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Au revoir, Madame

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Evelyne.
She has been my boss for the last nine years.  A great boss. Not a micro-manager, but an enabler. And always available to back you up, when some corporate muscle was needed.
The reason why the Mistake Factory was bearable is the fact that I have a great team, and that I reported directly to a great manager.

Except that on 6 December, “Madame” became my ex-manager.

The higher echelons of the Mistake Factory decided that she would be a perfect fit for Operation Transformation (from employed to unemployed).

Six months down the line, a couple of cells in a spreadsheet will look not quite right. Alarm bells will be rung. Stakeholders will be summoned. Corporate hot air tanks will be readied for yet another deep dive. Black belts and kimonos will fill a conference room for some serious kaizen extravaganza of gourmet sandwiches and insipid ideas, hot coffee and cold logic.

People will wonder why those couple of cells in the spreadsheet do not look quite right. Not quite right at all.

They will by then have forgotten that Evelyne is gone. That she is no longer doing the nurturing that makes happy cells in a spreadsheet.

Carlos meanwhile is contemplating his impending colonoscopy (9 days to go)

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The after-show must go on

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A packed and incredibly noisy Eddie’s Rocket wasn’t perhaps my no. 1 destination of choice after the 2 hour gymnastics show, but I was outnumbered by 4 to 1 and apparently a splitting headache does not give you an extra vote. Or five.

While the gymnast was cramming chips by the fistful, her brother was trying really hard not to regurgitate his hastily slurped milkshake, and cheesy chips and coke-soaked burger.
He had a look on his face that reminded us of the good old reflux days…

While Mrs mememe2u escorted him back to the car with the precaution of a nitroglycerin handler, I did the same with the bill.

It exploded in my face when I reached the till.

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Surprise birthday presents to myself don’t come much more surprising than this.
Not to Mimi anyway.

The fact that it contained a watch was sort of a downer for them.

As is often the case, they were much more enthralled by the packaging…

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SUR-PRISE!!!!

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Spot the Mogs

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Prise de tête au bouleau

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– Hi Mum, I want to came back on the farm, I can’t hack it any longer here
– What’s wrong me boy, you were so excited about landing that big job in the Big Smoke?
– I’ve lost touch with the land. I’ve lost touch with nature. I want to return to the farm. Escape the Cubicle Farm
– Aw Jayzus. Why didn’t you say earlier? We sold the John Deer in the Buy and Sell last week. And we got Sky Sport with the money…

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I – must -stop – and – check – my – phone – NOW.

Oh! – that – bollix – too!

Thumbs – up!

Must – stop – right – here – and – now – and – thumb – him – up.

Now.

Must.

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