There is many a good tune played on an old fiddle.

Official ‘party poopers’.

Posted by Big John on December 20, 2006

This is the time of year when it is the custom to make a complete prat of yourself at the office party; and let me tell you that I used to excel at this in my younger days.

You name it and I’ve done it, including the ‘classic’ of telling the boss just what you think of him when caught in his office drinking his booze and ‘entertaining’ his secretary.

Below is a photograph taken at an office Christmas party in 1957 …


… I’m the one in the middle.  … Just take a look at the little guy on the left. … Boy! Is he having a good time ? … I think that the girl on my right wearing the white top is trying to decide if I’m worth grabbing if ever I let go of the blond on my left.    :-)

Now all that innocent fun may become a thing of the past because ‘The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service’ has issued an advice pamphlet, which among other things, has warned bosses they could end up being sued if they or their employees behave in a ‘politically incorrect’ manner, that they have a “duty of care” to inebriated staff, and that they could end up on the wrong side of the law if they don’t make sure that those employees get home safely, or if their employees get hurt while stumbling out of the party drunk.

What a load of old bollocks !

The only danger I ever faced after the office Christmas party was the danger of …

…  not having a job to return to after the holidays.

6 Responses to “Official ‘party poopers’.”

  1. Ginnie said

    Oh, no, don’t remind me. I’ve very conveniently forgotten what an ass I was at more than one of those parties. And there always seemed to be a guy lurking around with a gleam in his eye just like yours, John. You were (are?) a cutie and I hope you were single then!
    I WISH you (and your long-suffering WIFE of 45 YEARS) all the best for the season. Ginnie

  2. Big John said

    Thanks Ginnie and the seasons greetings to you. I was eighteen when that photo was taken and marriage was the last thing on my mind. ;-)

  3. Betty said

    We never had office parties where I worked. They had them years ago, but had to stop them because (they said) they had to many complaints about spiked punch and/or liquor being served. I think it was because they were just too cheap to spring for a party.

  4. Ginnie said

    John, in answer to your mention of the name “Entwistle” in my last blog. Bert was married to a lady named Queenie when he was with us in the 40’s and they had a little boy named John…who was to become the famous member of the “Who”. So, Dora, who was at my Mother’s 80th with Bert, was John’s step-mother. I never met him but two of my sisters and their families did. Bert was very close to John even though he & Queenie were divorced.

  5. Terri said

    I’ve never been to an office party either…well, at least not THAT kind. (smile)
    What a great photo…and I think you’re right…that brunette had her eye on you. But it was obvious from the photo, you weren’t letting go of that blonde!
    BY the way….I still say you resembled James Dean a lot!

  6. Libertine said

    Damn, I wasn’t even born in 1957.

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