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Thanks Wesleyan people


I’ve been temping* for the last few months at the Wesleyan Assurance Society in the second city of this fine land – Birmingham. I won’t lie to you the work has a been a tad boring at times but this has been softened by a great bunch of colleagues, several cups of tea and a thoroughly enjoyable work environment. So anyway this post is just to say a big cheers for my two crackin’ gifts and also to the Wesleyan; a company who clearly cares about its staff (several free meals and chocolates for being a lowly temp gets the thumbs up in my book). Special thanks to Gemma and Laura (thats LAURA LAURA LAURA LAURA LAURA LAURA – she asked for a mention) who chose them. Gemma remembered me talking about Popbitch a while ago and suggested their new book – so some serious kudos for that and Laura put forward the genius suggestion of Wall-E on DVD. Thanks very much y’all, Happy New Year and Owen the answer is still No.

* Through Plum Personnel who are easily the best recruitment agency I’ve ever used. I’ve mainly dealt with Laura and Vanessa both of whom are the consummate professionals and super helpful. If you need temporary or permanent work in the Birmingham area give them a call or drop them an email and be sure to mention my name ;).


Elbow at the Birmingham Carling Academy

I should of wrote about this sooner but Elbow really were terrific on Wednesday. Guy Garveys vocals were spot on and the rapport he built with the crowd was second to none, if Elbow ever do disband then I’m sure the comedy circuit would welcome him with open arms. Highlights for me were: ‘One Day Like This’ largely due to the string section, ‘Grounds For Divorce’ which had one of the best sounding live guitars I’ve heard in a long time and ‘Newborn’ which aside from being an absolute gem of a song has a brilliant organ section at the end. Definitely worth a watch if you ever get the chance.