Archive | January, 2008

Employment the Con way

The uproar over the strangely un-Tory looking Tory Derek Conway whose recruitment policy consisted of co-opting members of his family to do his bidding has led to a raft of job losses at Conway plc, after he announced he would not fight at the next general election. Yet there is some strange and beautiful logic […]
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Women: the rules

Guru was handed a superb article today from the July 1943 issue of everybody’s favourite transportation magazine – Transportation Magazine. Written for male supervisers of female workers during the successful Second World War, many of its lessons hold true today.
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Home and cry

First sushi, then karaoke, now this. A Japanese company is giving its all-female staff the right to take paid leave in the immediate aftermath of a relationship break-up.
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£3.7bn losses: bad day at the office

It made Guru feel a lot better about losing £25 on the 2:10 from Warwick yesterday to hear about the antics of a certain Jerome Kerviel. For while Yours Truly had to face up to a ticking off from the missus, Monsieur Kerviel had to take responsibility for kick-starting a global recession.
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Fat fighting initiative could end in a bun fight

News that the government is to pay fatties to lose weight is good news for our growing workforce. After all, if they manage to slim down a touch, they’ll be quids in and will be able to nip down to the local kebab shop to rack up the calories – although clearly not after midnight […]
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Uh-oh, urine trouble

Always being a law-abiding citizen Guru felt a mote of sympathy for our boys in blue as their request to have their pay rise backdated was roundly ignored by the home secretary. Quite rightly casting aside any notions of a low-key protest and accidentally on purpose not attending when Jacqui Smith requires police assistance down […]
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Kebab workers face the meat cleaver

Honest, hard-working takeaway workers everywhere will have been dismayed to read the interview with home secretary Jacqui Smith in yesterday’s Sunday Times. Kebab-shop employees have probably not been dealt as harsh a blow since Jade Goody referred to her genetalia as one of their fine meaty snacks in the Big Brother house.
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‘Heathrow hero’ revealed

Gordon Brown, according to the Daily Mirror today, “stared death in the face” yesterday. Dramatic stuff. So how could this happen? Was he ambushed by terror forces on an unannounced visit to Afghanastan? Did he get trapped underwater while examining the floods in Tewkesbury? Was he cornered by Alastair Darling at a Number 10 drinks […]
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Teaching cock-up

As a young scamp, Guru was hailed by his classmates for his ability to drop a pencil at the right time and place to maximise the view of Miss Robinson bending over to pick it up. It provided entertainment for the masses – always Guru’s calling in life – but also did nothing to harm […]
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Children’s TV goes through purple patch

It all ended happy ever after for the production company responsible for the only TV programme to get close to being a modern-day morality play – In the Night Garden – after it had been taken to court by a former ‘Tombliboo’ who claimed he was abused for being gay and when he complained was […]
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