The Judge RANTS!
All At 6s And 7s
So how was it for you? 2006, I mean.
I've known better years, certainly. I've never known previous ones which featured:
- My niece and her husband separating after less than a year of marriage (so much for the Apache Blessing: perhaps I should have just hit them both over the head with it)
- The interesting, technical aspects of my job being outsourced, and the likelihood that the remainder will be centralised away at some point in the not-to-distant future
- Seeing my other colleagues being treated like farmyard animals by fuckwitted management consultants imported at huge cost from the private sector to tell them (i.e., my colleagues) how to do the jobs they've been doing damn well for years
- Seeing too many good and talented people leave us (see the entries on the Not A Blog page - and its Archives - over the past year if you want to see what I mean)
- Catching no fewer than four viral infections of one sort or another in the past six weeks: the latest of which has left me with my left-eye bloodshot from all the coughing
- My old CRT monitor showing signs of departing this life. As my PC is the only effective way I have of finding out what's happening in the world, I only hope it can hang on until I'm well enough to get to town again to buy a replacement.
Add to all this events in the outside world such as:
- Hanging Saddam Hussein. Yes, that'll really make things better in Iraq, won't it? Apart from that, note the obscene haste to kill the old bastard before evidence could come up in a later trial of how the US, West Germans and half the little fiefdoms in the Gulf enabled him to carry out many of his atrocities.
- The New Year 'Honours' List. Bad enough as it was to end the year getting Sir Bono de Bollocks, there were also awards for a moderately-achieving horsey girl (whose grandmother just happens to own the country); and to Scarlett, the professional liar who skewed the evidence in support of Blair's rush to war. Perhaps Saddam wasn't executed after all: perhaps he hanged himself in despair at not getting a gong for his services in enabling Blair and his pack of sneering greaseballs to pass all sorts of legislation designed to remove our basic liberties on the grounds of 'national security'.
Happy new year...