to top

Oooftt.

Hello neglected blog,

  • My friend is getting me to write an article about his production company for a real magazine and I’m worried because I don’t have a lot of time.
  • I’m entering my final week with Ink as of tomorrow.
  • I have another nice weekend planned.
  • I’ll eventually get around to all the things I put off doing before I had a job once I don’t have a job anymore.
  • I wish there were more Picture Desk jobs out there, I’m quite good at researching.
  • This is a picture I found today while looking for photos of Brad Pitt with a beard, amazing.
    Mainly contextually due to the fact I’m currently seeing my sister through The Sopranos/treating myself to a re-watch.
  • The fog we’ve been having recently is so intriguing, I don’t think I really saw it while in Portsmouth.
  • I have a selection of phone photos as long as my arm to share but I don’t know which ones to pick.
  • I’m great, someone hire me for freelancing/a ‘real’ job.

    The days have gone by quite quickly this week, but the week itself hasn’t. I think I got too used to being pressed for deadlines but now there’s a bit less going on.
    My evenings are being taken up being a slob, which is incredibly unproductive of me considering I should definitely be working on this article, as well as practicing for my driving theory, but 9-5’s are hard, especially when they’re actually more like 7-7s when you consider commuting and breakfast.
    You’ll probably get sick of me when I’m back moaning about my supposed lack of employability and posting photos of my fingernails…

  • Job Centre casually letting me down again.

    Good job as always…

    21st November 2011

    Dear Kingston Jobcentre Plus,

    I am writing to make a formal complaint about how my claim has been handled within the last few weeks. Since the lead up to and beginning my unpaid internship with Ink Global Publishing, I believe that Jobcentre Plus has been both incredibly unhelpful and unsupportive.

    Having attended a meeting with my advisor today, it was only then that I was alerted that my claim had been closed, with no prior notice at all. Perhaps the first thing that has annoyed me is the fact that I was allowed to attend the meeting and had made the effort to travel to the centre and missed almost the entire morning that day at the internship – which affects how I may appear to my employer and therefore what I may get out of the experience, which is the whole point of carrying out the internship in the first place!

    The only statement that came close to meeting a real explanation for essentially wasting my time was that I was aware that my claim ‘might’ be closed. However, my response to this is that ‘might’ does not account for official confirmation and does not allow me to know where I stand with my claim at all. In fact, I was even allowed to assume that I was able to carry on as normal.
    No effort was made to contact me prior to the close of my claim and it must be understood that first and foremost, I rely on the income that Jobseeker’s Allowance provides to continue the internship, which was only carrying on for a further week and a half anyway.

    Before beginning the internship I was asked to provide many different vague pieces of documentation, which never seemed to be correct or satisfactory. This meant that on the first day of the internship, before I had even settled in, I had to ask my supervisor to write me a letter outlining the internship for Jobcentre Plus. In terms of common sense, I hope you will understand why this would have been awkward for me. Too many people were involved in the process of how we would go about dealing with this situation and I find it hard to believe that I would be the first Jobcentre customer to come across these circumstances. This is of a particularly poor standard considering that there was no ultimate resolution despite what should have been arguably combined knowledge.

    The internship will go on to finish at the end of this month, in this time I would have only visited the Jobcentre twice, and my job search has been ongoing while on the internship. Ink provided me with a lot of flexibility which would mean I would have been allowed to attend meetings outside of the internship if I had needed to. The lack of communication and overall bad organisation of this situation has resulted in me believing that I would have been better off not informing the Jobcentre of this internship at all, particularly regarding funding myself during the process.

    Ink’s system for internships is structured and I think it was inconsiderate to try and make them change it when I already had a guaranteed month of work experience with them. I think it is disgraceful that I was allowed to continue thinking that my claim was still open as well as attend the meeting this morning. I am unsatisfied with how the Jobcentre has supported me both within this internship and overall during my Jobseeking process. This internship with Ink has been more beneficial to my current training and work experience than any alternative that has been offered to me by Jobcentre Plus could end up being (Admin assistant roles/banking etc). I understand that my creative background is particularly competitive but therefore think that I should be nurtured when I do find work experience rather than shunned and let down.

    I will be making a rapid reclaim as suggested but would ask that more careful consideration be taken to my case as I feel that I have been dealt with very unsympathetically. I would also hope to receive a higher level of communication both between myself and advisors and those advising them; something I believe to be the root of this complaint.

    Thank you very much for your time and I hope to hear back from you shortly.

    Yours sincerely,

    Ruth Johnston

    Wedding overload.

    My cousin got married today, it was totally different to the wedding I worked at on Friday. It was basically just a great excuse to spend the whole afternoon eating, which is the best thing about weddings, particularly Chinese ones.

    I didn’t attend the actual ceremony, but it was a really nice reception, and very well thought out. The venue was also great, and made a change from where our family events usually take place. Afternoon well spent.











    Kind of annoyed that this is my last shot, it’s pigeon, and I don’t like pigeon very much (at all, in fact). In Chinese culture apparently eating the head of chickens and other birds helps to keep you awake/wake you up in the mornings, I think I’d rather have a lie-in.

    I don’t actually know what’s happening to me, I’m becoming such a girl. Although the two weddings I attended were completely different, I came very close to crying at both – the first one I wasn’t even emotionally connected to! I used to be so tough and now I’m welling up all over the shop, particularly over things that are happy or nice, and I’m definitely there if they’re both. Ridiculous.
    I’ve spent most of this weekend obsessing over which movie I’ve heard this song from, I kind of love it, they don’t really make them like this anymore do they?

    I’m quite upset that Craig from X Factor sung it because it’s just odd when that kind of thing happens. Get out of my life, TV!

    Only a week and a half left to go at Ink before I finish, here’s hoping I can make the most of it.

    Mr & Mrs Gregory Thomas

    So, yesterday I shot my first wedding.
    Pretty intense, exciting stuff, but I’ve had experience shooting events before so in that sense getting the images wasn’t too much of a problem. It was only made slightly nerve-racking by the fact that I wasn’t given much prior instruction until the day but I muddled through and I just hope that the couple will be happy with the results.
    I’ve created a set on Flickr if you’re interested in seeing a few more, but these were my favourites from the day.












    I was only hired to shoot the ceremony and the evening reception, bit bummed that I missed a best-man joke that involved a live lamb, but it was fine.

    This is a weekend of weddings as I’m going to another one tomorrow, except as a guest, who happens to be being made to take a lot of photos (Mum!).
    I’m enjoying the lie-ins this weekend. I’ve been so disorganised with my sleeping pattern (what else is new?) that it began to slightly affect my mood, which I was quite aggravated about when it came to work.
    Anyway, I’ll have a few more things coming up soon so watch this space. My friend Sam over at Trash Arts has also asked me to add to the blog I posted about them for an article in a magazine, so that’s pretty exciting!