Friday, January 18, 2008

Planes, trains and oddness

Yesterday we watched a bit of the coverage of the plane crash at Heathrow, which fortunately turned out not to be too serious. I was wondering quite how ‘expert’ some of the reporting was though. I know that with 24 hour a day news coverage they do have to keep talking, but I was slightly surprised when an “expert” said all authoritatively “Landing is easy. It’s downhill”. I don’t suppose engine failure or anything like that would in anyway impact the ability to land then. I’m sure the pilot and the passengers from that flight are saying to themselves right now “But, I don’t understand how that can have happened. Landing is the easy bit!”

There’s a very odd chap at work. He only joined a couple of months ago and recently has just decided that he does not want to do any work. So every time he gets asked to do something, he just says “no”. There’s been some big furore about it (understandably) and it seems that it has been agreed that he can just leave. He has been perfectly fine with me, laughing and joking and being perfectly friendly, but with some others he has barely been willing to speak to them. Anyway, it seems that he will no longer be with us. I’m not sure if that means he has resigned or if he is expecting to be transferred to a new job, but he is remarkably calm for someone who has done himself out of a job and will have a hard time getting a reference for anything else he wants to do. Very odd…

There is a sign of a good book, which whilst a bit inconvenient, is one that speaks for itself – that being totally missing your stop on your tube journey home. Last night I was reading my book and when I looked up the train was stopping at the next station up from where I live. I just hadn’t noticed where I was. So I crossed to the opposite platform and made my way home – which of course allowed me more time to read.

“You needn’t be so scared. Love doesn’t end. Just because we don’t see each other...”

5 comments:

Blue soup said...

What's the quote at the bottom from?

titration said...

Same question as blue soup. Also I'm glad I read your blog because otherwise I wouldn't hear things like the plane thing!

AND this is a book! In fact it's a classic. Called Bartleby, The Scrivener. It's a small book based in england about this guy who is a perfect employee, but every time he is asked to do anything he says "I'd prefer not to." And he never gets upset or fights and when they fire him he doesn't leave.

Here's a link http://www.bartleby.com/129/

Random Reflections said...

Blue Soup - It is from the very book I am reading at the moment "The End of the Affair". A marvellous book.

titration - the quote (sort of) goes on to say "People go on loving God, don't they, all their lives without seing Him?" But you have to read that second part in the context of the whole book because she said it as an atheist, so it's not as straightforward a quote as it seems... (and the first bit stands in its own right without the second bit. It's too complicated to explain here. Read the book! (if you want to...))

Thanks for the book reference. I'll try and read it over the weekend. It sounds very similar to the chap at work!

But Why? said...

What an odd fellow!

We have a few of them on the programme I work on - one who is extremely good at finding reasons why doing anything is very difficult, and therefore better to do nothing as doing something might go wrong..., a few too many who are just plain incompetent, and one who is reasonably competent but doesn't want to work. I suspect he'll find himself transferred elsewhere and continue to draw his not inconsiderable salary and very good pension contribution for doing nothing of consequence all day. The concept of being sacked for incompetence doesn't seem to exist in the public sector, which distresses me greatly. Having said that, if they were all perfectly competent, I'd be out of a job. Perhaps I should declare this at work as a conflict of interests? I suspect if I did, I'd find myself out of a job. Funny old world, isn't it?

Random Reflections said...

but why?- an odd chap indeed. I guess with your array of colleagues they figure that if they can get away with it then why bother to actually do any work. Now if you got their salary in addition to your own for picking up the slack then perhaps they would think again...