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Topic: Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:FORUM AWARDS 2014..
Posted by: Chris Calvi-Freeman
Date/Time: 31/12/14 22:49:00


I loved my job at LBH – I loved the work – the variety, the high degree of autonomy to pursue the projects I thought most worthwhile (within reason of course) the opportunity to change things for the better, the sense of achievement when something went right, the pleasure of working with some clever and dedicated people etc – but the workload was crushing as the resources were so limited and expectations so high.  When you work at a senior level in a council you answer to thousands of people – the CEO and directors, cabinet member and 60 councillors, pressure groups and local residents, plus in my case that unaccountable monster TfL as primary funder and policy influencer.  Balancing their wants and needs was a never-ending challenge.  I wouldn’t go so far as to say the job was killing me but the long hours and pressure to achieve the near-impossible were certainly detrimental to my health.  Cancer and a heart attack were wake up calls.

I’m currently having a much easier life and feeling better for it, but I do miss many of the creative challenges I faced in London.  I miss my London friends, colleagues and acquaintances but I’m loving getting closer again to my old New Zealand friends.

Right now I’m typing this from my house on a very steep hill (almost a clifftop) overlooking Wellington harbour.  The view from my study is just brilliant and the sunshine is glinting off the water.  66 steps take me down to the road and there’s a pebbly beach on the other side.  I can cycle, bus or drive into Wellington city centre in about 5 minutes or walk around the bays  in 25, and have access in the CBD to just about anything I want or need it terms of entertainment and amenities.  We have a great swimming pool just 5 minutes by car in the opposite direction – it’s clean and uncrowded and puts Brentford leisure centre to shame.  Ditto the hospital – modern, clean, close by and better than West Midd.  It takes me an hour to drive to our beach house in Waikanae and the beach there extends for miles and is clean, safe and completely uncrowded.

I loved living in Chiswick but I don’t miss the crowds, the litter, the pollution and the congestion, nor London's long grey winters.  We don’t worry here about boys-on-bikes, public transport strikes or terrorist attacks (although those things aren’t impossible here) but I can’t take a tube into the centre of one of the world’s greatest cities or wander into one of the world’s best museums – although our national museum Te Papa is pretty damn good.  Nor can I contemplate a weekend in Paris or Bruges, although Sydney and Melbourne are only 3 ˝ hours away by plane if you care to splash the cash.

The air is clear and clean but the wind in Wellington often blows 40 bastards and it’s occasionally the same at the beach.

I guess you just can’t have everything you want in any one place at any one time, but on balance I’m glad that circumstances prompted me to resign from LBH and come home to Wellington, which was always the long-term plan.

Well, you did ask.


