Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Is Martin Davies a dickhead?

The answer is it depends which Martin Davies you're talking about. Actually I know three off the top of my head. One of them was on Watchdog today - a typical money-making capitalist cretin, promoting his own website and career as a 'journalist' ie private PR merchant for bankers. He advertised the American Express credit card this time (after persuading my poor gullible loved-one a few months ago to get the Virgin credit card)on BBC one! How can he get away with it?

The second most recent was the Martin Davies who taught me how to manage stress, who is basically God himself.

The third was Martin Davies, the ex-social worker who used to be my boss. The only thing I remember about him was how proud he was that nobody had ever taken a grievance against him in his 25 year working life. Nice person too.

How come the nice people never get fame and fortune?

Birthday week apologies for Thatcher

OK I'm sorry for making jokes about Thatcher dying. It's just not funny .


I repeat, not funny.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

You are visiting the award-winning Tattontastic website

Launched in August 2005, as a protest against 'Morganisation' aka 'geek-rule', this website which you have the pleasure of reading right now was yesterday awarded the ultimate accolade as being one of the inspirers 'favourites' on his computer at work.

The founders of Tattontastic however, are concerned that this means that they have in fact caught the 'Morganimus Maximus' virus turning Tattontastic into the Morganism it was trying to subsume.

An onlooker said 'I thought Tattontastic's jokes about Thatcher dying were quite harsh. Then I realised I was Morganised.'

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Isn't it about time that bullying and harassment was made illegal?

Yet again another story about a woman commiting suicide because of bullying and harrasment. Today, a woman worker at 'KFC' was found to have committed suicide after colleagues verablly abused her.

It's an absolute joke that this happened on the same day that Robbie Williams got £200k damages for papers saying he was gay. The defammation laws are disgusting in this country - giving rich people the chance to get even richer whilst those who really need help for defammation have no opportunity for legal redress.

In my job, one part of which (of course the part of my job I really cherish and adore) is managing car parks. You can imagine the abuse myself and my staff get on a daily basis - from highly educated human beings. Apart from internal policy there is no opportunity to change people's behaviour.

The law is an ass. The law must change to allow individuals to take civil action regarding aggressive behaviour - such as verbal abuse and attacks.

Phil's cousin's blog is better than mine

I mean I know she's a bit older than me and works in the business, but Phil's cousin's blog is better than mine. And because I'm so uesless I don't know how to even refer to it so other people can look at it. joella.blogspot.com - think that's it. Hope she doesn't mind me advertising it here.

Her photos are brilliant - I can't even put mine on here.

Will Thatcher khark it tonight?

Heard the joyous news that Thatcher was in hospital 'feeling faint'. In fact the news was enough to enable me to get off from my sick bed (nasty cold that even Nurofen Plus doesn't seem to be sorting out) to write this. However if she does pop off tonight I'll be pissed off as I'll probably miss the party.

Friday, December 02, 2005

A good week

It started off badly with a bit of stress, but finished great so I must remember this week. Monday taught Expert Patient Programme course which was good, although I was so worried about my work in my day job that I was a bit preoccupied.

Tuesday was ok ish - managed to go through in tray in about ten seconds, but then got a rollicking as covering reception due to staff bereavement. Then Wednesday was Stress Managemnt training which was excellent. One of the best training days I have ever been on.
There are three stages of 'burnout' apparently. Stage one - where you feel stressed to yourself, ie worried thoughts etc. Stage Two is when you appear stressed to some others - ie palpitations, lack of sleep etc. Stage three is the crash stage - where your symptoms (whatever they are) are apparent to everyone. The key thing is your sense of humour - once that goes you've had it.

At stage three a lot of people develop the five anxiety illnesses (although some don't and just go back to normal).

Obsessive Compulsive, generalised anxiety disorder (distress all the time), panic disorder - panic attacks, four is post traumatic stress disorder and five (apparently the most common) - depression.

Then he (Martin Davies) went through the thought, feeling, behaviour 'vicious cycle'.

Then he went through transaction analysis. PArent, Child Adult. Interesting, not sure I agreed with all that though,but useful of course. It's very freud-ish, famildynamics. The whole concept of what a child is is only about a hundred years old of course.

The upshot was I decided I was potentially on stage one of burnout so I have tried to book a week off at Christmas.

Union stuff going well. Everyone's up in arms and I'm one of the people who know most about what's going on! Watch out George Bush, Tony Blair and Patricia Hewitt!