Tuesday, July 30, 2013


Reviewing a customer request with a manager:

  • My response was: "No."
  • The manager's response was: "Fuck, no."

We won't be bothering the man from Del Monte for a third opinion.

Don't mock: it could be one of your own

How bitterly disappointing: the lads at work tell me that Talbot Rothwell didn't write "Game of Thrones."

Thursday, July 04, 2013

Siren calls from the potting shed

It's taken me an age but I've finally got the answer to a question that's been bugging me for weeks.

The new siren on our local police cars and ambulances is the music they used to play over the credits on "Gardeners' World," back when it was with Percy Thrower and Arthur from Clack's Farm.

Monday, July 01, 2013

Cold hard reality

I was being principled and professional in the workplace concerning a piece of work involving my working a couple of evenings so that somebody could butter up a high-up in the proceedings.

"Just be careful you don't get the wrong people on your case about this," said my manager.

"I'm 52, what's left of my career has nowhere to go and I've seen more bigwigs come and go than I'd care to count. I'll try to do the right thing," I replied.

It's amazing the change of perspective you get when you hear yourself saying something like that.

I'm like the cockroach, me. Through no particular merit or skill, save the merest accident, I tend to survive the more Spectacular Talents.