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Swan Song, Part Two.

14 April, 2011 1 comment

Wow! Can’t things turn on their head in a whistle!

When I wrote Part One of this it was destined to end in a completely different manner… And, to be honest, I think that may have been easier.

Welcome to my Swan Song, Part Two.

You may have gathered that the job I have currently is not, to my mind, the one I signed up for. It certainly isn’t under the same Terms & Conditions as I signed up to and, due to various legal ‘get out’ clauses in the numerous Acts of Parliament, White Papers etc you’d normally use to fight your corner, there is sod all I can do about it.

It was for these reasons, and the impending changes to pension, salary etc and the possibillity of redundancy, that I had made up my mind that I would be leaving this form of employment.

I had decided that life was now for living, for my family, and that the life of a Service family would not fall into either of those categories. It pains me to say it, I always raised my eyebrows at those who do, but this isn’t the Army I joined.

And then… BAM!

Well. Not quite. More of a quiet ‘ding’ as the email arrived in my inbox. They sent me a list of job opportunities to choose from for my next post, and this on the day I’d just told my boss I was ‘off’. There were the usual bottom of the barrel options involving the revolving doors or training, training some more then deploying followed by a little rest then training, training some more then… But, right there, at the bottom of the list was the golden ticket. I made a couple of quick phone calls, one to confirm the email, one to my wife, and I was off to Willie Wonka’s factory!

Due to the changes in budgets etc one of the British overseas training areas is being redeuced and, as a result, another is being expanded. As part of this expansion there is a requirement for a new management role to oversee all the IT. And they’ve offered it to me. In Kenya.

I can’t believe my luck! I love the country, I’ve only just come back from a self-drive safari last month. The opportunities of experience for my wife and children are immeasurable and I could never even consider not giving them those chances. The whole package is beyond belief, it’s a challenging role, it’s a new role, it’s an exciting one. My children will only grow from the experiences they will have, my wife will get the rest she so definitely deserves and we will have two years as a family. What more could a husband and father ask for?

There is, of course, a downside. Well, not quite, but it’s definitely a negative. I will be leaving Morpheus Rising. I’ve written my thoughts about this on my personal blog and won’t go into it further here, but it seems strange that, after creating this blog and going through my writing process in the public eye that none of that knew material will see the light of day. At least not in its current form.

So. Rather than being an announcement that I am leaving my job this has become an announcement that I’m leaving the band I sing with! It’s a strange world, isn’t it?

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