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Editor, HRzone.co.uk Sift Media
21st Jul 2011
It was a British 'King of Shaves' foam pie they were serving?
24th Jun 2011
I originally thought, "Well, he fired the wrong person but it doesn't matter". We've got to that point where he's just picking the edge of the massive scab that is The Apprentice. Leon isn't going to cut it *pick* and Melody is a tank. Keep her for entertainment until he can pick her off too. Maybe leave her to the end so she can irritate Helen in the final. But actually you're right, he is setting a really bad example.
I felt Sugar meant 'That's the only thing I like about her'. And she has got a massively niche skill set, as they pointed out in 'You're Fired!' she only hears what she wants to hear. Paraphrasing hugely here, it was very funny at the end when she said something a bit like: "Sur Alaan red out the haaale list of mae achiiivemants, aaaand he was liiike, 'thooot's gaaaad!' - ya knaw? Yaa?"
What Suralan actually said was approximately (wrinkle nose and barely refrain from spitting, please) "That's all very nice" - sarcasm is the only language she can't speak. (Although her grip on French is hardly master's level - j'aime beaucoup la lumiere, mon ami. C'est combien? Ouvre le fernettre. Mange tout. etc.)
Thanks for the blog, brilliant as always. This series has really hooked me in, and this is a great addition!
22nd Jun 2011
Go Doug! I've always wanted to sing duets and start a riot. Not necessarily in that order, or at the same time.
Let me think about it - maybe we need to get some questions together to you guys and see what we can get out of it. :-)
HRzoners, you are the best.
22nd Jun 2011
That was clearly a brave post, thank you. I hope the blogging process helped a little - sometimes I find it helps me get on track. I'm training for my first Sprint Triathlon next month and I started a training blog (here if you're interested). It has definitely helped as I feel I have to write things down - plus it tracks what I've done and how far I've come. It's easy to lose perspective and a Solstice is a very good time to try to gain some.
20th Jun 2011
Sorry I didn't add the link myself Doug. If anyone wants to start a discussion group or a separate blog or write a bigger article for the front page, I'm all ears.
17th Jun 2011
...is involved, and has written about it on his 'What goes around...' blog.
16th Jun 2011
I admit it is the voice a little bit. And the whole 'omigod' factor. Yuck.
16th Jun 2011
I have studied magazines (at the risk of sounding like Edna) and it was so frustrating.
Lads mags. Yes there's a gap in the market - because, not making any money and being disparaged by everyone, they took a leaf out of their own pages and went bust, if you'll pardon the pun.
A mag for the over 60s - now that's more interesting. But describing their audience as the 'recently retired' is old fashioned nonsense. People aged 60 and above are running their own businesses (ShurAlan), bringing up kids (my own father), playing with grandkids (my nan), supporting their families in employment, helping their communities by volunteering and doing all the hobbies everyone else does. A few mags are targetting these people, and it's not just Saga. The Oldie is brilliant. There's a women's mag for the 50+, and the name escapes me, but it's sure as [***] not called Menopause.
Anyway, that aside. Melody irritates me, I detest Natasha. Why she wasn't fired, I don't know. Oh yes, it's because Jim (who is revealing himself to be a slimy, passive-aggressive snake) wouldn't move on the rate card. Jeeez.
It's getting to that point where you feel like the wrong one was fired, but it doesn't matter because they weren't going to make it anyway.
I love Tom. I love Susan, I'm still willing her to get that confidence from somewhere, and I suppose nondescript Helen is alright. But we have to hope Natasha loses soon, and is fired, because her horrible attitude, voice and nude lipgloss, ala Jordan, is too much to bear.
8th Jun 2011
Apologies for the delayed response but I will contact the author and see if they can help with your query.
Thanks for commenting, I'm sure you're not alone in your issue there.
You can always post a query like this on our 'Any Answers' section too and see if anyone else has any ideas.
Hope this helps.
26th May 2011
That was my thinking on Helen too. Immediately. People who think successful people are successful because they have no friends or family are wrong - in fact, I notice most successful people are also successful parents, spouses and friends, although they quite often have very understanding spouses and friends!
working 24/7 is not actually a strength and although admittedly it is sometimes necessary to do 100 hour weeks (and it may be in this case for some time) - it's not the way any successful person actually wants to live out their life.
You don't need to look any further than Lord Sugar, with a very long (over 40 year) successful marriage, kids and a very healthy hobby in cycling - although I won't pass comment here on his idea of maternity and so on.
Nick is pretty normal too: kids, an ex wife and a partner, and Karren did not put off marriage and kids despite a stratospheric career - she did all of that in her mid 20s and despite discovering a brain aneurysm and having surgery to treat it a few years ago she still manages to have a very full career.
Sometimes you have to wonder about these candidates!