Kids dread it, parents hate it and teachers just accommodate it. Once a year – one very long evening for all, it can become quite stressful for many. Whether you’re old or young, I’m sure you can remember back to your school days when you had to attend parents’ evening; the time of year where teachers would express their opinions on your attitude and overall performance. Some enjoy the tasty treat which comes afterwards whereas others dread the extra forceful revision lessons from their parents.
Last night at approximately 20:00 GMT, a gunman opened fire on innocent civilians in the heart of Paris, France. 15 people were murdered at the Le Carillon bar in the rue Alibert, near the Place de la Republique, and then Le Petit Cambodge, just across the road. Shortly after this, 5 people also lost their lives on the terrace of La Casa Nostra pizzeria in rue de la Fontaine au Roi. The Belle Equipe bar saw the death of 19 innocent people and the attack at the Bataclan concert currently stands at 89. The death toll currently stands at 129 with over 350 wounded – there’s nothing to say this won’t still rise. It was an organised attack against not only Paris, not only France, but against humanity. The Islamic State have taken responsibility for the attacks.
This has been covered mainly on our forums and many of our users lived the horror along with the victims, posting updates from many different sources. It’s unfortunately my job as manager to post this news in a collected and professional format, without showing much emotion and only really giving you the facts and figures, which I’ve done. Now, I’ll take this opportunity to make one request for you that have read this: do not spend your time defending anyone, do not spend your time condemning people, for that will advertise those who have committed these atrocious crimes and thats what they want: they want to spread fear. Mourn the dead and stand as one, together for the future – do not forget what has happened, but make it easier for those who have lost loved ones, families and friends to build on what they’ve lost.
Almost everyone (no matter what job you’re in) will probably have to deal with a customer at some point. All of us would have had a bad experience with a customer and, almost certainly, heard the 5 most annoying words on the planet; “The customer is always right”.
I put it to you that the customer isn’t always right. What if I were to say that every now and again the customer isn’t right. What if I said that sometimes the customer is just a royal pain in the neck.
As a resident of picturesque Scotland, I have been forced to join friends on weekly running sessions up glens (that’s a big hill, to those with normal vocabulary) and over many a sandy beach. I’ll be frank, I despise it. Loathe, in fact.
The reason for my hatred is probably just that I’m pretty unfit and almost definitely carrying a little bit too much beef. I simply cannot compete with my peers. One good thing has come of my recent running escapades – I believe I’m a great actor. How I can be close to death but pretend that I’m actually okay and can indeed breathe, kind of amazes me.
I wrote this article as I tried to recover from the terrible interview that I have had early last week.
As I drove 50 minutes to my fourth ever interview, I felt quite relaxed. I’m quite a nervous person but this was not a job that I needed, so I thought to myself ‘whatever happens, happens’.