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    When baboon used the phrase class war craner gave him a very condescending dressing down but I buy that interpretation. I read David Harvey's neoliberalism book a few years back and it made perfect sense to me. (cue someone saying things that make perfect sense are always intrinsically suspect)

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    Quote Originally Posted by baboon2004 View Post
    Our austerity Xmas party lasted one and a half hours, after which people went back to work. I mean, what the actual fuck?
    Haha, that's well shit.

    I think you'd have been totally entitled to spend the rest of the afternoon doing nothing but emailing everyone messages saying "MERRY FUCKING CHRISTMAS!!!!!!".
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    Quote Originally Posted by luka View Post
    When baboon used the phrase class war craner gave him a very condescending dressing down but I buy that interpretation. I read David Harvey's neoliberalism book a few years back and it made perfect sense to me. (cue someone saying things that make perfect sense are always intrinsically suspect)
    god,i don't even remember that, and i take everything personally...getting old is killing my memory.

    @tea -- i left work (for the day) in disgust after about another half an hour. there're some things that cross the line.

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    I went to a neighbour's party the other week and got really blasted and it's all a blur because all I can remember is marauding around while other people tried to avoid me. Anyway I've see pretty much everyone who was there since, and they were all pretty friendly so I guess I've gotten away with it. Work party on Thursday.

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    Ours were uneventful this year apart from some high quality bitching about senior management which was very cathartic.

    Also some good general gossip when people who seem to like everyone slightly let their guard down and reveal that they share many of your hates...

    The main bash was also our big boss' leaving do and only about half the people who work here attended.

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    Where did you go? Café OTO?

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    Whilst I am sure it is unnecessary, I am nonetheless advised to remind staff that the usual standards of behavior are required when attending a work event, ie the Christmas lunch, and a responsible attitude towards alcohol is expected and to be mindful of being legal to drive the following day.

    Can't wait.

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    Quote Originally Posted by craner View Post
    Where did you go? Café OTO?
    I did blag my way into the xmas bash for The Wire once, which is at Café OTO. It was quite good. There was even a quiz! And dancing. (neither of which I participated in, just to be clear).

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    A dizzying array of xmas parties this year:

    1. Union social with darts and beer + sandwiches - funded by MOSCOW GOLD
    2. A bash with a supplier in some Gordon Ramsey place
    3. Official bash which is strictly limited to 2 hours, one of which is during the working day.
    4. Dept lunch which will be an all afternoon session.
    5. Unofficial bash including a bunch of people who have been laid off this year.

    More on these if I survive them. If not, it's been good knowing you all.

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    Silicon Valley Is Sneaking Models Into This Year’s Holiday Parties

    “Ambiance and atmosphere models” contractually obligated to pretend they’re party guests are in record demand from local agencies.

    Along with a seemingly endless string of harassment and discrimination scandals, Silicon Valley’s homogeneity has a more trivial side effect: boring holiday parties. A fete meant to retain all your talented engineers is almost certain to wind up with a rather same-y crowd, made up mostly of guys. At this year’s holiday parties, however, there’ll be a surprising influx of attractive women, and a few pretty men, mingling with the engineers. They’re being paid to.

    Local modeling agencies, which work with Facebook- and Google-size companies as well as much smaller businesses and the occasional wealthy individual, say a record number of tech companies are quietly paying $50 to $200 an hour for each model hired solely to chat up attendees.

    For a typical party, scheduled for the weekend of Dec. 8, Cre8 Agency LLC is sending 25 women and 5 men, all good-looking, to hang out with “pretty much all men” who work for a large gaming company in San Francisco, says Cre8 President Farnaz Kermaani. The company, which she wouldn’t name, has handpicked the models based on photos, made them sign nondisclosure agreements, and given them names of employees to pretend they’re friends with, in case anyone asks why he’s never seen them around the foosball table.

    “The companies don’t want their staff to be talking to someone and think, Oh, this person was hired to socialize with me,” says Kermaani, who’s sending models to seven tech parties in the same weekend.
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...am=top-stories

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