January 1, 2019

Festive Feast Part 3 “The Pudding”

Welcome to the sweet and sticky things. Christmas pudding is still a firm tradition in the UK though the desire for variations on the theme seem to get more extravagant every Christmas, according to the marketing from supermarkets. Traditionally the Queen gives a Christmas pudding to each member of her staff (around 1,500). In the […]

January 6, 2018

“The Crown” Christmas Cracker 2017 – Part 4

The Paper Crown   Wise or mischievous? The tradition of a paper crown in the Christmas cracker only started around the beginning of the 20th century. However it has two, much older, possible origins. In one idea the crown belongs to the wise men who visited Christ at epiphany, the 6th of January. This idea […]

December 31, 2017

“The Gifts” Christmas Cracker 2017 – Part 3

Gifts A present is always included in the modern cracker. When invented in 1847 contents originally included a sweet but these fairly quickly changed to gifts. What were your childhood favourites? The fortune telling fish, pack of tiny cards, or fake moustache? The original Tom Smith company scoured the world for small and interesting gifts, […]

December 22, 2017

Christmas Cracker 2017 – Part 2 “The Joke”

Motto or joke? The original love note in a cracker became by the 1930s a motto or cheesy joke. Mottos at work can be useful or tacky. For big brands their catch phrase, slogan or “motto” can be a powerful asset. But when it goes wrong look out. We have all heard of the embarrassing […]

December 13, 2017

Christmas Cracker 2017 – Part 1 “The Snap”

  This year we have a cracker of a theme to lighthearted our end of year look at employment issues. Invented by Tom Smith in 1847 the Christmas cracker is big business. A British speciality this simple object of paper and card still finds its way onto the Christmas dinner tables across the UK. It […]

December 25, 2016

Employment Perspective Advent 2016 Part 4

Just a couple of days to go now, a wand is waved our cast is complete, and finally the audience take their seats. So we wish you…. Advent 2016 – Part 4 The Fairy Godmother. We all hope to have one of these at work, but we don’t always notice when we do. In pantomime […]

December 24, 2016

Employment Perspective Advent 2016 Part 3

The Dame and the Villain emerge from the wings. They need careful directing to keep the show on track. Advent 2016 – Part 3 The Dame. An old wise woman or a figure of fun? Often played by a man emphasising age and lack of skin deep beauty. Where are these characters in the business […]

December 14, 2016

Employment Perspective Advent 2016 Part 2

As December nights draw in the leading lady steps into the limelight. Advent 2016 – Part 2 The Principal Girl. Whether dressed in rags or regal robes she is expected to show physical feminine charms. There is nothing wrong with looking feminine, after all nobody should have to look masculine or without gender to do […]

December 4, 2016

Employment Perspective Advent 2016 – Part 1

December is here and Christmas is on its way; oh yes it is. Advent 2016 – Part 1 For many Christmas is a time for a break from work, a time for entertainment. Pantomime; love it or hate it’s a part of the traditional Christmas scene. Wherever you are in the UK there is a […]