Use of the English language

I’m not the most eloquent person in the world. I don’t claim to be an expert on the English language or its grammar, but I know when something is wrong. Here’s an example of “type and click” emailing and why we should all review what we’ve written in the context of who we are writing to, and what the objective of the email is*

‘Good morning to you – I just wanted to advise you with regards a meeting that Bob and I had yesterday with James. James is currently dealing with John Doe at Simpleton with regards your SuperDuper application and we met on the back of some earlier conversations we had last year. The company that James works for also has SmallTalk expertise and I thought that it may be advantageous for you to meet with him when he is next in YourVille such that he may be able to assist you in the project that you currently have on the go.’

It’s just wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Knowing it went to a customer….aaaaaaaaaaaargh!
*Names were changed to protect the innocent 😉

As my birthday approaches

I find myself wondering about various things in life. Tomorrow I’m another year older, but am I wiser?
Did I do anything worthwhile in the past year?
Have I achieved anything on a personal or professional level?
Did anything change?

I have a tendency to over-analyse stuff like this, but I always think birthdays make me reflect on the past year.
It can be both a good thing and a bad thing 😉

Tomorrow, I’m working – the second year in a row that I’m working on a birthday. It goes against the grain…but I need my days off for other “activities” and pressing engagements! So, I’ll work. I’ll be here. There will be 3/4 of us in the office – so I’ll bring cake/pastries or muffins or something. Then it’s a pretty normal day at the office followed by WW in the evening and hopefully a glass of something cold and bubbly after that!

Maybe it’s the age I’m approaching or maybe it’s a sign of the times, but I want to go out somewhere nice to eat that has great music, possibly a band, where you can also dance…(you know like the bar in Ally McBeal?). The closest we have around here is a Jazz Club (http://www.jagz.co.uk/) – which is pretty good – but it’s usually sold out and the food in the past has been hit and miss. (The bands are fantastic though…). The next option for dancing (and drinking) is a club…and…well, let’s just say that I’m not really a fan of any of the local clubs! A gap in the market perhaps???