2013 saw celebrations for two Williams&Crosby long-termers. Both Anne and Phil have been with us for a decade!
That's approximately 2,300 days worked each, over 9,000 cups of tea and... well, we won't starting counting up the number of biscuits!
As reward they were both presented with a shiny new iPad - read on for Anne and Phil's review of ten years spent at Williams&Crosby...
Phil Burdon - Senior Designer
Well, a lot has happened in the last ten years (as I write this I realise it's actually eleven years!) since I joined Williams&Crosby: we've had three different Prime Ministers, a major recession, we've seen the election of the first African-American US President, the reunion of Led Zeppelin (£125 for a ticket!) and inexplicably, the two-headed phenomenon that is Jedward! But that's enough of about minor world stuff, what's happened to me, because after all, this is all about me (typical opinionated designer ;o). In my time at Williams&Crosby I've had the opportunity to work on some really interesting and challenging projects and have had a lot of fun in the process, don't be mistaken in thinking there haven't been frustrations - if I hear Ed telling me a piece of typography is too small once more I'll probably blow a gasket. However, I don't think many people get to do what they love as a job and don't mind going to work (most days) so I won't complain (much). On a personal note, since starting at Williams&Crosby in 2002 I've gained:
- one wife
- one child (and soon another)
- three more guitars
- approx. a stone and a half
And now Ed has kindly rewarded my service with a spanking new lovely, shiny iPad so that:
- my wife can shop online anywhere
- my daughter can watch back to back episodes of Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom
- I can drool over pictures of guitars
- I can shop for bigger jeans
Here's to the next ten years (flipping heck Tucker!), all the best for 2014, Phil.
Anne Byrne - Senior Web Designer
10 YEARS!!!! As of the 23rd November 2013 I will have been at Williams&Crosby for 10 WHOLE YEARS!!!! Some people get less for manslaughter. Which made me think... what would I actually have to do to get a ten year stretch in Strangeways? Not to say I want a ten year stretch of course (or any criminal record for that matter), although sometimes I could quite happily murder my boss - sorry Ed! :o)
Manslaughter: Manslaughter is a legal term for the killing of a human being, in a manner considered by law as less culpable than murder. It faces a maximum of 10 years in prison if subject to federal jurisdiction. The lesser crime of involuntary manslaughter carries a maximum sentence of only six years.
Bank Robbery: Bank robbery is the crime of stealing from a bank while bank employees, and usually bystanders, are subjected to force, violence or the threat of violence. It results in a maximum prison sentence of 20 years. If the criminal "assaults any person, or puts in jeopardy the life of any person by the use of a dangerous weapon or device", this sentence is upped to a maximum of 25 years.
Selling Slaves: Under federal law, a person who willfully sells another person "into any condition of involuntary servitude" faces a maximum prison sentence of 20 years, although the penalty can be much higher if the slaver's actions involve kidnapping, sexual abuse or an attempt to kill.
Assaulting A Supreme Court Justice: Assaults against very senior government officials, including Members of Congress, cabinet secretaries or Supreme Court justices are punished by a maximum prison sentence of just one year. If the assault "involved the use of a dangerous weapon, or personal injury results", the maximum prison term is 10 years.
Selling or transporting assault weapon: Minimum sentence is two years / six years however, if sale is to a minor then it can be upped to 10 years.
Burglary 2nd degree with a firearm: A person is guilty of burglary in the second degree if the person enters a dwelling OR building without consent and with intent to commit a crime therein. Burglary in the second degree is a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than fifteen years, provided, that no person convicted of burglary in the second degree shall be eligible for parole except upon service of not less than one-third of the term of the sentence.
Acts of terrorism: Terrorism is the systematic use of violence (terror) as a means of coercion for political purposes. 10 years (this law authorizes the court to impose the penalty for the next most serious degree of felony; if the felony is a class B felony, this law would impose the penalty for a class A felony which would carry a 10-year mandatory minimum sentence.
I think I'll stick to my day job at Williams&Crosby thank you very much, since it really isn't all that bad. To be honest I probably should be thanking Ed (and the team) for putting up with me! So thanks guys (those still serving their sentences (Ed, Ed B, Phil, Paul, Koll and Keron) and those who have already been released during my 10 Year stint (notably Jane and Lindsay). And a final big thanks to Ed for my shiny new iPad Air. LOVE IT!!!!