Awww, you could have done without the cold! And don't worry if people moan about the clean desk policy---you are TOTALLY right, you handle a lot of confidential stuff that should't be left lying about. (I hate open plan offices anyway, but they do make this kind of discipline even more important.)
Sue, there was never any chance that your colleagues would let you go without a major 'do'! You must have been such a strength and inspiration to them over the years. It's lovely to have that recognised---you deserve every bit of it!
Fingers very, very crossed for him, Tubs. Let us know how it goes. In the meantime I imagine you're out now, shopping for a bed for you and Mr Tubs, as Oskar has obviously taken possession of the one you used to sleep in
Well chugged, DL. Extra points for getting out there in the middle of such a horrendous week. Hope you get at least one night at home before setting off again.
Hey, Coco, what good news! And how lovely that your fizz is so supportive. Mind you, must be really nice for her to have someone who is keen but at the same time will isten to her. Excellent going!! (What do you do, by the way? Whatever it is, escape from office politics has to be good!)
Nogs, hope the blood test today shows all clear. And that HL is continuing to feel better, it was rough for her last weekend.
XB, hope the non-cycling was just a lifestyle choice (!) and not cos you were feeling poorly. xx
chuggy i don't know why you think you've finished the weeding, er, you do know they'll be gtowing back already don't you?!
Daffs, don't you EVER mention 'weeds' and 'grow in the same sentence!! I am luxuriating in the illusion that I have finished my task (and carefully not looking too hard at where I started, since they are indeed climbing back out of the ground!). Mr C has promised to follow Noggy's advice and spray
Thanks to everyone who signed the petitions. Nogs is right, of course, that the system can be abused, but I would mildly observe that a) a lot of people sweat blood trying to make it work, and a lot of young criminal lawyers are leaving because they can't make a living (these are not fat cats, you're talking about not making ends meet) and b) I'm totally in favour of rooting out abuse, but you don't do that by making second-class citizens out of people who are accused of a crime but aren't rich enough to pay a lawyer.
None of it is easy, of course, but it's good that we all think about it, anyway. Gave me something to do when Rossie and I did our 3 miles yesterday
Warning: rant alert! Only it's more serious than that. I don't know why it hasn't had more publicity, but the government's plan to restructure criminal legal is really so alarming that I hope you won't mind my mentioning it here.
Up to now a defendant (who may well be innocent, and is entitled to be treated as such unless convicted) has had the right to choose his own lawyer out of about 1600 legal aid providers. The govt is going to reduce the number of providers to 400, and invite firms (who may not be existing law firms) to bid for the work on a batch basis, work going to the lowest-priced bid. (I kid you not.) The effect on quality is obvious: wealthy people will still get good lawyers, everyone else will get the cheapest going.
I wouldn't normally bother you lot, but this affects everyone. When people are facing the power of the state, it is essential that they are fairly and competently defended, even if they don't have a lot of money. That's what this is about.
Morning all. Apologies for belching, I've been lurking...
Read back last night so have forgotten most of it.
Welcome home, Coco! Sounds like good progress. Keep WAISting!
Great photos, Cheesie, many thanks! Tho XB's sartorial comment did make me giggle.
Spence, deffo a good call re the boy! He wouldn't have done himself justice feeling like that, and you don't want to spread the bug.
Daffs, lots of exercise and cuddles. He'll need a day or two to settle down, but you won't want to give him back at the end of 2 weeks!
Sue, many vibes for today. It's a funny feeling, leaving, but keep paddling. After today you can stop saying goodbye and start looking forward and building up again to new things. Glad things with HWMBT have settled down again and that you are able to go with it as necessary. Not always easy, that. Your colleagues may very well have something up their sleeves, so relax and enjoy it!
Nogs, rant away! Important that people can.
XB, hope your little break from chugging puts you right. That 'turn' you took at the weekend sounded unpleasant.
Awww, Yums, a personal trainer who's also worth seeing a third time