I'm starting to accept I'm not immune to the passage of time

Posted on: 18 March 2010 by Gareth Hargreaves

Spring has sprung, halleluja! With the sun making its first significant appearance of 2010, I've been pondering fish, mortality, how people view me and habitual wastage at the National Audit Office.

Thank goodness winter is coming to an end! I ventured into the garden yesterday for the first time since my fish hibernated last November. The pond was clear and full of the swirling colours of the carp swimming around like playful children. It is so invigorating when the seasons change for the better and the outdoors comes alive again. It has to be said, fish are much better forecasters of the weather than the Metrological Office (with the exception of Fish of the Michael variety) – when they wake up from their winter sleep you know everything is on the up and up.

Last year, I had some very ‘odd feelings’ as winter approached and I saw the garden dying back and shedding its foliage. ‘Will I be here to see the next spring?’I pondered as I covered the garden furniture. Because I have always believed myself to be immortal this was the first time I had felt like this. I suppose we all reach the point where we acknowledge the ageing process and the inevitability of death. Still, this year, I’ve beaten the Grim Reaper and will still be here to enjoy the fish, the flowers and the dawn chorus of the birds. That first cup of black coffee, sitting with my pencil and pad planning the day ahead, is always the best!. Thank God for sunshine!

Call me Gladys!

A recent survey in France discovered that as we age we change how we would most like to be addressed. Baby Boomer is most appreciated by those in their 50s while Senior seems to suit the 60 year olds. Veteran hits the spot with the late 60s and early 70s. You have to be well into your 70s before old and elder become acceptable. For my part I will stick with Tony for family and friends, Granddad for the children and God for everyone else!

More money down the drain

The National Audit Office has just reported that Whitehall spent £780 million of our money ‘reorganizing’ itself in the four years post the 2005 General Election! Most of these changes and new departments seemed to serve no great purpose and many were scrapped within two years. The Government defended the changes saying it enabled them to carry out reforms! Let’s hope the next reforms take them out of office!

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