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FORUM AWARDS 2014..31/12/14 18:27:00 bobby osborne
   Re:FORUM AWARDS 2014..31/12/14 18:36:00 Claire Moran
      Re:Re:FORUM AWARDS 2014..31/12/14 18:45:00 Georgina Flint
         Re:Re:Re:FORUM AWARDS 2014..31/12/14 18:48:00 Claire Moran
            Re:Re:Re:Re:FORUM AWARDS 2014..31/12/14 18:53:00 Stuart Kerr
               Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:FORUM AWARDS 2014..31/12/14 19:14:00 Claire Moran
            Re:Re:Re:Re:FORUM AWARDS 2014..01/01/15 19:22:00 Georgina Flint
   Re:FORUM AWARDS 2014..31/12/14 19:06:00 Michael Small
      Re:Re:FORUM AWARDS 2014..31/12/14 19:09:00 Claire Moran
      Re:Re:FORUM AWARDS 2014..31/12/14 19:09:00 Michael Brown
         Re:Re:Re:FORUM AWARDS 2014..31/12/14 19:15:00 Michael Small
         Re:Re:Re:FORUM AWARDS 2014..31/12/14 19:17:00 Claire Moran
      Re:Re:FORUM AWARDS 2014..31/12/14 19:17:00 Pete Mayes
         Re:Re:Re:FORUM AWARDS 2014..31/12/14 19:18:00 Pete Mayes
            Re:Re:Re:Re:FORUM AWARDS 2014..31/12/14 19:21:00 Michael Small
         Re:Re:Re:FORUM AWARDS 2014..31/12/14 19:19:00 Michael Small
            Re:Re:Re:Re:FORUM AWARDS 2014..31/12/14 19:21:00 Pete Mayes
               Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:FORUM AWARDS 2014..31/12/14 19:23:00 Michael Brown
               Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:FORUM AWARDS 2014..31/12/14 19:25:00 Keith Iddon
                  Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:FORUM AWARDS 2014..31/12/14 19:29:00 Pete Mayes
                     Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:FORUM AWARDS 2014..31/12/14 19:31:00 Pete Mayes
                        Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:FORUM AWARDS 2014..31/12/14 19:37:00 Michael Brown
                           Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:FORUM AWARDS 2014..31/12/14 19:41:00 Michael Small
                              Circlejerkers31/12/14 20:26:00 Oliver Gibb
                                 Re:Circlejerkers05/01/15 01:28:00 Michael Brown
                           Michael Brown is really Kent Hovind31/12/14 20:08:00 Oliver Gibb
                     Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:FORUM AWARDS 2014..31/12/14 19:42:00 Keith Iddon
                        Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:FORUM AWARDS 2014..31/12/14 20:08:00 Stuart Kerr
                           Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:FORUM AWARDS 2014..31/12/14 20:11:00 Julian Pavey
                              Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:FORUM AWARDS 2014..31/12/14 20:13:00 Julian Pavey
                           Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:FORUM AWARDS 2014..31/12/14 20:12:00 Keith Iddon
                              Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:FORUM AWARDS 2014..31/12/14 20:15:00 Colin Wren
                                 Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:FORUM AWARDS 2014..31/12/14 20:18:00 Keith Iddon
                                 Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:FORUM AWARDS 2014..31/12/14 20:20:00 Julian Pavey
                                    Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:FORUM AWARDS 2014..31/12/14 20:22:00 Keith Iddon
                                       Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:FORUM AWARDS 2014..31/12/14 20:39:00 Julian Pavey
                                          Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:FORUM AWARDS 2014..31/12/14 20:48:00 Steve Taylor
                                             Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:FORUM AWARDS 2014..31/12/14 20:51:00 Julian Pavey
                                                Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:FORUM AWARDS 2014..31/12/14 21:04:00 Angela Knight
                                                   Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:FORUM AWARDS 2014..31/12/14 21:22:00 Chris Calvi-Freeman
                                                      Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:FORUM AWARDS 2014..31/12/14 21:31:00 Steve Taylor
                                                      Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:FORUM AWARDS 2014..31/12/14 21:34:00 Angela Knight
                                                         Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:FORUM AWARDS 2014..31/12/14 21:49:00 Chris Calvi-Freeman
                                          Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:FORUM AWARDS 2014..31/12/14 21:11:00 Keith Iddon
                                             Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:FORUM AWARDS 2014..31/12/14 21:23:00 Julian Pavey
                                                Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:FORUM AWARDS 2014..31/12/14 22:00:00 Michael Brown
                                                   Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:FORUM AWARDS 2014..31/12/14 22:49:00 Chris Calvi-Freeman
                                                      Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:FORUM AWARDS 2014..01/01/15 11:02:00 Richard Greenhough
   Re:FORUM AWARDS 2014..01/01/15 11:54:00 Anne England
      Re:Re:FORUM AWARDS 2014..01/01/15 18:24:00 Michael Brown
         Re:Re:Re:FORUM AWARDS 2014..02/01/15 10:00:00 Chris Calvi-Freeman
            Re:  … awards update..02/01/15 14:40:00 Stuart Kerr
               Re:Re:  … awards update..02/01/15 15:17:00 Claire Moran
                  Re:Re:Re:  … awards update..02/01/15 15:22:00 Claire Moran
                  Re:Re:Re:  … awards update..02/01/15 15:23:00 Robert Fish
                     Re:Re:Re:Re:  … awards update..02/01/15 15:25:00 Claire Moran
                        Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:  … awards update..02/01/15 15:46:00 Robert Fish
                           Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:  … awards update..02/01/15 15:57:00 Claire Moran
                     Re:Re:Re:Re:  … awards update..02/01/15 15:28:00 Stuart Kerr
                        Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:  … awards update..02/01/15 15:37:00 Claire Moran
                           Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:  … awards update..02/01/15 15:44:00 Stuart Kerr
                              Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:  … awards update..02/01/15 16:10:00 Keith Iddon
