Weekly Photo Challenge: Up

For this photo challenge I couldn’t decide which of the following photo’s to use, so I used all three.

I wasn’t sure whether to use the moon photo for this challenge, but decided I would as it is undeniably ‘up’.

The next two photo’s are not quite as ‘up’ as the first, but I enjoy taking photo’s from these sort of angles. I would have liked to taken some from the top looking down too, but that was not possible with either of these subjects.

This is Herringfleet Smock Mill in Suffolk. It stands in marshland beside the Norfolk Broads (England, UK)

Just some spiral steps attached to a building on the beach at Aldeburgh in Suffolk (England, UK)


Weekly Photo Challenge: Flowers

After wandering around a garden center for a couple of hours with my camera, taking quite a lot of photo’s of various flowers and not being completely happy with any of the results, I ended up taking a few of some roses growing in my garden and settled with this one.

As I took this fairly close, you can’t see just how huge and rambling this bush has become over the years. It looks wild, but I like it like that so I do very little to it & prefer to let it just go where it likes.

Facebook – They make it up as they go

I’ve had a facebook account for some time now and have on many occasions joined different groups & pages for different reasons. One of the main types of group I follow is pages that allow you space to sell things.
There is a particular group that covers various different regions to allow people from various places to advertise in their area and/or other areas. I joined around 10 of the regions close to me (including my own of course) so that I had a nice wide area to offer my items for sale.
The way these work is basically you upload a photo of the item you want to sell and add a little text to it (how great it is, how old it is, size, price etc) and publish it. Once published it should be visible on your wall and on the wall of the ‘For sale’ page that you post to.
On each different page for each region there is the option to upload a photo and share it with that page. However, to save a lot of time & hassle many people create a ‘For sale’ folder on their own facebook profile and simply drop the link to whatever it is they’re selling in whatever group they want to advertise it.
I did this successfully on several occasions, dropping the link to various items in anything up to 10 pages/groups at a time with no problem whatsoever… Until, one day recently.
On this particular day I did exactly the same thing, but actually dropped the link in fewer places than usual. 5 to be exact. When I tried to put another one into another page I had a message pop up telling me that it looks like I’m spamming and I have been banned from posting on walls for 15 days. Nice huh?

I tried to contact a human at facebook help centre, but that was, on reflection, a really stupid waste of time. Of course I didn’t get a reply. Oh I had the email telling me that they had received my message and that while they couldn’t always respond to each individual case, they would look at it. Well thanks for that.
So anyway I left it at that & logged out.

Next day I log into facebook and have actually forgotten that I was banned from posting on walls. I looked at a few of the humour pages that I have subscribed to and even managed to comment on a few of them. Then, all of a sudden, facebook remembers that I’m not supposed to be doing that & throws a message up saying something like “Hey, you can’t do that, we told you before that you are restricted from doing this because of your previous spammy & irrelevant posts”. WHAT? Spammy & irrelevant? Cheeky bleepers.

Well I decided that if I was being punished for using the features of the site & being prevented from socializing on a social network site that I wasn’t going to stand for it. So I sat down.

I decided to abandon that account and start a new one, which is what I did.
The only problem with that is that I have to now start building my profile & pages up again. Adding new photo’s & such and also making sure that any other applications/sites/etc that are linked to facebook are linked to the new account.

This is partly the reason for this blog entry. I want to make sure that I am linked properly here to the new account. If I’m not then this will have been a monumental waste of time. Wish me luck.

I’m posting every week in 2011

I started this blog ages ago and haven’t really added much to it in all that time. So I decided to try and add more content more often. To help me do this I looked for some inspiration within the WordPress pages & found PostADay & PostAWeek.
I can’t commit to posting once a day, but I think I can manage to get something on here at least once a week, so I decided to sign up for PostAWeek. That means I will be posting on this blog at least once a week for all of 2011. Depending on how this goes I’ll see if I continue next year.

I will be making use of The Daily Post and other bloggers who are also doing this. It would be nice to get some feedback, comments etc. So if you don’t already read my blog, please have a look. Any & all encouragement is greatly welcomed.

Inconsiderate people – Part 1

I was originally going to just title this ‘Inconsiderate people’, but I realised that I will most likely be needing that title again in the future, so added ‘part 1’.

My Son works as a KP in a hotel and his shifts change regularly, but generally once they are up on the board they are set. Just recently however the company has been playing this new game called ‘let’s change the rota at random & not tell anyone until it’s too late for them to do anything about it’.
This happened one time a little while ago and now again today.

He had booked a CBT course (that’s compulsory basic training for a motorcycle, for anyone who doesn’t know) with a local school and they managed to fit him in on Monday morning and said that he should be finished by 2:30pm.. which would leave him 30 minutes to get to work from the training centre. That would be pretty close, but we could do it. So it was all set, booked in, £25 deposit paid and all good to go.  Ah, but no, people got in the way. People again, those hideous creatures that always have to be flexing their muscles & messing with other people just because they can.

He got into work today (Sunday) and discovered that the rota had been changed and he is now on an early on Monday morning. They didn’t have the decency to ring him & tell him about it. Just waiting until he turned up at work this morning and found out for himself. Of course the rider training centre isn’t open on a Sunday and he is meant to be starting at 8:30am tomorrow. So he will have to ring them and leave a message on their answering machine that he can’t make it. There goes the £25 deposit.

Are companies allowed to do this sort of thing? Surely if you have been given work times a week in advance then they shouldn’t be allowed to just change them at random like that. Of course I know the answer to this already. Companies can do whatever they want. It’s a case of ‘Well if you don’t like being treated like shit you can always leave, there are plenty of other people waiting to take your place.’ So there it is. That’s why there is no loyalty to employers any more. they would rather get rid of someone who is a good worker and who knows the job and get in a completely new person who they will have to train up, rather than have a bit of common decency.

How is anyone supposed to make plans and organise their lives when bosses can just do this sort of thing?

I’m sure everyone has been in similar or worse situations at work and as I say, I know the reason why it is like it is, but I don’t think it should be. Yes there are loads of people out of work, but if everyone stood up for themselves and had any self-pride or dignity left & refused to be treated like something worthless, the employers would have to change their attitude or the country would come to a standstill. Again, of course I know this will never happen, but in an ideal world…