Mail day. A damn near pristine, original copy of a 45 from 1978 that led the way to one of my favorite power pop releases of all time, "Feeling Free" (which ended up coming out shortly after the band split if I recall correctly). The Dazzlers were a very short lived 4 piece from Cambridge that featured one time members of The Clash and The Merauders/UK Subs. This isn't their best work, but it's a solid slab of cheesy, jangly pop coming at the tail end of UK punk's first wave. And it came with the trippy screen printed sleeve... so that's cool. #nowplaying#powerpop#thedazzlers#charismarecords#theclash#uksubs
Pardon my reference to #TheClash, but it seemed apropos. This is the home, after all, of #Brexit. Even the #recruiter who was to help me apply to London has #ghosted me.
I’m not dissuaded. My husband finds a connection of his on #LinkedIn who is connected to a recruiter at the companies US headquarters. He asks him if he’d introduce us. He will. He gives me a great recommendation to this person. I’m shocked a total stranger will do this. I wonder if LI is another fake world? Do recruiters trust LI? Can anyone trust LI?
I expand my #British reach, as I see a British company is expanding into the states with headquarters in New York. They’re fun and dare I say a bit cheeky. I spend a lot of time filling out the application and carefully writing my responses only to come upon the last box that states they don’t hire outside of the #UK.
I type Americans, work, UK into Google. Apparently, it’s not that simple. The company has to be willing to sponsor you. However, medical personnel, particularly brain surgeons, should have no problem as there is a shortage in the UK. I guess it is like brain surgery.
But then, I awoke last Thursday to the news of a terrorist attack in London and why this post has taken me longer to write. It was ready, but then this happened. Thankfully, no one was killed, but for the eighteen hospitalized, I’m sure it was terrifying.
With the news running in the background I check my emails for the day and I see a do-not-reply email from my American in London company telling me I’m a good fit for this low-level position. I get this today? Suddenly it seems real, even though I know I won't apply because it doesn't warrant a transcontinental move.
I do some quick research on #Wikipedia. London is a city of 10 million and in the last ten years, it’s had seven terrorist attacks, four of which have occurred this last year. Is it a momentary increase? New York has had two and is 8 million, and as a country, we’ve had fifty-four. It’s unpredictable, kind of like life.
The day wears on into more days and its familiar rhythm makes everything seem normal again. I pray for the injured while I keep calm and carry on.