Monday, October 15, 2007

I Spy

As is probably apparent from past posts, my work situation is by no means ideal. So I’m always looking out for other possibilities. Last week I saw an advertisement for MI5 who were looking for English Language Transcribers. I read the ad and thought ‘hmm that’s interesting’ but put it to the back of my mind.

Then yesterday, I watched the film ‘The Lives of Others’ which I heard good things about but failed to see at the cinema. The film is about Eastern Germany in the 1980s and a Stasi employee whose job it is to listen in on the bugged apartment of a playwright. I was slightly concerned before it started that I might fall asleep – not because of the plot or the subtitles, but because I’d had a heroic number of cocktails the night before so my mind wasn’t at its sharpest and it was over 2 hours long (I’m normally a stickler for the 90 minute film). But I needn’t have worried. It was absolutely brilliant and I’ve seen some pretty good films recently.

So it got me thinking about the job with MI5 and this morning I looked on their website and started the application process. Much to the bemusement of the OH, who asked me why I was interested in the job and looked wary when I mentioned the previous night’s film. He didn’t seem to think this was such a good reason to apply. My others reasons, I’m nosey & like listening to other people’s conversations and I’m unhappy where I am, didn’t seem much better. But pig-headedly I applied for an application form (this is how complex the process is – you have to apply to apply!)

But on the way to work, I was hit with some clarity and have abandoned my idea of becoming a low-level spy for a combination of the following reasons.

1. It was London-based and ideally in the future I want to leave London and don’t know what use they’d be for a former spy in Cornwall
2. The pay was less than I earn now and involved shift work
3. I wouldn’t be able to tell anyone other than my partner what I did for a living & I certainly wouldn’t be able to blog about it.
4. Discretion was vital and to be honest I’m not great at keeping secrets – I’d have to tell my mother and she always tells my sisters and aunties everything
5. I may not pass the security clearance thing – I went to some political meetings as a student and have read a lot of books by Che Guevara and Mark Steele so I’m probably already on a list somewhere
6. I don’t think my hearing is actually that good – I’m terrible at making out song lyrics so I’d probably be pretty useless at this which could led to all sorts of trouble on an international scale!

So I'm not going to join the ranks of James Bond and Jason Bourne. I always wanted to be a detective anyway, not a spy.


Roses said...

*shakes head*

I'm disappointed. I could just imagine you Sanddancer International Spy. Think of the gadgets.

I'll send you Thursdays copy of the EDP Job section.

Well, there's still time for you to be a mermaid. :-)

V*Kstro said...

"The Lives of Others"... brilliant! It's good that you realize now and not after you were in thr spy world.

Anonymous said...

This is an excellent film, although I'm not sure I'd want to be a spy. I lived in East Germany just after the wall came down and everyone was quite strange with a edge of paranoia and generally obsessed with what each other were doing.

Watching me leave the flat and going to the supermarket was a highlight for some of my neightbours. One of them eventually tipped off the immigration people and, whilst I admit it just so happened I hadn't updated my paperwork as yet (but it was still within the timeframe for me to do so) she took great pride in coming round to see me after my visit from the authorities to say she was responsible for it after seeing a letter from my mum with a UK stamp! I was speechless

SandDancer said...

Roses - do the EDP often carry ads for mermaids?

NM - that's an awful story. I suppose just because the wall comes down, it doesn't mean people can automatically change how they behave.

Miss Forthright said...

I know a guy who works for MI5. He took great pleasure in telling people what he did. He is a nob though.

It would have been an interesting role but I think your reasoning for not pressing with it were very valid.

M said...

Hmmm...methinks perhaps you've gone on with the process....but have already started the covert activity by telling us all you've abandoned the pursuit. :) Nice job, agent SandDancer. :)

I still think it'd be interesting to go through the interview process. There may be spies in Cornwall...if they're really good ones, you certainly wouldn't know, now would you?

WendyB said...

I loved that movie. Cute post!