A year of work in progress – day 76 (Yarmouk)

Day 76 – 29 April 2014 and day 25 of the A to Z Blogging Challenge.

‘The lexicon of man’s inhumanity to man has a new word and that is Yarmouk,’ said the spokesperson on Radio 4. ‘Shame on all of us that in a United Nations led refugee camp people are dying of starvation’ he added.

Once again the world has been thrown into turmoil, this time in Syria. Man has been set against man, towns and villages have been destroyed and families torn asunder, ripped away from their normal lives and cast into camps without hope. No one asked for this yet it is the poor that always pay with their suffering, their lives and their livelihoods.

It wasn’t supposed to happen again but now there are stirrings in eastern Europe and central Africa. No doubt the pattern will start all over again. People will pick a fight, guns will appear followed by heavy artillery from who knows where and the world will shake its head and wring its hands and say how dreadful it all is.

Civilised society says that the killing of another human is wrong yet we do it every day in the name of one just cause or another. If war was the answer then once it was over a solution would be arrived at and it would stop. But it hasn’t so far and despite hope I guess it never will.

We should remember the wise words of Wayne Szalinski (Honey I shrunk the Kids) ‘A clenched fist never won an argument.’

The drive in was very foggy and the journey took thirty minutes longer than I had planned for. I arrived on time for my first appointment at Sedgefield Community College but only just. The trouble is if you don’t get off to a good start it’s an uphill struggle all day. Of course when I got back to County Hall the parking was a nightmare and I ended up somewhere in the woods.

After lunch I met up with Shirley from the Institute of Customer Service. As I said way back in January I’ve been a member of the ICS since my time at North Tyneside. We could probably get more out of our membership hence the visit and it would be good to rekindle my enthusiasm for the cause. It’s a plate that has slipped.

The last meeting was to coordinate activities around the need for an e-market place which rapidly turned into a discussion of the key application components we are going to need over the next few years. I’ve set some time aside in May for the core group to look at this but some warming up is going to be needed. My head started to spin.

Learning points for today: Being diplomatic is a good thing sometimes; picking your right moment works; honesty can help retain business and; I’m glad I had the chance to say goodbye to Sue.

Today’s enjoyment rating 8/10 – The fog was a negative but the sun dried it out. We had some good news as well.

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