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Hi all, back again!

My net connection appears to be holding now, but I still have no TV. Under the circumstances, I think I can let NTL off; their building is quite close to the Great Fire of Hemel and well within the Police cordon even as it stands at the moment. Just this once mind.

So how has life been in Hemel Hempstead, these last few days?

Yet the town has borne the hassle so well, there was a lot of black humour in evidence as I was wandering about Tesco’s on Monday anyway. Makes yer proud.

As the company I’m temping for (hereafter known as SRM) is based in Maylands Avenue and quite near the blaze, I upped sticks and moved to my parents on Monday after the net connection became intermittent (and I’d downloaded Hex!). Jobless, and with no TV, Internet or Radio, I had no other way of knowing what was going on - except for looking out of the window at the belching black cloud of evil that is.

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(The night before I fell asleep watching a lovely orangey red glow pulsing behind the trees on the left. I could just see the tops of the highest flames. I wish I’d been around for the initial explosion, I’d have had a good view).

That night I popped back to the flat with my dad, on the way back we found the M1 was open, so we just had to go down it and have a look a the flamey stuff, didn’t we? Impressive. Shame the pics didn't come out too well:

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I still wasn’t able to get near to work on Tuesday. Luckily, my agency managed to get me an emergency reception cover job for a couple of days, so we’ve managed to earn something this week, even though the job was two towns away and hell to get to, even without a load of major roads shut. I came home to find the Police had moved the cordon back, so Maylands Avenue itself was open again. SRM looked undamaged, even though it was right next to the damaged new warehouse that’s been on the news (so I’ve heard. There was certainly a lot of press outside it).

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The facilities people were outside SRM today, so hopefully it won’t be long before we’re back in (if they still want me). I’m playing things day by day.

I’ll see what the morning brings. It can’t get worse, can it? There’s a weird kind of synchronicity in the air, as if it’s all connected somehow. Why does everything that happens make my life just that bit worse? How come I ended up working at a company today that’s involved with the project I’m working on for SRM? Bizarre.

Thanks to everyone who left a comment on my last post. I'm not sure I can think of anything witty to answer all of them!

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``Black humour'' -- I like it. All the best. Hope your job survives.

So do I. Not a good time to be job hunting with a ton of people laid off.

Good to have you back. How come I'm not affected by NTL being 'down'?

The agency were fast finding you a fill-in weren't they? Good on 'em. Fingers crossed for SRM getting up and running by the end of the week. Will they still go ahead with the Christmas closure do you think?

BtW, I tried to lock the you know what entries but there isn't a 'filter' option for communities. The best you can do is make them private until everything is finished this time.

We could see the fire, or at least the smoke from it, from the 'top' walk that we do along the Icknield Way. It gives us a clear view over the Barton Hills and Luton airport. No sign of it this morning.

It was smoking a little when I passed it about 8.30. It had a big flare up last night and 'd looked out the window and thought, 'hang on. That's meant to be out!'.

Thanks. You are probably fed by the Luton branch like my parents.

I think the agency thing was just co-incidence. The temp who was usually there had called in with a family death.

Okay, I thought so actually. I'll try to fond the time to do that. The situation keeps changing at the drop of a hat.

Not to worry about locking the thing. I cuold set up a new community if it would make things easier. We'd keep the same images.

Hmm, maybe that'd be best. I think both mine and Cass' sites already link to it.

'Tis done. names very similar and I put up the teaser that I'll send to myfeetshowit.

Both you and Cass have invites to join.

Oh, and yes, they will shut down. It's the industry practice.

Poor Boggy. It can't be easy for you not knowing whether SRM will be back in business soon and in need of your services. Keeping my fingers crossed that they will, though!

It might do me some good and get me moving. But then, they might need more help...

I'm glad to see you back. Also very glad you found some employment this week. Hope SRM is up and running very soon.

Pretty pictures. Odd that something so destructive can be so nice to look at!

Take care.

I couldn't take my eyes off it! My pics are a bit crap in comparsion, but they're my record of the event.

I couldn't take my eyes off it!

I'd be the same, mind you I can sit and watch web-cam pics from a totally unlit quiet road in the dark just in case a car goes past...(see link on my journal!!) ... so it doesn't take a lot to keep me transfixed!

That isn't quite as dramatic, is it?

Important to have a record - to say "I wuz there". [nods]

Except I wasn't really. :(

Eep - and big hugs.
Just think of the dose of good karma you're in for when this shit all finishes splattering through the fan...

I'm sitting waiting....

It can’t get worse, can it?
It absolutely cannot.
I hope.
Thanks for the pics though. At least you'll be able to say "I woz there" in a few years' time. And best of luck with the job!

Exactly! We'll be talking about this round here for years.

Should be back to work tomorrow apparently.

Scary pics. Great to see you back, though.

Thanks. Haven't had much time to sit down!

How come I ended up working at a company today that’s involved with the project I’m working on for SRM? Bizarre.

Hopefully that means you get to appear extraordinarily quick on the uptake? But still, it's good to hear they found you something - and that you're back (somewhat). :)

I just found it amusingly ironic.

Back to proper temp job tomorrow by the sound of it.

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