May 18th, 2009


Posted in Blogging by 200

I had a moment of serendipity yesterday (I had to look that up!).

I went on my usual Sunday walk to get a newspaper. I left it a bit late & my local branch of Tesco didn’t have the Sunday Times, which is my weapon of choice at the weekend. So I checked the Sunday  Telegraph  slot & that too was devoid of copies. I’m not really into the red tops, unless a copy happens to be lying around at work, so I picked up a copy of the Sunday Observer. I can’t recall ever buying this to be honest, certainly in the last 20 years, but needs must & all that.

I took it to work, read the thing through during my break & started on the supplements. I got to the review & was pleasantly surprised to see an item on Nightjack’s blog, specifically about his winning of the Orwell Prize, which I mention on my post of April 29th.

At the bottom of the article was a list of 5 blogs that Nightjack recommends & 200 Weeks was one of them. I quote “200 Weeks started blogging when he had 200 weeks left in his police career. Since then he has blogged every single day. He has now retired and come back as a civilian communications officer. It’s the sort of blog that is good for a smile after a rough day.”

It was one of those warm glow feelings, the problem was that I couldn’t show anyone as nobody at work knows I blog (at least if they do they’ve never mentioned it & I’ve never heard any of them talking about police blogs.)

I’d not have seen this normally, had I not got out of bed late & had Tescos had a bigger supply of Sunday Times or Telegraphs. Is that what is meant by serendipity?

If you’re still reading DC Night, thanks!

You can see the relevant article at the Observer/Guardian website.

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  1. Tony F says:


    May 18th, 2009 at 16:39

  2. James says:


    May 18th, 2009 at 17:05

  3. says:


    congrats and if you still look at a PC check things see Twinings latest.

    200 thanks for the post, gives feeble hope to the rest of us that we are vaguely noteworthy,,,,,,check Mr Twining.


    May 18th, 2009 at 19:43

  4. R/T says:

    Blimey! Some recommendation, bud. And yes – that is serendipity! (but I guess you knew that!!!). Well done, and, for waht it’s worth, I agree.

    May 18th, 2009 at 21:12

  5. john says:

    Now may not be the best time to introduce this…but I thought I’d put it in for discussion:

    May 19th, 2009 at 08:14

  6. Alpha Tango says:


    I’m sure when you started your career as police officer, the thought that you would be mentioned in the national press, years to come may have seemed… well you know
    None the less, well done for highlighting the positive and negative aspect’s of policing, as they both should be considered and discussed.

    Well done on your blog

    May 19th, 2009 at 11:59

  7. Serendipity says:

    Well at least you fit into the stereotype with your normal choice of paper. Perhaps you should pick up the Guardian/Observer more often!?

    May 19th, 2009 at 12:38

  8. Fee says:

    It is indeed a strange world, sometimes. I still await my first mention in any newspaper, although hopefully this will be neither the “Courts” section nor the Obituaries!

    I did once get an anonymous mention. At the 1997 elections, I was asked by a reporter if I’d voted Tory. My response of “I’d rather eat par-boiled horseshit” appeared to go down rather well.

    May 19th, 2009 at 12:55

  9. 200 says:

    what stereotype would that be, then?

    May 19th, 2009 at 13:28

  10. Night Jack says:

    I just really enjoy reading your blog. The chap at the Observer asked for my 5 favourites and it came down asking myself “which sites do I click first when I fire up the interweb?”

    May 24th, 2009 at 22:02

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