Hello friends and the not-so-friendly Sorry for my absence - house moving and such stuff and a ridculous three weeks without internet courtesy of BT and Sky choosing to have a bit of a bust up over my telephone service You may remember my redundancy/job dilemma - well things have moved on. I have the offer of a one year fixed term half time (bear with me) contract for hosptality work and a one year fixed term not quite half time (0.35 - where do they dream this stuff up) contract for 'functional skills' (which I am happyish to consider) and (it gets complicated) a 'zero hours' contract for peripatetic hospitality assessment - meaning no promise of hours and, if I get any, only up to a maximum of 0.15 fte as there is a policy of not employing anyone for more than 100% of a contract (sticking with me so far?). Summary 85% of a job, with the possibility of making it up to 100% over the year. Doesn't sound too bad, does it. But they have clobbered me with an 'exclusivity of service' clause, meaning I can't teach anywhere else. This is in force even if they only ever give me 0.85 fte. This doesn't strike me as fair and please don't make me choke on my pastry by mentioning the union - bloody hopeles bunch of old gits here who spend too much time worrying about palestine, socialist workers and the silver book. What's a bloke to do?