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It’s been a bit quiet over here – but I have an excuse.

Well. The dog ate my homework, a Martian came to tea, there was a huge amount of filing to do.  Actually, none of these excuses are valid.  I have been really busy doing my other art projects. Pippa has gone into a stupor and I have taken the opportunity to crack-on with my collages and... Continue Reading →

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PowerPoint – the tool of our trade

Another tutorial to talk about my favourite artist material: Banksy has his stencils, Damian has his spots, I have PowerPoint and Grayson has his pots. I have also been known to get out the paint pots, messy charcoal and glue.  My fingernails are testament to some mixed-media assemblage, but I also dabble in the dark... Continue Reading →

Existentialism for the office

I hope to high heaven I have spelt it right, but I've been thinking a lot about the E word lately. For this post, I want to crack open the doors of perception a bit and explain what is going on in my head.  Ghastly thought, I know. If we clear away all the chaff... Continue Reading →

Shite jobs.

Excuse our French! Anyone who follows Poodlepods knows we love Instagram and follow lots of wonderful artists and designers who regularly enrich our lowly secretarial working day. One has caught my attention recently, a wonderful reportage photographer, Hugh Brown @hbrownofficial Mr Brown photographs the world's 30 million miners.  Silver, sulphur, coal.. If you want to... Continue Reading →

Day Three in the Big Office

..and Big Dolly has sunk.  Pippa has taken herself off to the paper tray, grabbed a 'used' serviette, as she too has lost the will, and gloom has cast a shadow on all the massive positivity that comes with clearing the overdraft. I can't even raise myself to do any photos.

The Nose Fairy really messed up..

Just what is a dolly to do?  In a very reasonable attempt to escape the University of Admin's 'Celebrating Even More Excellence' event, Pippa decided to disguise herself as an HR search and rescue robot and had to be saved herself (not for the first time) by the Nose Fairy. Except.. Rather than transport her... Continue Reading →

Celebrating Excellence – a few thoughts

Now for this tutorial we are going to discuss the 'power of thank you' and this is something which never seems to get celebrated in office jobs at the bottom end of the scale or even a little further up as both Pippa and I have recently experienced (see our Instagram story) A simple 'thank... Continue Reading →

Day Three in the Big Office..

..and Big Dolly has sunk. Pippa has taken herself off to the paper tray and grabbed a used serviette, as she too has lost the will.  Gloom has cast a shadow on all the Big Bang-like energy that was spent in the first few hours of the temporary admin placement. Quite honestly, it is becoming... Continue Reading →

Thoughts on Paul Rand and Alvin Lustig

Some moons ago, when I was working for peanuts and chained to the bottom rung of the ladder of career goals, I decided to inject a bit of modernism into the graphics for a particularly hideous finance presentation. I had been given a fantastic book on Paul Rand - the American graphic designer who along... Continue Reading →

Radio Silence

Apologies. We have been moonlighting in the Main Office - doing a bit of web design.  It hurts.  And we're running out of patience. There are yards, acres in fact, of jpegs to get through.  Years of image making and silliness - time spent away from our desks, so we've only got ourselves to blame.... Continue Reading →

It is deadline day – us old typists have waited a long time.

By Midnight tonight, all UK companies over 250 employees will have to register their gender pay gap figures and Pippa will get a leaving present. Since December 2016, the University of Admin's Humanoid Resources have been doing all sorts of naughty things to massage those particular statistics - toxic HR smoothies, abductions, cryogenics.. This seems... Continue Reading →

We’ve got to wait a few days..

This is an official message from Poodlepods Main Office - we have deleted the book face. To be honest, at the University of Admin, us old typists have never liked the feeling of being Zucked over.  It's bad enough at work. Horrified we were, to see ads pop-up for a brand of gin we loathed,... Continue Reading →

Farewell Professor Stephen Hawking

I know, I know, we give professors a very bad rap at the University of Admin. But there are a few who deserve our thanks and huge credit for seeing the brighter side of life. Stephen Hawking proved that curiosity and a sense of humour can overcome. He was physically constrained, but thank goodness his... Continue Reading →

How to be happy nine to five..

..look, nobody said that this was going to be easy. PA Pippa has gone and lost it over on Instagram and thrown Professor Sasha's latest gold fanny award down the lavatory. Here, at the University of Admin, we do not condone blocking an entire higher education establishment's sewerage system in a fit of career frustration. ... Continue Reading →

Well-being at Work

Whilst the jury is out, deciding whether or not to hyphen wellbeing or not, we will focus today on not getting stressed about the little things in life, no ranting and raving, stomping about, throwing our toys out of the pram about tiny punctuation idiosyncrasies for us! Here in Narragonia, it is Mothering Sunday and... Continue Reading →

We hate to brag..

..but here at the University of Admin we are proud to be ahead of the curve.  Well, it is cutting-edge art and all. We're talking mops.  A University of Oxford academic has taken a snap of a cleaner, scrubbing the International Women's Day graffiti off some steps, as other men look on - great photo.... Continue Reading →

What is an Artistypist?

An artistypist is a creative individual who has spent years in office-support employment, gladly contributing to the career excellence of others, only to discover a large pay gap and a career coffin lid nailed shut with hammer blows of low expectation.  Rather than run off to HR (like any normal person) the artistypist will embark... Continue Reading →

Cryogenics and Admin Support Staff

..not a natural combination, I grant you, but, given the levels of HR shenanigans going on currently over at Poodlepods on Instagram, nothing seems normal any more. You would've thought, after a very successful London Office Fashion Week, Pippa would be wanting to capitalise on her talents but no, as we blogged earlier this week,... Continue Reading →

It’s back to work for PA Pippa..

She's been having far too much fun at London Office Fashion Week (and so have we).  But is it all a dream or worse, some horrible slip into unconsciousness and death from that nasty HR smoothie? Typical of admin, just when you think that finally someone has noticed your hidden (or not so hidden) talents,... Continue Reading →

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 →

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