Brewer's Droop #268
A MOST UNUSUAL NEWS STORY OF LAST MONTH
It was reported that, apparently 11 Zimbabweans were facing the death sentence in China for alleged drug smuggling but the man who’s in charge of locking people up in Zimbabwe was “hopeful of doing a prisoner exchange”.
Erm, but the only problem is that he doesn’t have any Chinese people in his jails.
I don’t know what happened to them.
GOOGLE CHANGING THINGS – AGAIN
Why, oh why, did Google have to change the GMail layout?
In fact why do so many companies change things that work perfectly well? If there’s a security risk or a vastly important improvement then I get it. But most of the time it’s for no apparent reason at all.
I’ve raved about this before and it still makes me livid.
With GMail they’ve changed my perfect arrangement of emails and files and contacts etc. Now it’s a bloody mess.
For example, an important client has been trying to send me emails all week (since the change actually) and neither of us could work out why I wasn’t getting them. Then I checked my Spam folder and, yes, there they were. Now why would Google do that? I’ve been conducting business with this company since 1994 so why have they suddenly decided (on my behalf) that I wouldn’t be interested in anything they have to say?
And it’s kind for Mr. Google to take it upon himself to declare that I shouldn’t be bothered by some emails but couldn’t I just decide for myself? Then, when I’ve marked something as spam any future messages can go straight into the trash.
But what makes me absolutely furious is that when I do mark something as spam Google still allows it through into my inbox. Someone in their programming department is either under 30 (see previous droop), permanently out to lunch or deranged.
I would prefer real letters actually (if we had a Post Office that was functioning of course).
SPRING CLEANING ISN’T MUCH FUN
Another thing that’s been bothering me (because we’re having a clear-out at last) is why do we keep stuff?
I have 12 years worth of school photographs – one for each year.Then there are rugby and golf teams of course together with school plays and concerts etc. I have two sons so you do the math. But here’s the thing, each one has been expensively framed and cling-wrapped and never unwrapped! And that’s not all, we have spare blank ones for future years – yes, still cling-wrapped.
A friend of mine still has her school blazer. I won’t say how old it is because that would be rude (one doesn’t mention a lady’s age after all) but let’s just say it’s more than half a century old. I thought she was a bit looney to tell you the truth but then, at various dinner parties etc., I discovered that quite a few of my friends (men and women) have saved theirs too! So it must be me then.
And what’s the correct/decent amount of time before you throw a birthday or Christmas card away? Or do you keep them forever? If so, why?
My Dad was a train driver on British Rail and in his early days, as a trainee, you had to be a “fireman” on the footplate to stoke up the steam train. Damn hard work too! He used to take me for little jaunts on the footplate when he had to do country side-line runs (which made me the envy of every boy in my class) and I used to watch the fireman start his fire with a little wooden frame stuffed with paraffin-soaked cotton waste and then he’d use my Dad’s “Aladdin’s lamp” to light it (it was also filled with cotton waste and had a long “spout” so he could reach into the boiler). Anyway, I still have that lamp and I’m wondering why I should keep it. It’s not attractive. It’s not valuable. It doesn’t function.
Yes, I think I’ll keep it.
Oh well nearly shorts-time again so I’ll be obliged to frighten people by exposing my white knobbly knees as I do every year.