The opening line of the general manager’s induction speech during my first day on the job was along the lines that ‘work, like life, could be broken down into 10% that was fun, and 90% which is mind numbingly tedious. And that the sooner I learnt to formulate suitable strategies to cope with the hand that life had dealt, then the happier both he and I would be.’ He was quite a lad.
I thought of this salutary piece of advice whilst viewing the final episode of The Trap, an Adam Curtis trilogy on the concepts of freedom. Although at times you felt like a first year undergraduate, the series was eminently watchable. Curtis has a talent for sifting through hours of archive footage and assembling a polemic, which - in this particular case - derides much of what passed, or still passes, as perceived political wisdom in the field of liberty and democracy. Regretfully, bored politicians = mischief. If only they’d concentrate on emptying bins and making sure our trains ran on time, a lot of people in Iraq and elsewhere around the world would be so much happier.