Thursday, September 6, 2007

The Graveyard of Ambition

Mr. Weinstein and I have settled in to a 5-bedroom house (brand new actually) at Norwich's Whistlefish feels good to be settled at last.

Last night, I was out seeing a range of performers in town, ranging from spoken word poets to a crazy bunch of Brits in a string band with banjos - 8 acts in all, and very impressed by the local culture scene.

I've also been out and about meeting various people. One (who will remain nameless) referred to the University of East Anglia as "The Graveyard of Ambition." He said, "Everyone arrives there wanting to change the world, but sometime while they are there, they become happy and content with Norwich, and never leave, and end up working in a pub or at a restaurant." (Note:That's not verbatim, but as best as I ccould paraphrase.)

The above comment seems to be a mixed blessing. I only learned yesterday that in the UK, if you want to work more than 37.5 hours per week, you must give up certain rights etc. Full time is considered 37.5 hours per week, and that is that. There are no 80 hour work weeks or even 60 hour work weeks. They don't do overtime either. Just some horrid British food for thought...

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