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Month: October 2008

TV: David Tennant to leave Doctor Who

“David Tennant is to stand down as Doctor Who, after becoming one of the most popular Time Lords in the history of the BBC science fiction show.

Tennant stepped into the Tardis in 2005, and will leave the role after four special episodes are broadcast next year (2009). ”


What’s wrong with the new Doctor Who that we’re getting through so many Doctors and companion? 🙁

New Job – and two jobs up for grabs

Woot! I’ve secured myself a Lead PHP developer role in London which I’m absolutely ecstatic about! It does mean my short-lived contracting career is already at an end (well, at least for the foreseeable future!). More details later!

However, I am aware of two other positions currently available. If you are interested in either of these roles, please email me via and I’ll reply with more details (this email address will be deactivated at the end of November at the latest!).

* Flash Developer (ideally with Games experience)
Permanent position (no remote-working). Based in London (W1W postcode, nearest Underground station: Great Portland Street)
Salary: Still to be decided
Start date: Between 27th of October and 17th November 2008

A new,well-funded, startup in the educational arena is looking for an on-site Flash designer/developer that ideally has some experience developing games in Flash utilising XML files for configuration data and XML feedback to the server. Graphic designs of characters/background etc will be done via a third party. Ideally needs to have examples of previous work.

* Technical Lead
Permanent position (no remote-working). Based in London (W1B postcode, nearest Underground station: Oxford Circus)
Salary: 60,000 and 80,000 GBP
Start date: ASAP

A highly organised person with experience of LAMP technologies (ideally with the Xaraya CMS, and AJAX/Flash) is needed to work in a magazine-website orientated client-facing role with a number of internal and external stakeholders to help lead development and solve problems and performance issues. You will need to be able to recruit an in-house and offshore development team and migrate from the currently outsourced team.

Snippet: HSBC Overdraft rates for business customers

I’m just looking at a temporary overdraft with my HSBC Business Bank Account and I’m shocked at their fees. For a £2,000 overdraft facility (i.e. just for it to “be there” and not necessarily be used) – they are going to charge me £100 (that’s 5%) setup fee and if I do happen to use it, they’ll charge 10% interest (5.50% over base rate of 4.5%) pa on a monthly basis.

Ok, that’s for a 12 month overdraft – I did just want £1,000 for a month (31 days) just to cover the difference in having to pay for things to sell and getting the money for the items from Paypal (they’ve sold, but it takes 5 workings days to get the funds from Paypal). For a £1,000 overdraft for 31 days, it’ll still cost £20.00 (just 2% this time), but still the 10% interest rate!