thread Hallo
Its only taken since July 2017 for me to get my Fridays off. IF the management ALL sign off, I'll be Friday free from 1st December, that means only 2 Fridays left to work YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!

Thats over a year of waiting. PHEW

whats the longest thing you've waited for? please feel free to smut.
permalink I'm rather hoping they will open the Holiday Inn Express Derry
sometime this decade.

It's been on my books as a live project for 7.5years and wasn't new then... i've even left the bloody company and it's following me around
permalink How many of those years
have been spent deciding what to call it?
permalink zero
it is Holiday Inn Express Derry - Londonderry


permalink go you!
having fridays off for the first half of the year was ace.
Having the third quarter off entirely, unexpectedly, was a bit odd.

Have raised the prospect of trying to go to 4 days at new job but for now it seems unlikely.
permalink are you doing 5-days-worth-of-hours-in-4-days
or are you moving to a 0.8FTE?
permalink Good question
Although I'd say the vast majority of us could easily do 5 days' work in 4, if we had the motivation of a 4 day week
permalink my four day
was still a 37.5 hr week, done 8-6 on four days with a lunch break
permalink and no idiotic 18hr Fridays like
permalink Yeah, he loves it though
And I don't believe that would be a typical Friday for him.
permalink Indeed,
I normally only do mad overtime with big Stage issues, though I do 5 or 6 hrs overtime every week. Left an hour late last night, for instance, because I wanted to park a task in a sensible place, rather than halfway through a tricky manoeuvre.
permalink I'm contracted for 37.5 hrs/wk
I generally do 45+, so an extra day across every week. Sometimes 50+, occasionally in the 60s.

I get quite well paid and I get a bonus. But this industry (architecture/engineering/design/etc) is brutally exploitative and has a hideous macho culture about working hours.

The Spaniard is good at making sure I don't work silly hours unless I have to.
permalink As is Mrs Me.
And yes, the money is good and the bonuses have been superb.

I have, however, booked a sit-down with one of the Top Brass to talk about setting up a new series of guidelines to stop this kind of nonsense from happening over and over again. I've had to go over the head of my team director, on the grounds that he's a fucking useless cunt, which won't make me popular, but I am concerned that we're so badly organised at the moment that we're putting out sub-par work. And we can't go on slagging off the architects for being shite (and they are, they really, really are) if we're starting to look that way too.
permalink why are architects sooo loathed
is it there lack of finishing details.. living in a dream world or what?
permalink I think there are lots of reasons, some justified, some not.
I think one of the reasons pzxyxyxwig hates dealing with them is that they are not well organised and rather than using professional draftsmen to organise Thier drawings they use the abundant cheap labour of recent graduates.

Many people hate them because of past mistakes which hang around for a long time... Even if those mistakes might be as much of the clients making as the architects.

It might be because they are taught they they are able to solve all problems ( and the field is very broad so that is sort of required) and are therefore smug

It might be because of that fucking ugly building at the end of my road

It might be because the are conditioned to work in a very narrow pallette of "acceptable" materials, moods , atmospheres and get very snooty about all others.

It might be because it's very easy to construct a set of requirements that it physically impossible to achieve.. either their clients do this or they do this themselves.

Planning, building regs, BS, DDA and the various housing standards, secure by design, brand standards etc are a horrible mess of cotradictory and conflicting requirements... And buildings are much more complex than before. Architects are supposed to be the ones to make it all work but they actually started their profession to make cool shapes not navigate beurocracy

They are all driven down on fees and firms are run by ego maniacs with no sense of efficient workflow

There is very rarely any repetition of projects so any lessons learned are binned every time

Beady little eyes

permalink This.
permalink Also,
moving a slab edge by 2mm because they’ve changed their minds about the facade cladding.
permalink Have they ever he add of the word tolerance?
permalink Sadly, no.
On this occasion they were told to go fuck themselves.
permalink Well, that's not very tolerant!
permalink A 2mm tolerance on a concrete slab would be pretty good going...
That sounds like one of the 12 year-olds at work.
permalink We reckon it was one of the interns.
I must ask one of the seniors, who turns out to be a friend of a friend of mine.
permalink Yep, it was an intern.
He just did the maths, and saw that the slab edge needed to be 1383 back from the cladding line, rather than 1385 as it was.
permalink I think you should compromise
And make it 1384
permalink I only hate particular architects.
Not the whole profession.

But some of the ones I hate, I really fucking loathe with every fibre of my being.
permalink Which reminds me...
Have you seen this proposed piece of shit stupid monstrosity?


It's London, not fucking Dubai.
permalink God, the dezeen comment that said
"Does it vibrate" was the best point that could have been made
permalink amazing.
in so many ways.

my mum was down visiting me this weekend, but Friday she took a trip to Thorpe Bay to see her 93yr old godmother. Which meant walking between Liverpool Street and Fenchurch Street, having not been to The City in many years.

