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Friday, November 2, 2007

A View from the Scrap Heap

Those of you who I met at the recent Challenge reunion, another great event organized by Pauline & Bernie Marshall, will know I was made redundant a few weeks ago. Every one expressed the appropriate concern for my plight. Well now I've had a couple of weeks to let the reality of the situation sink in and all I can say is it is hellish.

I spent 5 days walking to the Challenge reunion along the West Highland Way. This week I have been for a walk along my local beach everyday, I would have gone further afield but the weather has been dreecht. On Sunday and Tuesday I will be walking on the Isle of Arran, next weekend I'm going to Ullapool and Pitlochry Wednesday, Thursday and Friday the week after. As I said hellish.

The only problem I can see is at sometime in the future I will have to get a new job but for the moment I'll just have to put up with my situation.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I understand you're going through a difficult period. You'll surely miss your boss ! Walking through this beautifull country like a lost soul in the mist. My thoughts are with you, only my thoughts,alas.


November 2, 2007 at 9:15 PM  
Blogger Alan Sloman said...

Sounds like a complete bastard Ian...

How about a winter LEJOG? Should be no more expensive than living at home.

Just a thought to dangle there...

November 2, 2007 at 10:59 PM  
Blogger Ian C. said...

Nice idea Alan but I fear my days as a gentleman of leisure will have to be over before I could reach JOG. After all I have the Australian vinyards, the Japanese camera industry and Apple to support. Not to mention the European brewing industry.

Ian C.

November 4, 2007 at 1:08 PM  
Blogger Phil said...

Aye Ian

The coincidence of your temporary withdrawal from these key markets and the current turmoil on the bourses of the world cannot be mere chance.

All the best


V nice pics btw!

November 6, 2007 at 12:01 PM  
Blogger Ian C. said...

Honest mister it wasn't me, some Big Boys didn't pay thier mortgage and ran away.

Ian C.

November 7, 2007 at 1:31 PM  

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