Archive for December 2010

On the ninth day of Christmas our bloggers gave to me

December 31, 2010

Celebrities as Christmas items:

  • Holly Willoughby
  • Mis-teltoe Dynamite
  • George Os – (Baby is) – Born
  • Christmas Carol Vorderman
  • Christmas Tree-vor Philips
  • Howard (F) Lights
  • David Beck-Ham
  • Pigs in Blan-Cate Blanchett
  • Tur-Keeley Hawes
  • Mince (pie) Cable

This game might look silly (it really is) but it can be quite fun: Please add some more below…

On the eighth day of Christmas our bloggers gave to me

December 30, 2010

Some local government (well, one local government and some other government) quotes:

  • Sure there are dishonest men in local government. But there are dishonest men in national government too. (Richard M Nixon

  • The best argument against democracy is a conversation with the average voter. (Winston Churchill)

And whilst we’re on Churchill here is a couple of humerous exchanges between Lady Astor (the first female MP to take her seat) and Mr Churchill:

  • Lady Astor: “If you were my husband I’d give you poison,”
    Churchill: “If you were my wife, I’d drink it.”
  • Lady Astor, observing a drunken Churchill: “Winston! You’re drunk!”
    Churchill: “Yes madam.  You are ugly, but in the morning I shall be sober…”

On the seventh day of Christmas our bloggers gave to me

December 29, 2010

A cartoon depicting Local Government from Australia; seems familiar though right!

Is it this complicated the world over?

On the sixth day of Christmas our bloggers gave to me

December 28, 2010

I know I'd donate

An idea for a new charity.

Over the winterval period (thanks Eric for sticking that phrase in my head) I’ve received quite a few e-mails from colleagues, suppliers, contacts and random organisations, many of which have followed a similar theme: “Happy Christmas, this year we didn’t send any cards but are sending you this e-mail instead, and with the money we saved on cards and postage we made a donation to save the cats/polar bears/forest/one toe sloths”.

Now, I don’t mind this; to be honest it makes my mantlepiece a little less cluttered and also saves on me filling the recycling bin with bits of old card.  However, I do object to the donation bit.

What do I care about cats/polar bears/forests/one toe sloths?!  Okay, forests are pretty useful what with the whole breating thing, but otherwise I can think of many different ways of spending that money.

Therefore I’m making a proposal.  Let’s set up a ‘public sector relief fund’, akin to those set up for national disasters.  Any Christmas card based donations can then be sent this way, contributing quickly to a sizeable pot of money which can then be used to help those public sector staff in need.  Just think: for £2 you can provide Edward in Accounts with the leaving party he deserves, or Shaniqua in Youth Services with a pen to use when signing on.

Every little helps.

On the fifth day of Christmas our bloggers gave to me

December 27, 2010

A picture of Eric Pickles and Grant Shapps actually cutting red tape:

Pure Genius!

A metaphor that has gone too far...

On the fourth day of Christmas our bloggers gave to me

December 26, 2010

A reminder to follow our twitter @welovelocalgov and an amusing cartoon:

Twitter Etiquette is even harder for anonymous bloggers!

On the third day of Christmas our bloggers gave to me

December 25, 2010

A simple message:

Happy Christmas to everyone in local government!