Written by Richard Summerfield, February 2011
Richard currently works in a Birmingham law firm, after a contemporary history degree. He’s thinking about a paralegal career, but also has media ambitions.
This blog was originally going to be about job interviews, because, by the time you read this piece I will have had my first interview in over two years. Little did I know that my wonderful laptop was conspiring against me. Fantastically it managed to lose all of my work.
Believe me, the piece in question - or ‘The Lost Volume’ as it shall now be known - was full of witty one liners, informed opinions and hyperbole the like of which mankind has rarely seen before. It was a shining beacon of job bloggery, explaining, in eye-watering detail how excited and nervous I was about my interview.
It even involved the phrase ‘Welcome ladies and gentlemen, to DEFCON 1.’ Just imagine that. It was probably one of the greatest pieces of work I have ever produced. Weep for it dear friends, for it is no more.
Now that is out of the way I would like to begin a campaign for lengthening time. I am sure some nay-sayers will come along armed with opinions and ‘facts’ about how this cannot be done, but as we all know, you can prove just about anything with facts. I would just like some additional hours in my day please. Is that too much to ask?
A few days ago I was a very busy man. Whilst engaging in the many pursuits that a man might undertake on a Sunday afternoon I completely forgot to eat. The end result of this activity was me being slumped quite drunk on my sofa until around 4am on Monday morning. When I awoke I was freezing cold and famished. Not a good start to the week.
During weekdays of course I have actual work to be getting on with; obviously this takes up a fair chunk of my time. Equally, I have various extra curricular activities to be getting on with - these include but aren’t limited to - podcasting, housework, finding a new job, writing and planning a wedding. Oh, and getting in shape for the wedding.
Suddenly there doesn’t look to be time for much else. There are literally not enough hours in the day to get all of this done. All I am asking for is a small and not necessarily permanent extension to the day. Just for the next few months.
Not only would this solve my problems it would also probably drag us out of the current global financial crisis. Take a couple of the rubbish hours that no one really likes, say six until eight o clock each evening and just double them in length. Job done. No-one actually does anything worthwhile then anyway, except watch repeats of Friends and The Simpsons of course.
I am pretty sure a 26-hour day would work out for everyone; as such I’ll email Dave Cameron now. Huzzah!
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