Analyse that

“Mentor: Have you ever had a mentor? What was the greatest lesson you learned from him?” Ah, yes. We have already established that lack of moral fibre made me choose to take Economics A Level, rather than English. That choice has undoubtedly led to a conclusion vastly different than what otherwise could have been. Absolutely…

Through the keyhole

Per your recent request (see footnote), please find below our analysis of the attached photograph, which we understand to be of the office of your suspect subject. Location: Although there is no external reference in the picture to provide any indication of where it might have been taken, it is nonetheless possible to draw some…

Helpless

“Helplessness: that dull, sick feeling of not being the one at the reins. When did you last feel like that – and what did you do about it?” Ah, only the 7th of January and the WordPress 365 Days of Writing Prompts has already got on to existential despair. Perhaps because I already had one…

Out to lunch

‘Tis the season to get legless. Apparently. Ah, the Office Christmas Party. That once-a-year event that affords the opportunity to see your work colleagues in an entirely different, and almost certainly unflattering, light. Clandestine assignations in broom cupboards, obscene misuse of photocopiers and puking in the potted plants: you know the sort of thing. Not…

Inside The Actors’ Studio

Today’s WordPress Daily Prompt asks us to answer the ten standard questions that James Lipton asks his guests on ‘Inside The Actor’s Studio.’ Well, that’s a programme I used to like, and lists are usually good for a bit of introspection, so here goes: What is your favourite word? ‘Opulente’ Some care is needed here…

Brave New World

(Today’s Daily Prompt suggested we write about our first day at something.) This is what happened when I rocked up for my first day in a new job in a new country – and a new culture. My instructions were to sign in at the office at 8 a.m. and call someone to arrange a…

Another year older…

My Countdown To An Event app – which is now functioning as a Countup – tells me that, as of 2 p.m. European Summer Time on September 27th, I have been retired for exactly one year. Not that I’d forgotten. It’s interesting to compare my daily timetable now with what it looked like twelve months…

Get a life

“A poor life this if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare” – W H Davies: ‘Leisure’ Last week’s ‘Friday Faves’ on WordPress set me thinking, as it highlighted three blog posts on the broad theme of the guilt that is all too often associated with not being ‘busy’ (or at least…