Nobody likes to be reminded of the fact they have to work for a
living but last week’s miserable Punter - who became incredibly
depressed at seeing a poster encouraging people to do something
spontaneous - was overreacting.
Get a grip. Poor you having to listen to a PA play her voicemail
Appalling. And then a cleaner dares to move one of your horrid little
desk toys around. Don’t tell me - you’re the proud owner of a wooden
plaque emblazoned with the legend: ’You don’t have to be mad to work
here, but it helps!’ Do you work down a mine? No. Do you spend ten hours
a day on a production line, putting a thingamibob inside a widget while
wearing a hairnet? No. You probably sit in a very nice office in W1 and
get pissed off when the sandwich man has run out of mozzarella and basil
On a more charitable front, if going to work depresses you that much, I
seriously think you need a change.
Have you considered a different career or even packing it all in for a
Why not go travelling, see some of the world? Arranging a holiday really
isn’t as difficult a procedure as you claim. It doesn’t require much
Book a week off at the start of September and do something
I think the ad you talk about is great. Advertising is all about playing
on fantasies and selling a lifestyle. Not everyone is going to give up
their jobs to sell watermelons in Goa. You’re probably quite bored of
working in advertising because you haven’t quite got this point yet.
The ad plays on the belief everyone has that life is too short to be
thinking about carriage clocks and Countdown. Face that bridge (or
bridge night!) when you get to it, if you ever do. I’d like to think
that at 65 I’ll still be out clubbing, no doubt complaining that house
music isn’t what it used to be.
If you seriously think that all you’re capable of at the end of your
working life is to sit in front of the television, so be it. If the only
spirit you have in your life is in the bottom of a glass, it’s probably
best to stay at home. Life can be a scary thing if you take it too
I’m sure plenty of retirement homes are queuing up to take you on.
Still, I’ll bet you won’t be the one who starts up the weekly