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The unpacking continues... Kind of a no-score win, when I can move… - John C. Kirk

Sep. 22nd, 2002

08:03 pm

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The unpacking continues... Kind of a no-score win, when I can move more stuff into my room, and still have a clear bed at the end of it. Got my new bookcase delivered from Argos yesterday - they said it would arrive between 8am and 2pm, so I woke up at 8am to wait for them. They finally arrived at 1:55pm - just inside the window. Ah well, can't really complain.

After that, had a visit from a survey guy. He spent about 10 minutes trying to get his laptop working, then gave up and left. He then came back about an hour later, having got it started up, so I went through his questions. I gather that this was for some kind of "New Deal in the community" initiative, courtesy of Mr Blunkett. I'm pretty dubious about it - this was clearly less of an information gathering exercise, and more of a "tell us what we want to hear" job. E.g.

Q: Are you concerned about vandalism and graffiti?
A: No

Q: Do you agree that those problems would be reduced if young people were kept off the streets?
A: No

Q: In order to keep young people off the streets, which of these activities would you recommend?
A: [I chose Scouting/computer clubs from the list - the survey guy suggested "prison"]

There was also some hopping around when he realised that four people lived here, rather than just one. According to his rule grid, he's supposed to talk to person #3 in that case, so he spent a couple of minutes trying to figure out how I could be categorised as that person ("how about if we do reverse alphabetical order based on middle initial?"), before saying "sod it, they'll never know".

He also rushed through some batches of questions, to speed things up ("just tell me if you disagree with any of these"). One batch included "So, you haven't been nervous recently, you're generally happy?" Well, apart from the whole house-hunting process, yeah... Not sure why the government is suddenly interested in that, but I couldn't be bothered to go down another branch of questions to clarify it.

Meanwhile, looks like this should be a pretty easy week at college, since most of the lectures don't start until the second week. I've got a tour of the library on Wednesday, then a couple of hours on Friday. Unfortunately, Wednesday coincides with the tube strike :(