Thursday, November 15, 2012


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You're as busy as hell trying to catch up with your work. Your responsibilities have been increased and your staff reduced. Deadlines are screaming at you. Then you remember you're supposed to be submitting progress reports all along the way.

The last straw.

So what do you do?

Take a valium, ink your quill, and write the following:
These papers should have been earlier transmitted, but from the constant pressure of business, and the want of regular assistance, it was not practicable.
And that is exactly what Colonel Benjamin Fisher told the Secretary for the Military in June 1804 (above).

Colonel Fisher had been entrusted with the speedy construction of the 26 Martello Towers, and associated batteries, intended to defend Dublin Bay against an imminent French seaborne invasion.

What he could have said was:
Reports? What reports? Fcuk off, can't you see I'm busy building Martello Towers.


Good on ya, Benjie.


Póló said...

Thanks to Niall O'Donoghue for the manuscript and to UK National Archives for permission to reproduce.

You can gen up on Niall's Tower and other matters here.

Póló said...

Send more staff.

Reminds me of my favourite line from Night of the Living Dead.

"Send more paramedics."