October 24th, 2012


Posted in Blogging, The Job - General by 200

Is it really over 3 weeks since I last posted on this blog?

No, I’m not gone. The reports of tumbleweed rolling across this blog are greatly exaggerated. I just thought that after 5 years of posting every single day, I deserved a break.

I must say, it was quite liberating. There were times when maintaining a daily blog was a chore rather than a pleasure. I’ve had between 15 and 30 minutes a day for three weeks extra to myself. And the late night panic before going to bed trying to come up with something to blog about  is now a welcome memory.

So much has happened in the last three weeks. I was pleased to see the funerals of the two GMP police officers receive national attention. I watched both events live on the BBC News channel. Subject to the family’s wishes, of course, I think every funeral of an officer killed on duty should receive such attention. It does seem to be one thing that America do right.

Then there was ‘Pleb Gate’ with that government arsehole who opened his mouth in anger and really revealed what people in his position actually think of the police, and probably a whole range of other working minions. Is it any wonder they have no compunction in shafting us? And we had that sorry playing out of the well rehearsed government-scripted farce where the Prime Minister offers undying love and support for those who have transgressed, realises his mistake, does a good job, needs to get on and run the country, yadda, yadda, yadda, followed by the inevitable ‘resignation’ a few weeks later.

And Jimmy Saville, who’d have thunk it?

Anyway, I’ve managed to go part time so I should have a lot more time for myself, and my family, as I work my way through my fifties and off into old age. As I tell my colleagues at work on a regular basis, keep working and paying those pension contributions, I’ve got a lifestyle to maintain.

I’ll probably post again before three weeks are up this time.

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  1. Andy W says:

    Welcome back!

    October 25th, 2012 at 04:07

  2. John says:

    Next time let us know.
    Words like “coronary” or “discovery” were rife in conversation.

    October 25th, 2012 at 14:25

  3. matt says:

    welcome back,

    was getting worried with each passing day and no blog

    October 25th, 2012 at 16:29

  4. Mad Mick says:

    Nice to see you back. I was starting to get worried that the rubber heelers had found you out.

    October 25th, 2012 at 16:53

  5. Civ_In_The_City says:

    Hi 200,

    It has been quite an eventful few weeks.

    Regarding Saville, my only point would be that there`s an enormous fuss now, people are queuing up to say how outraged they are and (of course) how ‘it must never happen again’ (seemingly people are oblivious to the fact that it wasn`t just Jimmy and that it goes on all over the country every night of the week).

    But with the council and police budget cuts who is going to be doing all the investigating, safeguarding and prevention?

    Less police, less budget, less protection for those who need it.

    Trouble is, while councils and police have got to the point of saying there can be no more ‘salami slicing’ of budgets, and that whole parts of the service will have to go, the government continue to salami slice.

    Are the police a special case? Yes I think so.

    We`ve seen how much extra pressure is placed on police when other areas of public service area cut back, the same goes the other way.

    October 25th, 2012 at 17:59

  6. Bill in Canada says:

    So glad you’re back!

    October 27th, 2012 at 15:18

  7. boy on a bike says:

    Got a video for you!


    Dealing with rail rage… Oz style: Sydney commuters join forces to attack abusive passenger and throw her from the train
    A woman who was filmed swearing and abusing people on a train in Australia, got what she deserved when she was thrown off onto her backside by other passengers.
    The triumphant moment when her fellow commuters gang up on her and physically move her off the train was caught on camera and has become a hit on YouTube.
    The video shows the young blonde spitting, swearing and hitting Sydney commuters until they finally snap and kick her off the train

    October 27th, 2012 at 21:56

  8. shijuronotgeorgedixon says:


    glad you’re back!

    more of your great blog…

    October 28th, 2012 at 19:41

  9. Oi says:

    Glad to see you’re still in the land of the living!

    October 29th, 2012 at 10:16

  10. Geeorge says:

    Good to hear from you.

    November 2nd, 2012 at 08:01

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