Magazine article The Spectator

Diary of a Notting Hill Nobody

Magazine article The Spectator

Diary of a Notting Hill Nobody

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MONDAY Everyone assuming I've been keeping up with Events during my horse holiday with Sesame but as I explained to Nigel I was in a very remote part of the Isle of Wight. Must say, it's all a bit different from when I went away. Lots of American flags about the place and 'Obama For President' banners.

What happened to the man whose family invented oven chips? Also, empty desks everywhere. Apparently, Jenny, Jilly and Janey have all gone to Google. Dave now thinking of offering us all promotions to keep us. I asked Gary whether we couldn't just have a bit more money but he said I should keep my 'uncosted subversive statements' to myself if I wanted to keep my job at all.

Then he told me to put my pony picnic photos away and get prepping for big meeting later on Project O. Am to come up with ten ways in which Dave is like Charismatic Mr Obama. Back to the grind, eh?

TUESDAY This place is hysterical. If you ask me we shouldn't have left it this late to prepare.

Four days simply isn't enough time to decide whether Dave should wear a tie on a Saturday when meeting America's possible first black President. Nigel has put 20 of us on it and we're all doing our best, but we're not miracle workers. As things are I wouldn't want to call it. This is beyond The Tie Guidelines, beyond anything we've ever had to handle before. It's HUGE. If we get it wrong it could be the end of everything we've worked for. And that's before you even start to think about how to arrange the chairs in the room where they are meeting. Or what Dave is going to say, of course. The stress is getting to Gary. …

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