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Author Topic: Chris Grayling does it again - and is now gone  (Read 8438 times)
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« Reply #30 on: November 01, 2019, 04:57:31 pm »

A member of my team was in complete shock when I explained that idea and ideal were two different words with two different meanings. She had gone 56 years believing they were interchangeable.
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« Reply #31 on: November 04, 2019, 09:49:40 pm »

Yesterday (Sunday) I heard someone ask for "Guaval juice." Despite its notoriety, the terminal L is not that often heard IME, but this was very distinct. The odd thing is it wasn't in Bristol! It was in Bath – close, but a different accent.
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Tuesday had come down through Dundrum and Foster Avenue, brine-fresh from sea-travel, a corn-yellow sun-drench that called forth the bees at an incustomary hour to their bumbling.
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« Reply #32 on: November 05, 2019, 08:32:18 am »

My late friend of Barrow Gurney - the village, not the institution - opined that the city's original name was Brist Ho!

... But that must have let the dust in.
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« Reply #33 on: September 17, 2020, 05:59:03 pm »

Radio 4 reporting Graylings resigned.

Chris Grayling has returned to a part-time ports advisory job.  Reported by the RMT's Mick Cash ... who's view is not very positive, but perhaps a bit biased.
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« Reply #34 on: September 17, 2020, 07:09:16 pm »

Seems suitable after all he's had a great deal of experience of shipping and cargo operations oh wait a minute!...
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« Reply #35 on: September 17, 2020, 08:50:25 pm »

Going by his time at Transport, I fear hearing news soon of Felixstowe silting up and Harwich being invaded by aliens.
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« Reply #36 on: September 18, 2020, 07:53:34 am »

"So that's Felixstowe in a nutshell, Mr G. Any questions before we move on to our corporate strategy for linear expansion in the ongoing post-Brexit situation?!

"Just one - that big metal floaty thing in the water, the one tied up to the stumpy bits sticking out of the concrete. Any idea what it is?"
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« Reply #37 on: September 19, 2020, 10:11:03 am »

Perhaps the "big floaty thing" is the spaceship containing the aliens whom have decided to invade Felixstowe instead of Harwich.
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It has space for cycles, surfboards,luggage etc.
A 5 car DMU is not a proper inter-city train. The 5+5 and 9 car DMUs are almost as bad.
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« Reply #38 on: September 19, 2020, 12:13:45 pm »

It is very difficult to work out what he brings to the job to justify the reported ?100k per year for 7 hours a week.

Perhaps they will use him as a kind of negative sounding board. If someone in their organisation comes up with a new idea, they'll put it to him and if he reacts enthusiastically they will know they should drop it straight away?
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« Reply #39 on: September 19, 2020, 03:29:22 pm »

It is very difficult to work out what he brings to the job to justify the reported ?100k per year for 7 hours a week.

Perhaps they will use him as a kind of negative sounding board ...

I have, in hindsight, come across organisations which have felt the need to refactor what they do / provide for their stakeholders in  a negative way, and they have appointed a heavyweight in the twighlight of his / her career who can take the knocks a bruises as they reduce the organisation, clearing the way for a newcomer at some point a year or two in the future who can rebuilt it - not as good as it was, but then everyone will think of it being good having been through the hatchet and wreckit phase.    I just wonder.
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