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March 2015: My fine university is at it again, this time it's called "Voluntary Severence".
January 2015: Not needed to use the electric AGA since October — got paid £360 for electricity throughout 2014.
March 2014: The pub at the bottom of the lane, now called The Stables opened at midday on Saturday 15th March.
January 2014: Paid £40 for electricity throughout 2013.
January 2013: Got paid £29 for electricity throughout 2012 — includes running electric AGA (which has saved ~40 litres of heating oil a week).
November 2012: Milk and newspapers are now being sold at Bernaville Nursery — thank you Tony.
September 2012: The petrol station at the bottom of the lane has shut, so I search elsewhere for milk and newspapers.
June 2012: My electricity company is paying me for electricity.
March 2012: The government has lost a bid to appeal to the UK's highest court over its plans to cut subsidies for solar panels on homes.
January 2012: Three Appeal Court judges deem FIT decision "legally flawed". Government to appeal to the Supreme Court, may take eight months for a decision...
January 2012: The pub at the bottom of the lane has not re-opened after Christmas.
December 2011: High Court judge deems FIT decision "legally flawed". Government to appeal. In addition, plans to require homes to meet a C-rated energy efficiency standard before they can receive subsidies will limit access to wealthier households and could have a "fatal impact" on the industry. Eighty six per cent of homes would need to be better insulated before they could qualify for the scheme...
November 2011: So I got interested in Solar PV, had until April 2012 for good feed-in tariff. The day before I was to have signed up, the government halved the feed-in tariff unless installed by December 12th. Government consultation period ends December 23rd. Not much consultation going on here. LOL
June 2010: A jolly good time was had by all at the Retirement Party in the Long Lounge Devonshire house.
May 2010: Congratulations to Ginney and Rob — a son, Dylan Robert Moran, 8lb 9½ ounces. Mother and baby are doing well and he has a great pair of lungs — we could hear them all the way from Ann Arbor.
May 2009: My fine (nay, top ten) university has asked me if I would like to take early retirement on 30th June 2010 — without penalty. I have accepted. As I am now a valued member of staff, I will be replaced — but not until 1st August.
September 2007: I have received a 3% pay rise and am taking home £20 less per annum. Please explain...
August 2007: Praise Be. I have accepted a job at my wonderful top 20 university. I am no longer downgraded. I am now an Advanced Systems Developer in Information and Computing Systems Division which is part of Academic Services.
November 2006: I guess you could say that being downgraded (as a Computing Development Officer (Web Support) in Information Services) after 34 years loyal service at my fine university hasn't helped my demeanour. My post will not exist after July 2007.

Random thought for the day:
Planning: Much work remains to be done before we can announce our total failure to make any progress. (www.despair.com)

Simplicity · clarity · speed · enthusiasm · fun — where did we go so wrong?

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