Sunday, June 01, 2008

Undercover Doris


I know, I have been quiet of late.

And now I have taken the blog to invite only! "What's going on?" I hear you - yes, you - wail.

Well, I write a monthly article for our local magazine. Often there is a bit of an overlap with what I write about on Stately Moans and what goes into print. Especially if a tight deadline is looming.

Some of you may remember a post I wrote a while back about a coach party. I tidied it up a little, made it user-friendly (I thought) and inoffensive and thought it would provide an amusing insight into managing a group of people who can't make up their minds what they want.

So I was somewhat dismayed to find an email from my Boss to say that he'd had a call from our Regional Office to say that a complaint about my article had been received and would I write no more until further notice. I hasten to add, it is just one letter, but rather than write to me, or the editor of the magazine, the complainant has chosen to go higher up the chain to inform the good people at Regional Office that I have "no empathy" for my visitors and that I should publicly apologise.

I have therefore decided to lay low until this situation is resolved. I have no reason to think anyone would search online to see if other amusing/offensive (depending on your point of view) articles on coach parties have been written, but decided to err on the side of caution until I am satisfied that all my posts on Stately Moans are safe to air.

Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible.


cogidubnus said...

So...not only thick bastards, but miserable bastards too!

Doris said...

Well, I read earlier in the week that Bill Oddie had received complaints about his commentary on Springwatch being too raunchy when describing the sex scenes! You'd think that would be the most unlikely programme to receive complaints. People take offense at the strangest things.

stitchwort said...

Nice to know your management is right behind you - possibly with a knife.

Are you allowed to a) give your side of the story, and b) complain about visitors?

Doris said...

Stitchwort - ah, that's management for you :)

Well, my side of the story is as it reads in the article/post. That is what the coach party did. It was funny. I wrote it because it happened and I thought it was entertaining.

I suppose officially one has to be careful about complaining about visitors, but there is no reason why I shouldn't point out certain behaviour traits as long as I am not pointing out individuals.

Geoff said...

I'd better be careful in future what I write about my mum's bowls trips.

Boz said...

What bastards! But I suppose as this is your livelihood caution is the best policy. I was just chuffed to get an invite!

Solidarity, Sister!