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# That he most certainly is
(, Sat 14 Apr 2012, 9:50, archived)
(, Sat 14 Apr 2012, 9:58, archived)
# That man is insatiable!
(, Sat 14 Apr 2012, 10:00, archived)
# Nicely, Boris!
Whereabouts are you now?
(, Sat 14 Apr 2012, 10:09, archived)
# Oslo, and trying to get around a stupid law that may force me to move
I have no intentions of moving, I like it here, stupid alcohol laws notwithstanding. I also like the word "notwithstanding"; I think it should be used more frequently.

You still in Aus? I seem to remember you got a position back in Blighty?

(Offline for half an hour or so, going into work. But back soon.)
(, Sat 14 Apr 2012, 10:14, archived)
# Sounds intriguing...
Still in Radelaide, but moving back in November.
(, Sat 14 Apr 2012, 10:18, archived)
# Cool
Reckon you'll miss it?
(, Sat 14 Apr 2012, 10:38, archived)
# Are you being deported? What stupid law did you break?
Also hi.
(, Sat 14 Apr 2012, 10:42, archived)
# Long time no see
How's life in poltergiset land?

Nah, not being deported, just that the unions, attempting to help people on temporary contracts, pushed through a law that says if you're four years in one job you have to be given a permanent position. Doubtless that even does help a lot of people given temporary contracts, but it seriously fucks things up in academia because there aren't many permanent positions to go around the universities have no desire whatsoever to make me permanent on the strength of four years' postdoctoral work - and neither should they. Of course, I only learned of this at the end of January, a week after I'd decided not to apply for permanent positions here because I'm happier as a postdoc.

Fucking trade unions, trying to improve people's working conditions.
(, Sat 14 Apr 2012, 10:57, archived)
# Can't you have a new temporary contract or something?
Do you speak Norwegian now?

Things are okay. I want to move house but apparently London is hosting the greatest greco roman wrestling tournament in the world soon and so everything is expensive.
(, Sat 14 Apr 2012, 11:03, archived)
# I can have a new temporary contract if I move to a different institution
in the past it was good enough just to change job title but that's the loophole they decided to close. No-one's quite sure what will happen because nothing's been tested in court yet. All a bit of a pain.

I speak less Norwegian now than when I moved here, and I feel a bit more ashamed every day. Someday soon I'll feel ashamed enough to start learning again...

You live in London already, right? Rent out your house and go on holiday! It'll be shit while the Greco-Roman wrestling contest is on anyway, horribly overcrowded, and with traffic that we can guarantee isn't going to move, hastily-built cable cars over the Thames notwithstanding. I'm expecting a massive exodus of Londoners all pocketing filthy amounts of lucre for the duration.
(, Sat 14 Apr 2012, 11:15, archived)
# I think my housemates might be a bit perturbed if the Ghanaian archery team moved into my room for a month
You should learn Norwegian and start your own anti-worker rights political party. Like the Conservative party, only moreso.
(, Sat 14 Apr 2012, 11:24, archived)
# Ah but how if it were four Ghanian *supporters* of the archery team?
No lethal weapons on open display, money in the pocket, holiday in the South of France - job's a good'un.

And I like the cut of your gib. Or jib. However it's spelled. I don't need too much Norwegian, after all, and I can copy/paste from the Tory manifesto. Hmm...
(, Sat 14 Apr 2012, 11:28, archived)
# What about working to the end of the contract, having a one-week holiday over the border and then starting a new one?
(, Sat 14 Apr 2012, 11:31, archived)
# I don't think there's a time limit on it
although I'm going to ask whether this is possible. I wouldn't mind sitting out a week of the winter in southern Italy where at 10 degrees or so it'll feel like the middle of summer...
(, Sat 14 Apr 2012, 12:16, archived)