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Friday, December 15, 2006

It's that time of the year again...

Happy Chanukah
Brighton & Hove City Council, in their infinite wisdom, have erected a wooden Chanukah tree in the Royal Pavilion gardens. Personally I think it looks like God's been playing darts and dropped one on the floor, but I don't want to insult anyone's religion, so may I say how nice it is to see other faiths represented in this way. Of course, I've yet to see a banner in the town centre which says Happy Christmas from Brighton City Council, but I'm sure I've just been looking in the wrong places. Let's face it, I always thought Chanukah was spelt Hanukkah, so it shows what I know. But anyhoo, nothing says 'peace on earth and goodwill to all men' like a security fence around your Chanukah tree. So well done Brighton Council, and a happy winter solstice to you all.

As it happens, I only went out this morning to deliver Christmas cards for Lisa, and pick up a copy of Friday Ad as part of my tireless search for employment. And may I say I wasn't disappointed. Among the local job opportunities in this week's edition was this nugget:

"French speakers required for computer games testing. You will be required to test computer games for the Swiss market, therefore you will need to have a good insight to the Swiss culture. Please only apply if you have good general knowledge of Switzerland."

Excuse my ignorance, but just what is the Swiss culture? A love of Toblerones? And if you're currently looking for people to test 'Cuckoo Clock Deathmatch' on the Playstation 2, wouldn't you be better off advertising in, oh I don't know, Geneva, rather than hoping to find a game-playing, French-speaking expert on Switzerland, living by the sea in Brighton?

I'm tempted to apply though. I think I'd enjoy a Swiss role.