There are some great blogs written by forensics professionals out there at the moment. Two of my favourites are the amusing accounts of forensic life written by two law enforcement forensic guys here in the UK:
I love their often irreverent and always interesting twitter posts too so do follow them at: @happyasamonkey and @faintingchicken.
The Chicken, in his recent eggscelent (sorry) post, really lays (oops) out in clear terms the ridiculous position he is currently facing with the A19 procedure. I don't know chicken personally - or even his name so I have no personal axe to grind - but it seems but he effectively has to re-apply for his job. However, due to 'the system' he is way down the pecking order (no more, I promise). How ludicrous! All the training, development and experience he has gained is just let go and the money then needs to be spent on training somebody else.
I often advise people new to forensics to work in law enforcement for a couple of years to gain experience before moving on as 'the system' makes it almost impossible to be promoted to Manager level. However, many when they get there stay in law enforcement as they love the work, enjoy working closely with like-minded, talented colleagues and have a genuine commitment to public service. I especially find this at the Met. However, many others who are ambitious for career progression just walk away with incredible experience and skills to another employer as 'the system' means they have no other option.
Surely the system is broken?
There is nothing much worse that being stuck in the UK whilst the annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) continues in Vegas. I have been at the WSOP for the last two years and it is amazing. Every day sees somebody else land a huge payday - life changing in many cases. When not in Vegas I follow the action via twitter, live-streaming, reporting and via friends who are in town but it just isn't the same.
A trip to the WSOP usually keeps me alive in the gap between the football and rugby seasons. Mind you, with the inactivity at the Mighty Leeds United this summer and the bewildering departure of three of our top players (hmmm, is all relative) I am not sure that this coming season will be any less than a disaster.
In terms of summer sport here in the UK, Wimbledon isn't really my thing and the cricket series agains Sri Lanka was less than inspiring. I am, however, going to pop along for a few days of the India Test Matches as I love the atmosphere generated by the absolutely fanatical Indian supporters - they are amazing! If you are going to any of the games do let me know and I will kindly let you buy me a beer or three....