a second interview

13 January, 2010

I’m in Wellington where i have just finished a job interview with Telecom. It was a team fit meeting with two of the business analysts already working there. Huong (from Vietnam, no French, born after the war) and Paul (a Huguenot from Brazil via Prussia) It went well, following on from the initial video conference interview with Brent Lewis in early December.

I’m not holding my breath of course. There have been some disappointments. You know, where you’ve aced the interview, they take you round the office afterwards, introduce you to some of the folk there, even teach you the trick with the vending machine (knock lightly above and to the left of the slot just before you deposit your coins). You walk out into the sunshine, hissing Yesss!!, Yesss!!, buy a cigar, drink Belgian beer at the Occidental in Vulcan Lane… by the time Colleen arrives you’re tipsy, triumphant…. only to hear the following week that you didn’t get the job.

Let’s see what happens.

I did get a chance to have coffee and breakfast (two soft boiled eggs with toasted ciabatta) at Floriditas at 161 Cuba Street.

A lovely place.

Colleen and i stumbled upon it year before last when we visited here.

It alone already makes the flight down here for the day worthwhile.

Cuci and Cico were there. (see below)

Aaaah, it was like old times.


I told you so…

11 January, 2010

D9 rules!!!!

Reading the 2009 retrospective in the January issue of Sight and Sound i was very chuffed to see that District 9 featured in the top 5 movies of two of the featured reviewers. For those of you that don’t get to read this excellent magazine, here’s the content verbatim:

“A blitzkrieg of a science-fiction action flick with a provocative and challenging central idea, District 9 is also a formal triumph; the blend of faux documentary with action is unexpectedly successful”

Wendy Ide, The Times, UK

“Not only endlessly inventive sciencefiction, but also a very rare view of South Africa. To turn an Afrikaner bureaucrat into a hero is a very tall narrative order, but Blomkamp manages it with panache, wit and very considerale insight. Not for the ‘politically correct’ but all too correct politically”

Colin McCabe, academic and critic, UK


In South Africa, the film certainly generated a great deal of interesting as well as inane commentary. See here, and here for example.