North’ in the location but to be clear this job is NOT based at M1 1AA but we had to make up some kind of postcode to get it listed as a job up there rather than in Tewkesbury. It is a general ‘up north’ and we are open as to where). Ideally we’re looking for someone in roughly the Warrington-Manchester to Leeds area but will look at anything from say the Stoke to Nottingham area up to York. Unfortunately once we get to Middlesbrough and Newcastle that’s too far north as the work will include being down south and it becomes unsustainable cost-wise from there. As a warning to anyone applying for the job who is from Yorkshire, HSMC is owned by someone from Lancashire so you will have to be prepared to work with this superior specimen on a daily basis. 

    The job is nominally home-based so you won’t be required to trouble the Tewkesbury office with your presence very often but it will include a lot of travel around the UK, meaning time away from home during the week. Actual days away in any one week will vary but anyone thinking of making the grave mistake of applying for this job should be aware it can be up to four nights a week away. In reality this will be slightly less on average as the reason for basing this role in the north is so the new person can cover noise assessments for our more northern clients and Kevin, who lives so far south it is basically France, can cover that end of the country. But, assume up to four nights away and anything less is then a bonus.

    The job is full time and we are looking for someone who has some experience of conducting workplace noise assessments or workplace hearing tests, possibly with a NEBOSH Certificate. We are however also open to anyone fancying a new career as the prime trait we are looking for is someone who is reliable and who will be a professional front for HSMC when on client sites. Basically, we can train you to do hearing tests but can’t train you not to have the Magical One-Day Flu which always seems to strike on a Monday morning. Our clients often scale back production or ban holidays for the days the hearing tests are being done so it is important that anyone going to work there turns up when they are supposed to or the clients get very angry and shout at us. We are too small to have stand-by personnel and the distances from other employees are usually too great to get someone else up there at the last minute so reliability is the key attribute for us.

    We’re offering around £25,000 for the post for someone with a bit of experience and qualifications, or more around £21,000 for someone completely new to it. The hours can be frankly very long and rubbish sometimes - 5am in a Newcastle bus depot is not most people’s first choice of working location, but on other weeks can be much better. It’s not very professional wording, but our approach to what we ask of our employees is “we don’t take the mickey” and it seems to work well. Our clients are extremely varied and include Formula 1 teams, bus companies, food processing factories, RAF bases, airports, and on and on. It will certainly be a varied workplace for those who like that sort of thing. You will need to have a car and we pay mileage and also an allowance for each overnight stay. Some existing employees spend their overnight allowance on food, while another is so skinny we’d swear he just spends it on ciggies. Occasional trailer towing may be needed and if you don’t have the B allowance on your licence then we’d have to look at getting that once you start, but it’s only a small part of the job to help cover other people skiving off on holiday.

  3. A Roman grave marker. How’s your Latin?

    A Roman grave marker. How’s your Latin?

  4. Handset provided by the Sterling Telephone Company of Tottenham Court Rd. Back in the day when phones had leads, were made of wood and a bell rang when you called them.

    Handset provided by the Sterling Telephone Company of Tottenham Court Rd. Back in the day when phones had leads, were made of wood and a bell rang when you called them.

  5. This has been sitting in my drafts forever. An artist abode … Lansdowne House in West London.

    This has been sitting in my drafts forever. An artist abode … Lansdowne House in West London.

  6. "Flying? Have a colonic for comfort", "Hormonal? Ditch the gun see us". Natural remedy wisdom from your friendly Wilmslow naturopath.

  7. Some guerilla gardening under the M60 and repeated numerous times on each pillar.

    Some guerilla gardening under the M60 and repeated numerous times on each pillar.

  8. There are quite a few things I’ve seen this week that for various reasons missed my photographic attentions this week. Luckily in a few cases.

    An eagle in a field near Styal. I’m tempted to say it was a Brown Eagle but it appears there is no such thing. Equally Golden Eagles are not found south of Scotland. But definitely an eagle. While I surprised it in the field I was still too slow to photograph it.

    An ‘older’ woman urinating in the main street of Whalley Range. It was mid-morning on a Friday afternoon. She was doing this with some degree of purpose so I’m not sure if it was some sort of protest or just a case of being caught short.

    An entire class of year ones catching a bus to destinations unknown all dressed as pirates (including swords, scarves and eye patches).

    A headless cat. Clearly the result of a car travelling too fast in a residential area. That one turned my stomach which isn’t great when you are on a 29k run.

    Emma Thompson descending the stairs (not just ‘walking down’) from a London restaurant’s toilets.

    There were probably other things to mention - I positively resisted the ‘Beaver Lodge’ sign for example - but for the very reason that I have to photograph things to remember what I’ve seen inevitably I have forgotten.

  9. Mottram Cross. Medieval base with Victorian post just near the Bull’s Head pub in Mottram St Andrews. The coats of arms are of the local landowning Wright family.

    Mottram Cross. Medieval base with Victorian post just near the Bull’s Head pub in Mottram St Andrews. The coats of arms are of the local landowning Wright family.

  10. A plaque commemorating William Morris (1834-1896). All of this on a factory in Sharston in Manchester.

    A plaque commemorating William Morris (1834-1896). All of this on a factory in Sharston in Manchester.


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