Thursday, 26 February 2009

What's my age again?

The audacity of people sometimes amazes me.

We are in the post production editing phase of the massive cookery show we were filming and this is the part where many issues kick in. Are all the facts right? Do we have the correct spellings and pronunciations of the contributors names? Do we have their right ages? Are their job descriptions correct?

Their job descriptions. Now if you are a baker in a bakery that is what you are, correct me if I am wrong, but my Executive Producer seems to not understand this. He has taken violently against some peoples job titles.

For example he didn't like "Computer Technician" and has decided that the gentleman in question should be a called an "IT worker". Where does he got off deciding to change peoples job titles?!?! Luckily the poor man didn't mind, I think he is just excited to have his name on TV that it didn't bother him. But I am the poor sod who has to phone these people up and find a polite way of informing them that we wish to call them something else other than what they are.

Next they'll be saying: Miss M I don't think that this woman looks like a Joyce, can we please call her Samantha? Phone her up and check if she'd be ok with that.

Seriously. I wouldn't be surprised.

One woman kicked up a fuss about her change in profession. I informed the higher powers that be and received this email back

"Please will you guys go to (Name of Exec) with this one as this woman cannot tell us what we can and can’t write …but equally we can’t have her complaining so think the boss might have to take this one on"

I really hate to inform my colleague but yes she can. Simple as that. It is her profession!

Tuesday, 24 February 2009

I spy with my little eye ...

After saying yesterday that I am embarrassed to be working for a company which would be capitalising on the death of someone I would like to state that I soon will not be working for them.

Before you all jump to conclusions this has nothing to do with my rant yesterday but more to do with the economic decline which is happening all of the UK at present.

2 weeks ago I was called in to my Line Manager's office and informed that when my contract finishes on the 13th of March they unfortunately will not be able to extend it any further due to the severe lack of work within the department. I was reassured that this has nothing to do with my performance, as if they had the resources they would keep me, but unfortunately is the future of things to come as all the industries dramatic cut back on their work force.

So I'm job hunting.

This is quite scary as I haven't had to do it in almost 2 years and I have very few contacts truth be told.

Anyone reading looking for a Production Co-ordinator? Drop me a line if you are!

I know I'll be fine but it is just an added stress that I do not need.

I am joining the ranks of my friends though - too many of us seem to be losing our jobs at the moment but thankfully a fair few number of them are landing on their feet! The wonderful Lopz managed to get her dream job after receiving the boot and my ex housemate is getting an opportunity to find a job that he REALLY wants as opposed to just having one for the visa.

Perhaps it will be the best thing for me?

Monday, 23 February 2009

Guess who's back? Miss M's back ... back again!

Right, first off I would like to apologise for my extended absence.

"See you soon" has turned in to almost 3 months but it isn't that I haven't TRIED to blog because I've sat with my laptop in front of me staring at the screen trying to figure out what fun and entertaining anecdote I can come back with. What can I start with to hook my readers back with a bang? I just haven't been able to write.

But I'm back now and I'm just going to jump right in there.

Jade Goody. I am so over it now. (If you don't know what I'm talking about please google it)

Yes I'm sad that she is dying, yes it is horrible and yes my heart goes out to her and her family. I completely understand where she is coming from, the poor woman is just trying to provide for her children after she has died and I get that. It is pure instinct and if I was in her position I would probably be doing the same thing.

It is us that I am repulsed by. It is the fact that we're willing to pay money to watch someone's slow and painful death. People seem to be fascinated by it. What sick society do we live in that people want to watch this?

Gordon Brown has spoken out about her, 300 000 pounds was just spent on a faerie tale wedding for her yesterday and you can barely turn anywhere without seeing her face. The owner of Harrods gave her a 3000 pound dream wedding dress and the Sugarbabes played at her wedding. Celebrities are rallying around her showing their support - Now I wouldn't have a problem if this was raising awareness of cervical cancer but all I can see is it raising more awareness of Jade and the British obsession with Celebrities lives. There have been no charities made to help other people with Cancer and no attempts of money to be raised which upsets me. Did she really need to spend all that money on a wedding? Wouldn't that money have been better spent on helping people who can't afford the world class treatment she is getting and trying to save more lives?

I am ashamed to be linked to this show; I'm ashamed to think that I work for a company that would cash in on the death of another human being and I am refusing to partake in it.

My company are jumping on this cash cow too. They're filming her final interview on national television where the general public can gorge their eyes on her for the last time. Am I the only one who thinks that this is sick?

I apologise for the rant but this has really been upsetting me - I'm back now and I promise some fun, laughter, tears and more rants purely for your entertainment!