Purdah notes

Keeping notes through 5 weeks of Purdah ShhhhhI work for the Department of Housing, Communities and Local Government. There have recently been local elections, which means that as a Civil Servant I’ve had to observe a period of <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purdah_%28pre-election_period%29&quot; data-href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purdah_(pre-election_period)&quot; class="markup–anchor markup–p-anchor" rel="noopener" target="_blank" style="background-color: transparent; color: inherit; text-decoration: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba(0, 0, 0, 0.541176); background-image:…

Weeknotes S6 Ep10

End of season finale First thing’s first. We’re in purdah. There are local government elections coming up and as I work for MHCLG I have to be very careful. So when I talk about work related stuff I’m going to only focus on the things that have happened and are already published in the open. Aside from…

Weeknotes S6 Ep9

Lets try again shall we? Last week, for some reason, I just couldn’t write. I think it must have been something about the previous weeks being so busy that meant that a relatively normal week felt, well, a bit flat. So I thought I’d leave weeknotes and come back when I had a bit more to…

Weeknotes S6 Ep08

Bonus double feature! Well hello, happy Friday. How are you feeling? I’m reeling a bit after a whirlwind couple of weeks where I’ve been unusually busy, because of that there’s a lot to get through, so I thought I’d do a brief-ish breakdown of the week followed by some more detailed thoughts at the bottom. So…

Weeknotes S6 Ep07 – Higgledy piggldy topsy turvy

The first of what will be three weird weeks I think. The little one was on half term so my other half took Monday-Wednesday off so we could split childcare. It’s meant that my week has been a bit topsy turvey. A seriously bad migraine woke me up on Monday morning at 5.30am and made…

Weeknotes S6 Ep06 – On the road…

Roadshow[1] This week the Local Digital Collaboration Unit had 100 attendees at The Bartlett School of Architecture, Here East, Stratford to talk about the Local Digital Declaration and hear some case studies, and have an unconference… so not much really. That was Wednesday and it was a busy day; even though I feel like I…

Weeknotes S6 Ep05 – No title

Hello lovely people of the internet. How are you? I’m feeling fairly anxious today. But, I have a lovely new scented candle which is burning on the mantelpiece, some flowers on the windowsill (that I somehow had foresight to order for myself earlier in the week) with lavender and eucalyptus in, so it smells pretty…

Weeknotes S6 Ep04 – “Squeak! Croak! Croak! Squeak!”

Overarching feeling of the week Hi, hello, how are you? I have been brewing a cold for a little over a week now and as I write this I have little to no voice left. As a result my week has felt a bit foggy. I feel full of snot. I haven’t slept well. But given…

Weeknotes S6 Ep03 – Vulnerability hangover

Hi hi. How are you? I wasn’t sure if I would write weeknotes this week because I wrote quite a long post about my experiences at GovCamp and published that yesterday. And, honestly, writing that took it out of me a little bit and I wasn’t sure I had anything more to say, but actually,…

Notes from GovCamp #ukgc19

A post about GovCamp that might not be entirely about GovCamp A list of pitches that I wanted to go to. I only made it to one of these! Last Saturday I got up early and headed off on a cold train to attend UK CovCamp at the MoJ offices in Westminster. Lots of people have already…