29 May 2007
25 May 2007
20 May 2007
'This week, I'm going to teach you to write a kids' book. Why? Because people think it's easier than writing an adults' book. And it is. Because children (1) are dumber and (2) know fewer words. Also, they have such limited experience of the world that it's easy to trick them. For example, if a talking rat who dreams of being a great poet shows up in an adult book, all of us adults go: "What a crock! No one wants to be a poet anymore, not even a rat". But kids have been on earth so briefly, they don't even know what a poet is, or how little money they make'
- George Saunders, Guardian Weekend, 5 May 2007
18 May 2007
02 May 2007
In consideration of this decision, the official hours of attendance will be terminated at four o'clock instead of half-past four, except on Saturdays, the existing rule as to that day remaining unchanged. It must therefore be understood that, in future, Officers in the Government Buildings are not, except when special permission is given, to absent themselves from their Offices for luncheon.
Heads of Departments will see that this rule is strictly enforced'
- New Zealand's Secretary of the Cabinet, Ebenezer Fox, 16 January 1880
[Quoted in R. Kitteridge, 'The Cabinet Manual: Evolution with Time', March 2006, Cabinet Office website. In a curious coincidence, Ebenezer Fox was also the name of a notorious poacher in Stevenage in the same era. The poacher had a twin brother. Perhaps one of the brothers secretly emigrated to New Zealand and found refuge in Parliament...]