Right, my girlfriend has had a few words. Those words may have included:
'self', 'pitying', 'whiny', 'unpleasant', 'navel', 'gazing' and 'twaddle'.
She was far more tactful, in fact, but she is, as always, entirely right. Gets a bit weird that, after a while. It's like the opening to Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. By the laws of probability you'd have thought I'd be right occasionally, if only by accident. As in the play, my time will eventually come... Anyway, I have therefore removed the previous post of the same title. The only remaining bit is the postscript I added a couple of hours later (see below).
Btw, I feel much better, thank you. Apart from Anonymous, whoever you are. I hope you get the lurgy.
Have just re-read this before posting. Hopefully she was talking about the specific post, not the whole lot...
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P.S. Forgot to mention this earlier when posting. Helen was off for a couple of days at the beginning of the week, perhaps with something similar. She had an asylum case to do on Monday, so phoned in to the tribunal to let them know she couldn't make it and ask for an adjournment. The immigration judge refused the request and the case went ahead with the client unrepresented. I'm VERY sorely tempted to name names but really shouldn't. Almost certainly appealable on this point alone, but it is an indication of the sympathy one can expect in the world of law. Mind you, I have to say that some immigration judges are held in pretty low esteem in the legal profession, so it is perhaps unfair to generalise.