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» Job Interviews

Wine, Women, Song and Tumbleweed.
As I have an incredibly important interview this afternoon I'm finding this page incredibly useful. I now have no excuse for humiliating myself, though it does bring back painful memories of my Playstation 2 Magazine interview.

I was just out of University and had, after writing some sample reviews, been invited to an interview in Bath. The prospect of spending my professional life playing games and then writing about them was, unsurprisingly, something that rather appealed to me. The night before the interview I went out for 'a couple of pints' to calm my nerves. In retrospect, this was a mistake.

I woke up with a hangover that was as hideous as any I've had before or since. I missed my planned train to London, almost burst into tears on the underground, got on the wrong train at Paddington, had to wait at Reading for a new train to Bath, vomited on the train to Bath, sweated Stella for the entire journey and then arrived an hour late claiming that 'the trains had let me down.'

When I eventually heaved my pale, shuddering, vomit specked body up the stairs and into the interview room I proceeded to make an utter fool of myself by forgetting everything I knew about Playstations. The editor tried to throw me a rope, but all I managed to do was hang myself with it. My finest moments included telling him that my favourite kind of game was, "something strategic' and that my favourite game was something that had never been released on a Playstation.

But I saved the coup de grace for the final five minutes. On being asked the, by now all too obvious to everyone, question , "What are your major weaknesses," I perked up slightly and leered, "Wine, Women and Song!"

The silence was deafening.

(I simply refuse to apologise for my length)
(Thu 20th Jan 2005, 13:52, More)

» Evidence that you're getting old

I am slowly turning into my father because:
1, I listened to the charts for the first time in years a couple of weeks ago and said, "I prefer the original version" seven times before being asked to leave.

2, I stop or slow my drinking when I feel drunk.

3, Despite my lefty politics, I've found myself enjoying the Daily Telegraph recently.

4, My last three CD purchases have been: The Smiths; Billy Bragg and Super Furry Animals. Nothing from the last 10 years.

5, I know how to use colons and semi-colons to indicate a list.

How incredibly depressing.
(Thu 28th Oct 2004, 14:41, More)