CAMPAIGN DIARY: I’M ONLY A PUNTER BUT ..

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.

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

messages.



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

focaccia.



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

while?



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

organisation.



Book a week off at the start of September and do something

different.



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

seriously.



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

singalongs.



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