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Less moaning, more action


So, after initially complaining that I felt a bit cast adrift, professionally, and then through discussions with other equally drifting mid career professionals, working out what we could do for ourselves in order to actually create the network we felt we needed, the beginnings of a plan are coming together. It's all thanks to lovely Moo (@_Moo_), also known as Lynne Meehan, and her partner. They've got the technical skills and resources to take the experiment a bit further, and set up an forum to see how exactly we could make this work.

If you'd like to be included as a Middler (loving that name, Lynne!), and take part in the experiment (AKA - poking about an online forum and axploring how to make things work as we go), either get in touch with Lynne directly (she's the Lady in Charge), or leave a comment below and I'll pass your details on to Lynne.

Lets give it a try, shall we? After all, if we don't do it, who will?

Comments

Sandra said…
Please pass my details on to Lynne - would be great to be involved.
Dumpling said…
Whoops - just realised, commenting doesn't actually seem to give me an email address to go with it, as I thought it did!

So if you want me to pass your details on to be involved, please email the-secret-librarian AT quietplease DOT co DOT uk.

Sorry!
IJH_1 said…
Please keep me posted.

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