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Posted by Jason O on Jul 18, 2011 in Jason's Diary |

Mad Men: Smokin' and Drinkin' and Lyin' in the 1960s.

Mad Men: Smokin' and Drinkin' and Lyin' in the 1960s.

Have recently started watching the much ballyhooed “Mad Men”, about life in a 1960s advertising agency. Not quite sure that I’m willing to give it the standing ovation everyone else gives it, although I have to say that I will watch season two. I find it a little too ponderous. Having said that, the overt drinking, smoking and blatant sexism of the time is absolutely fascinating to watch. I suspect that Human Resources Managers could easily devise a drinking game based on the number of HR No-Nos committed every episode. It really is extraordinary how far we have come. Despite the slowness of the story, the cast is excellent.

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Was invited onto Coleman at Large by that mastermind of the right, John McGuirk. Was quite nervous, but enjoyed myself in a lively discussion about Cloyne, Europe and immigration. You can have a listen here, after Lucinda Creighton, who was excellent.

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The approach to water and household charges mentioned here continues to bug me. If local councillors were held responsible for setting the levy, to fund local services, they’d actually pay attention to how local money is spent, as opposed to badgering the county manager for ever more spending. Especially if, at the local elections, a councillor’s voting record on levies was actually on the ballot paper. But then, that would be outrageous, wouldn’t it?

As for the water charge: a question. If this new water company is set up, will all the people currently running our water supply lose their jobs, or transfer, or be made redundant on big money and rehired by the new company. We’ll have to watch that.

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