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Well now, I am still waiting to hear back from BCC regarding my complaint about the Christmas bins and recycling collection dates debacle (3 months ago).  You can therefore imagine my delight when they distributed their handy leaflet telling us what we can recycle and when to put it out.  For the second year running they’ve given us a handy calendar.


So, my fine neighbour @tickvg took a careful look and said,

“Hey mate, check out your blog posts, wasn’t it boxes last week?”

“Why yes, I replied, see here…” 

as I showed her my last bin blog post. (March 25)

But look closely (in fact, take a look at enlarged image below) and everyone can see, the leaflet tells us that March 26 was a green bags day.


So what’s the problem?  I think it’s as basic as the bin vans don’t do the same thing as the office staff think.  A bit like the Radio Times says it’s Top Gear but the continuity team show Masterchef instead.  What do we watch? Masterchef.

So again, I’m stuck what do I put out tomorrow? Green bags, ‘cos that is almost certainly what the “bin-men” will collect or my boxes, ‘cos that is what the leaflet says.

I wish I could tell you I was going to trust the careful information lovingly posted through my door today.  I cannot.  I will not trust them ever again.

After all, they’re only as good as their last collection…


@gabysslave's photo of the office refurb

@gabysslave's photo of the office refurb

A complete cheat on my part, as I wasn’t there, but I do believe this is what @graphiquillan‘s been waiting for 🙂

As I understand, these hardworking workmen are refurbing the Aqulia offices.


I set up this blog post way back in 2008 (autumn) and began by contemplating what I found as I rambled round the interwebs.  It occurred to me the other day that this had been quite a journey.  I have never been scared of IT, or nervous of the internet – I got a Computing O Level in 1979, so I know my stuff!  What I hadn’t really realised was how much control I could have on the interwebs.  So what’s happened since I set up this blog?

  • Attended a Birmingham bloggers meet (December at the Frankfurt Farmers Market)
  • Attended the Birmingham Twestival (12 February in the Arcadian)
  • Set up and hosted a B’ham City University Tweetup (January, with about 15 attendees)
  • Set up and about to host the next one (19 March, over lunch, Bar 42)
  • Was in at the concept and helped deliver #wxwm (the antidote to SwSWi, March Kings Heath)
  • defined a hashtag @tagref and @tagalus
  • had over 2,640 views on this site since November
  • Created a brand new website celebrating great Brummie Women
  • Had a couple of impromptu social media lunches in the Fighting Cocks on Moseley Farmers Market Days
  • Instigated a late night snow hunt with 6 other people in Cannon Hill Park (url available on request)
  • Crowd-sourced ideas for Modern Day Plagues and found 10
  • created a tumblr website with my dort – and lost it!
  • posted photos on twitpic
  • become an iphone addict (thanks to our uni)
  • made so many new friends, I’ve lost count

Some say the social media world in Birmingham is a clique.  Well, I have to say it’s a very easy clique to break into.  I don’t know where else a newbie like me would have been allowed to get away with quite so much.

So, one of the categories I’ve been filing blog posts under is “the ramblings of a novice interwebs adventurer“.  As we know, my newbie days were not very long ago.  But what I also know, is that if I met someone with that list I would not think them a newbie.  So I’ve decided it’s time for a new category.  I’m thinking “the further adventures of an interwebs adventurer

So what next, I do want to start embedding this into our work more.  Our website is coming along, but we need to be having conversations with our stakeholders through the internet.  Meanwhile, thanks for reading my first term report.  I look forward to stumblin’ over you in the ether sometime soon…

Link to the  parboot channel on YouTube


Today I received an email from . I’m guessing it relates to my parking problem…

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