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Collar of Shame

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Collar of shame

I have mixed feelings about competitions.

Ok, you have to try every opportunity, no matter how remote, if you really want to get your stuff recognised, but I'm not sure you can shortcut the system.

I try to think of these jamborees as a system of deadlines that make sure you get the work done promptly, after which it's just a bit of a flutter that doesn't matter one way or the other.

Unless I actually win one of these damned things, in which case I shall take full credit for it, and tell everyone it's the best thing you can do to further your career.

I wouldn't hold your breath though..