Her impression of it was of a proper sci-fi city, all massive buildings on tiny streets with the occasional random ancient church huddling among the bases. Which seems about right. It is a weird jumble of a place.
permalink Fucking awful.
permalink Are they the ones
with particularly beady eyes?
permalink Their eyes are just dead. Look into them and you can see straight to the 7th circle of hell.
permalink meanwhile
can't be bothered scrolling down, Laibach have just released a version of "The Lonely Goatherd" from The Sound Of Music

that is all
permalink oh wait a minute they've done the whole
thing. Amazing
permalink "Sixteen Going On Seventeen"
is just terrifying like this.
permalink It's quite an astonishing album.
permalink it is
most excellent
permalink WTF!?
it is bloody awful.. yeah funny for a few seconds but..

nothing to touch 'Spectre' and the likes of 'Whistleblower'

you're both nuts :)
permalink It's very different to those, for sure
But a beautiful thing in it's own way. Currently loving A Few Of My Favourite Things
permalink I bought a PS3 so I could play the Last Guardian
it came out 8 years later for the PS4

Feels like I've been waiting forever for the new Caledonian Sleeper
permalink Oh there is crossrail
As well
permalink Ah yes
How is the clusterfuck otherwise known as the Elizabeth Line going?
permalink Slowly
I just want a go on the new tunnels
permalink Getting there.
I'm not sure it's fair to call it a clusterfuck. Insanely ambitious project... I can't say I'm surprised it's taking another year. The problem is that programs are often set by political and commercial issues not the reality of how long it will actually take to bloody build something...
permalink I guess it's more like it feels they've been at it
For about 30 years at this point!
permalink At least it's not
an airport in Berlin...
permalink just thinking about that mess makes me chuckle a little
permalink I'm not going to smut
as it would be too depressing

But I'd fucking love Friday's off. Was hoping to eventually wangle that with my boss, but seeing as the entire fucking structure of the company is being burnt to the ground and rebuilt, I suspect that'll never happen.
permalink they probably wont bother with the rebuilding part.
permalink Well, there's going to be a new structure
Whether it functions or not is another thing all together
permalink well some nut jobs are waiting for this
Trump supporters who believe the iraqi dinar will make them millionaires

I happen to have a 500 vietnamese dong note on my fridge door.. presently worth 1.7p .. i'm rich.. rich i tells ya.
permalink Yeah,
well I've got a 20,000,000,000 Zimbabwean dollar note. I'm rich, I tells you, RICH!
permalink i've lately been waiting for this
film to be released
another war film turning into a nazi zombie b-movie :)

being able to jog/run would be nice also
permalink I like the look of that.
I also want to see Iron Sky 2, on the grounds that the first one was silly, and this one looks even sillier.
permalink haha i thought you'd like that
apparently there were complaints from people thinking they were about to see a 'proper' WWII film.. then this jumps out at them! haha
permalink In a novel twist on Guess The Airport
Due to inclement weather, I haven't actually landed at the Ryanair airport pretending to be serving a city it's nowhere near, but have been diverted to the actual proper airport of that city

Sadly the hour on a coach I have saved has been lost due to the diversion airport being closed, meaning it's taken nearly 3 hours to get off the plane, through passport control, and to rescue my bag from being conveniently shuttled ahead of me to the original destination I never actually wanted to go to
permalink Is it a Venice
Teviso combo?
permalink I'm trying to think of closed airports
.... istanbul? berlin? somwhere in italy.

permalink Clue:
I've already spent more time here than David Davis
permalink belfast!

it's rather nice around these streets.

If you are staying at the express ask for a new room.
permalink strasburg

permalink Close...
permalink Having now seen it on BaceFook
I'm guessing* its Brussels. And is it Charleois that O'Leary Air fly to?

*not guessing at all
permalink probably
to be fair Charleroi airport is barely further out of Brussels than Gatwick is London. Because "halfway across the country" isn't very far when you're Belgium
permalink close as the crow flies
but a ballache in practical terms
permalink A right
Belgian ballache!
permalink also known
as pavé
permalink being a sad nerd
I looked up how many flights there are now from London to Brussels (any airports at each end)- there's 10, 9 from Heathrow (mainly Brussels Airlines and BA) and one from Gatwick (as a leg of a flight to Rwanda).

Eurostar has properly destroyed that market.
permalink Just like Londres-Paris
used to be one of the busiest routes in the world, not any more!
permalink If London-Edinburgh
And London-Glasgow could be brought down to three hours by train a very large % of domestic air travel in the UK would be wiped out.
permalink Although interestingly...
I have seen a big swing towards the train in recent years on London-Edinburgh. Partly because of massively reduced timetables by some carriers, allowing BA (who still have a decent timetable) to put their prices through the roof.

Also, a ,lot of the trains are around 4:20-4:30 city centre to city centre. Flying only saves you about an hour max in most cases, and you can;t get anything done, whereas the train lets you work, sleep, read, whatever from end-to-end.
permalink I think a huge part of it has been reliability
I now almost always go by train, whereas maybe 5+ years ago I would have flown just to be reasonably sure I'd actually get there

There was a period maybe 15-20 years ago when it seemed your odds of making the whole journey down the west coast without major interruption were worse than 50-50
permalink i don't even think it'd need that much
if you could do 3.5 -4 then you'd be winning for centre to centre travel.

lots of people who travel a lot though are set up to get to airports easily which can cut that advantage.
permalink Three hours is I think
The supposed mark at which short haul (hour or so) flying gets completely obliterated by rail.
permalink looking at paris-Marseille
which is 3h18m it seems you are right.

hourly flights (though all the loss making air france)
permalink And flights to major hubs
Like LHR for BAW or CDG for AFR don't really count, as they're funnelling connecting traffic mostly, not point to point
permalink which is partly why
CdG is an important stop on the TGV network
permalink It is indeed
zut alors!
permalink Just got an email which says
"If you are experiencing problems with your emails, please use the office 365 web portal. To use the portal go to and sign in using your full email address and password."

I'm not convinced of that particular email's efficacy.
permalink I'm in Google's contractor offices,
where the internet goes up and down like a dirty ho, and i have to sign into my REWS account several times a day.
permalink Well, to be fair
It's not like you'd expect Google to be well connected to the internet or anything, is it?