Sunday, December 20

Another Solstice


In my recent hunt for work I launched a multi-pronged attack - this time I included the use of agencies in my arsenal. Mostly these are an irritating waste of time but, in these straitened times, I felt that I ought to visit a few. They usually have quite grand-sounding titles and are located at an impressive address, I have been kept waiting in mahogany-panelled splendour but more often, lurking behind the impressive Kensington or Knightsbridge façade, lie stained carpet tiles and broken MFI furniture*

One agency has a name that makes it sound like a charity shop and is situated in a very unfashionable part of London. I made an appointment with Julie who is the sole employee and owner of the agency, she opened her front door to me and invited me to follow her up to the office. We picked our way along a hallway scattered with footwear and toys, then up the stairs and I was shown into the spare bedroom. The only chair was under a pile of laundry, Julie placed the stuff on the chair on top of the pile of clothing that was on the floor. I sat on the chair while Julie sat on a little step ladder. Agencies always ask you to bring lots of paperwork, I handed my papers over, then watched with fascination as Julie balanced a scanning device on one knee, a laptop on the other then placed my pages on the scanner which scraped and squeaked away for a while. During this time I was able to notice that Julie’s big toes had worn through her slippers and although her office didn’t have any desk space it did have an exercise bike, some full rubbish sacks and a lovely big stuffed rabbit.

Despite the apparent chaos Julie’s is the only agency that has found me any work, I start cooking regularly for a new client in London in a couple of week’s time.


Tomorrow I’ll have been married to The Director for ten years, I wrote about the wedding here, we’re going away to celebrate and I’m taking a short blogging break. I’ll get on with the next chapter of Earwig Sandwich when there’s something to write about.

Happy Solstice to everyone and if you celebrate anything else at this time of year - Happy that too!!



*The employing client doesn't visit the agency, the agents go to the client.

35 comments:

  1. Congrats all round then. Enjoy the time away and look forward to your return.

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  2. I'm off to Google MFI.

    Is that like MILF?

    Happy everything!

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  3. Wow, I think I might have slowly backed out of that flat and run off to the next one, but if she can actually produce results, then who cares about the rest, eh?

    Happy everything to you as well, can't wait to hear of further adventures in the new year!

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  4. happy EVERYTHING, sugar! all the best now and always to all y'all! xoxoxoxox

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  5. Cool post! Appearances can be so deceptive. I think I would have been charmed by this Julie! Have a wonderful holiday. Looking forward to more great posts when you return.

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  6. A whole bunch of congrats and best wishes!

    It's good to know that somewhere there's an agency that does something more than buying a flash office and spouting bullshit.

    Have a cool Yule.

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  7. Congrats, and well done. (You decide which for what!) Enjoy your sojourn and happy times to ye.

    see ya soon.

    xxx

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  8. Fancy uptown offices, wood paneling, lots of "important" people - the agencies you describe remind me of book publishers. Despite the fact publishers don't write books - they drive Mercedes and eat at $$ restaurants. Writers (and possible chefs) don't have Mercedes and often barely get by.

    I really don't like publishers and by extension, employment agencies.

    Hoorah you anniversary!
    Hoorah employment!!

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  9. Merry all-of-the-above to you! Thank you for a year of wonderful stories and your friendship!

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  10. Happy Anniversary to you and your lucky husband!

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  11. I'm delighted to read about your new cooking assignment and very happy for you that the Director is now back in time to whisk you away for glasses of celebration.

    Happy solstice back at yer and don't worry - things will work out just fine.

    xx (another) Julie

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  12. Congrats, Lulu! Enjoy your time away... we'll be here waiting for you when you return.

    Were you married on the soltice?

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  13. Congrats on your job! As we say in France, "Les habites ne fait pas le moine."

    Have a lovely anniversary, a fantastic Christmas and a 2010 that's the best year ever!

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  14. Just goes to show: Never judge a book by its cover!
    Well done you! Congratulations on the job and have a fabulous anniversary.
    ...and Happy Christmas,Happy New Year and hurry on back to us.
    Sxx

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  15. I just read your wedding post - what larks. I almost got married to my ex-man at the Little White Wedding chapel. Thank goodness I didn't. I just loved Vegas and want Mr FF to see it - he thinks he won't like it but I just remind him how happy he was at the penny arcade one rainy holiday up north in Yorkshire. It's like that x 1,000,000 I told him and his face shone.

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  16. Ok you can have a break this time. But the deal is you blog about the client when you get back ok? No excuses.

    Oh, well done and all that.

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  17. Happy Anniversary to you and The Director! I'm so pleased that you'll be escaping together for a while.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Lulu! A wee sparkly gift should arrive in January sometime...

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  18. Congratulations to you, Lulu, and The Director.

    I feel your pain re agencies. Funny how they all seem to be the same, but call themselves individual specialists. Blah.

    Happy holidays!

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  19. Happy Solstice and thank goodness it's going to get lighter from here on in because I go crazy during our 8 hour days in Winter...starkers!bonkers!

    I loved your Honeymoon in Vegas post. Everyone has been to Vegas but moi? Why haven't I ever gone to Vegas?

    Have a lovely respite from the blogosphere and enjoy the rw and all of it's mysterious ways.

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  20. Congrats on everything and happy holidays!

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  21. Merry Christmas and hope you have a wonderful and adventure filled holiday.

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  22. Happy Solstice, and Merry Christ-moose! Thanks for the charming wedding story, also!

    Have a great holiday!

    Moo!

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  23. Thank you for all the lovely messages, having 'done' the Solstice stuff, I'm now suitably braced for Christmas.

    Happy Christmas Everyone!

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  24. Thank you, and hope you also have a wonderful holiday, with ample work if you want it, or ample time off if you don't!

    Moo!

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  25. And a very happy whatever you choose to you both. I shall look forward to your return.

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  26. Loved the description of Julie and her agency. I hope your new client is a dream and that you have a lovely break with the Director.

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  28. I spy a bloody spammer above me. I just returned to find out if you have relocated yet. Good luck with the old upheaval. Can you give a clue as to what side of London you will be (or are ) in?

    xx

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  29. Hurrah for Julie and her worn out slippers! (Sorry I missed this post of yours until now). Hope you had a great New Year!

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  30. Is there any reason why my comments are not appearing here? Hope I haven't been "barred"!

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  31. Sorry Gadj I've been away and you got caught in my spam filter.

    New Year full of unpacking

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  32. You'll have to forgive my not doing my correspondence properly on this post, many thanks for the comments and a very happy and prosperous 2010 to you all
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    PS sorry Frenchie, daren't say where I'm working til I've left and then it'll depend on how scary their heavies are

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  33. hey darling -
    belated happy anniversary wishes and no, it does not get better as the years go by....

    LOL

    your description of the facade success has reminds me of house hunting days. the agent would take me the "nicer neighborhoods" - manicured lawns, big doors, large outside lamp fixtures. the downstairs would be beautifully done - upstairs would be mostly undecorated, furnished with very plain items - as if the inhabitants ran out of money when they got to the stairs....

    i'd hire you to cook but there's not enough room in the Small House for another body....

    xxoo deb

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