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Five ways to brighten a dull day : Comments

By George Fripley, published 26/9/2008

Life in the public service can have its boring moments when nothing appears to be happening ...

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This is not satire. In fact it is pretty close to my job description in my final years in the pubic service. The critical one that has been left out is "system testing". This happened during the December/January slow down. I noticed that surplus furniture was being shipped to the warehouse for sale to the general public. That at a time when my son's school was desperately short of computers, chairs and tables. By making up my own authorization slip I was able to ship much needed furniture to my son's school where it was put to good use. Every year I would pick out a deserving school and sent furniture there. the system was infallible - all that was needed was a stamp and a signature and the furniture was sent. Never mind that the stamp was chosen at random and the name on the authorization slip included Jane Austen, John Galsworthy (man of property) etc.
Posted by BAYGON, Friday, 26 September 2008 9:32:47 AM
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Most penetrating proposals, George, particularly concerning grudges.
Did you know that a grudge is a place where a South African parks his car?
Posted by Ponder, Friday, 26 September 2008 10:23:22 AM
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George
Let me guess, you're planning a spin off of "Hollow men", called
"Real-life in government Departments" to be hence forth known by the acronym R.i.G.D.'.
In essence it will be about a govt in a state of transitional Progressive Traditionalism in order to move to more clear understanding of existential responses to everyday abstractions of client requests, visa vie service delivery of actual perceived needs and subsequent departmental considered efficiency of those customer requests.
Have I got it?
Good entertaining article(s). I hope you didn't waste your own time writing them ;)
Posted by eAnt, Friday, 26 September 2008 10:36:47 AM
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I found that sending a paper upstairs proposing massive budget savings in your Department can relieve the boredom quite well (especially if you leak a copy to whoever is in Opposition at the time). Particularly recommended are savings in senior executive salaries and the introduction of entirely new DIMS (data and intelligence management systems).

I have enjoyed briefing papers that were accidently left in the photocopy room during election periods where the writer proposes new ways of doing things in accord with the likely new Government's policies. The sign-off page must be missing of course.

Rumours are most fun when you leak two competing stories and wait to see which one has the fastest legs.
Posted by Spikey, Friday, 26 September 2008 5:06:01 PM
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Very Good George. Yes Minister inspired!

There is one other thing too though. That is to avoid looking out the window in the morning so you have something to do in the afternoon!
Posted by RobbyH, Sunday, 28 September 2008 10:43:30 AM
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