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 →

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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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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