Wednesday, 28 February 2007

Help! Anyone Work in a Hotel?

Any hotel workers out there able to help me? I need to know, for a project I’m working on, what the shift pattern is for hotel staff in the UK. Specifically, when does a receptionist come on and go off duty? Is there a standard pattern or does it vary from hotel to hotel? Would it be possible for a receptionist to be on duty at 7.30pm and also be working at 11.00am the following day?

Also, when would a duty manager come on and go off duty?

I’d be very grateful for any help anyone can give me!

Monday, 19 February 2007


I heard one of my short stories being read on the radio this morning. It was quite an experience – unlike having a friend read it. It was almost as if someone else had written it, it sounded so much better then I remembered it. And then the reader got to a bit that made me squirm, it was so badly written! It’s funny, but that passage had seemed fine on the page. Hearing it on the radio it sounded pretty bad. A good lesson there – always read your stuff aloud before you send it to an editor – writing that seems fine when you see it can always be improved when you hear it!