                                 Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:  … awards update..02/01/15 17:00:00 Claire Moran
                                    Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:  … awards update..02/01/15 17:14:00 Jim Lawes
                                       Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:  … awards update..02/01/15 17:17:00 Claire Moran
                                          Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:  … awards update..02/01/15 17:54:00 Georgina Flint
                                       Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:  … awards update..02/01/15 17:20:00 Stuart Kerr
                                          Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:  … awards update..02/01/15 18:09:00 Michael Brown
                                             Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:  … awards update..02/01/15 18:13:00 Julian Pavey
                                          Re:And the winners are..02/01/15 18:16:00 bobby osborne
                                       Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:  … awards update..02/01/15 18:20:00 Steve Taylor
                                          Re:… awards update..(Compassionate Forumer of the Year)03/01/15 01:58:00 Jim Lawes
                                             Re:Re:… awards update..(Compassionate Forumer of the Year)03/01/15 17:22:00 bobby osborne
   Re:FORUM AWARDS 2014..03/01/15 13:27:00 Michael Brown
      Re:Re:FORUM AWARDS 2014..03/01/15 15:07:00 Stuart Kerr
         FORUM AWARDS 2014 Battle Axe of the Year Award....03/01/15 19:10:00 Marlene Plimley
            Re:FORUM AWARDS 2014: All time Top Poster Award....03/01/15 21:49:00 Jim Lawes
               Re:Re:FORUM AWARDS 2014: All time Top Poster Award....04/01/15 02:10:00 Richard Jennings
                  Re:Re:Re:FORUM AWARDS 2014: All time Top Poster Award....04/01/15 06:06:00 Anne England
                  Re:Re:Re:FORUM AWARDS 2014: All time Top Poster Award....04/01/15 06:15:00 Anne England
                     Re:Re:Re:Re:FORUM AWARDS 2014: All time Top Poster Award....04/01/15 06:16:00 Anne England
                        Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:FORUM AWARDS 2014: All time Top Poster Award....04/01/15 09:32:00 Steve Taylor
                           Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:FORUM AWARDS 201404/01/15 15:54:00 Michael Brown
                              Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:FORUM AWARDS 201404/01/15 17:49:00 Steve Taylor
                                 Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:FORUM AWARDS 201404/01/15 18:40:00 bobby osborne
                                    Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:FORUM AWARDS 201404/01/15 19:53:00 Steve Taylor
                                       Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:FORUM AWARDS 201404/01/15 20:55:00 Ann Williams
                                          Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:FORUM AWARDS 201404/01/15 21:18:00 Michael Brown
                                             Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:FORUM AWARDS 201405/01/15 09:59:00 Stuart Kerr
                                                Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:FORUM AWARDS 201405/01/15 12:03:00 Ann Williams
                                                   Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:FORUM AWARDS 201405/01/15 12:05:00 Richard Greenhough
                                                      Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:FORUM AWARDS 201405/01/15 12:06:00 Richard Greenhough
                                                         Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:FORUM AWARDS 201405/01/15 23:56:00 Michael Brown
                                                            Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:FORUM AWARDS 201406/01/15 10:10:00 bobby osborne
                                                               Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:FORUM AWARDS 201406/01/15 11:16:00 Will Watson
                                                                  Re:FORUM AWARDS 2014-RESULTS!!!!!06/01/15 18:24:00 bobby osborne
                                                                     Re:Re:FORUM AWARDS 2014-RESULTS!!!!!06/01/15 18:36:00 Richard Greenhough
                                                                        Re:Re:Re:FORUM AWARDS 2014-RESULTS!!!!!06/01/15 18:46:00 Janet Norman
                                                                     Re:Re:FORUM AWARDS 2014-RESULTS!!!!!06/01/15 18:57:00 Anne England
                                                                        FORUM AWARDS 2014-RESULTS!!!!!06/01/15 22:42:00 Delilah Hall
                                                                           Re:FORUM AWARDS 2014-RESULTS!!!!!06/01/15 22:52:00 Michael Brown
                                                                              Re:Re:FORUM AWARDS 2014-RESULTS!!!!!06/01/15 22:56:00 Delilah Hall
                                                                              Re:Re:FORUM AWARDS 2014-RESULTS!!!!!06/01/15 23:00:00 Julian Pavey
                                                                                 Re:Re:Re:FORUM AWARDS 2014-RESULTS!!!!!06/01/15 23:06:00 Julian Pavey
                                                                                    Re:Re:Re:Re:FORUM AWARDS 2014-RESULTS!!!!!06/01/15 23:57:00 Michael Brown
                                                                                       Michael Brown - Forumer of the Year 2014 - Acceptance Speech07/01/15 13:36:00 Michael Brown
                                                                                          Re:Michael Brown - Forumer of the Year 2014 - Acceptance Speech07/01/15 18:53:00 Georgina Flint
                                                                                             Re:Re:Michael Brown - Forumer of the Year 2014 - Acceptance Speech07/01/15 19:22:00 Will Watson
                                                                                                Re:Re:Re:Michael Brown - Forumer of the Year 2014 - Acceptance Speech07/01/15 21:02:00 Michael Brown
                                                                                          Re:Michael Brown - Forumer of the Year 2014 - Acceptance Speech08/01/15 10:46:00 Anne England

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