Friday, 29 February 2008

I'm sorry he's in a meeting ...

To be fair it does sound like the sort of excuse you get when you're after someone on the phone who you know is there but feels like they're avoiding you.

But I was honestly in meetings all yesterday after the show and neglected my blog duties. So two for the price of one today - if only for the jokes.

It was all meetings about the show - How's the show doing? What should the show be doing? Are we doing what the show should be doing? Should we be doing now what the show isn't doing and how can we do it?

You get the drift.

I have to confess I'm not really a meetings person. Sometimes in life you do get the feeling that meetings are only held for the sake of having a meetings. Although to be fair to the BBC it's not the worst offender by any stretch of the imagination.

We didn't even get biscuits.

Or coffee.

My favourite story of meetings was one chief executive who with a bit of help from HR had a computer screen set up in the corner of the board room with a computer showing how much per second that particular meeting was costing (ie calculated salaries per second of all present at meeting). Strangely enough it turned out to be a particularly short meeting.

Funny that.

Time quite clearly is money.

So here's the joke ....

A convention to prove accountants aren't stupid is set up in a massive stadium. Accountants from all over the world watch as the presenter calls up the first volunteer accountant and asks him 'What is 15 plus 15?'

After 20 seconds the volunteer replies '19.'

All the accountants in the stadium are disappointed and shout, 'Give him another chance! Give him another chance!'

The presenter agrees and asks, 'What is five plus five?' Half a minute later the volunteer replies, '100?'

Everyone is again disappointed and the accountants demand that the volunteer gets another chance. So the presenter says, 'Okay, one last chance. What is four plus four?' The accountant concentrates hard and five minutes later says 'eight.'

The stadium roars ..... 'Give him another chance, give him another chance!!'
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Jon Cuthill is a presenter on BBC Radio Solent. You can listen to him every weekday from 9am-12.30pm, or listen again online at his website

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