Thursday, April 23, 2009


I have been out of the office at various meetings and on various courses lately. I also seem to have been really busy since I have arranged to go on a secondment. It also now looks as though I will be on leave the first week of May, which I hadn’t planned to do, but for family reasons I need to try and take off work, so I can go away with my sister. I mentioned that I would probably not be in that week to the woman who works for me and she said “But that means we’ll get to spend less time with you before you leave. I don’t think you understand how distraught we are at you going”. I was a bit taken aback, but my secretary was there nodding away as well and saying that she didn’t want me to leave. I didn’t know what to say really (apart from that I really needed to take the leave!) and we joked about it a bit, but I was rather touched that they are so upset by it and one of them has only worked for me for about 7 months.

Leeds University are carrying out a survey into “flashbulb memories”. They describe this as “Flashbulb memories are slightly unusual as they are memories of our personal circumstances when we first learned of an item of public news. In other words we remember who we were with, what we were doing, where we were, and usually some other distinctive detail(s), when we first learned of a particular item of public news”. If you want to contribute to their project, then you can do so here.

Oh and today is post 1000. I really do need to get a life...


Kahless said...

now I know how TF knew it was your 1000th post!

I bet you are great to work with. You are very thoughtful.

I reckon Stalker will be distraught!

Random Reflections said...

Kahless - I think how thoughtful I am depends on who the person is. I can be rather more terse with some people. My stalker being one... he doesn't know yet I am leaving, as far as I know, and I am hoping to keep it quiet from him for a while yet.