Wednesday 21 March 2012


I received an email from our communications team today. As always, it was headed "URGENT: please cascade to your teams". As always, I approached with caution.

These updates are never great and rarely interesting, and they're certainly not urgent, but I did find myself chuckling at this particular edition. The lead story was this:

Look, I don't mean to be funny and I'm not implying that you're talking down to your audience of IT professionals, but if people need to be told how to do that last bit, then frankly I'm not even sure that they should be allowed to drive a car.

I'm sure we have our share of mouth-breathers in the department, but seriously?

It reminds me a little of when, a couple of hours after fairly major eye-surgery, I was asked to read the letters out off one of those eye charts.  Not surprisingly, it was a pretty bleary and I struggled to make out more than the first three lines; you know, the really massive letters.

"Ah, you're legal to drive already"

What?  You can drive when your eyesight is this bleary?  Ah, well that probably explains quite a lot of the driving you see.....

Maybe the people in my department actually do need to have this sort of stuff spelled out to them after all.  Maybe they are exactly the kind of people who need to be told to put the sticker on their  (clean) window with the registration details facing outwards.

Now that I think about it, that would explain a lot of other things too....

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