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Poodlepods News: Exciting Times for Pippa and Dolly

We can exclusively report that the Poodlepods storyline on Instagram has been radically altered to reflect a new learning outcome! It was written in stone that Pippa was going to jump over to another feed in a sort of breaking the 4th wall and have a little down time in the studio.  No more.  Big... Continue Reading →

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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 →

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 →

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