The joys of commuting [was Re: [SOCIAL] Thursday July the 5th...]

Peter Corlett abuse at
Thu Jul 5 23:16:55 BST 2007

On 5 Jul 2007, at 13:10, Nicholas Clark wrote:
> On Thu, Jul 05, 2007 at 11:24:42AM +0100, Peter Corlett wrote:
>> In two cases, I had to find a small-scale map of Berkshire before  
>> I could
>> find the godforsaken hole of a village that they somehow expected  
>> me to
>> spend four hours a day travelling to and from. If I wanted that,  
>> I'd have
>> stayed in Studley rather than going for the bright lights of London.
> Theale?

That's the one. On the map, there seems a striking resemblance of  
Theale and Reading to Studley and Redditch. I bet it's also only got  
one bus every two hours and they stop at 7pm.

The pimp assured me that it was only 45 minutes away. When I  
investigated, that'd be the particularly optimistic time given by  
Google Maps that assumes that I have a car and there's no traffic at  
rush hour.

Reading really doesn't tempt me, a satellite of it even less so. So  
if I'm offered less money to work in the south-east than I was making  
in Birmingham in 1999, well they weren't exactly going to get my  
eternal gratitude for the honour of being able to apply for the job.

>> I got a particularly rude and unprofessional response from one  
>> pimp who had
>> apparently problems with reading comprehension skills on my CV when I
>> brusquely pointed out that they were taking the piss with salary and
>> location.
> I find it fun to tell the company in question what you think of the  
> pimp,
> in that case. (Although it helped that I knew someone at the company)

Alas, I didn't get to discover the client, but I did contemplate  
writing a *letter* to the pimping agency. I certainly want me to  
remove me from their books.

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