While great matters of international moment dominate the headlines:
The North Korean army has declared invalid the armistice agreement that ended the Korean War in 1953, the official newspaper of the country’s ruling Workers’ Party said Monday.
North Korea also cut off direct phone links with South Korea at the inter-Korean border village of Panmunjom, according to South Korea’s Yonhap news agency. The phone line was the emergency link for quick, two-way communication between the two sides.
The armistice agreement, signed in 1953, ended the three-year war between North and South Korea in a truce.
… other great matters of equal moment are going largely unheeded by the public, namely the issue of tea and biscuits. Pavlov’s Cat rightly addresses it and states:
It got so that you couldn’t get a cup of tea with milk after midday because of course all the breakfast munchers still wanted their teas and coffees.
It all blew up when the MD offered some important clients a hot beverage only to be told that it would be a while as someone had to go to the Qwik-E-Mart to get some milk.
That was it , no more tea , no more coffee, no more milk ,
Instead we got a vending machine with all the horribleness that entails which produces “a cup of tea . not quite, entirely unlike tea”
Non-Brits could be forgiven for thinking this
a storm in [no, shan’t do this] a not important thing but as I pointed out, Caroline Flint found out to her cost just how vital an issue it is:
Foreign Office staff broke into spontaneous cheers and applause when Ms Flint dramatically quit her job – because it meant they could scrap her ban on biscuits.
Diet-conscious Ms Flint had sparked a revolt by ordering officials to stop the time-honoured Whitehall tradition of serving biscuits at meetings and was accused of ‘flying off the handle’ if they defied her.
‘There was a spontaneous reaction in the FCO Press office when the news broke that she was off,’ said one official. ‘There was a loud cheer and applause. You could say Caroline was not the most popular of Ministers. They didn’t really respect her.’
Only a fool of a “manager” or a pretend manager ignores the most vital of matters – the tea and coffee provision. At my own work, it is the manager who takes care of those matters who also takes care of all the other matters in the right priority order and a happy ship is a productive ship and one which reaches targets.
You mess with our tea and biscuits at your peril.