Since Christmas I have been living the life of both Bon Viveur and Blogger, with a level of commitment normally seen only in a Spaniel climbing into an open refrigerator. But now there is a new and exciting role that demands an equal, but possibly more measured, commitment. I have accepted a position as Business Analyst at the London head offices of Knight Frank, the global estate agent; but this does raise two important questions concerning skills and style, and I invite your comments and suggestions on my blog.
First, there is the matter of adopting a suitably stylish mode of transport to promote the urban executive image. Should I travel by a combination of Car, Trains and Tube, with a copy of The Times sticking jauntily from a pocket of my backpack? And, if so, should I buy one of those folding bicycles in which Ian Fletcher (former Head of London Olympics Deliverance and now Head of Values at the BBC) continually traps his fingers, as a means to avoiding that dreadful descent into Hades? Or should I don a three-piece suit and ride a scooters all the way from Chertsey to Baker Street, with Gerry Rafferty’s song of that name streamed to my in-helmet ear-piece?
The second matter is how to put the knowledge acquired over the past four months to good use in my new job. A quick glance at my blog will reveal that I have acquired knowledge a wide range of subjects from Biodiversity in the Jellyfish world to the scientific and plotline failures of Superman movies.
One as yet unpublished article, that I have been working on since before Easter, is an explanation of how long a day is. Strange to think such an article could take that long or that the answer might be anything more interesting than, “24 Hours”; but as it turns out, not only are there different types of day, but the Solar Day (with which we’re mostly familiar) only averages twenty-four hours, and can vary in length by up to 50 seconds. I have set myself the target of publishing this by the time I start my new role on 4th May.
I confess, I am at a loss as to how I can my newly acquired knowledge to good use as Business Analyst for a global estate agent – but I look forward to your suggestions.