So who were all these Russian Constructivists?

Love them or loathe them, the Constructivists wanted to bring art to the people and by doing so, improve the lot for those at the bottom of society.   Well, don't we all?  Here at Poodlepods we also aim to bring art to the little people.  To vintage career dollies, plugging away and thinking, I... Continue Reading →

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Management Basics: how to deal with Admin Support People

CRISIS MANAGEMENT ALERT! We are very sorry to have to report a spate of thefts from the office!  It is therefore very important that management organise the naming of all equipment. Even the cheapest. NOTE: This handy video, produced by our experts in the Poodlepods Main Office will be particularly useful for senior academics specialising... Continue Reading →

In 2016 we re-located to Narragonia

In December 2016,  we all re-located to Narragonia to begin our secretarial live art project.  Let's just say that our invisibility cloaks  were getting a little itchy. Happily, we can now swig our gin and practice the art of admin in our own vintage career dolly refuge, a state of mind and a fool's paradise... Continue Reading →

A Hiatus

We have reached a bit of an impasse. Most unfortunately, our star of Instagram, PA Pippa has been poisoned along with her chums in the admin office.  They were poisoned by Humanoid Resources with a horrible 'wellbeing healthy wellness week' smoothie. This gives us the perfect opportunity to type a few lines. Poodlepods stands for:... Continue Reading →

Oh dear, another year.

We have kicked off the 2018 in a state of flux.  For some reason, an algorithm feels we need to buy auto silicone hoses.  What on earth? Re-grouping at the 'special' water fountain, we can only conclude that Poodlepods is confusing people. Is it a secretarial comedy for gin-soaked vintage dollies to laugh at nine... Continue Reading →

Our University home: Narragonia

Finally, after years, drifting about, buffeted on waves of professional disappointment, the the Secretarial Support Ship of Fools safely moored in delightful Narragonia and we founded the University of Admin.  Thank goodness for 15th Century German Humanist satire! Let us describe the scene outside our office window: huge phallic teapots, designed by Grayson Perry line... Continue Reading →

A year of fun – Dolly’s final tutorial of 2017

Dear fellow vintage admin dollies, It has been a year of re-purposed Powerpoint instructional videos, Humanoid Resources fembot zapping and gin-soaked laughter.  But still we strive for success!  Here, at the Poodlepods Head Office, we will not be happy until others, like us, share in the fun of taking our dollies to work and telling... Continue Reading →

What will happen to Diane and Maureen?

You may well be wondering what will be the outcome of Diane and Maureen's emergency IT re-boot?  The Vice-Chancellor was so horrified by their lack of cultural awareness, that he demanded HR bring forward their monthly maintenance. Exclusively, we can reveal, that Diane and Maureen are going through seismic change. In accordance with the University's... Continue Reading →

According to Philip Hammond, we don’t exist..

..so that is a massive relief.  I thought I was going crazy for a minute.  Like finally being diagnosed with an incurable brain disease, yesterday, our own Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond MP gently, but firmly confirmed that shorthand typists, senior secretarial staff who are currently working away, supporting and helping others to excel... Continue Reading →

We are #1

Yes, we repeat, we are NUMBER ONE in the world rankings of senior secretary unsatisfactory survey results! We are so proud at the University of Admin to have yet another award to put on our letterheads and wave from the roof. It really is such a massive honour and we all cannot wait to be... Continue Reading →

Earn your Poodlepods HR certificates!

Now that you are up and running, watching your vintage dolly learning materials, we must remind you to print off your certificates and proudly display them either on your person, on another person or more traditionally, on the toilet wall. At Poodlepods Head Office, our certificate collection has reached critical mass and we are now... Continue Reading →

Poodlepods thinks inside the box

Yes.  We have brain-stormed in our thought hub and stuck a lot of sticky notes to our cheek butts; we've gulped down lots of free fizzy water and stolen quite a few Scottish shortbread luxury biscuits. Our task: the biggest one yet - how to be happy at work?  Well, it depends what angle you... Continue Reading →

Introducing Brexipods – admin contingency planning excellence

Officially known as The Office of Brexit Excellence, it is with some trepidation that we have to announce, a new mission vision to equip our vintage career progression with a toolkit of Brexit preparation! Within the University of Admin you will find a well-resourced, dedicated new army of Humanoid Resources fembots who have only one... Continue Reading →

Take your dolly to work

If you take your doggy to work, they make a mess.  If you take your Pippa, Britt, Tammie or Marie, then you can have hours of good clean dolly posing fun.   At Poodlepods we like to share our best tips and tricks for getting through your fun-packed admin learning journey.  The best tip of... Continue Reading →

The World of Poodlepods

After a strong coffee and a back pain pill, the megalomania really kicks in and we thought we'd while away the office hours by telling you all about our empire. First the website (this one); gateway to all the tricks of the trade courtesy of Dolly Poodle, your tutor and the Vice-Chancellor's newly promoted official... Continue Reading →

Dressing-up time everyone.

Pippa Doll Designed Career Dresses for the Office Dolly has her work sacks and Pippa wanted an office fashion outlet too. With vintage designs like this one from the 1975 Palitoy catelogue, there was plenty of inspiration: So we've had a word with Redbubble and launched a little range of admin dresses (even a few... Continue Reading →

Every Vice-Chancellor needs a Fool – the 21st Century career choice for admin

After years of under-achievement, the dollies in the office had a whip round and I have gained a promotion - to that of Vice-Chancellor's Fool; court jester, resident buffoon, official secretarial clown. Purely ceremonial, but hey ho. This is my chance to confound expectations! For those of you who haven't read their Middle Ages staff... Continue Reading →

Office Essentials: 1.5 Acceptable Admin Footwear!

LEARNING OUTCOMES: Well it is tricky, as we would hate to champion kitten heels.. I think we all know where this is going.  Here in the Poodlepods Main Office, us admin dollies rather love shoes.  More specifically, Ladybird's Well-Loved Tales: The Elves and the Shoemaker, with words by Vera Southgate and pictures by Eric Winter.... Continue Reading →

Office Essentials 1.9: Avoiding Greeting Card Disasters!

LEARNING OUTCOMES: Consult a lawyer before you sign anything! Oh blast.  Not again. Time to twirl the carousel. Months of cajoling, gathering signatures - an operation so fraught it makes Brexit look like slice of coffee and walnut sponge. Have no fear admin dollies! Here at Poodlepods we have made a short instructional video to... Continue Reading →

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