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

Ash Berlin ash_cpan at
Thu Jul 5 23:43:08 BST 2007

Peter Corlett wrote:
> 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.
What kind of work was it doing? I know a few of the companies in the 
business park out in Theale...


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