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Qualified for Citizenship

emoticon:judge Yesterday I went with Delia to take her UK Citizenship Exam. (I think it's actually called Life in the UK). She needs this to apply for UK citizenship. Her Romanian passport is due for renewal, and given the Romanian love of Bureaucracy , she'd rather have an English one [1].

All the local colleges gave her dates in March, but she found one in Letchworth that gave her an appointment on the day of her choosing. Confused

Letchworth is about an hour and a half drive away or so. I'm still subject to some driving restrictions, so we had to take an obscure country route (not using the motorways) to get there. We should have arrived at 11.00am, but thanks to some exceptionally twisty country lanes we were about ten minutes late. When we phoned the test centre, they said no problem - come whenever we liked.

We duly arrived, and they ushered Delia to a computer terminal to sit the test (so why the heck can't the local colleges fit her in until March ?). They asked her questions on the UK political setup, the commonwealth (did you know that thirty percent of the worlds population lives in the commonwealth ?), and all sorts of obscurities that no true English man would know. This is all a government knee-jerk reaction to the public outcry about immigration, whipped up by the tabloid press. What a load of nonsense. Laughing

Anyway, she passed - heavy sigh of relief. Now all she has to do is fork over the few hundred quid to become a citizen and stand on one leg whilst singing the national anthem. Or something like that anyway...

[1]An English passport lasts ten years, a Romanian one lasts five. Renewing a Romanian passport whilst living abroad is a hassle. English passports are still marginally more useful than Romanian ones when travelling.

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Posted by Fuzzyman on 2006-01-13 09:15:39 | |


Mending Broken Links

emoticon:knot I spent a happy half hour last night fixing broken links in Voidspace (internal links).

I fixed over twenty, mainly typos in my blog and pages that I've moved. This should improve the user experience a bit - as if it could get any better. Wink

I also removed some dead (old) links from the sitemap. I didn't have time to update it with all the new pages. I'd like to get it built automagically by rest2web. It's on the list. Smile

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Posted by Fuzzyman on 2006-01-13 09:13:45 | |


Unsuccessful Blog

emoticon:noise This blog is unsuccessful. That's not a complaint, merely an observation. It breaks two of the cardinal rules of blogging.

My Techie blog, which focusses on just Python Programming, gets hundreds of readers. To the best of my knowledge this one has little more than a handful. It does get visitors direct to the front page, but few people who subscribe to it.

This is mainly because the subjects it covers are too diverse. It has entries on The Voidspace Website, My Personal Life, Cyberpunk and Spirituality. There can't possibly be more than two or three people in the world who are interested in all these subjects [1]. Laughing

One possible way round this would be to provide RSS feeds on the separate categories. This would allow people to just subscribe to the subjects they are interested in.

Whilst we're on the subject, the Void-Shockz Mailing List seems terminally quiet as well. I've blogged before on the difficulties of creating community, but that doesn't mean it's not a shame.

[1]Venturer being half of them.

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Posted by Fuzzyman on 2006-01-07 11:04:44 | |


Pratchett Update

emoticon:waffle I've updated the Terry Pratchett Page of the website to the new style.

It looks so much nicer, and the other Pratchett pages ought to be updated soon.

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Posted by Fuzzyman on 2006-01-07 10:50:23 | |


Updated CV

emoticon:target I've updated my CV and provided an RTF Version for Download.

Many thanks to my Sister in Law for her substantial help in making it presentable. Smile

It was the start of December when I firmly decided to look for work as a programmer, so it hasn't taken too long. Laughing

Now begins the long (?) haul of sending my CV around, applying for jobs, attending interviews...

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Posted by Fuzzyman on 2006-01-07 09:52:49 | |
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The Old Blog Archives

There was so much ancient wisdom distilled into my old blog, that I couldn't let it just creep ignominiously into the pages of cyber-history. More to the point I'm still getting some hits from google with the old entries. Here are the archives of my previous Blogger based blog.

The Old Voidspace BlogThe Old Techie Blog

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