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Where does UrbanCanary live? Is it he or she? I am not answering any of these questions so do not ask. Perhaps it is because I do not know. What I do know is UrbanCanary is a professional. Professional what? I will leave that for you to decide. I have given UrbanCanary permission to blog along side the e-gobbets of this site. UrbanCanary is proposing to be your "canary", to test the working life of the city amongst other things. XOXO

Boo hiss, its happened to my firm....

RedundanciesPosted by UrbanCanary Thu, February 19, 2009 14:15:07
The inevitable has happened... the viral infection that is the credit crunch which is slowly but surely spreading its way through the entire financial sector and beyond into the everyday life of every individual has finally struck at my firm, forcing it to use the only remedy left in its arsenal.... REDUNDANCIES.

Now let me tell you this has most definately been a surreal experience. Considering that I work for a financial services firm, this should in no doubt have bene unexpected. And of all the lay-offs at banks and other financial firms i've read about, personal accounts I've heard about, why should I have felt in any way surprised!?
Well because it was happening to other people! Not at my firm, not at me. All this redundancy malarky happening across the financial services sector was just that, stuff happening to other people that provides some interesting and at times amusing stories and gossip.

Anywho, I'm thankful to be writing this little post from the office.... I have survived, maybe to simply face another round of redundancies a few months down the line, but I don't care, i have been granted my [temporary] reprieve.

Downsides to surviving a redundancy

- Loss of friends
- The firm gets practice in laying off people
- More work, fewer people


- Lot more deskspace
- No queuing for the bathroom stalls
- Less people to awkwardly awknowledge when walking around the office


UrbanCanary (Still alive and well)

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My first blog post... and jeez, what a pain in the ass

City LifePosted by UrbanCanary Wed, February 04, 2009 15:09:40
Well I thought I'd never have my own blog, but here I am, sat in my office at 3pm and about to share my current thoughts with you all.

Right now, those thoughts are about how bloody hard i'm actually finding writing this blog! I must've started off in like ten different ways, only to end up deleting what I wrote in a frustration I'm only too familiar, a frustration that used to arise when I was forced to write essays as part of GCSE english.

"Should I give up? No" I'm thinking to myself. "Why?", well I suppose partly because I'm procrastinating with regards to my daily work. And what better way to procrastinate than to try and battle through my own self-doubt and self-counsciousness about having the ability to write a blog and actually put something down!

Anyway, I'm going to keep this post short and sweet, but would just like to add this disclaimer, more so to ease my own self consciousness than to warn the reader....
Everything I type will simply be my own ramblings and rants They will be my own raw thoughts and opinions. They may not be very interesting. I doubt they will be eloquently written down. But at least I will try and make sure I get my grammar right.

Kind Regards

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