Counting down the hours before I can move on to my new job next week. Very lonely and bored. Have been suffering from a cold for the last couple of days. I have this thing where I wake up in the middle of the night when the fever breaks: it was about 2 am. I feel OK today, just a bit blocked up. Think I will go for a walk later to clear my head.

We were about to go live tomorrow on our shiny new database and there was a problem with the backups. The job that unplugs the pluggable tablespaces didn’t run because the DB was down for a hardware upgrade; the job that puts a new business copies of the tablespaces over the old ones ran; the backup backed up this inconsistent database; the database is broken and this was to be the first live backup – whoops! Oracle support dialled in and said they had never seen anything so broken, the headers on the files are all wrong, not just the pluggable ones; everything.

The upshot is that I won’t see the last three months of work go in before I leave, which is a bit frustrating. On the other hand the pressure’s off, which is great!

Going for a goodbye meal at the Royal Thai in Nottingham tomorrow. Last week we went to Sagar; I liked it but it didn’t bowl me over.

Borrowed Deborah’s copy of Public Enemy Number 2. Loved it.

By the way, does anyone ever read my stories? Just curious.