Why am I looking forward to the AI era?
What's the common between Glastonbury Festival and the Home Office?
Except that I received a refusal from both (within a month) and there was much in common between the two refusals : the false reason.
Glastonbury's refisal came first:
" PS - I have just resent the notification that informed you that you had not been successful. Please check your junk folder if it does not appear in your inbox. The original notification would have been sent the week beginning April 15." It stated.
I think it goes by itself, that whosoever awaits an accreditation looks for it "under wood and rock" as goes the Bulgarian saying to which I would add "and the junk box".
To this moment, I still have not recieved neither the "original"nor the presumably resent notification.
Anyhooow Glastonbury's press office response to my first query about the results of the accreditation application stating :
"Accreditation closed on Friday April 5. We will be considering all applications the week commencing April 15. Applicants will be informed whether they have been successful or not by the end of the month latest."
And a second, again in responce of me asking for a result: " Dear Laaf, As clearly stated in the previous email, accreditation for Glastonbury Festival closed on April 5 and we cannot accept any more applications. Therefore you would be correct in deducing that London Art and Food is not going to Glastonbury Festival. Sorry to disappoint. Best wishes, Glastonbury Festival Press Team"
The quoted stext come as the fifth email in a string of emails (by a string of emails I mean consecutive emails lined under an initial email using the laziest option - clicking on the "reply" botton) the first of which was:
"Dear Laaf, Many thanks for your application for 2 Press Passes on behalf of London Art and Food. Your application reference is PA1900173."
The PS was to an email with which Glastonbury press team informed me for a forth time that I should have applied until 5th of April answering my third enquiring demand and to which I responded that I have done so ever since March.
For this forte annoying inadequacy there might be two reasons - and may the arrows of the small god of false reasons skip me - either complete ignorance of how email communications work, or complete disregard to people (yes, unknown but still people) having spent time and effort to create a concept (be it in broken English) to back their application as Glastonbury press requires.
I read and still read (while rereading for an N-iem time my email exchange with Glastonbury press) the mentioned inadequacy as typical establishment arrogance.
The typical establishment arrogance being: YOU MISSED the application time. YOU DIDN'T check your junk box. YOUR MAILBOX FAILD to receive our notification. YOUR CONCEPT IS NOT worth mentioning with a single word . YOU FAIL. YOU. YOUR FAULT.
Thank you very much Glastonbury establishment.
Now a word to be said about Glastonbury and other art (music is an art. It has its own muse and all the rest) establishments. Art entities, should have a style. No communication with an art entity should feel like a failed job application. Style does not necessary imply more work, even though it my require some thought and inspiration. Style doesn't even require heart!
For Glastonbury Festival a good generic refusal email might include a simple link to Stones' "You can't always get what you want", instead of four senseless emails with false reasons and wrong statements.
And while Glastonbury was "a life changing experience for those who attend it" as I heard many times to be said on Radio Glastonbury over this last weekend. For me the interaction with Glastonbury, be it brief and from distance, reminded me of the times I was searching for job in France. Which, as a foreigner of "mixed origin" as the French call it, basically emplyes facing systematic uselessness. By this systematic uselessness I felt permanently insulted, despite being aware that uselessness is never personal. To be useless for all those that stands outside of it, is every establishment's self-protective mechanism.
I might have completely forgotten my irritation with Glastonbury's press team, if it wasn't followed by the Home Office's letter - similar farce.
The Home Office. Better tone - as it should be when paid £1349.20 (the fees for the two tests: English Language and Life in the UK not included - roughly another £300) and an extra £35 paid to documents check contractor Sopra Steria UKVCAS. Still the Home Office says:
"Your application has been refused for the following reason:....As you have not provided a document certifying permanent residence or a permanent residence card issued by the Home Office, we cannot be satisfied that you were permanently resident in the United Kingdom on the date of your application for naturalistion and it has been refused".
The reason, of course, just as with Glastonbury Festival, is false as:
First, I have provided the needed document - Permanent Residency Card - just as the appointed contractor Sopra Steria UKVCAS has confirmed in an email:
"Thank you for uploading your supporting evidence to the UK Visas and Citizenship Application Service website. We have now completed the following checks of the files that were available as of 26/03/2019 · Checked for the presence of all mandatory documents · Checked that all documents are legible · Checked that all documents been uploaded to the correct category · Checked for any obvious missing pages · Checked that all uploaded documents are in either English or Welsh language, or have an accompanying English or Welsh translation. No action required: Following a review of supporting evidence available, we can confirm that: Mandatory documents are present in all required categories. All documents are legible. All documents have been uploaded to the correct category. There are no obvious missing pages in any of the documents. All documents are in either English or Welsh language, or are accompanied with an English or Welsh translation that obviously relates to the original Second, it is this same Home Office that has issued the document in question.
And precisely there is the similarity between Glastonbury Festival and the Home Office : one wonders what is it all about?
Is it a simple and complete incompetence - the Home Office can't see an attached document from one hand ; and from other hand despite being paid a ton of money can't check if it has issued such a document. Or is it a pure and arbitrary disregard to people (foreigners with broken English, but still people)?
All establishment serves itself only (Only British Labour Party serve the Conservatives as well). Where I am now in regards to the mentioned Avalon Establishments? (Why Avalon? Because their rational is covered in mystical mists).
With Glastonbury : After seven unsuccessful attempts to get myself into Glastonbury Festival - I try since 2012, one way or another, an eight won't follow. F*kc you very much Glastonbury! YOUR ACCREDITATION REJECTIONS ARE WRONG! If they were right I would have never given up trying to get in there.
With the Home Office: my local MP Emilly Thornberry is communicating of my behalf. At present a response from Mark Thomson, The Director General of the Home Office is awaited.
So far so good. Where is my drama? The UK starts to look more and more like my native Wonderland, Bulgaria, where nothing is where or as it should be. Say:
For one, my moral integrity is shaken by the necessity to ask for assistance my local MP as she represents a party I don't sympathise to. Imagine if it was Jeremy Corbyn!!! Have I lived in Islington North instead of Islington South!!!
For two, the wierd refusal reason stated by the Home Office makes me wonder whether their contractor Sopra Steria is competent. Which reminds me that all my personal data and biometrics have been collected by a contractor. Which on it turn reminds me that this country's whole administration has been contracted to private companies. American companies, for example according to my personal experience, have no other interest at heart but their own.Which means that the two ends they are supposed to provide services for and to could only "blow the soup", as go the Bulgarian expression.
The Silver Lining: Emily Thornberry and her office have been extremely efficient (so far) and perfectly polite. A pleasure to deal with (UNLIKE YOU Glastonbury Festival)
If the Home Office care to come to its senses and, as Emily asks it, grant LAAF British citizenship (be it without the issuing of unreserved apology, for which Emily asks too), next year ... BURNING MAN I am coooommmiiiiiinnnng.
No accreditation needed thank you.
And if Emily Thornberry's mediation is successful and I eventually get a British citizenship, to honour her and all other wonderful women, on the next elections I may vote for Women's Equal Rights Party !
Tuesday, 2 July
PS Looking foreword the AI era! AI will exclude uselessness, unless breastfead with nonsense.
In this regard a very important exhibition is coming this autumn:
Trevor Paglen: From “Apple” to “Anomaly” (Pictures and Labels) Selections from the ImageNet dataset for object recognition at The Curve, Barbican Centre
26 September 2019 – 16 February 2020