“Ful ofte in game a sooth I have herd saye!” – Chaucer
I have cracked the secret of productivity in this blog-writing lark. All one needs to do is continually draw a parallel between something that has happened recently and a previously published post. If there is some sort of connection – however tortuous – with an even more recent post, implying a plan or a theme to one’s writing, then so much the better. And so it is today; indeed I am going to drag in yesterday’s post, one fairly recent post and one from two years ago.
Before Christmas I briefly altered my policy of quoting from the great minds of the past and instead included the words of the fictional lead character in the funny but much over-repeated on British television ‘The Big Bang Theory’. Another tolerable US sitcom ‘Brooklyn Nine Nine’ started its new season in the UK last night. As I watched it with a cup of tea and a slice of homemade cherry and chocolate loaf cake (recipe available on request) it occurred to me that the plot was very familiar. It involved a new precinct captain issuing tablet computers to his staff, ostensibly for communication purposes, but really to allow him to exercise close control over them. A highly paid crack team of writers expertly exploited this idea for comedic and satiric effect.
But hadn’t I come across just such an example in real life and written about it as well, probably less funnily and certainly less well remunerated? Yes I had, and the proof is here. Reluctantly I shall not be consulting my lawyers. The real credit must go to the half-witted yet unaccountably prominent Yorkshire businessman who gave the presentation in the first place.
“Stupidity was as necessary as intelligence, and as difficult to attain.” – George Orwell, 1984