Friday, February 21, 2003

So another good man was in the wrong place at the wrong time and in the wrong job ...a BAE SYSTEMS commercial guy got shot in Riyadh. It's true he was a commercial chap, and they are so nit-picky they might just as well be quality people, but it's very important to realise that just because a company is not to everyone's taste, the people who work there do have lives, and mortgages and opinions of their own.

Another good man just happened to be in possession of the murder weapon - it's presented very coyly in the UK press. Just because someone happens to be holding the alleged murder weapon, does that make him the definitive murderer? OK, this guy is alleged to be a Toyota car salesman, but he must have some good points as well.

There's too much allegation here. The only fact everyone can be sure of is that this BAE guy was alive this morning and he's not now and the only assumption which can be drawn is that he probably did nothing to deserve being shot dead.

Thursday, February 20, 2003

Have been having far too close a look at stress for my liking. Examples I've come across include naps at lunchtime, laying one's head on the desk until being interrupted by a fresh crisis, self mutilation ... and taking a half day's holiday. I've been working such long hours, it was difficult to unwind, I even felt guilty at wandering around when everyone else was so busy. On the other hand, I used to work with someone who would defuse tension by hobbling along the corridor, flapping his arms and clucking like a hen. And the huge amount of stress floating around may include the fondness for heading off to the gym. Or standing on the third floor balcony, silent, observing the sun rise.

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