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playmobil sweep says: never climb a ladder unless it is properly secured

To heck with America's National Coming Out Day and Week of Cramming Family Values down your throat whether you want it or not, today marks the beginning of the European Week for Health and Safety at Work. This year's theme is dangerous substances (COSSH to its friends). Playmobil Sweep would like to talk to you about the dangers of sweeping chimneys while wearing a plastic top hat, but he doesn't have a mouth, so you'll just have to imagine what he might say.

Speaking of dangerous substances at work, one of my co-workers has abandoned a pear on her desk for, oh about four days now (and it was a bit overripe to start with). I'm photographing it semi-regularly, might make a nice animated gif ...

And since it is coming out day, I might as well join in the fun. I have a closet full of lingerie!


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13th Oct, 2003 14:23 (UTC)
"and since it is coming out day, I might as well join in the fun. I have a closet full of lingerie..."

13th Oct, 2003 14:55 (UTC)
for true amusement value
you should put it in the context of what I look like:


13th Oct, 2003 14:59 (UTC)
Re: for true amusement value
Ah yes but replace the dayglo orange t-shirt with a black silk bustier, the pint with a cocktail glass, on with a bit of lippy and eye shadow and blusher and ...and...um...err...I think I'll go and lie down now.

13th Oct, 2003 15:00 (UTC)
Re: for true amusement value
Um... that was a bit of a tease - I was expecting lingerie photos.
14th Oct, 2003 02:35 (UTC)
there aren't any!
.... oh no, wait. Yes there are. The things we do for charity ...
13th Oct, 2003 14:35 (UTC)
yes - quite... cor!

And re: desks and dangerous substances, I was told I was having a new desk last week, and it was meant to have already come, and my manager's manager went to find out about it today and was told it's now in quarantine because of something to do with asbestos. I'm not sure why I need a new one anyway.
13th Oct, 2003 14:46 (UTC)
Re: Cor!
Don’t act all surprised—you’ve slept in it (in Jeremy’s closet, that is, not necessarily the lingerie itself)…
13th Oct, 2003 14:49 (UTC)
Re: Cor!
Oooh! Gosh! Coo!
13th Oct, 2003 14:51 (UTC)
they don't make desks out of asbestos
that's crazy talk!

You slept in my closet, you know (well, closet, computer room, comics archive, library, greenhouse ...) though come to think of it I may have cleared the lingerie out to the *secret* closet when Paul + Gavin were staying.

Hmmm, must go investigate.
13th Oct, 2003 14:53 (UTC)
Re: they don't make desks out of asbestos
Ah, but I think it has been in a room where something to do with asbestos was happening. Our institution is pretty peculiar.

Maybe I couldn't see the wood for the trees? Or some other figure of speech.
13th Oct, 2003 15:17 (UTC)
nah, I'd hidden it
So you only slept with a (carefully concealed) portion of my lingerie.

found it now though :D
13th Oct, 2003 14:55 (UTC)
Re: Cor!
Ahh...that'll be one of those desks with the corrugated asbestos roof.
13th Oct, 2003 15:02 (UTC)
mmm. COSHH. we have a COSHH cupboard at work, when we have to put all the fun stuff when the inspectors come round. And then wonder why we're not allowed certain glues, when the whiteboard markers are so much more fun...
13th Oct, 2003 15:04 (UTC)
I've gone really strange at times while teaching from whiteboard marker fumes.
13th Oct, 2003 15:05 (UTC)
whiteboard markers are so much more fun...
Indeed, so fragrant and terribly, terribly comforting at those stressful moments during the working day.
13th Oct, 2003 15:06 (UTC)
if it's anything like our list
it is a bit weirdly random.

MMmmmmmmm whiteboard markers.
13th Oct, 2003 15:10 (UTC)
Re: if it's anything like our list
I seem to have touch a collective nostril there. Hmm, that didn;t work, did it?

not just me playing with the internet at 11pm at night, then...
13th Oct, 2003 15:16 (UTC)
Re: if it's anything like our list
Speaking of which. It's a dead giveaway when you walk around with whiteboard marker on your nostrils.

Definitely one to make your co-workers purse their lips and tut at you under their breath...
13th Oct, 2003 16:36 (UTC)
A Playmobile Chimney Sweep!! that is adorable. I saved all my son's Playmobile stuff--boxes and boxes of it. :-)
14th Oct, 2003 02:40 (UTC)
I thought he was a Victorian cat burglar at first
and that his equipment was a rope and grapple ... top-down brushes are quite rare here, mostly sweeps use the push-up style.

Playmobile are wonderful things -- devil, ghosts (various), an executioner, cat ... the Halloween sets are my favourites, though I still have a soft spot for the wolf-pack and caribou play set ...
13th Oct, 2003 21:03 (UTC)
Ok...lets see the pear!
14th Oct, 2003 01:03 (UTC)
Mmmmm. Jeremy in lingerie
14th Oct, 2003 02:19 (UTC)
It could work!
14th Oct, 2003 08:31 (UTC)
By the bye...
Isn't it European month (or week) for disability sensitivity or somesuch?

There was a cool advert on DW TV the other day, with a blind hair-stylist.
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